Experience the Tunes: Bowie enthusiasts equipment up for streaming birthday tribute present

Many years really worth of gathering vinyl. Photo by Aimsel Pont

This calendar year, David Bowie’s birthday will be celebrated with a enormous, all-star tribute concert streaming around the environment on Saturday, when he would have turned 75, and I can’t wait.

The exhibit, termed A Bowie Celebration, attributes a main band of several of his former bandmates which includes keyboardist Mike Garson, guitarists Earl Slick and Charlie Sexton, bassist Carmine Rojas, drummer Omar Hakim and saxophonist Stan Harrison. Visitor performers involve Def Leppard, John Taylor and Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran, Living Color, Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty, actor Gary Oldman, Stroll the Moon, Bowie’s longtime bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, Rolling Stones backing vocalist Bernard Fowler, singer Judith Hill and bassist/singer Joe Sumner (son of Sting). Comic and actor Ricky Gervais will also be there. We can hope to hear Bowie tracks that span his whole occupation.

A assortment that has grown since the 80s. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

A Bowie Celebration will be focused to photographer Mick Rock who handed absent in November and who shot some of the most iconic Bowie photos out there. The 35th anniversary of the Bowie-starring film “Labyrinth” will also be honored. 1 of the issues I’m most searching ahead to is the hardly ever-in advance of-found Bowie footage that will be part of the evening’s method. A part of proceeds from the display will gain the nonprofit Help save the Little ones.

David Bowie died from liver most cancers on Jan. 10, 2016, just two days immediately after releasing the masterpiece album “Blackstar.” A admirer due to the fact the age of 8, I fell apart that morning and have never ever really recovered, these kinds of is the love I have for my all-time preferred musician. For me, there’s by no means been everyone fairly like him in conditions of chameleon-like creativity, and I contemplate myself fortunate to have been in a position to see him conduct are living on a few occasions.

Aimsel Ponti at the Bowie 75 pop-up on Wooster Avenue in New York Metropolis carrying a David Bowie cap, T-shirt and confront mask, November 2021. Picture courtesy of Aimsel Ponti

My beloved album is “The Increase and Drop of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” which I’m listening to as I produce this. “Hunky Dory” is a near second for the reason that of songs like “Oh! You Fairly Items,” “Life on Mars?” and especially “Quicksand.” Throughout a trip to London a decade or so in the past, I stood on the measures and in the telephone booth exactly where the photos on the front and back again addresses of the “Ziggy” album were shot, for the reason that of course I did.

This earlier September, when in Manhattan, I held my palm from the developing Bowie lived in for a lot of decades, and in the course of a return stop by to the city in November, I acquired to pay a visit to an outstanding, interactive pop-up exhibit in SoHo identified as “Bowie 75” exactly where they had a replica Ziggy cell phone booth and established from his “DJ” online video. “Bowie 75” is in London and New York City through the stop of the thirty day period and details can be uncovered at bowie75.com. If you’re a Bowie enthusiast with access to either metropolis, you really don’t want to miss it.

Five several years afterwards, I’m continue to grappling with the actuality that Bowie isn’t alive. I never consider I recognized what consolation I took just figuring out he was co-existing on the world. But I am thankful for all the new music he remaining powering since my passion for it at this kind of an early age paved the way for new music to develop into these types of an necessary component of my daily life. Anything reminds me of a track, and I appreciate that. And couple things make me happier than seeing an artist I appreciate perform stay. I have Bowie to thank for that.

I reached out to fellow Bowie fanatic Bethany Round in Westbrook who shared that when she was 10 decades outdated, Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album was introduced, and she wore out her cassette of it.  She sums up Bowie’s importance in her everyday living this way: “His demise, and the ‘Black Star’ album drew a line beneath my really like of tunes in typical. His operate is a lens I gaze by means of to realize creative imagination and authenticity.”

I also popped down to my “home” Bull Moose store, in South Portland’s Mill Creek, the place I eyed the just about as well hefty to elevate $400 vinyl box set and perused the lots of image discs and other Bowie vinyl they have in stock. Retail store manager Max Hansen stated they continuously market his music on vinyl and CD formats with the former staying the main edition fans purchase. It came as no shock to me that, even 5 yrs soon after his passing, David Bowie is still a celebrity.

It will be a bittersweet experience observing A Bowie Celebration, but I also cannot wait around to freak out in a Bowie-induced moon-age daydream, oh yeah!

A Bowie Celebration
6 p.m. Saturday. Can be streamed on-demand for 24 several hours, $25. rollinglivestudios.com/collections/bowie

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