David Bowie will beam interactive concert to cinemas. Fans can send questions and requests via satellite

By Gary Susman
Updated September 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

In what’s being billed as a first, David Bowie is inviting theatergoers in select cities around the world to his album release party on Monday, where, thanks to satellite technology, they’ll be able to ask him questions and submit song requests during a 90-minute live performance. Bowie is marking the release of his new album, ”Reality,” with a live session shot in widescreen on digital video and beamed out from London’s Riverside studios to cinemas in 22 cities throughout Europe, Reuters reports. While Bowie is far from the first rocker to screen a concert live in theaters via satellite, he claims the event will be the first such concert that’s interactive, with viewers sending him their queries and requests for his classic tunes.

The concert will also screen in cinemas in such cities as Rio de Janeiro, New York, Sydney, Warsaw, Toronto and Tokyo, albeit a day later, due to time zone differences. The rest of the veteran rocker’s fans will have to settle for seeing him play the old-fashioned way, in person, as he plans to embark on a world tour after the release of ”Reality” on Sept. 15.