As we venture closer to both his birthday, and the heartbreaking one year anniversary of his death, David Bowie’s key collaborators, friends and recording artists have decided to come together one last time to celebrate and honour what would have been the legend’s 70th birthday.
Stemming from two large ensemble tribute shows based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Celebrating David Bowie is set to be an incredible worldwide tribute show, featuring “core 30 musicians travelling, plus 40 or more local musicians,” all of which have performed, written and recorded with David throughout his incredible career, ranging from his 1973 Ziggy Stardust tour right through to latest Blackstar album, ensuring that this will “create a sound like no other”.
Key musicians who will be joining the London show include Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Gerry Leonard, and many more, including special guest Gary Oldman. Graciously all profits for the show will be donated to the Children & The Arts’ charity.
According to Bowie’s website, these concerts will “take place in cities that have a strong connection with David Bowie and his work”, yet so far only a London show in January and a Tokyo show in February have been announced on the mysteriously experimental website. Despite this New York and Berlin dates are expected in the near future, seeing as they played major roles in his life and musical career.
Not to worry fellow Aussies, there is room to speculate that dates on our shores could be on the cards. In the 80s, Bowie was fascinated by Australian culture, something which can be seen heavily in his hits China Girl and Let’s Dance, both of which were filmed in Sydney and regional New South Wales.