To celebrate David Bowie’s birthday and mark the fifth anniversary of his untimely death,
The evening opened with Duran Duran covering Bowie’s “Five Years,” a track originally released on his seminal 1972 LP The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
The event “A Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!” was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, but was pushed back one day due to technical difficulties. Despite these bumps in the road, the virtual concert boasted notable performances from many of rock’s biggest stars.
Saturday’s three-hour “A Bowie Celebration” livestream came within spitting distance of giving the duke his due, with a worthy cast of dozens that included Duran Duran, Trent Reznor, Andra Day, Yungblud, Adam Lambert, Ian Hunter and Gary Oldman fronting superb arrangements put together by host Mike Garson, Bowie’s longtime pianist.