By Hayden Wright
David Bowie passed away just two days after his 69th birthday, so January 2017 marks a bittersweet spread of anniversaries to observe and celebrate. In South London, actor (and Bowie friend) Gary Oldman will join a tribute with scores of musicians in honor of Bowie’s 70th birthday. The show will feature friends, collaborators, former band mates and special guests, all gathered to honor his indelible legacy.
So far, musicians for the London engagement include Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell. Sets will include material from his earliest studio sessions through his final album, Blackstar. Tickets go on sale Wednesday.
In addition to the Brixton Academy show, other spinoff concerts will happen around the world with a combination of Bowie associates and local, independent musicians. The cities will be selected for their David Bowie connection. While no official list has been released, Bowie lived in New York City, Berlin, and a host of other places in his lifetime.