David Bowie Tribute Show Announced, Lzzy Hale And More To Perform

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins) and more are set to appear in a tribute show to David Bowie.

The show is set to take place on January 8th 2021 to mark what would have been the musicians 74th birthday.

‘A Bowie Celebration: Just for one day!’ has been organised by long-time Bowie pianist Mike Garson and will feature cover and new interpretations of many of his classic songs.

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A Bowie Celebration: Just for one day! brings together dozens of Bowie alumni band members spanning Bowie’s career from his 1969 self-titled album to his final album, Blackstar , along with many of the world’s most famous voices for a very special experience with performances from William Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Oldman, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray, Ian Astbury (The Cult), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Color), Tony-winning rocker Lena Hall, vocal phenom Judith Hill (Grammy winner for 20 Feet From Stardom ), and many more to be announced. Alumni members of Bowie’s bands from throughout his career will join the event including David’s final touring band of Mike Garson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Sterling Campbell Gerry Leonard and Catherine Russell along with Zack Alford, Carlos Alomar, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs, Robin Clark, Emm Gryner, Omar Hakim, Clare Hirst, Erdal Kızılçay, Tim Lefebvre, Martha Mooke, Holly Palmer, Mark Plati, Carmine Rojas, Charlie Sexton, Bowie’s long-time record producer and musician Tony Visconti, and many more coming soon will collaborate with Garson’s special guest vocalists for a setlist of some of Bowie’s most memorable hit songs along with a collection of deep cut Bowie gems. Tickets are on sale now at link in bio with early-bird pricing offered through Sunday, November 1. A variety of VIP ticket bundles are available offering fans a variety of exclusive opportunities and merchandise including everything from access to private rehearsals to access to pre-show soundcheck and an after-show Q&A with members of the band. #abowiecelebration #bowiealumni #davidbowie #davidbowieforever #bowieforever #bowie2021 #JustForOneDay

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Billy Corgan’s Stolen Guitar Returned After 27 Years

With more and more people becoming a victim of theft in the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine musicians being reunited with their equipment. It’s just so amazing and tearful when they get your gear back.

This is the case with The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. His Stratocaster was stolen in 1992, not five minutes after they came offstage. And this was his guitar Billy himself altered the band’s sound on their debut, Gish.

The guitar was returned by one Beth James, who bought it for $200 at a yard sale, cheaper than the $10,000 reward Corgan offered for it after it was stolen. It wasn’t until she was contacted by a friend who read about it in an online article that Beth, who’s “not much of a Pumpkins fan”, decided to reach out to Billy.

Billy intends to play the Strat on the band’s upcoming new album.

Cant wait to hear it!

D’arcy Wretzky (Ex-Smashing Pumpkins) Accuses Billy Corgan Of Manipulation Over Reunion

Well, this is probably a band that will never be fully back together as Ex-Smashing Punkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky has accused frontman Billy Corgan of manipulation over the band’s upcoming reunion.

Over on NME, they wrote:

 

Corgan originally sent her a contract offer to be part of the expected reunion, before allegedly later saying that it “wasn’t a real offer”.

She also claimed that Corgan told her via text message that “there was never any decision to shut you out, or make you not welcome” and that he thought “we can find the right way to have you involved”.

However, according to Wretzky, Corgan also said that fellow original members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha were “with him” on the decision to reunite without her. “I am totally disgusted with James,” Wretzky said about this. “He should be ashamed of himself.”

Asked why Corgan might not want her as part of the upcoming reunion, Wretzky said: “that is a whole other can of worms and a big, ugly one”.

 

There’s more on that article via this link. Also, the band have added a countdown to their website. Something big’s going down.