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Tributes to Starman David Bowie at New York memorial concert

Published 01/04/2016

Debbie Harry performs at the David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall in New York (AP)
Debbie Harry performs at the David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall in New York (AP)
Singer Michael Stipe performs at the David Bowie tribute concert in New York (AP)
Musicians J Mascis, left, and Sean Lennon perform together at the David Bowie tribute concert (AP)

A host of stars have paid tribute to David Bowie at the first of two memorial concerts to be staged in New York.

Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and former REM frontman Michael Stipe were among the musicians who performed Bowie's classic hits at Carnegie Hall.

The event was announced just hours before the British star's death from cancer was confirmed in January.

It was originally intended as a retrospective of Bowie's life and sold out in two hours, prompting organisers to arrange a second concert at Radio City Music Hall.

Pixies, The Flaming Lips and John Lennon's son Sean Ono Lennon were among the line-up at the Carnegie Hall concert, which raised money for music education schemes for underprivileged children.

Blondie singer Harry sang Starman, while Stipe gave a rendition of Ashes To Ashes and The Flaming Lips performed Life On Mars with Star Wars character Chewbacca on stage.

US hip hop band The Roots were due to perform but pulled out of the show following a disagreement over musical equipment.

The group's drummer Questlove Gomez posted a message on Instagram in which he said he had never denied fellow musicians use of his equipment, adding: "It angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated."

Concert organiser Michael Dorf said the argument was over the use of a drum kit used by Bowie tribute band Holy Holy.

The Music Of David Bowie concert at Radio City Music Hall on Friday will be live-streamed for fans to watch online.

In exchange for a charity donation, recommended to be £15, viewers will be sent a link to watch the event live.

British band Mumford & Sons and Miley Cyrus are among the acts billed to perform at the show, while Bowie's producer Tony Visconti is also expected to take the stage.

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