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Celebrating the Starman

Friday 23rd December / posted by Chris Wheeldon

January 8 would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday and to celebrate his life’s work, an ambitious series of concerts are being mounted across the world.

Perth is joining in with The Mind Warp Pavilion – a celebration of the life and times of David Bowie.

You can see around 40 local musicians covering classic and obscure Bowie tunes at Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday January 7.

We brought in some of the participating local musicians to perform some of the Starman’s greatest works.

Steve Parkin & Greg Dear – Heroes

Steve Parkin’s been in various bands including Autopilot, Basement Birds and Bob Evans’ band.

He’s also forged a successful solo career and co-written songs with the likes of Ruby Boots, Gosling and Eskimo Joe.

He’s also a fan of David Bowie.

Written the same year RTRFM came into being, 1977, Heroes went on to become one of David Bowie’s signature songs, cited as the second most covered Bowie song.

Play Heroes

Lewis Rice O’Donnell – Young Americans

Solo singer songwriter and front man of The Feast of Snakes, Lewis Rice-O’Donnell joins Artbeat to perform Young Americans.

Bowie himself called the album “plastic soul” and drew influence from the sound of local dance halls and the R&B rhythms of Philadelphia Soul.

Play young americans

Tanaya Harper – Golden Years

Bells Rapids describe their music as songs of love, but mostly loss.

Lead singer Tanya Harper also writes exploratory solo pieces and is our next guest to cover Bowie, performing Golden Years from the 1975 Station to Station album.

Bowie performed the song for the American TV show Soul Train and was one of the few white artists to appear on the program at the time.

Play Golden Years

The Mind Warp Pavilion takes place Saturday January 7 at the Gate One Theatre, Claremont.

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