Once he sang about having five years left, now it’s five years since he left us: January 10 marks the fifth anniversary of David Bowie’s death. Two days before that, on January 8, it’s what would have been his seventy-fourth birthday. So it’s the perfect time to ignore the still-generally-awful situation out in the wider world and have a little celebration of the life and times of the Thin White Duke.
Naturally you’ll be wanting to smash his back catalogue, but there are also a couple of very special one-off web events happening to feed your Bowiemania.
First up, there’s ‘A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!’. Its a gargantuan three-hour-long streamed concert event in which a glittering array of musical and acting royalty – including Trent Reznor, Duran Duran, Billy Corgan, Macy Gray, Gary Oldman, Gary Barlow, Anna Calvi and loads more – perform covers of the Thin White Duke’s work, both greatest hits and deep cuts.
The event is produced and hosted by Mike Garson, Bowie’s longest-serving band member (best known for that shiver-inducing piano solo on ‘Aladdin Sane’). He heads up a veritable Who’s Who of the great man’s alumni – from Rick Wakeman through to the ‘Blackstar’ band – to provide backing.
As the title suggests, it really is just for one day: the concert begins streaming at 6pm PST on Friday January 8 (that’s 2am GMT on Saturday January 9), and will be available for 24 hours thereafter, with $2 from each $25 ticket sale going to the charity Save the Children. You can book tickets here.
Secondly, there’s a welcome return for ‘Lazarus’, the avant-garde musical Bowie completed in the last months of his life. It had runs in New York and London, and a recording of the latter will be available to watch for three days, from January 8 to 10, streaming at fixed times in GMT, PST, EST, CET and AEDT. Buy a streaming ticket here.
Starring Michael C Hall (who also appears in ‘A Bowie Celebration’), ‘Lazarus’ is a hauntingly weird sequel to the seminal Bowie-starring flick ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ that received a glowing review from Time Out London back in 2016.
Now check out some more very cool virtual things to do this week.