It was an all-star evening yesterday at Michael Dorf and City Winery’s annual Carnegie Hall tribute concert, this year honoring David Bowie whose recent passing transformed the evening into a moving memorial of sorts. In 2016 all-star evenings produce all-star Instagram posts…
…thus this post, a recap of what went down from the artists’ points of view and who took a selfie with who.
This was a special show for several reasons, one being that Bowie had a bit of a history with Carnegie Hall having played it twice for Philip Glass’ Tibet House Benefit and – according to Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey – at his first American concert with the the early ’70s group. It had also benefitted from crucial Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti’s involvement: Visconti was the event’s musical director and played with Holy Holy (Visconti’s group with Woody Woodmansey) as the house band (more details have been previously discussed here). Another reason: although there have been no shortage of Bowie tributes in recent months, this was the first all-star concert of this sort featuring several artists Bowie himself championed, The Pixies for instance. (In a-round-about-way Bowie had a connection to Chewbacca too, the Star Wars character that helped The Flaming Lips perform “Life on Mars” last night – see photo above.)
And so, here they are: the photographs of the evening as taken and shared by Joey Santiago (Pixies), Robyn Hitchcock, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Blondie, J Mascis and others:
💛 #swoon for David 🌸💛 Sorry I don't have any tickets friends 🙈🙏🐥 #davidbowietribute #carnegiehall I used to take the 6 train uptown at crack of dawn from east village to waitress uptown at Carnegie Hill Cafe in '92 '93 & tonite I'm singing #fiveyears at Carnegie Hall, a place I have never been but have seen amazing file footage of my middle school idol #arethafranklin singing in 1964 #amazinggrace Changed my life. Sorta semi full circle, good vibes can do so much. 🙏💐💛🎈 Love seems to never be lost.
One of the coolest dudes ever, Peter Hughes. I'm eternally grateful to him for turning me on to the demented genius of Gil Mantera's Party Dream back in 2006. He's an incredible bassist and songwriter and responsible for much of my favorite music of the last 15 years. #PeterHughes #TheMountainGoats #GilManterasPartyDream
Yessss!! Thank @spacefacemusic for the epic comparison !!! Me with the real Chew Bacca (you can see his weird bald spot )and Freddy with the real Darth Vader back in the day!!! Fun show last night!!!!! #groundcontroltomajortom #theflaminglips #flaminglips #itsagodawfulsmallaffair #tothegirlwiththemousyhair
Always inspiring and creative @waynecoyne5 and the Flaming Lips did Life on Mars at the Tribute to David Bowie while riding on the shoulders of Chewbacca . This moment was shortly after his performance . Every artist received a yellow rose as they left the stage after their song . #davidbowie #leica