On midnight of January 10, Michael Dorf—a New York entrepreneur and show promoter who has curated many tribute shows for the Music Of organization—announced that “The Music of David Bowie” would be coming to Carnegie Hall on March 31. 90 minutes later, Bowie’s social media accounts were updated to reveal that he had passed.
Whether it was a strange coincidence or divine providence, we may never know, but as we all do know, the news triggered unprecedented waves of emotion that are still palpable today. Unsurprisingly, all 2,800 tickets were gobbled up within the first two hours of the sale. Many more people reached out to Dorf with inquiries of participating and/or still attending. “But there are no more tickets,” Dorf told Pollster in January. “So we’re looking at what else we could do the next day. How do we extend this? And it’s not about making more money. The whole thing is a benefit for charity. But our hearts are going out – part of the process of saying goodbye to a legend like this is to listen to their music.”
The promoter soon scheduled a second show at Radio City Music Hall for April 1, and those tickets, too, sold out very quickly. To help make the experience accessible to more people, Dorf has teamed up with Skype “to stream the concert around the world, in return for a small donation to our charity partners,” according to the event’s website. “We suggest a minimum donation equivalent to $20 or £15.”
As expected, the show’s lineup is loaded with talent and high-profile names. Pixies, Michael Stipe, Blondie, The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Cat Power, J Mascis, Mumford & Sons, Amanda Palmer with Jherek Bishoff, Anna Calvi and the Kronos Quartet, and Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti will all be part of the show. Tune in on Friday to experience the whole thing live.
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