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: