A second tribute concert in honour of the late David Bowie is due to take place tonight (April 1) in New York City, following the first event last night. ‘The Music of David Bowie’ features 18 artists and a setlist full of songs by the legendary artist, and demand for the tickets was huge when they went on sale earlier this year. Those who missed out on a chance to be there at Radio City Music Hall can still take part and stream the whole thing in exchange for a donation to charity.
Who’s performing? Mumford & Sons, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Pixies, Blondie, Esperanza Spalding and many more. The Rootshave pulled out after disputes over sharing equipment, but otherwise the line-up seems secure.
Mood. I’ve never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment (or my band’s equipment—-or resources or contacts or knowledge or ANYTHING) it angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated. (Believe you me I was about to get #TomPetty or #PettyWap or #PetRockAndCLSmooth or #BlackPetty or however you wanna roll wit it)—keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I’m working on. But I’m also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs. We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment.
To watch the gig you’ll need to donate – suggested amounts have been set at £15 or $20 – and contributions will go to a group of charities devoted to education and access to the arts. These include Grammy in the Schools, the Melodic Caring Project, Sonic Arts for All and The Orchestra Now. Skype are also involved, as a promotional sponsor of the stream, but the stream link will come via email – you just need to donate to receive it. Go to this website to find more details.