This would probably make the Thin White Duke smile: David Bowie‘s big 1974 hit Rebel Rebel became even bigger over the weekend, and received a massive tribute, as a thousand musicians played it in unison.
The volunteer-based Rockin’ 1000 performed the song at Orogel Stadium in Cesena Italy. Last year, they gave a nod to Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters with their cover of Learn To Fly, and the White Stripes‘ Seven Nation Army has also received the Rockin’ 1000 treatment.
Rebel Rebel was first released in February of 1974 — it was written the previous year for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust musical, which never saw the light of day. The track from his Diamond Dogs album features Bowie on lead guitar, and is recognized as the final single from his glam rock phase. It was his first hit in five years without his longtime collaborator and lead guitarist Mick Ronson. Although the tune went to number five in the UK, it only reached number 64 in North America.