These 5 tributes have celebrated Bowie's legacy in different ways
It didn’t take very long for people to start to honour David Bowie in any way they possibly could after news of his passing.
Every city hosted at least one tribute show (usually many more) that allowed local and visiting artists a chance to play the Bowie songs that have influenced them so profoundly.
Now we haven’t been able to fit in absolutely every Bowie tribute that has transpired since his passing. There are literally hundreds of them – some very big, some far humbler, but all of them organised and presented with the utmost love and appreciation of this giant of contemporary music.
Here are a few different tributes that have taken place in the past 12 months.
David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed
Nothing Has Changed is one of the many homegrown Bowie tributes that has seen great Aussie artists show their respect for the artist. This one featured Adalita, Tim Rogers, iOTA, Deborah Conway, Steve Kilbey, Davey Lane, Ashley Naylor and Robyn Loau. It took place at the Sydney Opera House in May and then moved around the country in October.
Hear highlights from the Nothing Has Changed Melbourne show at 8pm tonight
Bowie in Berlin
The latest tribute saw a crack team of Aussie musicians shining a light on Bowie’s influential Berlin years. It’s 40 years since the release of the Low, the first album in the Berlin trilogy, so it was good timing for a tribute to this integral part of his career.
With Low, Heroes and Lodger, Bowie gave the world his most thought-provoking work yet. Some of it was bleak, some of it was beautiful, but all of it was brilliant in its own unique way.
The great Mick Harvey served as the musical director for these shows (honestly, we couldn’t think of a better man for the job) and guest vocalists Kylie Auldist, Dave Graney, Ron Peno, Kim Salmon and Max Sharam were there to bring the songs to life.
Celebrating David Bowie
This enormous tribute hits Sydney at the end of this month and, in many ways, is the biggest Bowie tribute the country has seen yet. What makes us say that?
Well, mainly the involvement of actual Bowie collaborators like Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell and Holly Palmer. It just lends a kind of legitimacy that is hard to match. Those artists started doing the show last year, so it should be sounding pretty damn sweet by the time it makes it to us.
We also think the inclusion of Aussie legends Bernard Fanning, Paul Dempsey and Sarah Blasko is pretty great, same goes for Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Gaby Moreno, Joe Sumner and Scrote.
A similar show happened in the UK recently, featuring the likes of Gary Oldman, La Roux, Simon Le Bon and Def Leppard as the guest artists. According to the NME, it was pretty special.
Sydney Festival: Let’s Dance
Last night saw plenty of Sydney’s biggest Bowie fans dancing the night away with the help of some of Bowie’s greatest tunes. A crack band backed up renowned Australian Bowie tribute artist Jeff Duff on some of the greatest hits, while DJs, burlesque and aerial performers and videographers made it a captivating visual and aural celebration.
Bowie’s Books: David Bowie and Literature
While there have been countless tributes to Bowie’s music and the influence it has had on so many over the years, this event held in Northampton in the UK is a little different.
Bowie’s Books examines the artist’s relationship with literature through a series of keynote speeches and panel sessions. There are no doubt going to be some interesting takeaways from sessions such as Exempting from Sense: David Bowie and the Swooning of Language and panels featuring people who’ve written papers like Raising Newton—The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus, and the Problem of Evil and Reading David Bowie’s Homosexual Argot Across Time.
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