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New York concert now tribute to David Bowie

March 31, 2016 - UNITED STATES

Originally planned to celebrate Bowie's work, when the singer was still living, the Carnegie Hall event will now feature contributions from a range of artists to commemorate the English rock star's life. Bowie, who died on Jan 10 this year, was widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in pop culture.

Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Perry Farrell and The Roots are among those who will pay their respects to the 69-year-old, whose death, from cancer, sent shockwaves through the industry.

Bowie had released his final album, Blackstar, two days before he died - on his birthday. It was his twenty fifth studio album and the first to take the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Born David Jones in Brixton, South London, in 1947, Bowie changed his name in the 1960s to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees.

His biography at Rolling Stone magazine describes him as: "a consummate musical chameleon...folksinger, androgyne, alien, decadent, blue-eyed soul man, art-rocker and a modern pop star, with each persona spawning a new league of imitators."

Organisers say proceeds from the concert will benefit disadvantaged youth.

David Bowie Memorial Concert Planned for Carnegie Hall (Rolling Stone 11 Jan 2016)

David Bowie biography (Rolling Stone)

The music of David Bowie (Carnegie)

Date written/update: 2016-02-10