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David Bowie Tribute Concert Announced, ‘Blackstar’ Set for No. 1 Debut

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An all-star concert planned in honor of David Bowie has taken on a sad level of added import following the news of Bowie’s death, and will now be held as a memorial show.

The event, titled “The Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall,” is scheduled for March 31, and will feature appearances by the Roots, Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson of Heart and Perry Farrell, with more performers and “surprise guests” yet to be announced. Bowie’s longtime producer and friend, Tony Visconti, will also be on hand to coordinate the house band.

Planned as part of promoter Michael Dorf’s ongoing series of annual tribute shows — which has in years past honored artists such as Paul Simon, Prince, Bill Withers and Bob Dylan — the “Bowie at Carnegie Hall” concert happened to announce its lineup and public ticket sales just as the news of Bowie’s death was breaking — a development lamented at the event website, where a message vows the show will “become a poignant honor of his music by his friends, peers and fans.”

Bowie fans, meanwhile, have already taken to the streets to honor his life and legacy, with Time Out reporting that people have started turning out to lay flowers at a Bowie mural on the wall of a department store in his hometown, London’s Brixton district. According to current sales data, he also looks likely to debut at the top of the U.K. charts with his most recent album, Blackstar, which arrived in stores on Jan. 8 — his 69th birthday, and just two days before his death.

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