David Bowie may have been gone for some time, but his music truly lives on. While this year is expected to see a biopic on the star, Stardust, finally come to cinemas, it is also a year when fans can listen to previously unheard tracks. Here is how you can tune in to the unreleased music for 24 hours only.
David Bowie made showbiz friends all around the world during his life.
One of these was Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson, who is leading a special tribute on the anniversary of the singer’s death.
David died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016, making 2021 the fifth anniversary of his death.
Mike has enlisted the help of other stars who worked with Bowie, with names like Boy George and Duran Duran in the line-up, for a special one-night-only celebration of his life.
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Other artists involved include Michael C Hall, Gavin Rossdale, Adam Lambert, Macy Gray and Gary Oldman.
The tribute gig, A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day, will be broadcastable for 24 hours from 6pm PT on January 9.
This would be 2am GMT on January 10 for fans in the UK, meaning fans can watch it throughout the day after his death.
Tickets are available on the official website to the A Bowie Celebration show.
However, there is not just this happening, as even more is going on in Bowie’s honour.
As well as this show, David’s 2015 musical Lazarus will be available for streaming this weekend, meaning those who have followed his work can get their chance to see the show.
Bowie’s last public appearance was at the opening night of this show in New York in November 2015, showing how important it was to him.
The show, which originally starred Michael C Hall, followed the same story as Bowie’s famous movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, seeing Hall take on the role of Thomas Jerome Newton.
While the show had mixed reviews from critics, it has become a classic with Bowie fans and includes a great deal of his music.
Tickets for Lazarus can be found at DICE.com.
Finally, while those shows will include previously released music, fans may also be hoping for something new of their idol on the anniversary of his death.
That has certainly been delivered, as two new tracks of David’s have been released on YouTube: a cover of Bob Dylan’s Tryin’ to Get to Heaven and John Lennon’s Mother.
As with other of David’s catalogue, many of his songs have now been made available on TikTok, meaning a whole new group of fans can get to know his music.
John Lennon was a longtime icon to David, and later a friend, though his collaborator Tony Visconti has recalled how ‘terrified’ the singer was to meet his idol.
Speaking to Radio 4 on ‘Bowie Night’, Tony said: “He was terrified of meeting John Lennon.
“About one in the morning I knocked on the door and for about the next two hours, John Lennon and David weren’t speaking to each other.
“Instead, David was sitting on the floor with an art pad and a charcoal and he was sketching things and he was completely ignoring Lennon.
“So, after about two hours of that, he [John] finally said to David, ‘Rip that pad in half and give me a few sheets. I want to draw you.’
“So David said, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea’, and he finally opened up. So John started making caricatures of David, and David started doing the same of John and they kept swapping them and then they started laughing and that broke the ice.”
Their friendship was well documented, and there have even been suggestions the pair became involved in a short fling as well.
Music writer Lesley-Ann Jones described a lunch she had with David in the 1990s in her book, during which he admitted to this having taken place.
He said: “There was a wh*re in the middle, and it wasn’t either of us.
“At some point in proceedings, she left. I think it was a she. Not that we minded.”