Some of the music industry’s biggest stars gathered Friday night to remember the late David Bowie with a tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The concert, named The Music of David Bowie, was originally planned as part of an annual tribute series to different songwriters as a means to benefit music education for children. Planned since October of last year and approved by Bowie, the concert was announced shortly just before the news of Bowie’s death in January. The event immediately took on a new meaning as a tribute show, instantly selling out, adding a second Radio City concert, and offering fans the option of watching the proceedings online.
Bowie’s universal acclaim was reflected in the show’s diverse lineup, which included former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe (his reverent striped down version of “Ashes to Ashes” with singer/model Karen Elson was a highlight of the night), along with Blondie, Sean Lennon, Pixies, and the Flaming Lips. Appropriately, the show closed with an all-star group singalong of “Space Oddity,” led by Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! Backstage.
Below, read tributes from some of the musicians that performed on how David Bowie impacted them.
The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne:
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe:
Blondie’s Debbie Harry:
Blondie’s Chris Stein:
Blondie’s Clem Burke:
Pixies’ Black Francis:
TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone:
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