Mike Garson is excited to announce that there will be more tour dates with fellow key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands from across the decades for a show called “A BOWIE CELEBRATION” with alumni including Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Mark Plati in addition to Garson. Dates for this unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie’s songs, featuring world class vocalists including Bernard Fowler, Gaby Moreno and Joe Sumner plus an ever-rotating mix of Bowie hits and deep cuts, will begin to be announced in April.
Keyboardist and band leader Mike Garson,the longest-standing member of Bowie’s bands having performed together for both David’s first and last concerts in the United States as well as 1,000 concerts around the globe in between, says: “This is a dream band with each member at the top of their game. Add to that the world’s best fans singing and dancing along with us and the power of David’s music stays alive with the same intent as when we played with him.”
The band features legendary guitarist Earl Slick, who worked on landmark Bowie albums such as Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Reality; Bowie guitarist and band leader Gerry Leonard (A Reality Tour); Bowie’s Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight Tour bassist Carmine Rojas; and Mark Plati, the guitarist and producer who was also a Bowie band member, musical director and producer. Between them, they have over 30 years experience of recording, writing and playing live with Bowie.
Earl Slick: “I’m having a blast with these shows. It’s so great to play with this amazing band of alumni who were there with David going all the way back. When I see the looks on the faces of the audience at our shows I see the value in what we’re doing. Mission accomplished!”
Gerry Leonard: “I am super excited to be continuing to bring David’s music to his loyal fans with A Bowie Celebration. The combination of having his real band playing his music for his dedicated fans makes for a truly special night every time. It’s such a wonderful way to keep David’s memory and musical legacy alive.”
Carmine Rojas: “It is really inspirational to witness how excited the audience gets with each song we play. It’s like people are reminded how prolific David’s music was and they can’t stop singing and dancing. Fans can’t believe they are actually hearing the music as it was originally recorded by original musicians of David’s bands. That’s what sets this apart from anything else. It’s truly a spiritual event. I can’t wait to continue the Celebration!”
Mark Plati: “It’s a pleasure to reunite with bandmates to perform the music we played with David. The response from the audience is a nightly reminder of how much his music still touches people. For those of us who had the privilege of playing with David, it’s a joy to be able to share it with audiences and each other.”
Gaby Moreno: “It’s a dream to be a part of the celebration of David Bowie’s monumental legacy. Each night I pinch myself when I look around the stage and witness the world class musicians who played with him. This show is a musical experience unlike any other!”
Joe Sumner: “This band of Bowie alumni is full of people that David himself trusted to bring his visions to life. Now they’re the perfect stewards to keep his spirit alive and it’s such an honor to be part of it.”