This was part of a very short tour which would go on to New York, California, Australia and Japan. Featuring Gary Oldman and a core band of Bowie luminaries including Mike Garson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard plus a galaxy of drummers, a choir, an orchestra and numerous special guest stars.
The seats were unreserved in the circle so it meant queuing for a long time outside the O2. As the torrential rain fell without pause, I noticed number of large rats scurrying around in the residential carpark to my left. Beggars frequently held out their bowls as they made their way up and down the queues. The tube strike had started, making the journey back to King's Cross problematic. My thoughts at this point were unquestionably selfish: This had better be a great gig.
The O2 was packed to the rafters and there was a heavy sense of expectation. Everyone was there for a good time, to experience a true celebration of the music of David Bowie, on what would have been his 70th birthday.
The show certainly did not disappoint as a cavalcade of stars took us on a musical journey lasting just a little under three hours. It was a unique experience, as the touring personnel will change as the show moves around the world.
The images below should help to convey some of the highlights of a wonderful evening.
|Gary Oldman opened the show with Dead Man Walking|
|Gaby Moreno's Five Years was undoubtedly one of the evening's highlights|
|The legendary Mike Garson|
|La Roux guested on Golden Years|
|Bernard Fowler powered his way through several songs, including Rebel Rebel|
|Earl Slick in full flow|
|Young Americans, with Gail Ann Dorsey and Steve Norman|
|Angelo Moore perhaps controversially announced himself as 'Nigger Stardust.'|
|Def Leppard's Joe Elliott|
|Changes featured Tony Hadley|
|Holly Palmer gave us Lady Grinning Soul|
|Space Oddity saw Gail Ann Dorsey return to vocal duties|
|The first encore song saw Catherine Russell and Gerry Leonard duetting on Loving the Alien|
|Let's Dance with Simon Le Bon|
This brings to an end my week of Bowie-related articles.
Here are links to the rest of the series.
The Beginning of an End
Standing by the Wall
Waiting for the Gift Of...
I've Got Drama, Can't Be Stolen