David Bowie’s former collaborators are getting the tribute band back together.
Key members from the late legend's various backing bands came together earlier this year for the “Celebrating David Bowie” tour, a handful of shows during which they honored his legacy and played many of his classic songs. Now, the “Celebrating David Bowie” tour has been resurrected once more with a string of 2018 North American shows, stretching from Feb. 10 in Philadelphia through March 11 in Portland, Ore.
"The last shows were about communities coming together to reflect on David and his music," tour producer and guitarist Angelo Bundini, a.k.a. Scrote, told Rolling Stone. "But David was famous for not being nostalgic so this time we're going to follow his lead by being more Bowie future than Bowie past. It's the same beloved Bowie catalogue, but a whole new approach that's even more Bowie than our last shows."
The blended together band of Bowie’s backing musicians includes Scrote, keyboardist Mike Garson, King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, guitarist Gerry Leonard, bassist Carmine Rojas, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, Sting’s son Joe Sumner, and Gabby Moreno. The first incarnation of the “Celebrating David Bowie” tour also featured a slew of cameo appearances by big-name entertainers, including Stern Show veterans Sting, Perry Farrell, and Gavin Rossdale as well as Gary Oldman, Seal, and Ewan McGregor.
"We have some amazing surprises planned this time," Scrote continued. "I don't like to give away too much detail but I will say that we will perform all the very biggest Bowie songs you'd expect plus many favorites we didn't play last time from 'Space Oddity' all the way up to 'Blackstar. 'We'll touch on everything one way or another."
Bowie, who died in January 2016 after battling with cancer, once made a surprise appearance at Howard's 1998 birthday bash. "Rest in peace David Bowie. You are the best. You're right up there with the greats," Howard said on-air after his passing. Listen to more of Howard's remembrance as well as Bowie's birthday bash performance (below)
Check out all the “Celebrating David Bowie” North American tour dates here:
February 10, 2018 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring Sun
February 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
February 12 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
February 13 - Albany, New York @ The Egg
February 16 - Boston, MA @ Chevalier Theatre
February 17 - Montreal QC @ M Telus
February 18 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
February 19 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
February 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
February 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
February 23 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
February 25 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
February 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
March 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
March 4 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Luther Burbank Center
March 6 - San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
March 7 - Mesa, AZ @ Ikeda Theater
March 10 - Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall
March 11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater