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David Bowie Global Concert Series Planned for One-Year Anniversary of His Death

Friends and collaborators of David Bowie will gather for a series of worldwide concerts on what would have been the music icon’s 70th birthday.

The concerts will take place Jan. 8 at locations all around the globe. The London component, titled Celebrating David Bowie, will feature 30 core musicians, as well as 40 local artists, according to the Guardian, and will be held at the O2 Academy in Brixton. It will be lead by Bowie’s friend, actor Gary Oldman, and will also feature former Bowie band members Adrian Belew, Sterling Campbell, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer, Catherine Russell, and Earl Slick.

Proceeds from the show in Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton will go directly to the Children & the Arts foundation, which supports arts education in the United Kingdom.

The birthday celebrations follow a series of performances held last year after the “Space Oddity” singer’s death. Those shows were headlined by the Pixies, Blondie, Mumford & Sons, Michael Stipe, J Mascis and the Flaming Lips, and were live-streamed to the public. Bowie died Jan. 10 of this year, two days after his 69th birthday, following a battle with liver cancer.

Other special appearances have yet to be announced. More information will be released throughout the rest of the year.

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