Longtime Bowie bassist Gail Ann Dorsey takes center stage at several points during the show
By David Sands
January 10, 2016
The great David Bowie was remembered by a gathering of guest performers and former bandmates — including his longtime bassist Gail Ann Dorsey — at a special tribute concert at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England on Sunday (Jan. 8).
Held on his birthday and two days before the anniversary of his Jan. 10, 2016 death, the show was organized by his friend, actor Gary Oldman and advertised as “Bowie people performing Bowie music Bowie style.” The sold-out show, which will benefit the Children & The Arts charity, filled the 5,000 seat venue.
Guest stars at the “Celebrating David Bowie With Gary Oldman And Friends” concert included Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott who belted out “All The Young Dudes” (A Mott The Hoople song penned by Bowie) and “Sufragette City” and Duran Duran’s Simon le Bon who sang “Let’s Dance” with London Community Gospel Choir.
The performances featured three different versions of his band playing his tunes, with appearances by guitarists Earl Slick and Adrian Belew, pianist Mark Garson and drummers Zachary Alford and Sterling Campbell. Gail Ann Dorsey, didn’t just play the bass, she also held down lead vocals on a number of songs, including “Space Oddity” and “Young Americans.” (WATCH VIDEO OF HER BELOW.)
In a Jan. 6 Facebook post anticipating the concert and a screening of the BBC doc Bowie The Last Five Years Dorsey noted that she had a “heavy weekend” ahead, but also reflected on her time with the great artist.
“I feel so incredibly blessed and fortunate to be a part of his amazing legacy… and I feel so incredibly sad that he is no longer among us,” she said.
The London show was just one in a series of tributes that will also take place in New York, L.A., Sydney and Tokyo.
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