A live-streaming 75th birthday celebration is set for January 8th saluting the late-David Bowie. A Bowie Celebration, will take place via RollingLiveStudios.com will and feature performance and appearances by Def Leppard, Duran Duran‘s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, Living Colour, Gary Oldman, Rob Thomas, Walk The Moon, Jake Wesley Rogers, Ricky Gervais, and Evan Rachel Wood.
Rolling Stone reported the event, which will be dedicated to photographer Mick Rock, will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bowie’s 1986 film Labyrinth and feature an appearance by Brian Henson, son of the legendary Jim Henson.
The house band for the event will feature legendary Bowie sidemen and bandmates, including Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Charlie Sexton, Alan Childs, Steve Elson, Mark Guiliana, Omar Hakim, Stan Harrison, Tim Lefebvre, Gerry Leonard, and Carmine Rojas.
Backing vocalists will include Gail Ann Dorsey, Bernard Fowler, Judith Hill, Gaby Moreno, Gretchen Parlato, and Sting‘s son, Joe Sumner.
- David Bowie‘s unreleased 2001 album, Toy will finally be released on January 7th — a day before what would’ve been the “Thin White Duke’s” 75th birthday.
- The oft-bootlegged Toy — now renamed Toy:Box — will be available in three-CD or six-by-ten-inch vinyl versions.
- Included in Toy:Box is a second CD/set of 10-inches of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides and a third CD/set of 10-inches features Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric mixes of thirteen Toy tracks.
CHECK IT OUT: David Bowie at Live Aid on July 13th, 1985 performing “Modern Love” live at London’s Wembley Stadium: