Though this dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic seems to be in its very early stages of infiltration here in the states, we are now beginning to see announcements from groups that line out when they have rescheduled the touring plans that were originally postponed. To many, it seems like its far too early but I will be one of the hopeful as we now share the skinny on the rescheduled run by “A Bowie Celebration”. Take a look down below.
The Press Release:
Mike Garson’s A Bowie Celebration has announced specific dates for fourteen of the performances that were postponed or cancelled as a result of the global pandemic. The tour will resume on September 2 in Detroit. General and VIP tickets can be purchased here at http://www.ABowieCelebration.com/. A portion of tour proceeds will go to The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund to help peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A BOWIE CELEBRATION features key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands from across the decades. Anchored by Mike Garson along with a revolving selection of additional performers which include Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong and Alan Childs. This tour will focus on David Bowie’s fifth album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and his eighth studio album Diamond Dogs – both ranked amongst the greatest albums of all time.
Keyboardist and band leader Mike Garson is the longest-standing member of any of Bowie’s bands, having performed with David at over 1,000 concerts. Joining him are Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight/Glass Spider bassist Carmine Rojas and Alan Childs, who was Bowie’s drummer on his 1987 Glass Spider world tour. Kevin Armstrong also joins the David Bowie alumni tour having recorded and played with Bowie at Live Aid, on the first Tin Machine album and tour, amongst other Bowie projects. Between them, the alumni band have over 40 years tenure recording, writing and playing live with Bowie (Additional detail on the players follows below).
Also joining the upcoming A BOWIE CELEBRATION tour in North America is vocalist Corey Glover, founding member of Living Colour, along with Canada’s rock sensation Sass Jordan and fan favorite Joe Sumner.
Rescheduled Tour Dates:
9/02: Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/03: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre
9/04: Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
9/05: Falls Church, VA @ The State Theatre
9/09: Toronto, ON @ QET
9/11: Medford, MA @ Chevalier Theatre
9/12: Lebanon, NH @ Lebanon Opera House
9/13: New London, CT @ Garde Arts Center – Mainstage
9/16: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie
9/17: Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
9/18: Englewood, NJ @ Bergen PAC
9/19: New York, NY @ Sony Hall
9/20: Brookville, NY @ Tilles Center
ABOUT THE ‘A BOWIE CELEBRATION’ BAND
Mike Garson is featured on numerous Bowie albums, including his much talked about masterly solo on the Aladdin Sane track. Garson was Bowie’s longest and most frequent band member. They performed together for both David’s first and last concerts in the United States as well as 1,000 concerts around the globe in between. On Garson, Bowie said “It is pointless to talk about his ability as a pianist. He is exceptional. However, there are very, very few musicians, let alone pianists, who naturally understand the movement and free thinking necessary to hurl themselves into experimental or traditional areas of music, sometimes, ironically, at the same time. Mike does this with such enthusiasm that it makes my heart glad just to be in the same room with him.”
Carmine Rojas toured the world with David Bowie, playing bass on several multi-platinum hits such as “Let’s Dance”, “China Girl”, “Modern Love” and “Blue Jean” on the Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider tours. He’s also recorded and toured with Julian Lennon and Rod Stewart as musical director and bassist. In addition, Carmine has recorded and toured with the likes of Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and many more.
Kevin Armstrong first met Bowie in 1985 on sessions for Absolute Beginners after which he helped David put the band together and play for his Live Aid performance followed by recording the Bowie / Jagger song “Dancing in the Street” together. Kevin played on the Bowie’s first Tin Machine album and tour and wrote and played on the Outside album with Bowie who introduced him to Iggy Pop and was featured on their Blah Blah Blah album. Kevin continues to play with Iggy Pop today. Armstrong says, “It’s a great honor to join Mike Garson and my Bowie brothers to help bring David Bowie’s amazing legacy to new audiences.”
Alan Childs was Bowie’s drummer on his 1987 Glass Spider world tour and is featured on the tour album and DVD. Alan has also played with the likes of Julian Lennon, Rod Stewart, John Waite and many others. Alan plays all instruments and sings on his solo album and EP Alan Childs Aftermath. Alan says, “I am totally psyched to be joining A BOWIE CELEBRATION! What a great band of Bowie alumni with a mission is to keep David’s music alive in a concert setting for all the fans!”
Corey Glover is a founding member of Living Colour and has helped prove that not only could black guys kick out the jams, but that they could be embraced by a vast expanse of fans. Living Colour earned numerous industry awards including back-to-back Grammys for Best Hard Rock Performance and emerged as one of the most influential rock acts of all time: regularly selling out arenas and selling millions of albums. On touring with A BOWIE CELEBRATION, Glover says “I am so looking forward to returning to the Bowie alum, jamming and sharing the music of Bowie with the world – the most brilliant thought-provoking music ever conceived!”
Sass Jordan has received a Canadian Juno Award, Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award and was a judge on the hit Canadian Idol television program. Sass starred in the Off-Broadway production of “Love, Janis” and has worked with Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Steve Miller Band, Van Halen, The Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Santana, Joe Cocker, Styx, Rodger Hodgson, April Wine, Jeff Healy, and countless others. Sass says, “I am extremely honored to be part of a show that celebrates the astonishing legacy of one of my ultimate idols, David Bowie, as well as getting to play with some of the master musicians from his bands. Bowie is one of the reasons I wanted to be a performer, and doing this tour is like playing a love letter to his memory every night!”
Joe Sumner is a singer-songwriter and bassist for the rock band Fiction Plane. Sumner, a native of England, learned to play guitar and drums when he was a teenager, and was inspired to write songs when he heard Nirvana’s album Nevermind. An accomplished musician and singer, in 2017, Sumner toured with Sting on the massively successful 57th and 9th world tour. On A BOWIE CELEBRATION, Sumner says “This band of Bowie alumni is full of people that David himself trusted to bring his visions to life. Now they’re the perfect stewards to keep his spirit alive and it’s such an honor to be part of it.”
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I only originally had posted the news about their tour back in February, before this terrible virus had landed on our shores and began spreading its nasty, I am repeating myself with this closer and only editing lightly to reflect the time. I caught this experience last year back in March I think it was. I go to so many things across the year that my specific dates get lost in the mental mix but that being said this was an incredible experience. I grew up on the music of David Bowie thanks to my Mom who used to play him on our stereo and I think when money was my own that “ChangesOneBowie” and “Ziggy Stardust” were among the first albums that I bought. Mind you this was on LP as those cute little CD’s weren’t even a thing yet. So this show is a long one so you will probably hear everything that you come hoping to and to say that they are talented musicians would be an understatement. I am going to do my best to check this out when it comes to NYC again at the Sony Hall but I guess the layout will be much different than the Irving Plaza one was for me. Anyway, that’s all I have about this announcement and I wonder what you all think about it. Feel free to chime in down below in the comments and I will see you next time around.
Official Website: http://ABowieCelebration.com