David Bowie tribute concerts set up

David Bowie -- who had hits including Space Oddity, Heroes and Changes -- died aged 69 on Monday NZT following a secret 18-month battle with cancer. Photo / NZ Herald
David Bowie -- who had hits including Space Oddity, Heroes and Changes -- died aged 69 on Monday NZT following a secret 18-month battle with cancer. Photo / NZ Herald

A number of David Bowie tribute gigs have been arranged after the visionary British rocker's death.

Bowie -- who had hits including Space Oddity, Heroes and Changes -- died aged 69 on Monday NZT following a secret 18-month battle with cancer.

Tribute concerts have been set up to honour the rock star, who inspired many in the music world, including Madonna, rapper Kanye West and Lorde.

In Auckland tomorrow a "celebration of David Bowie", headlined Let's Dance, will be held at Whammy Bar in St Kevin's Arcade on Karangahape Rd from 9.30pm.

"Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. Come along and celebrate the man who was the soundtrack to our lives, with special guest DJs Marty Duda, Tina Turntables, DJ Skinny, Zac Arnold, John Baker, Steve Abel, Kailee Raven, Pennie Black," the advert for the free gig says.

On Friday a free Bowie tribute will be held at the Ding Dong Lounge in central Auckland from 8pm.

"A tribute to David Bowie, his life and his music, we'll play a selection from his 40+ musical career over the PA from Glam Rock to Punk."

In Wellington, a free tribute night will be held on Thursday at San Fran on Cuba St from 7.30pm, where DJs will "play tribute to the starman".

"Let's all get together and celebrate the legend that was David Bowie," the bar's Facebook page says.

"A tribute night to an icon, David Bowie, who changed the idea of what an artist should be. His musical genius will live on. Bowie and Bowie-influenced music, cocktails and dancing. Prize for best Bowie on the night."

- NZME.

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