Organised by known Bowie collaborators Arcade Fire and Preservational Hall Jazz Band, the procession marched through the city performing The Thin White Duke’s most famous songs, effectively shutting down entire streets of the city.
Bowie and the Montreal rockers worked together frequently in the last years of his life. The Brixton-born singer first joined Win Butler and co on stage at a Fashion Rocks concert in 2005 for a rendition of ‘Wake Up’, from their debut album ‘Funeral’. The performance turned out to be the 27 studio album veteran’s penultimate live show. Later in 2013 Bowie sang a guest vocal on the title song of their most recent album ‘Reflektor’.
Earlier this week frontman Butler paid tribute to the “true artist” who welcomed the band into the music industry “with grace and warmth”.
He said: “David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. I will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of my life. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”
David Bowie, 69 when he died, was cremated last week with no funeral, the Daily Mirror reports. His ashes are to be interred secretly in a place known only to his closest family to avoid creating a public shrine.
The parade was a raucous affair, as you can see from the images below:
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