It has been almost six years since David Bowie left us. Today, the father of Ziggy Stardust was to celebrate his 75th birthday. For the occasion, a livestream concert is organized in tribute to the chameleon artist.
Two days after his 69th birthday, David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016. The rocker had hidden from the world that he had been suffering from liver cancer for two years. Consciously, he recorded his twenty-sixth and last album ‘Blackstar’ as an experimental and testament work. Like his career, the man with a thousand faces has reached the stars like a work of art. Blackstar’ was his farewell gift. Recorded in the greatest of secrecy, the album experiments with electronic music and jazz with the help of New York jazzmen.
The epitaph album offers a disturbing and remarkable experience, echoing the moans of a man in the final stages of his illness. A sumptuous testament in which he announces his imminent end by incarnating a last alter ego, the biblical figure of Lazarus. “Look up here, I’m in heaven/I’ve got scars that can’t be seen”. It is on this macabre poetry that the artist even invented his death. An ambitious and powerful album that still reminds us of his genius. The man is no more, but the icon remains.
Today, the music world may have dried its tears, but it never stops paying tribute to the legend. On this January 8, 2022, the singer would have been 75 years old. To pay tribute to him, many celebrities are coming together and bringing Bowie’s music to life in a special live livestream concert at RollingLiveStudios. In addition to the presence of some of the musicians who shared the stage with Bowie such as Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Charlie Sexton, Alan Childs, Steve Elson, Mark Guiliana, Omar Hakim, Stan Harrison, Tim Lefebvre, Gerry Leonard and Carmine Rojas, Stars will be on hand to cover some of the late singer’s hits, including Gary Oldman, Ricky Gervais, Evan Rachel Wood, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Living Colour, Walk The Moon and Jake Weslet Rogers and many others.
They will cover legendary songs ranging from ‘Space Oddity’ to ‘Ziggy Stardust’ to ‘Heroes’ and ‘Let’s Dance’. The repertoire of David Bowie was recently bought by Warner Chappell Music for more than 250 million dollars. The subsidiary of the American group Warner Music has acquired the rights to all of Bowie’s work. From the first album ‘David Bowie’ released in 1967 to the posthumous album ‘Toy’, which was released last November. This opus had been recorded in 2000 and left aside by the label Virgin. Toy’ was supposed to be the successor of ‘Hours’ and revisited his obscure songs from the sixties (such as ‘Liza Jane’, ‘You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving’, ‘I Did Everything’, ‘Silly Boy Blue’ or ‘The London Boys’).
The album had been recorded live in a spontaneous way and then left in the dustbin. More than twenty years later, ‘Toy’ is back and is finally appreciated by the fans in need of their idol.