Tributes to David Bowie that were scheduled before the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s untimely death on Sunday night will continue as scheduled, now as memorials.
Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy was booked to play The Paramount in Huntington on Jan. 17 months ago, performing the classic “The Man Who Sold the World” album in its entirety with longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, who produced Bowie’s last album “Blackstar” and played bass on “The Man Who Sold the World.” Heaven 17 singer Glenn Gregory handles Bowie’s vocals.
Woodmansey, who played drums on “The Man Who Sold the World” and was part of Bowie’s backing band The Spiders from Mars, wrote on Facebook that “David always had the attitude that ‘the show must go on’ . . . so we want the fans to help us celebrate his life and music, that’s what he would have wanted.”
“I am in shock as is everyone else,” Woodmansey wrote. “It’s a huge personal loss, as I know it is for millions of fans worldwide. We’ve lost one of the world’s greatest artists.”
Another tribute, organized by City Winery’s Michael Dorf, will go on as scheduled at Carnegie Hall on March 31, featuring artists including Cyndi Lauper, The Roots, Perry Farrell and Visconti. Tickets went on sale at 11 a.m. through Carnegie Hall.
“The unexpected death of David Bowie has made this tribute to him into a memorial concert,” organizers wrote on the concert’s website. “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 love be with you.”
The Bowie tribute at Carnegie Hall comes nearly 40 years to the day of his historic concert at Nassau Coliseum on March 23, 1976, regarded as one of rock’s best live concerts after it was broadcast on FM stations across the country to promote his “Station to Station” album. The full concert was released on CD in 2013, as part of the “Station to Station” box set.