Bowie died on Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69, with reports suggesting that he had been suffering from liver cancer for 18 months.
The Canadian band played live with Bowie in September 2005 at New York’s Fashion Rocks event and would later collaborate with him on their 2013 album ‘Reflektor’. Bowie’s vocals can be heard on the album’s title track. Both acts also released a joint live EP with the money maden going to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Now, Arcade Fire have announced that they will host a parade through the streets of New Orleans this Saturday (January 16). Fans have been asked to wear their “best Bowie outfit or something more strange.”
Arcade Fire previously remembered Bowie in a statement obtained by NME: “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. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives.
“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,” the band wrote.
Meanwhile, David Bowie’s family have thanked fans for their recent “love and support” following the music icon’s passing, describing themselves as “overwhelmed and grateful”.
A message on David Bowie’s official Facebook page reads: “Thank you. The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.”
“They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times. We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.”
The statement adds: “However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organised or endorsed by the family.”
“Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David’s music, we welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.”