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Rumor: Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney Join Lineup at David Bowie Memorial Concert

Theo Wargo / Jo Hale / Jason Merritt, Getty Images
Theo Wargo / Jo Hale / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

If rumors are to be believed, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are among those who will perform at a previously scheduled tribute event that has turned into a memorial for David Bowie. The concert, dubbed The Music of David Bowie, was set to take place on March 31 at Carnegie Hall. Then Bowie died on Sunday (Jan. 10) after an 18-month battle with cancer.

1/14 UPDATE: A spokesperson for Paul McCartney has labeled reports of McCartney’s participation “tabloid speculation.” Mick Jagger has yet to comment on the possibility of his involvement as of this posting. 

“The unexpected death of David Bowie has turned this tribute, which we have worked on for the past seven months, into a memorial concert,” organizers say, via the Music of David Bowie official web site. “This year’s concert will certainly be remembered as a poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers and fans.”

Bowie made his debut at Carnegie Hall in September 1972, in one of the first stops on his initial U.S. tour with the Spiders from Mars. Bowie had just released Blackstar, his 25th studio album, on the Friday before his death. The cancer prognosis was kept so private that members of the band who worked on the project say they didn’t know.

Elton John, Ann Wilson of Heart, Bob Dylan‘s son Jakob and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction are also among who are expected to perform at the instantly sold-out March memorial show. “It’s all kind of a very bittersweet success in the sense that it’s now a tribute to someone who’s passed,” presenter Michael Dorf tells Pollstar, “versus a tribute to someone who was probably going to be in attendance.”

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