Fans of David Bowie now have another piece of his history to enjoy. A clip of the rock legend’s 1976 concert at the Boston Garden has been digitized and posted online.
Matthew Bourgeois, who goes by the name of “BobbyBloom,” on Reddit, posted there that his father recorded the show, at a time before mobile phones. “My dad snuck his super 8mm sound film camera into a David Bowie concert at the Boston Garden back in 1976 and I finally got it digitized.”
More than five minutes long, the video — of Bowie and his band performing “Stay,” from the album “Station to Station” — was posted on YouTube and submitted to Reddit on Friday.
By Monday morning it had received about 700 comments on Reddit. Some used the thread to dish about the best ways to digitize music. Others waxed nostalgic: “For the first time, I’m okay with watching a video of a concert that someone took from the crowd,” wrote “dodgersbenny.”
“I know!” responded “BlaggerDagger.” “It’s so nice to see a video without ten thousand cellphones being held up. I miss the old concerts:-(”
Bourgeois also posted rough clips featuring portions of two more songs, “Changes” and “Life on Mars.”
Bowie died of cancer in January, at the age of 69.
“It’s entirely possible that fans of the British rock icon thought he would never die, especially since it felt sometimes as if the immeasurably gifted and hugely influential singer-songwriter-musician-actor-artist-author was not of this earth,” former Globe critic Sarah Rodman wrote after the singer’s death.
But fans will always have the music — and now another way to watch Bowie in action during his younger years.
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