Bowie Alumni celebrate with Vancouver audience


Vancouver Bowie fans endured the cold and long lineups on Saturday night to see several David Bowie alumni celebrate his large catalogue of music.

A Bowie Celebration consisted of longtime Bowie musicians Mike Garson, a brilliant pianist who has been playing with Bowie for decades, and for me, just having the chance to hear him play the piano solo on “Aladdin Sane” was a highlight. Band members consisted of longtime guitarist Earl Slick, Young Americans/Station to Station/Let’s Dance etc, Carmine Rojas, bassist on the Serious Moonlight Tour. Rounding off Playing on this leg of the tour was Charlie Sexton (Arc Angels, Dylan). Vocal duties were shared amongst Bernard Fowler (back up vocalist for Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Color), and Gaby Moreno.

Fowler’s stage authority showed from the first song, “Bring me the Disco King” and provided an edge to the Ziggy era material. Corey Glover’s rendition of “Young American” added the gospel soul and wonderfully playful edgy vocalizations in a tasty rendition. Ziggy Stardust was well represented with Gabby Moreno’s cover of “Rock’n’Roll Suicide”, and Charlie with “Suffragette City”.

The band was definitely enjoying themselves, with Earl Slick and Charlie Sexton playfully smiling and meandering back and forth on stage. The band did delve into Bowie’s last album with a good rendition of “Lazarus”, and the sublime Station to Station track “Win”.

Corey and Bernard gave an energetic performance of “Under Pressure” with breaks allowing the crowd to sing along. With arms waving “All the Young Dudes” continued, with arms waving back and forth the audience was in full sing-along mode.

The encore had Gabby singing “Life on Mars”, which was a crowd favourite, and capped off the night with “Heroes”.