So that David Bowie Celebration last night in NYC / Terminal 5 was...phenomenal. Beautiful. Touching. Sweet. Unforgettable. The concert went on for a whopping 3 hours! We not only got our money's worth at this show, but the band gave us a concert that we will remember for a long time.
Mike Garson was our emcee. Any time he performed or even just talked, he was just a treasure. He is a legend in his own right, especially for what he's most famous for, his piano number in "Aladdin Sane." Mike still got it! Doesn't his piano playing just make you swoon? Mike kills it effortlessly. Gail performing this with him added more to the gorgeousness of this "Aladdin Sane."
The highlight of the night for me personally was when the lovely Gail Ann Dorsey performed and sang "Space Oddity." She had us in tears, and as you can tell, she too was choked up and emotional.
Another highlight was Gabby Moreno singing "Five Years" and "Rock & Roll Suicide." She's got pipes!
Kate Piersen of the B-52's sang "Golden Years"!
I thought (well, I can imagine many of us thought) that this night would have been a very solemn evening since this was on the 1st year anniversary of David's death, after all, but brilliantly, they didn't make this event sad at all. They kept our spirits up, performing so many of David's songs from Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Man Who Sold The World, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Scary Monsters, and Earthling with only one song from The Next Day, "Where Are We Now?" The spirit was so warm and the love was abundant. It was all about that, not the sadness of David's passing or that it was the 10th of January when we lost him, but about us being alive to celebrate the man that we loved so much. We were there to celebrate him, and that was certainly what this concert was from 8:15 pm - 11:15 pm!
Another rousing highlight was when the Harlem Gospel Choir joined in for "Young Americans" and "All The Young Dudes."
And Darren Criss performing "Changes" was pretty killer!
I loved this cover of "Heroes." Bernard Fowler is amazing.
The best for last was Catherine Russell performing "Under Pressure." LOVE HER!
Oh, there was oh so many highlights and moments, too many to share on this blog post, but thankfully so many generous people have uploaded plenty more on YouTube.
The best moment of all was the ending when after the band gave their standing ovation, as they were exiting the stage, "Modern Love" was performing, and long after they left the stage, the audience kept on singing along to "Modern Love" until the music was over. It was our last goodbye to him for that night.
This tribute was a true testament to not only how talented David's band was, all of them - Gail, Cat, Mike, Sterling, Zack, Earl Slick/"Slicky", Mark Plati, and so many others - but how the man himself was a musical genius and a true artist of many faces, many changes, many musical styles and inspirations, and so much more that it still feels like we're only scratching the surface of his brilliance. And for many years to come, we will keep peeling off the layers of David Bowie.