By Lori Perkins
Yesterday would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday (and Elvis Presley’s 86th birthday – they were born on the same day!) and promoters have been working on the “Just for One Day” tribute concert for what is also the five-year marker of Bowie’s death on January 10th. Tonight at 9:00 ET, a three-hour concert featuring such performers Simon LeBon of Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Perry Farrell, the Cult’s Ian Astbury, Yungblud, Anna Calvi, actors Gary Oldman and Michael C. Hall will be available for streaming on Rollingstoneslive.com for $25.
The list of talent also includes several longtime members of Bowie’s bands, including keyboardist and host Mike Garson, bassist-producer Tony Visconti, guitarists Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick, bassist/singer Gail Ann Dorsey, drummers Zachary Alford and Sterling Campbell, singer Ava Cherry, along with featured performers like keyboardist Rick Wakeman, saxophonist David Sanborn and dozens more.
According to an article in Variety, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran, who will perform “Five Years” at the event, said in a statement, “My life as a teenager was all about David Bowie. He is the reason why I started writing songs. Part of me still can’t believe in his death five years ago, but maybe that’s because there’s a part of me where he’s still alive and always will be. When we got the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ LP and put the needle in the groove, our first taste of its perfection was the song ‘Five Years.’ I can’t begin to explain how honored I feel for Duran Duran to be given the opportunity to perform this icon, and to place our name alongside Bowie’s for this commemoration of his music.”
The concert’s organizers will donate $2 per ticket of the $25 purchase to the Save the Children organization, a charity that was important to Bowie and the beneficiary of funds raised from his 50th Birthday Concert held in 1997 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden featuring many of the artists who will be featured at this event.
Below is the link to the event page to purchase tickets and merchandise, https://rollinglivestudios.com/collections/bowie