Update: Rolling Live Studios had an issue with the broadcast, so the event has now been rescheduled for tomorrow night, Sat. Jan. 9, 6 p.m. PT. More info at HYFI.com/Bowie.
David Bowie passed away four years ago on Jan. 10, just two days after his date of birth, Jan. 8, and the loss for fans still resonates for a number of reasons. Bowie’s poetic music and artistic, audacious persona always provided musical escape, and in the past four years, when our world has devolved into cultural chaos, it’s not a stretch to say that we needed it and him more than ever (“Life on Mars,” “This is Not America” and “I’m Afraid of Americans” have never been more meaningful, sadly). Thankfully, his friends and comrades have made efforts to keep Bowie magic alive via a series of all-star concerts since his death.
The starman’s pianist Mike Garson has assembled some of the best of these, and tonight on Bowie’s 74th birthday, he takes the gathering to the streaming platform with the biggest line-up yet. The epic bill includes Trent Reznor, Boy George, Adam Lambert, Duran Duran, Perry Farrell, Peter Frampton, Billy Corgan (who apparently wants to be called “William” now), YUNGBLUD, Andra Day, Dave Navarro, Corey Taylor, Taylor Hawkins, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover, Ian Astbury, Ricky Gervais, Gary Oldman, Gavin Rossdale, Joe Elliott, Macy Gray, Michael C. Hall and many more all playing with members of Bowie’s final touring band including Garson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Sterling Campbell, Gerry Leonard and Catherine Russell and Bowie producer and musician Tony Visconti (who did his own Bowie show at the Wiltern in 2017).
With COVID-19 making in-person concerts basically obsolete for the time being, the online music experience is here to stay. Involvement by top virtual event outlets including HYFI (providing access to broadcast-quality video and sound, with full 4K HDR) and Rolling Live Studios’ (a virtual events platform that helps coordinate charitable components; portions of this one will go to one of Bowie’s favorite charities- Save The Children), not to mention the talent involved, make this a must-stream way to celebrate a musical hero, if “just for one day.” Fri., Jan. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. and available to ticket holders for 24 hours thereafter. HYFI.com/Bowie.