David Bowie Prom: stage set for an all-star tribute
David Bowie

Tonight you can watch a special David Bowie tribute concert live

David Bowie last played the Royal Albert Hall ten years ago when he joined David Gilmour on stage for 15 minutes to sing a couple of Pink Floyd songs.

Now, six months after his death, a special Bowie Prom is being staged tonight (Friday) as part of the Late Night BBC Proms in the same iconic venue.

It will feature fresh interpretations of the singer’s classic songs, spanning his career from Space Oddity (1969) to his final album Blackstar.

Curated, conducted and directed by Andre de Ridder, the Stargaze orchestra will provide the music as a host of special guests sing Bowie songs.

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Anna Calvi will sing with Amanda Palmer on a cover of ‘Blackstar’

The stars set to perform include Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, soul singer Laura Mvula, Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond and Velvet Underground legend John Cale

The Divine Comedy star Neil Hannon is also among the line-up of musicians, and he paid tribute to Bowie:

“I was eight or nine years old when David Bowie burned his way on to my retina, dressed in a terrifying clown outfit up to his waist in fluorescent ocean, singing easily the strangest pop song I’d ever heard.

“I’ve probably spent my whole life since trying to be even half as creative or original. I’m delighted that the BBC Proms have given me the opportunity to pay my dues to a colossus of modern culture.”

The Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music, and shown on BBC Four at 10.15pm tonight.


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