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Peter Schilling

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  • Born: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

While numerous new wave artists in the early '80s tried to imitate David Bowie, Peter Schilling went a step further. In 1983, Schilling released "Major Tom (Coming Home)," a synth pop retelling of Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity." It became Schilling's first and only entry in the U.S. charts, a song that eventually stigmatized him as a one-hit wonder in America. Schilling was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 28, 1956. As a teen, Schilling couldn't decide on whether to be a soccer player or a singer. He chose music and his debut album, Error in the System, appeared in 1983. The single "Major Tom (Coming Home)" wasn't just popular in the U.S., it was a worldwide smash. The video was played often on MTV, as well, but Schilling was not able to equal its success. In 1989, Schilling collaborated with Enigma's Michael Crétu on the track "Different Story (World of Lust and Crime)," an admirable attempt at updating his sound and trying to return to the American charts. "Major Tom" was given a techno sheen in 1994, and the reworked song was welcomed in the clubs. A year later, Schilling formed the Space Pilots with Catyana Schilling, J. Feifel, and P. Magnet, recording Trip to Orion.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
11.17.16 Scala Ludwigsburg Ludwigsburg, Baden-wurttemberg Germany
11.18.16 Konzertkirche - Neubrandenburg Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-vorpomme Germany
11.20.16 Harmonie Bonn Bonn, North Rhine-westphal Germany
11.26.16 Rosenhof Osnabruck, NI Germany
11.27.16 Antoniushaus Regensburg, Germany