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The day that David Bowie and I talked about spirituality, God and Ziggy Stardust

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Nestor Aparicio
Nestor Aparicio
Baltimore Positive is the vision and the creative extension of four decades of sharing the love of local sports for this Dundalk native and University of Baltimore grad, who began his career as a sportswriter and music critic at The News American and The Baltimore Sun in the mid-1980s. Launched radio career in December 1991 with Kenny Albert after covering the AHL Skipjacks. Bought WNST-AM 1570 in July 1998, created WNST.net in 2007 and began diversifying conversations on radio, podcast and social media as Baltimore Positive in 2016. nes@baltimorepositive.com

I had just turned 23 years old and David Bowie was calling on my home phone.

He called “collect.”

It was November 1991 – about six weeks before I began my sports radio career.

Many of you don’t know about my previous “Almost Famous” life where I spent lots of time with rock and roll musicians at The Baltimore Sun. Here’s some evidence. I have more than 125 of these Cameron Crowe-esque gems in my personal vault that I’ll be unveiling in summer of 2016. I’ll list them below the audio so you can send along some requests.

The Thin White Duke and I discussed spirituality, god and Ziggy Stardust. His band, Tin Machine, was doing the heaviest music of his career.

Strangely enough, I call him “nasty” ten minutes into it.

Bowie was happy, playful and this thing was a joy to listen to a quarter of a century later. My interviewing style was far too jumpy and green, so please pardon my inexperience (and red-faced embarrassment) in presenting this #Nestalgia25 moment.

At one point, David Bowie called me a journalist.

He was being very, very kind…

 

Listen here:

 

Coming this July:

Steve Whiteman (Kix)

Billy Joel

Daryl Hall

Beat Farmers & Billy Squier

Bodeans, T.G. Brown, John Anderson (Yes)

ZZ Top & Aimee Mann

Randy Travis, Social Distortion & Michael Murphey

Child’s Play

Kyf Brewer E Fish & Red Hot Chili Peppers

Gregg Allman, Scatterbrain & kevn Kinney (Drivin N Cryin)

Mighty Lemon Drops, Diving For Pearls & Enuff Znuff

Wasserman & Billy Squier (Part 2)

Paul Stanley (Kiss) & Heart (Mark Andes)

Ace Frehley & Heaven’s Edge

Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Tommy Shaw & Kevn Kinney, Karl Wallenberg, The Connells

Violent Femmes (Gordon Gado) & Aldo Nova

XYZ, Engelbert Humperdinck & Mike Mesaros (Smithereens)

Faith No More & Lou Gramm

Cinderella & Replacements, Divinyls, Megadeath

Pat Benatar & John Denver

David Bowie

Mick Jones (Big Audio Dynamite), Extreme & Gerardo, Jani Lane (Warrant)

Reeves Gabrels

Pat Dinizio (Smithereens) & Ocean Blue

Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) & Brad Delp (Boston, Return To Zero)

David Cassidy & White Trash

Geoff Tate (Queensryche) & Dan Fogelberg

Sonic Youth, Colin James & Phil Johnstone (Robert Plant)

Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Enuff Znuff & The Fixx

Edie Brickell & Jonathan Cain (Journey)

Black Crowes & Britney Fox

L.A. Guns & Michael Damien

Richard Barone, Kid Creole & Smithereens

Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), White Lion, Manhattan Transfer & Dave Koz, Fifth Dimension

Steve Vai & Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

Paddy Maloney (Chieftains), Kix & Indigo Girls

Jon Butler, Ratt & Judas Priest, Every Mother’s Nightmare

Howard Hewett

The Rembrandts & Dennis DeYoung (Styx)

Slaughter & Great White, Tragically Hip, Steelheart

Joan Jett & McAuley Schenker Group & Jack Bruce (Cream)

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Belinda Carlisle

Jon Bon Jovi

Chris Whitley & Marc Cohn

Modern English, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) & Aerosmith (Joe Perry), Sleez Beaz

Peter Buck (R.E.M.)

Oingo Boingo, Fabulous T-Birds, Earth, Roman & Harry Connick Jr., The Church

George Thorogood, Mick Ronson & Alvin Lee, Debbie Harry (Blondie)

Sandy Saraya, The Hooters & Karla Bonoff

Daniel Lanois & Soundgarden, D.A.D.

Kurt Newmann (Bodeans) & Dennis DeYoung (Styx)

Jason Bonham, Tommy Conwell & Clarence Clemons, The Cult

Psychedelic Furs, Pretty Boy Floyd & Mike Peters (The Alarm)

 

 

 

 

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