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Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents A Photographic Exhibit & Sale Celebrating The Life and Career of David Bowie

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” This quote, delivered by David Bowie at Madison Square Garden on his 50th birthday, is an apt description of the twists and turns of his influential career. A true chameleon of the stage, Bowie blazed his way across the universe of rock, continually reinventing himself and shifting into new looks and personas. A renaissance singer, songwriter, and performer, he shattered all norms and boundaries, forever changing the music and film scene before his untimely passing in 2016.

Although Bowie left this terrestrial world all too soon, his spirit lives on in the music and the imagery he spent decades creating. Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to celebrate David Bowie’s life with BOWIE, an exhibition and sale of the most highly prized photographs chronicling his stellar career. BOWIE will open with a VIP opening at all three Morrison Hotel Gallery locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Maui on February 22nd. The show opens to the public February 23rd and runs through March 23rd, 2018.

“After almost two decades of expertise in curating the shows of great artists, Morrison Hotel Gallery is very excited about this exhibit,” says Casey Fannin, director of Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Los Angeles location. “BOWIE will feature photographs from some of his most iconic personas. From his start as Davy Jones to his gender-bending turn as Ziggy Stardust. His performance as The Man Who Fell to Earth, and his transformation into the Thin White Duke. David Bowie, and the photographers that captured him on film, deserve to be celebrated. This is the perfect way to start off the exhibits and sales we’re going to have this year.”

The exclusive exhibit and sale will feature the photographs of Duffy, Gerald Fearnley, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Guido Harari, Markus Klinko, Geoff MacCormack, Terry O’Neill, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Masayoshi Sukita, Barry Schultz, and Barrie Wentzell. Morrison Hotel Gallery is honored to have the opportunity to showcase the exceptional work of these photographers while chronicling the career of a groundbreaking artist who forever changed the music scene.

Bowie’s energy and bold style drew the lenses of the talented photographers who worked with him both on and off stage. They captured electric performances, candid, behind-the-scenes photos of him casually hanging out with fellow icons Iggy Pop, Trent Reznor, and Tina Turner, as well as crafting highly stylized shots that were to become legendary album covers.

BOWIE will open one week before the Brooklyn Museum debuts its exclusive David Bowie is an exhibit featuring costumes, art, and other items from the David Bowie Archive, including a collection of photographs by the exceptional photographers whose work is available for sale at all Morrison Hotel Gallery locations.

Morrison Hotel Gallery
Sunset Marquis
1200 Alta Loma Road || West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.881.6025

Mike Garson – Legendary Keyboardist for David Bowie – Releases Rendition of ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,’ ft. Gaby Moreno

Mike Garson Releases
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Featuring Latin Grammy Award-Winning Artist,
Gaby Moreno

Gearing Up For The 2018 Celebrating David Bowie Tour

MIKE GARSON–the legendary keyboardist known for his tenure with David Bowie–has released a rendition of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” featuring Latin Grammy Award-winning vocalistGaby Moreno. The moving song, available on all digital platforms now, re-underlinesGARSON‘s long-running, strong belief in the healing aspects of music. The video for “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” which contains imagery of recent tragic world events, can be viewed below.

“I’ve always felt music has amazing healing qualities and I suspect most people know that intuitively,” says GARSON. “With all of the horrific events of late, I felt it might be nice to take an old song. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,’ and revise it for today. We produced this video for the song in the hopes that it would inspire and show that in difficult times, the deep connection of people and love undercuts all the nonsense.”

GARSON adds: “There is so much going on in our world today and the song is so universally important that we wanted to give our thanks to the first-responders, troops, doctors, nurses and volunteers around the world. This song is a labor of love for all of our brothers and sisters lending a hand and carrying the burden.”

GARSON is gearing up for the 2018 North American CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE TOUR with Moreno and notable Bowie band alumni–including guitarists Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard as well as bassist Carmine Rojas–along with vocalists Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones) and Angelo Moore (Fishbone). All dates can be found here.

GARSON and CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE encourage fans to lend a hand in support of those in need by making a donation to the Red Cross at: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

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Celebrating David Bowie Announces Addition of Earl Slick and Bernard Fowler

Mexico City Added to Routing
for its 2018 North American Tour

Celebrating David Bowie is excited to announce the addition of musicians Earl Slick (guitar) and Bernard Fowler (vocalist) to the North American leg of the recently announced 2018 tour. After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows earlier this year, Celebrating David Bowie returns with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career with a new show in Mexico City that was also just announced. All tickets are on sale now with Mexico City going on sale Monday November 6th. To purchase tickets, visit: www.celebratingdavidbowie.com. See the full list of tour dates below and view the trailer below.

Celebrating David Bowie North American Tour Trailer:

More than just a mere salute, Celebrating David Bowie keeps Bowie’s music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him.

Guitarist Earl Slick worked on landmark Bowie albums such as Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Reality, among others, and toured extensively with him. Says Slick: “I’m happy to announce that I am officially joining my longtime DB band mates starting on the February leg of the ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ tour. So put on your red shoes and I’ll see you all then.”

Vocalist Bernard Fowler is known for his work with The Rolling Stones and other iconic artists. Both Slick and Fowler will join legendary Bowie touring and recording keyboardist, and CdB band leader, Mike Garson–who collaborated with Bowie for longer than any other player–guitarist and previous Bowie band leader Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour), and Bowie’s Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas. Between them, they have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.

Also joining the tour will be CdB 2017 standout Fishbone‘s Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy nominee Gaby Moreno as well as special guests and other former Bowie band members who will make surprise appearances along the way.

The European leg of the Celebrating David Bowie tour begins in January with a modified band lineup and a new Berlin date on January 19 with tickets on sale Saturday, November 4.

The large rotating ensemble with world class multi-instrumentalists changing song to song will perform a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism.

Previous special guests on CdB shows have included: Sting, Gary Oldman, Seal, Perry Farrell, The B-52’s’ Kate Pierson, Ewan McGregor, Simon Le Bon, Gavin Rossdale, La Roux, Joe Elliott, Mr Hudson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Spandau Ballet’s Steve Norman, Corey Taylor, Ian Astbury, Darren Criss, Tony Hadley, Living Colour, The London Community Gospel Choir, and The Harlem Gospel Choir, among many others.

Catch Celebrating David Bowie in the following cities:

Sat 2/10 Silver Spring, MD The Filmore Silver Spring
Sun 2/11 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
Mon 2/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Tue 2/13 Albany, NY The Egg
Fri 2/16 Boston, MA Chevalier Theater
Sat 2/17 Montreal, QC M Telus
Sun 2/18 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
Mon 2/19 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theater
Wed 2/21 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theater
Thu 2/22 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Fri 2/23 Chicago, IL The Vic Theater
Sun 2/25 Denver, CO Paramount Theater
Tue 2/27 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Wed 2/28 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Thu 3/1 Mexico City, MX Plaza Condesa
Sat 3/3 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Sun 3/4 Santa Rosa, CA Luther Burbank Center
Tue 3/6 San Deigo, CA Balboa Theatre
Wed 3/7 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
Sat 3/10 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall
Sun 3/11 Portland, OR Roseland Theater

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Celebrating David Bowie Announces 2018 Tour for North America – VIP Tickets On Sale TODAY

‘What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?’

“The shows had a magic because our intent was to celebrate David with as much love and respect as we could. So many lovely artists from all around the globe contributed and I loved all seven shows as each musician and artist brought their own way of self expression.” – Mike Garson, 2017

After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows earlier this year, Celebrating David Bowie is back for a 2018 tour throughout Europe and North America with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career asking the question, ‘What might a David Bowie 2018 tour set list consist of?’ See the full list of tour dates below. VIP tickets will go on sale TODAY Tuesday, September 26 with the general on sale starting Friday, September 29 at 10am local time; go to www.celebratingdavidbowie.com for more information.

View the trailer here:

More than just a mere salute, Celebrating David Bowie keeps David’s music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him.

Legendary Bowie touring and recording keyboardist Mike Garson, who collaborated with Bowie for longer than any other player, will be heading up the band along with previous Bowie band leaders, guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew (Sound & Vision Tour) and guitarist Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour).

Between them, Mike, Adrian and Gerry have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.

Joining Mike, Adrian and Gerry will be Bowie’s Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas as well as CdB 2017 standouts Fishbone‘s Angelo Moore and 2017 Grammy Nominee Gaby Moreno as well as special guests and other former Bowie band members who will make surprise appearances along the way.

CdB creator and producer Angelo Bundini (aka guitarist Scrote) is also back and excited about the concept for the new show. “After the last tour, I didn’t really imagine playing more shows because it was insanely difficult to pull off. David’s last tour was in 2004, so I began to wonder what he might do if he were to tour again today. That’s what we’re presenting in 2018.“

The large rotating ensemble with world class multi-instrumentalists changing song to song will perform a show highlighting elements that influenced Bowie and that in turn Bowie influenced: pop culture experimentation, art, fashion, science and futurism.

“I have worked with over 1000 singers but never anyone like David,” shares Mike Garson. “He had an infinite source of music flowing through him, and his creativity was boundless. His sharing of the stage with his musicians was extraordinary, and he was a team player. That is why we need many singers to encompass his work.“

“With such a large catalog to choose from, different songs affected us and the audience in varying measure,” adds Adrian Belew about the shows earlier this year, “It’s always amazing to feel the excitement of an audience beamed directly at you. Pure adrenaline! So much love for David.”

Fishbone‘s Angelo Moore recalls: “One of the things that stuck out while abroad was our group visit to the David Bowie Is… exhibit in Tokyo and how they cover so much of his life, music, fashion, and creative processes. I’m excited we will be doing more of his unique aesthetic in our upcoming shows.”

Gaby Moreno says: “It was an incredible and emotional ride for me. Sharing the stage with some of the most brilliant musicians, playing these iconic songs from one of the best artists this world gave us, is something quite unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.”

Previous special guests on CdB shows have included: Sting, Gary Oldman, Seal, Perry Farrell, The B-52’s’ Kate Pierson, Ewan McGregor, Simon Le Bon, Gavin Rossdale, La Roux, Joe Elliott, Mr Hudson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Spandau Ballet’s Steve Norman, Corey Taylor, Ian Astbury, Darren Criss, Tony Hadley, Living Colour, The London Community Gospel Choir, and The Harlem Gospel Choir, among many others.

North America Tour Dates:

Sat 2/10
Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
Sun 2/11
Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
Mon 2/12
New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Tue 2/13
Albany, NY – The Egg
Fri 2/16
Boston, MA – Chevalier Theatre
Sat 2/17
Montreal, QC – M Telus
Sun 2/18
Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Mon 2/19
Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Wed – 2/21
Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
Thu 2/22
Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
Fri 2/23
Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
Sun 2/25
Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
Tue 2/27
Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Wed 2/28
Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Sat 3/3
San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Sun 3/4
Santa Rosa, CA – Luther Burbank Center
Tue 3/6
San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
Wed 3/7
Mesa, AZ – Ikeda Theater
Sat 3/10
Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall
Sun 3/11
Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

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Concert at the Wiltern pays Homage to Starman David Bowie

A celebration of David Bowie, the second, sold out show, of a two-night stand, at The Wiltern Theater on January 25, radiated with sheer star power from the special guests and Bowie collaborators included longtime pianist Mike Garson, The Cult’s Ian Astbury, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Joe Sumner, Donovan Leitch, Earl Slick, bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, virtuosic  guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Holly Palmer, Gaby Moreno, U.K. singer Mr Hudson, Zack Alford, Carmine Rojas, Blair Sinta, Ron Dziubla, Lyle Workman and the event’s co-producer (with Garson and actor Gary Oldman), Angelo “Scrote” Bundi. A large choir and string section further augmented the expansive and multi-dimensional soundscape.

 
Well-known and more obscure material spanning the celebrated and legendary artist’s 50-year cannon pushed the boundaries of music, writing, art and fashion. A year after his death, Bowie’s remains a unique presence in contemporary culture and his vast influence continues to be felt and will endure for some time to come. As Bush frontman, Gavin Rossdale remarked before launching into a frenetic rendition of “I’m Afraid of Americans” from the 1997 “Earthling” album, that “David Bowie’s music continues to be relevant”.

 
All performances were passionate, spirited and often reverential paying homage to the Thin White Duke. Some were slightly pretentious with a ham-fisted quality that gave off the feeling some artists were just trying too hard but with their hearts seemed to be genuinely in the right place. There many highlights during this three-hour-plus show. Some included Joe Sumner, Gaby Moreno, Ian Ashbury and Angelo Moore. Joe Sumner and Donavan Leitch who delivered an animated and high-energy turn at the mic on “Sorrow” from “Pin-Ups.” Sumner often hit the right notes and sang beautifully for the most part. His musical reading was appropriately dramatic on “Life On Mars” although the performance was at times overwrought with an excessive physical theatrics where a touch of subtlety could have gone a lot way to redeem the over-the-top aspect of it. Gaby Moreno was perfectly suited for “Five Years.” Her captivating, intense performance was as spellbinding as it was chilling. The smoldering charismatic Ian Ashbury who has a “just too cool” aura sang “Rock and Roll Suicide” and had the excited, vocal and receptive audience fixated to his magnetic stint in the spotlight. The most original and daring performance of the night belonged to the mercurial Angelo Moore, who called himself “Nigger Stardust,” was wearing a cape and top hat and painted mask on his face. Moore sang  “Ashes To Ashes” in an interpretative and experimental way that would make Bowie slyly smile and nod his approval from the great beyond.

 
Dynamic, powerful and awe-inspiring, A Celebration of David Bowie was a musical slice of heaven for diehard fans and long devotees of the artist. If you never ever had the opportunity to see David Bowie live, the very spirit of his creative being could be felt and experienced through his groundbreaking work brought to life again at The Wiltern Theater. It was performed by the artists who loved and respected his music. The guest musicians and singers who were profoundly influenced by him as were the longtime collaborators on this stage who toured the world over many times and recorded with Bowie as a result came to call him a friend through years of personal association. The entire night felt magical and was quite moving.

Good Bye David Bowie

Saying good bye to a legend, one of our writers recounts her thought on the loss and the music of David Bowie.

 

When I woke on Monday morning, I heard the news that singer/songwriter/producer/artist and actor David Bowie died on Sunday, January 11, from liver cancer It was like a jolt to the system. A sucker punch to my gut. I was incredibly sad and still am. I felt moved in a way that was all too familiar and intimate for me that is uncomfortable and scary as though I was free falling. I have lost family members to cancer. Still, I believe it was a blessing how Bowie’s passing took place with his family (Iman, Duncan and Lexi) surrounding him with what seemed like light and love. Clearly, he was no longer in pain and suffering anymore. Like all his fans, I was stunned, shocked and very few people knew he was terminally ill. Bowie also suffered six heart attacks and was a longtime smoker. It was reported Bowie had stopped touring in 2004. He last performed live at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus, remaining musically active until his death Sunday. Then I realized, again like his legions of fans and admirers, there would be no more new music beyond his newest album he just released “Blackstar” what his longtime producer and colleague Tony Visconti called his “parting gift” to fans. Bowie was known for doing everything on his own terms and was fiercely independent. He was also a private person outside of the spotlight’s glare. I only started listening to “Blackstar” on Monday morning in heavy rotation on Devil’s Night Radio along with all David Bowie’s biggest hits and most famous songs. This musical odyssey/time machine transported me to my youth in the mid 1970s when I first heard “Golden Years”, “Fame,” and “Suffragette City” and “Rebel Rebel.” I heard those songs at cool friend’s house blaring it from their turnable speakers. That was my real introduction to David Bowie. Later it was “Heroes” off the electronic-accented Low co-written with Brian Eno. Though earlier I had hear “Space Oddity” on the radio. It was different, weird and wonderful. Just like David Bowie. So ahead of his time. I loved “Young Americans” it totally appealed to my R&B sensibilities. As did the groundbreaking association/collaboration with Nile Rodgers on “Let’s Dance.” I was already in my 20s and I loved to dance. That song was staple and fixture on the club scene along with the unique, earthy video on MTV. David Bowie’s experimental influence on music, fashion, art as well as his fluid sexuality was profound and singular. Bowie changed his own approach throughout his career and his fans came along for that unpredictable and often wild ride new meaning to taking chances and risks. Bowie changed his own approach throughout his career and his fans came along for that unpredictable and often wild ride giving new meaning to taking chances and risks.