Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie's bands from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson along with a revolving selection of additional amazing Bowie band alumni including Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Charlie Sexton*, Kevin Armstrong, and Alan Childs. We're on the road with A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour featuring an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and an ever rotating mix of hits and deep cuts. Note that artist lineup may change and some band members will not perform on all dates.
Mike Garson was was David Bowie's longest and most frequent band member. He was featured on more than 20 Bowie albums, including his much talked about masterly solo on the Aladdin Sane track. Mike performed with David on both his 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."
Gerry Leonard was music director and guitar player for David Bowie on his Reality world tour and DVD along with Bowie's previous two records, Heathen and Reality and their subsequent tours along with his The Next Day album. Leonard remarks, "I am super excited to be continuing to bring David's music to his loyal fans with our tour. The combination of having his real band playing his music for his dedicated fans makes for a truly special night every time. It's such a wonderful way to keep David"s memory and musical legacy alive."
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. Rojas explains “It's inspirational to witness how excited the audience gets with each song we play. With this show the crowds are reminded how prolific David’s music was and they can’t stop singing and dancing - they can’t believe they're actually hearing the music as it was originally recorded by original musicians of David’s bands. That’s what sets this apart from anything else. It’s truly a spiritual event!”
Charlie Sextonbecame friends with David Bowie while recording his Never Let Me Down album. Sexton sat in with Bowie on the Glass Spider tour and was his special guest performer for the filming of the shows in Sydney. Sexton has also toured and recorded with Bob Dylan, contributed a track on the Thelma & Louise soundtrack and appeared in the Best Motion Picture Oscar winning movie Boyhood, and may be best known for his solo hit "Beat's So Lonely" and his work with the band Arc Angels.
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 honour 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, "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. Glover says “I'm 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!”
Mr Hudson is an award-winning singer/producer and songwriter from Birmingham, England. He became well known for his collaborations with Kanye West (platinum selling - 808’s & Heartbreak) & Jay Z’ anthem (Young Forever) while embarking on a solo career which has expanded into writing, producing and/or featuring with the likes of Duran Duran, DJ Snake, JP Cooper, Janelle Monae, John Legend to name a few. Mr Hudson says, “David Bowie is the reason I’m a musician. To sing his songs with his band is a surreal privilege and pleasure.”
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.”
Evan Rachel Woodis the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress and musician currently starring in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld. She?s also known for her roles in the film Thirteen and the Beatles musical drama Across the Universe.”