Gary Oldman will lead London proceedings.
The life and work of David Bowie will be celebrated next year with a series of shows across the globe on what would have been his 70th birthday. A variety of stars and artists are due to pay tribute at the event, including Bowie's main musical collaborators, his friends, and a series of other musicians.
David Bowie's 70th birthday to be celebrated in January
In honour of David Bowie's birthday and in the run-up to the first anniversary of his death, the stars will align to produce a celebratory concert of more than 70 acts entitled 'Celebrating David Bowie'. It's a show that one spokesperson has branded 'create a sound like no other'.
Inspired by the various tribute shows following his death including Los Angeles and San Francisco where Bowie's band, Gary Oldman, Seal, Ewan McGregor and Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison among others joined together to remember the superstar, 'Celebrating David Bowie' will also see an amalgamation of all the most important people from Bowie's career. Lady Gaga and Lorde are among some of the high-profile artists who also made tribute performances in the wake of his death.
'Child 44' star Gary Oldman will lead tributes for the show in London, which will take place at the O2 Academy in Brixton. The actor accepted the Icon Award at the 2016 Brit Awards on behalf of the singer in February, where he praised his dear friend as 'the very definition, he was the living embodiment of that singular word icon'.
Also expected to make appearances are Bowie's band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Sterling Campbell, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell. All proceeds from the London show will be donated to the Children & the Arts charity. Further details are yet to be announced.
David Bowie passed away on January 10th 2016, just two days after the release of his final album 'Blackstar'. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, he had been battling liver cancer for 18 months.
'Celebrating David Bowie' will take place on January 8th 2016.
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