The rumor is that the late David Bowie and United States punk rockers Iggy Pop is a fan of the classic Australian television show A Country Practice has been confirmed by an actor from the hit series.
- Iggy Pop was quoted as remembering his mutual affection and David Bowie for A Country Practice in an article published by MOJO Magazine
- Australian actor Shane Withington confirmed that the singer was a fan of the Australian television series and had recorded a copy sent to him
- Withington was one of the actors invited backstage by Bowie when the singer visited Australia for the 1987 Glass Spider tour
Bowie and Iggy Pop were reportedly bound by their mutual affection for the show when they lived in Switzerland.
“We watch it all the time in Switzerland. David likes the show,” Iggy Pop was quoted as saying in MOJO Magazine in 2010.
Bowie was such a fan that he invited stars from the soap stage to various shows during the 1987 Australian Glass Spider tour, including actor Shane Withington, who played Brendan Jones.
“We know that David Bowie likes [A Country Practice] because he will have a copy of the event recorded and sent to him, “Withington said ABC Radio Brisbane.
“That’s news to me that Iggy Pop is great at that.”
At this time Withington has finished working on A Country Practice and is in Melbourne to shoot The Flying Doctors.
“True story; I was in a dressing room being made up, while other actors were there too, when my publicist who was breathing heavily in,” he said.
To this day, Withington remains proud of how cool he plays it.
“I said, ‘Oh, that’s typical David. No warning, nothing, just go off,’ said Withington.
He said the fact that he was as surprised as anyone and believed it was a mistake.
Naturally, he quickly became popular with fellow actors.
Backstage with Bowie
Withington said the concert was extraordinary and tense in the same size.
“We appeared on the Glass Spider tour and it was phenomenal, of course, because it was David Bowie,” he said.
“At the end of the night – all sparkling hearts and butterflies in the stomach – I was escorted back with perhaps the most beautiful people on Earth.
“The wealth and beauty of the band and the background singer was very cool, and I felt very thin.
“I don’t think I got it out of the water … I was just amazed, I guess.”
Withington said the party that happened was “everything you hoped would be a rock and roll party in the 80s”.
But he is not the only actor from A Country Practice to get an invitation from Bowie.
The son of Shane Porteous, who plays Terrance Elliot in the soap opera, confirmed this to ABC Radio Brisbane.
“I can make sure that happens,” said Ben Porteous.
“I was there at the age of 14 or older.
Mr Porteous said he was not sure whether his retired father would talk about his experiences.