Def Leppard and lead singer Joe Elliott, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, Living Colour, Rob Thomas, Gary Oldman, Walk the Moon, Jake Wesley Rogers along with a special appearance by Ricky Gervais are among the artists joining the second annual A Bowie Celebration, set for 8th January 2022, what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday. The event, like last year’s inaugural live stream, will be available on RollingLiveStudios.com to enjoy worldwide for 24 hours.
This year’s A Bowie Celebration will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of Labyrinth, the classic fantasy film and Jim Henson/David Bowie collaboration, with a special performance from actress Evan Rachel Wood, and an appearance by Brian Henson. The show will be dedicated to frequent Bowie photographer Mick Rock and will include never-before-seen interview footage.
The band will be comprised of former Bowie alumni band members from throughout his legendary career, led by Mike Garson, who was the rock icon’s longest-running and most frequently used band member. Other band members will include Earl Slick, Charlie Sexton, David Sanborn, Alan Childs, Steve Elson, Mark Guiliana, Omar Hakim, Stan Harrison, Tim Lefebvre, Gerry Leonard and Carmine Rojas.
A portion of the ticket sales will go to the Save the Children organization, a charity important to Bowie and the beneficiary of funds raised from his 50th Birthday Concert held in 1997 at Madison Square Garden.
Additional guest vocalists set to perform Bowie favourites include Gail Ann Dorsey, Bernard Fowler, Judith Hill, Gaby Moreno, Gretchen Parlato, Joe Sumner and more to be announced. Kitten Kuroi, Maiya Sykes and Jules Galli are also singing with the band. Line-up subject to change.
Tickets are on sale now at www.RollingLiveStudios.com/Bowie. The livestream, beginning at 6 PM PST/2 AM GMT, will be available for 24 hours after the event. VIP ticket bundles include various exclusive merchandise and opportunities, including access to a virtual Q&A with members of the band and even a custom piano track from Garson himself.
Garson played on dozens of Bowie albums and performed in more concerts with Bowie than any other band member, including both Bowie’s first and final performances in the United States.
Mike Garson says, “It’s an honor to be able to continue to share David Bowie’s music with the world. I’m excited for everyone to be able to experience this very special show we’ve got in store in celebration of what would have been David’s 75th birthday with the bandmates he recorded and performed with, plus a great group of guest artists who he was such an influence to.”
Rolling Live Studios have quickly become the preeminent producers of premium events and livestreams, including WME partner Richard Weitz’s now-legendary Quarantunes series.
“It’s an absolute thrill for me and the stellar team at Rolling Live Studios to be producing and directing A Bowie Celebration for the second year,” said RLS founder Kerry Brown. “Working with my dear friend and Bowie’s piano man Mike Garson alongside the best musicians and artists in the world celebrating David Bowie’s amazing career is a dream come true.”