David Bowie’s 70th Birthday to Be Celebrated With Benefit Concert
Had he lived, David Bowie would have turned 70 on Jan. 8, 2017. Instead, many artists with a connection to Bowie will be celebrating his life with a benefit concert, and plans are being made to take that show on the road.
The Guardian reports that actor and Bowie friend Gary Oldman is putting this concert, which will be called Celebrating David Bowie, together, with the first one taking place on Jan. 8 at the 02 Academy in the London district of Brixton, where Bowie was born. It will feature "30 core musicians as well as 40 local artists" and a spokesperson claimed that they will "create a sound like no other." Among the former Bowie side musicians who have signed on to the project include Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Sterling Campbell, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with groups from New York and Los Angeles. Information about shows in other cities will be announced at a later date.
The London concert will benefit Children & the Arts, a London-based organization that, according to their website, "engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do not have access to high-quality arts activity because of either social or economic barriers. Through a network of partners we use the arts as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit."
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