Eerily, a tribute concert dedicated to the legendary David Bowie was announced just hours ahead of his death yesterday. The concert was scheduled for Thursday March 31 at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, The Mountain Goats, Perry Farrell, Ann Wilson and Jakob Dylan all slated to take part. According to the New York Times, The Thin White Duke‘s longtime associate Tony Visconti was to be the house band director for The Music Of David Bowie, and still will be — although the concert has unfortunately been transformed from a tribute into a memorial.
Writing on the concert’s official site, organizers said “The unexpected death of David Bowie has made this tribute to him into a memorial concert. While the series has had the surprise appearances and performances of the honoree several times in the past, this one will certainly become a poignant honor of his music by his friends, peers, and fans. We are all deeply saddened at this news, the timing of our public on-sale bizarre in its timing, and the show is taking on many more emotions. RIP David and may gods (sic) love be with you.”
Other performers include Bettye Lavette and Robyn Hitchcock, with many more likely to be added to the lineup in the weeks ahead. Proceeds will benefit Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy In The Schools.
“He always did what he wanted to do,” wrote Visconti. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was not different from his life — a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”