Musicians turn out for David Bowie tribute concerts

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 7:13 AM

Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips and Heart'south Ann Wilson were among the artists who joined Bowie'south former collaborator Tony Visconti and other musicians who'd performed with the late rock star."God bless David Bowie," Dylan said after performing the one thousand nine hundred seventy anthem "Heroes."Organizers of an annual benefit for music education that focuses on the work of a specific artist had decided latest fall that Bowie would be featured for its thirteenth year.

Musicians turn out for David Bowie tribute concerts

A sold-out Carnegie Corridor audience joined a children'south chorus in a singalong to David Bowie'south "Space Oddity" Thursday, a sweet finish to a tribute concert that turned into a memorial through some bizarre timing.

Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips and Heart'south Ann Wilson were among the artists who joined Bowie'south former collaborator Tony Visconti and other musicians who'd performed with the late rock star.

"God bless David Bowie," Dylan said after performing the one thousand nine hundred seventy anthem "Heroes."

Organizers of an annual benefit for music education that focuses on the work of a specific artist had decided latest fall that Bowie would be featured for its thirteenth year. They publicly announced it in January — just hours before Bowie'south family said the rock star had died on Jan. 10.

The concert sold out in two hours, demand so ferocious that a second indicate was added for Friday at Radio City Music Hall.

After Bowie died, so many artists who were invited to carry out said they wanted to do it that organizers didn't have sufficient room and had to turn some away, said Michael Dorf, who produced the show.

"We felt kind of awkward because we're generally so humbly grateful to anyone who wants to partake in this," he said.

For much of the night, an enthusiastic, quick-to-its feet audience tried to will the performers into a better indicate than they gave. While some of Bowie'south best-known work was featured, there was an equal quantity of more obscure songs from his career.

Stipe, the former R. E. M. singer who presently sports a flowing, grey beard and nose ring, sang a hushed version of "Ashes to Ashes" in duet with Karen Nelson.

Blondie boss Deborah Harry wore a silver hoodie, and brought the crowd to its feet with her get on "Starman." Cyndi Lauper, with cotton candy-pink hair, struggled with the lyrics to "Suffragette City" and Laurie Anderson'south "Always Crashing in the Same Car" sounded under-rehearsed.

Wilson got the audience emotional with "Let'south Dance," while Rickie Lee Jones spoke-sang an acoustic version of "All the Young Dudes."

After a feedback-drenched get on "The Man Who Sold the World," Joseph Arthur unfurled an American flag that'd an unprintable message to Donald Trump spray-painted on it.

The Flaming Lips injected a required note of weirdness. Singer Wayne Coyne wore a suit of lights and sat atop the shoulders of a bandmate dressed as Chewbaca for "Life on Mars."

A tiff the night before cost the indicate one of its best-known acts, the Roots. Boss Questlove said the Roots were pulling out, annoyed that the drummer for the band Holy Holy wouldn't share equipment during a rehearsal.

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