“A BOWIE CELEBRATION” JANUARY 2019 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES TO CELEBRATE BOWIE’S GLASTONBURY 2000 PERFORMANCE
World-renowned Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson is excited to announce that the January tour dates for A BOWIE CELEBRATION will celebrate David Bowie’s Glastonbury 2000 performance which was described by the NME as;
“Not only the greatest Glastonbury headline performance but the best headline slot at any festival ever”
The legendary Bowie Glastonbury 2000 performance which featured Garson, Mark Plati and Earl Slick from the A Bowie Celebration band, was recently released to huge critical acclaim.
Mike Garson’s studio and home burned to the ground in the tragic Southern California fires earlier this month, but he was determined that the tour still go ahead and that it specifically celebrate the incredible night of June 25th 2000 when Bowie performed an astounding greatest hits set to hundreds of thousands of delirious fans.
Mike Garson Remembers Glastonbury in 2000 with David Bowie“I was standing backstage with David Bowie and fellow bandmates preparing to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000. David looked out at the audience and saw what is told to have been a quarter of a million fans. There was something about that day that made me feel, even before beginning to perform, like it would be the most powerful concert to ever happen in Glastonbury history.I felt David’s apprehension. He seemed just a little nervous. He took a breath, looked me straight in the eye and asked me to go out to warm up the audience on my own – much like asked me 23 years earlier at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the night he knew he would be retiring Ziggy Stardust forever. Once again, I almost had a heart attack. I walked out onto the stage all alone with nothing but the monstrous sea of fans. I was ready to play some jazz.
There was just one problem. From the first note, not a sound was coming out of my keyboard. Within a second, at least fifty crew members flooded on and off the stage scrambling to figure out what the problem might be. The crowd was getting anxious. I was getting nervous and turning red. I was just so happy that David wasn’t on stage because if he had started without the piano we would have been in big trouble. The three minutes I was onstage without any sound felt like three years! It finally dawned on me that the volume on my keyboard was turned off. It wouldn’t surprise me if I was the one who turned it all the way down after our sound check. Oh boy.
I started playing Greensleeves. I have no idea why. I played it at a fairly brisk tempo because I knew the audience was waiting for their real hero to take the stage. The rest of the band started to walk out on stage while I began to wind down and finish my improv. Then David walked out and the crowd went crazy. We played for them for two hours. After having played with David for more than a thousand shows, I can easily report that our night in Glastonbury was my favorite concert. I remember the thrill of playing Life on Mars with the audience knowing every word to that, not to mention every other song we played.
I’ve thought about that show ever since and have talked about it at length with the musicians I shared the stage with that evening. It makes me very happy to see that show now being released for those who were with us that night to relive the magic and for so many more to be able to share in the joy of the music we made on that special night.
I’m thrilled to be continuing David’s legacy with such an amazing band of fellow Bowie alumni members and a wonderful mix of world-renowned vocalists with A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour in cities across Europe and North America beginning in January 2019. We look forward to continuing the celebration of David’s music with you when I’ll make sure to keep the volume of my keyboard up each night”
Garson along with fellow key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands from across the decades have joined forces for a show called ‘A BOWIE CELEBRATION’ with Bowie band alumni including Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Mark Plati and Carmine Rojas.
European shows across Ireland, UK, France, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium & Switzerland for this unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie’s songs are scheduled for early 2019 and will feature world class vocalists including Rolling Stones singer Bernard Fowler, Living Colour’s Corey Glover and Joe Sumner plus an ever-rotating mix of Bowie hits and deep cut fan favourites.
Keyboardist and band leader Mike Garson, the longest-standing member of any of Bowie’s bands, who performed with David at over 1,000 concerts around the globe says: “This is a dream band with each member at the top of their game. Add to that the world’s best fans singing and dancing along with us and the power of David’s music stays alive with the same intent as when we played with him.”
The band also features legendary guitarist Earl Slick, who worked on landmark Bowie albums such as Diamond Dogs, David Live, Station To Station, Young Americans, Reality and Bowie’s penultimate album The Next Day along with Bowie band leader Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour) and the Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas. Between them, they have over 40 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.
Earl Slick “I’m having a blast with these shows. It’s so great to play with this amazing band of alumni who were there with David going all the way back. When I see the looks on the faces of the audience at our shows I see the value in what we’re doing. Mission accomplished!”
Gerry Leonard: “I am super excited to be continuing to bring David’s music to his loyal fans with A Bowie Celebration. The combination of having his real band playing his music for his dedicated fans makes for a truly special night every time. It’s such a wonderful way to keep David’s memory and musical legacy alive.”
Carmine Rojas: “It is really inspirational to witness how excited the audience gets with each song we play. It’s like people are reminded how prolific David’s music was and they can’t stop singing and dancing. Fans can’t believe they are actually hearing the music as it was originally recorded by original musicians of David’s bands. That’s what sets this apart from anything else. It’s truly a spiritual event. I can’t wait to continue the Celebration!”A BOWIE CELEBRATION EUROPEAN TOUR 20199-Jan Ireland Dublin, Olympia
10-Jan Glasgow, O2 Academy
11-Jan Manchester, Ritz
12-Jan London, Shepherds Bush Empire
16-Jan France Paris, L’Olympia
17-Jan France Lille, Theatre Sebastopol
18-Jan France Strasbourg, Salle Erasme
20-Jan Spain Madrid, Teatro Circo Price
22-Jan Austria Vienna, Arena Vienna
23-Jan Germany Berlin, Huxley’s Neue Welt
24-Jan Germany Cologne, Alte Kantine
26-Jan Holland Groningen, Oosterporrt
27-Jan Holland Nijmegen, Doornroosje
28-Jan Holland Amsterdam, Paradiso
30-Jan Belgium Brussels, AB
1-Feb Switzerland Zurich, VolkshausTicketing links at http://www.