In 1995, the Rose Garden celebrated its opening with an inaugural concert by David Bowie, with Nine Inch Nails opening. Over the next 18 years, the arena enjoyed many more high-profile concerts, NCAA basketball games, bull-riding contests, several Disney on Ice shows and zero Blazers championships.
Earlier this month, the Rose Garden changed its name to the Moda Center. Friday’s sold-out Taylor Swift concert is the Moda’s first show.
What does that mean
for the stadium’s future? To determine who’s got the better mojo, we
decided to do a side-by-side comparison of the Thin White Duke and the
Alarmingly Thin White Girl. Based on the implication of these results,
all we can say is: Enjoy the dynasty, Blazers fans!
Formative Musical Experience
Swift: Opening for Charlie Daniels at age 11.
Bowie: Playing ukulele in a skiffle group.
Bowie: A tossup between Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Young Americans, and Scary Monsters.
Swift: Joe Jonas
Bowie: Mick Jagger
Swift: Dating John Mayer.
Bowie: Making pro-fascist statements during the Station to Station tour.
Swift: Ex-boyfriend Harry Styles of One Direction.
Bowie: Fellow ’70s glam-rocker Marc Bolan.
Notable Acting Role
Swift: A ditzy Valley girl in Valentine’s Day.
Bowie: A somehow even more eccentric Andy Warhol in Basquiat.
Swift: T-Swizzle, who played with T-Pain for one night.
Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, who played guiiiiitarrrrrrr.