Watch Highlights From All-Star David Bowie Tribute At Carnegie Hall
By Scott Bernstein Apr 1, 2016 • 7:25 am PDT
Last night, Carnegie Hall in New York City hosted the first of two star-studded tributes to the late David Bowie put together by impresario Michael Dorf. Artists including Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe, Perry Farrell, Cat Power, Ann Wilson and the Pixies came together to honor the music of Starman at the famed venue. And in case you’re wondering, The Roots held true to their word and did not perform at Thursday night’s event.
Holy Holy, Bowie producer Tony Visconti’s band, backed many of the performers on Thursday. Cyndi Lauper was the evening’s first performer following an introduction from Dorf. Lauper tackled “Suffragette City” ahead of Holy Holy’s take on “Width Of A Circle.” Other performances included Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello tackling “Breaking Glass,” Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry covering “Star Man,” R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe teaming with Karen Elson for “Ashes To Ashes,” soul singer Bettye LaVette’s “It Ain’t Easy,” Ann Wilson’s “Let’s Dance,” The Flaming Lips’ “Life On Mars?” featuring a cameo from Chewbacca and a choir leading a “Space Oddity” grand finale.
Check out some of the videos from last night that have surfaced thus far:
Tonight, Radio City Music Hall hosts the second night of Dorf’s all-star tribute to David Bowie. If you can’t make it to the sold-out show in person, a live webcast is available.
Setlist (via Brooklyn Vegan)
Set: Cyndi Lauper – Suffragette City, Holy Holy – Width of a Circle, Robyn Hitchcock – Soul Love, Laurie Anderson – Always Crashing in the Same Car, Eugene Hutz – Breaking Glass, Debbie Harry – Starman, Joseph Arthur – The Man Who Sold the World, The Mountain Goats – Worn on a Wing, Michael Stipe & Karen Elison – Ashes to Ashes, J. Mascis & Sean Lennon – Quicksand, Bettye LaVette – It Aint Easy, Perry Farrell – Rebel Rebel, Cat Power – Five Years, Ann Wilson – Let’s Dance, Pixies – Cactus, Rickie Lee Jones – All the Young Dudes, Jakob Dylan – Heroes, The Flaming Lips – Life on Mars?, Choir! Choir! Choir! w/ New York City Children’s Choir – Space Oddity