David Bowie fans wished him happy birthday over the phone at a gig in New York last week, just days before his death.
Bowie’s long-term producer Tony Visconti played at the city’s Highline Ballroom on Friday night (January 8), the same day as the iconic singer’s 69th birthday.
According to Brooklyn Vegan, Visconti performed a series of Bowie covers with his band Holy Holy, including ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘Changes’.
During the gig, Visconti called up Bowie himself and held his phone out so fans could sing him ‘Happy Birthday’. Watch in the video below.
Visconti will also helm a tribute concert in Bowie’s honour, which will take place on March 31 at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The likes of The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper and Perry Farrell will perform. The gig was announced prior to the news of Bowie’s death.
The news that Bowie has lost an 18-month battle with cancer was announced this morning with his son, film director Duncan Jones, among the first to shares his message of love for his late father.
Visconti said in a statement that the singer’s final album ‘Blackstar’ (released last week) was recorded as a “parting gift” to his fans.
“He always did what he wanted to do,” the message begins. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”