David Bowie opens his concert special "David Bowie: Glass Spider Tour" (tonight at 9 on ABC Channels 7, 3, 10, 42) with a rendition of his 1975 hit single "Fame." For all intents and purposes, though, he might as well be singing the 1980 Irene Cara hit theme song "Fame."
For it's the "Fame" movie and TV series you think of when you see Bowie surrounded on stage by all those exuberant dancers, looking like they should be out on the streets of New York, joyously trotting across the tops of taxis.
Las Vegas comes to mind, too. This glitzy special, like the massive "Glass Spider" stadium tour last year whence it sprang, is not one of the rock legend's prouder moments. On the more uptempo numbers, he has that jogging-in-place look down a little too pat. It befits Tom Jones more than someone of Bowie's stature.
In only one mesmerizing scene does the choreography--conceived by Bowie along with rock/dance veteran Toni Basil--approach invention: One of the dancers, her feet grounded in what looks like modified pairs of skis and boots, leans spookily forward and backward as Bowie extends and withdraws his arms like a puppetmaster or snake charmer.