Sunday, January 8th would’ve been David Bowie’s 70th birthday. To mark the occasion, Bowie’s longtime friend and collaborator Gary Oldman led an all-star collective of musicians in the first of a series of tribute concerts honoring the Thin White Duke.
Last night’s tribute took place at London’s 02 Academy and featured an evening of cover songs performed by Oldman himself, Gail Ann Dorsey, La Roux, Mr Hudson, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, and many more.
According to NME, the artists performed over 30 songs, including Oldman’s emotional openers of “Dead Man Walking” and “The Man Who Sold the World”. La Roux energetically covered “Golden Years”, while Mr. Hudson led a sing-along performance of “Starman” and Le Bon shared his rendition of “Let’s Dance”. Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey gave a rousing performance of “Space Oddity”.
Check out concert footage below. You can also stream No Plan, an EP collecting Bowie’s final recordings, here.
(Read: David Bowie’s Top 70 Songs)
Gary Oldman – “Dead Man Walking”
Gary Oldman – “The Man Who Sold the World”
La Roux – “Golden Years”
Mr Hudson – “Starman”
Simon LeBon – “Let’s Dance”
Gail Ann Dorsey – “Space Oddity”
Joe Elliott – “All The Young Dudes”