July 3, 1973: David Bowie performs his last gig as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig. (Photo by Express / Express / Getty Images)
After being delayed for 24 hours due to COVID-19 conditions in Los Angeles, the David Bowie “Just For One Day” tribute streaming concert took place last night. Hosted by longtime Bowie pianist Mike Garson, the show featured a number of artists (and actors) of all genres and generations, supported by alumni of Bowie’s various bands over the decades.
The show took a creative approach to social distancing; during certain performances, musicians shared the stage between them, often accompanied by other musicians via control screens. Sometimes it was difficult to know who was “there” and who was not. Most of the performers weren’t featured (neither did the backing musicians, who died), so if you didn’t know who they were you might have been confused. And a lot of the songs were obscure (although most of the big hits were played), so often you didn’t really know what you were seeing or hearing. Which was very much on Bowie’s mind. (And by the end of the show, the musical credits for each song were displayed onscreen.) Unfortunately, at press time, there are no plans to post any performances on YouTube, or any other release. performs.
Here’s how the show went:
- Duran Duran opened with “Five Years,” accompanied by Mike Garson, who was a part of almost every performance. Duran recorded a different version of the song and released it earlier in the week.
- Halestorm frontman Lzzy Hale and Broadway star Lena Hall performed “Moonage Daydream
- Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins sang “Space Oddity” accompanied by Garson on piano.
- Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and his wife Etty Farrell, accompanied by a mime, performed “The Man Who Sold The World”.
- Singer / songwriter / guitarist Anna Calvi performed Bowie’s 2003 “Bring Me The Disco King” Reality album
- Gary Barlow of the UK 90s band Take That sang “Fame”.
- Corey Glover of Living Color, who toured with Bowie alumni on their “Bowie Celebration” tours, sang “Young Americans”.
- Former Bowie bassist Gail Ann Dorsey sang ‘Can You Hear Me’ from Young Americans.
- Bernard Fowler, longtime member of the Rolling Stones touring group and another former student of the “Bowie Celebration” tours, performed “Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (reprise)”.
- Charlie Sexton, who opened for Bowie in the ’80s and was a longtime member of Bob Dylan’s band, performed “Let’s Dance”.
- Judith Hill, who worked with Michael Jackson and Prince, and featured in the 20 feet of fame documentary (and participated in The voice) performed “Lady Stardust”.
- Macy Gray, who opened one of Bowie’s last tours, performed “Changes”.
- Garson then paid homage to one of Bowie’s legendary sidemen, Mick Ronson, performing “Slaughter on 110th Avenue”, the title track from Ronson’s first solo in 1974.
- Jazz singer Catherine Russell performed an obscure song from the start of Bowie’s career, “Conversation Piece”.
- Charlie Sexton returned to play “Rebel Rebel”.
- Joe Elliott of Def Leppard sang “Win”, from Young Americans, followed by “Ziggy Stardust”.
- Taylor Momsen of Pretty Reckless did a light version of “Quicksand” accompanied by Mike Garson.
- Charlie Sexton returned again to play “DJ” and “Blue Jean”.
- Michael C. Hall – star of Six feet Under ground and Dexter, who starred in the production of Bowie’s Lazarus, sang “Where are we now?” »From 2013 The next day.
- “Ground Control,” a band made up of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro, and Foo Fighters’ Chris Chaney and Taylor Hawkins, performed two songs. first, Hawkins sang “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” (there was another drummer instead). Then Hawkins moved behind the drums and Taylor sang “Hang On To Yourself”.
- Actor Gary Oldman performed a stripped-down version of Tin Machine’s “I Can’t Read”.
- Jesse Malin, singer-songwriter and frontman of 90s punk band D-Generation, performed “The Jean Genie”.
- Gail Ann Dorsey returned to sing “Strangers When We Meet”, a song Bowie first recorded in 1993. The Suburban buddha and re-recorded for the years 1995 1.Outside album.
- Peter Frampton, who played guitar in Bowie’s touring band in the 1980s, played “Suffragette City”.
- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails performed “Fantastic Voyage”, 1979’s Tenant. Then, they were joined by Mariqeen Maandig (the three are part of a group called How To Destroy Angels together; she and Reznor are married) for “Fashion”.
- Ian Astbury of The Cult performed “Lazarus”, from Bowie’s latest album, 2016
- British singer / songwriter YUNGBLUD, accompanied by Rick Wakeman of Yes, performed “Life On Mars?” Wakeman performed on the original version of the song.
- Boy George did a mix of songs from the 1973 Aladdin Sané album: “Lady Grinning Soul”, “Time” and “Aladdin Sane”.
- Mott The Hoople frontman Ian Hunter performed one of his own solo songs, “Dandy,” a song he wrote as a tribute to Bowie; it’s on his 2016 album, “Fingers Crossed”. After that, of course, he sang “All The Young Dudes” by Mott The Hoople, written for the group by Bowie.
- Adam Lambert, who has been singing for Queen for years and is also a solo star, sang “Starman”.
- Judith Hill returned as a duet with R&B singer Andra Day on the Queen / Bowie duo, “Under Pressure”.
- Bernard Fowler ended the show with a triumphant “Heroes”, accompanied by 10-year-old drum sensation Nandi Bushnell.