A Bowie Celebration, from Mike Garson and Rolling Live Studios, returns for year two.
Livestream featuring Def Leppard, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, Living Colour, Evan Rachel Wood, Rob Thomas, Gary Oldman, Walk the Moon, Jake Wesley Rogers and more, with a special appearance from Ricky Gervais, set for January 8, will benefit Save the Children. More lineup additions coming soon!
STUDIO CITY, CA — Def Leppard and lead singer Joe Elliott, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, and John Taylor, Living Colour, Rob Thomas, Gary Oldman, Walk the Moon, Jake Wesley Rogers Kitten Kuroi, Maiya Sykes, Jules Galli, along with a special appearance by Ricky Gervais are among the artists joining the second annual A Bowie Celebration, set for January 8, 2022, what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday. The event, like last year’s inaugural live stream, will be available on RollingLiveStudios.com to enjoy worldwide for 24 hours.
This year’s A Bowie Celebration will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of Labyrinth, the classic fantasy film and Jim Henson/David Bowie collaboration, with a special performance from actress Evan Rachel Wood, and an appearance by Brian Henson. The show will be dedicated to frequent Bowie photographer Mick Rock, and will include never-before-seen interview footage.
The band will be comprised of former Bowie alumni band members from throughout his legendary career, led by Mike Garson, who was the rock icon’s longest running and most frequently used band member. Other band members will include Earl Slick, Charlie Sexton, Alan Childs, Steve Elson, Mark Guiliana, Omar Hakim, Stan Harrison, Tim Lefebvre, Gerry Leonard and Carmine Rojas.
A portion of the ticket sales will go to the Save the Children organization, a charity important to Bowie and the beneficiary of funds raised from his 50th Birthday Concert held in 1997 at Madison Square Garden.
Additional guest vocalists set to perform Bowie favorites include Gail Ann Dorsey, Bernard Fowler, Judith Hill, Gaby Moreno, Gretchen Parlato, Joe Sumner and more to be announced. Line-up subject to change.
Tickets are on sale now at http://RollingLiveStudios.com/Bowie. The livestream, beginning at 6PM PST, will be available for 24 hours after the event. VIP ticket bundles include various exclusive merchandise and opportunities, including access to a virtual Q&A with members of the band and even a custom piano track from Garson himself.
Garson played on dozens of Bowie albums and performed in more concerts with Bowie than any other band member, including both Bowie’s first and final performances in the United States.
Mike Garson says, “It’s an honor to be able to continue to share David Bowie’s music with the world. I’m excited for everyone to be able to experience this very special show we’ve got in store in celebration of what would have been David’s 75th birthday with the bandmates he recorded and performed with, plus a great group of guest artists who he was such an influence to.”
Rolling Live Studios have quickly become the preeminent producers of premium events and livestreams, including WME partner Richard Weitz’s now-legendary Quarantunes series.
“It’s an absolute thrill for me and the stellar team at Rolling Live Studios to be producing and directing A Bowie Celebration for the second year,” said RLS founder Kerry Brown. “Working with my dear friend and Bowie’s piano man Mike Garson alongside the best musicians and artists in the world celebrating David Bowie’s amazing career is a dream come true.”
About Mike Garson
Universally respected for his impressive skills as a pianist, Mike Garson is a respected composer, performer and educator, as well. He is perhaps best known for his relationship with David Bowie which began in 1972 for Bowie’s first performances in the United States. Garson made his mark on dozens of Bowie albums and travelled thousands of miles with him on his world tours. In 2006, Mike accompanied Bowie for his final public American performance. In more recent years, Garson has headlined his critically acclaimed concert production “A Bowie Celebration” touring the world with fellow alumni band members of Bowie’s bands along with world-class vocalists. He is also the subject of the international bestselling biography of his life, “Bowie’s Piano Man – The Life of Mike Garson” by Clifford Slapper. Garson is as comfortable in jazz, classical, pop and the rock arena and is considered one of the world’s best improvisers who has also composed thousands of pieces in every imaginable style. He continues to be called into duty as the secret weapon behind billboard-topping, Grammy lauded albums, tours and longstanding artist success.
About Rolling Live Studios
Rolling Live Studios offers premiere access to concerts, curated private events, fundraisers and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From exclusive interviews, performances from both legendary and emerging artists, and celebrity-studded live-streamed events, experience the highest standard of audio and visual quality directly on your television or digital device. Rolling Live Studios encompasses a new model for all things entertainment. Since its inception, Rolling Live Studios has produced more than 150 live virtual events and helped raise over $30 million in donations for an array of charities. Recent credits include the City of Hope’s Song of Hope Gala honoring Smokey Robinson, (DE)TOUR Virtual Music Festival presented by Morrison Hotel Gallery, Chrysalis Night In – Virtual Gala, The Fine Art of Self Distancing with Jesse Malin, RWQuarantunes in collaboration with WME’s Richard Weitz, Motion Picture & Television Fund’s pre-Emmy’s awards event “The Evening Before,” The Oscars’ “The Night Before,” and multiple livestreams for The Recording Academy.
About Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.