David Bowie’s 70th birthday to be commemorated with huge live charity show at O2 Academy Brixton on 8th January

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The late, great David Bowie’s 70th birthday is set to be  remembered in a one-off series of global goodwill concerts featuring his band members, friends and a massive ensemble of top recording and touring musicians from around the world.

The Celebrating David Bowie shows will be played in aid of local charitiesand we’re delighted to hear that the London show will take place here in Bowie’s birthplace, Brixton, at the O2 Academy on what would have been his 70th birthday – Sunday 8th January 2017.

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The concerts, announced sporadically, will all take place in cities that have a strong connection with David Bowie and his work and will all feature thirty travelling musicians, plus another forty or more local musicians. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the ‘Children & the Arts’ charity:  http://www.childrenandarts.org.uk/

In photos: Brixton's David Bowie shrine - tributes left during July 2016

The concept grew out of two informal large ensemble shows with over seventy musicians in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the spring of 2016 including Gary Oldman, Seal, Ewan McGregor, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, and Bowie band alumni from Space Oddity to the latest Blackstar album.

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Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman, who delivered an emotional speech about David at The BRIT Awards, and this giant ensemble from Los Angeles and New York City, will be joined in London by former Bowie band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with many other special guests to be announced.

In photos: Brixton’s David Bowie shrine - tributes left during August 2016

Individually these musicians performed, wrote and recorded together with David through several decades including the 1973’s Ziggy Stardust tour, the Diamond Dogs tour, Isolar II (Heroes) tour, to the hugely successful Serious Moonlight tour, the Sound And Vision greatest hits tour to Glastonbury 2000, Heathen, his final A Reality Tour and many of them appeared on Bowie’s triumphant comeback album, The Next Day.

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After their BRIT Awards tribute performance, Bowie’s last touring band refrained from further opportunities to honor him as it was still too emotional, but as word reached them about the sincerity of this particular group with Gary Oldman, they slowly decided to come on board to say goodbye to David properly in a grand show, keeping in line with his tremendous legacy.

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Far from a tribute, this ensemble includes David Bowie’s people, playing David Bowie music and in David Bowie style. This is the first and last time this inner circle will do anything like this and these shows are likely to be the last time that they perform his music together; sadly, this may be the closest anyone will come to a David Bowie live experience ever again.

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Celebrating David Bowie will take place at O2 Academy Brixton Sunday 8th January 2016. Tickets will cost £55.00 advance to £150.00 VIP advance tickets  from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/ or 0844 477 2000

Tickets go on sale this week with an O2 Priority presale at 9am on Wednesday 16th November and general sale from 9am on Friday 18th November.