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Stars hold New York tribute to legend David Bowie

By Staff Reporter

Stars of world music have packed New York's Carnegie Hall in a tribute to the music of David Bowie, who died earlier this year.

The show was announced on January 10, just before the singer's death from cancer was made public.

The gig featured acts of the calibre of Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and former REM frontman Michael Stipe performing hits from Bowie's 40-year repertoire, including Starman, Let's Dance, Suffragette City and Life On Mars.

Bowie fans paid up to $3,000 (£2,100) for a VIP seat, a meeting with the performers and an aftershow party.

Despite the price, tickets sold out within a few hours, and a second show had to be added to meet the intense demand from Bowie fans.

David Bowie made his New York debut at the same venue in 1972.

Describing the concert as a poignant celebration of Bowie's music by his friends, fans and peers, event organiser Michael Dorf said he had been deluged by performers wanting to take part in the tribute.

"We felt kind of awkward because we are usually so humbly grateful to anyone who wants to participate in this," he added.

"The artist reaction was, 'Oh my God, I want to participate'.

'This is going to be my way of saying goodbye or working with all of the positive love around David Bowie's music'."

The annual Music Of... charity tribute concerts started out in 2006.

They have celebrated musicians and bands such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen over the past decade.

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