Key collaborators and friends of David Bowie will perform a series of benefit shows in 2017 to honour the musician on what would have been his 70th birthday.
The David Bowie shows will take place on the 8th January 2017, hosted in locations around the world that have a strong connection with the artist and his music. Featuring a set of 30 core musicians as well as 40 local artists, the shows are predicted to “create a sound like no other”, according to a spokesperson.
The idea for the birthday gigs was inspired by tributes which took place after the death of David Bowie – most notably the two shows in spring this year, in which more than 70 artists and musicians in Los Angeles and San Francisco celebrated his career. The cast of those shows included Gary Oldman, Seal, Ewan McGregor, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, and Bowie band alumni from Space Oddity to the latest Blackstar album.
Titled “Celebrating David Bowie”, the London event will be in Brixton, birthplace of Bowie, at the O2 Academy. Led by Gary Oldman, who delivered a speech about his late friend at the Brit awards, the show is to feature former David Bowie band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Sterling Campbell,Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with ensembles from Los Angeles and New York and many other special guests yet to be announced.
Proceeds from the London show will go to the Children & the Arts charity. More details about the other shows will be announced “sporadically” in the run-up to the events.