The lineup impressive, the performances marvelous and the technological feat bringing it all together went above and beyond, but it was the music of the late great David Bowie that really took center stage at the David Bowie virtual celebration taking place Saturday night (Jan. 9).
The "A David Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day" event was initially set to take place Friday (Jan. 8) in celebration of Bowie's birthday but technical difficulties and Covid-related restrictions led the massive undertaking to be pushed a day to make sure all went off without a hitch and the move paid off as everyone involved appeared on top of their game.
Duran Duran opened the show with their stellar new cover of "Five Days," bolstered by the piano accompaniment of longtime Bowie pianist Mike Garson who also hosted the evening's events. Set against the fantastical backdrop, it provided a glimpse of what was to come as artists appeared throughout the evening either via virtual remote or often in pre-produced performances, but it was all tied together to mirror a united concert appearance as possible.
Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and Broadway star Lena Hall united to bring some power and grit to Bowie's "Moonage Daydream," a performance that left both musicians with a high afterward. Hall shared her admiration and desire to collaborate with Hale, while Hale spoke on Twitter about the transcendent moment of paying tribute to one of their muses.