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Bowie To The Rescue

October 15, 1997 12:00 AM ET

David Bowie made history yet again Tuesday when he became the first artist to appear on MTV's new live concert program "Live From The 10 Spot."

The Thin White Duke saved the day when the show's original guests, the Rolling Stones, had to cancel at the last minute due to illness. The Stones were scheduled to perform for the cameras at a small venue in Port Chester, N.Y., but announced Monday that Mick Jagger was suffering from a sore throat and the group would be unable to play.

While there is no word yet on whether the Stones will be able to reschedule, confirmed groups for upcoming "10 Spot" programs include Jane's Addiction, Counting Crows and Radiohead.

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