Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series

 

Mesa Arts Center member presale Sept 18 at 10AM. Not a member? Join here

 

Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie's bands from across the decades for The David Bowie Alumni Tour as they play two of the greatest albums of all time -Diamond Dogs and Ziggy Stardust-in their entirety featuring an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists. Anchored by Mike Garson along with a revolving selection of additional amazing Bowie band alumni including Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong and Alan Childs, A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour will focus on David Bowie’s fifth album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Bowie’s eighth studio album Diamond Dogs-both ranked amongst the greatest albums of all time.

 

Also joining the upcoming A BOWIE CELEBRATION tour is vocalist Corey Glover, founding member of Living Colour along with Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood.

 

Keyboardist and band leader Mike Garsonisthe longest-standing member of any of Bowie’s bands, having performed with David at over 1,000 concerts and brings with him Gerry Leonard who was a Bowie music director and guitar player tour. Joining them are Let’sDance/Serious Moonlight/Glass Spider bassist Carmine Rojas and Alan Childs who was Bowie’s drummer on his 1987 Glass Spider world tour. Kevin Armstrong also joins the David Bowie alumni having recorded and played with Bowie including his famous Live Aid performance and Bowie’s first Tin Machine album and tour.

 

This performance is eligible for Mesa Bucks

 

 

Evan Rachel Wood is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress and musician currently starring in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld. She’s also known for her roles in the film Thirteen and the Beatles musical drama Across the Universe.

Corey Glover is a founding member of Living Colour and has helped prove that not only could black guys kick out the jams, but that they could be embraced by a vast expanse of fans. Living Colour earned numerous industry awards including back-to-back Grammys for Best Hard Rock Performance and emerged as one of the most influential rock acts of all time: regularly selling out arenas and selling millions of albums. On touring with A BOWIE CELEBRATION, Glover says “I am so looking forward to returning to the Bowie alum, jamming and sharing the music of Bowie with the world - the most brilliant thought provoking music ever conceived!”

 

Mike Garson

Mike Garson on numerous Bowie albums, including his much talked about masterly solo on the Aladdin Sane track. Garson was Bowie’s longest and most frequent band member. They performed together for both David’s first and last concerts in the United States as well as 1,000 concerts around the globe in between.

 

On Garson, Bowie said “It is pointless to talk about his ability as a pianist. He is exceptional. However, there are very, very few musicians, let alone pianists, who naturally understand the movement and free thinking necessary to hurl themselves into experimental or traditional areas of music, sometimes, ironically, at the same time. Mike does this with such enthusiasm that it makes my heart glad just to be in the same room with him.”

 

Gerry Leonard

Gerry Leonard was music director and guitar player for David Bowie on his “Reality” world tour and DVD along with Bowie’s previous two records, “Heathen” and “Reality” and their subsequent tours along with his “The Next Day” album. Further credits include recording and touring as guitar player and music director for artists such as Suzanne Vegas, Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Duncan Sheik and Roger Waters. Leonard remarks, “I am super excited to be continuing to bring David’s music to his loyal fans with A BOWIE CELEBRATION. The combination of having his real band playing his music for his dedicated fans makes for a truly special night every time. It’s such a wonderful way to keep David’s memory and musical legacy alive.”

 

Carmine Rojas

Carmine Rojas toured the world with David Bowie, playing bass on several multi-platinum hits such as "Let’s Dance", "China Girl", "Modern Love" and "Blue Jean” on the Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider tours. He’s also recorded and toured with Julian Lennon and Rod Stewart as musical director and bassist.  In addition, Carmine has recorded and toured with the likes of Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and many more.

 

Kevin Armstrong

Kevin Armstrong first met Bowie in 1985 on sessions for Absolute Beginners after which he helped David put the band together and play for his Live Aid performance followed by recording the Bowie / Jagger song “Dancing in the Street” together. Kevin played on the Bowie’s first Tin Machine album and tour and wrote and played on the Outside album with Bowie who introduced him to Iggy Pop and was featured on their Blah Blah Blah album. Kevin continues to play with Iggy Pop today.  Armstrong says, “It's a great honour to join Mike Garson and my Bowie brothers to help bring David Bowie's amazing legacy to new audiences.”

 

Alan Childs

Alan Childs was Bowie’s drummer on his 1987 Glass Spider world tour and is featured on the tour album and DVD. Alan has also played with the likes of Julian Lennon, Rod Stewart, John Waite and many others. Alan plays all instruments and sings on his solo album and EP Alan Childs Aftermath. Alan says, “I am totally psyched to be joining A BOWIE CELEBRATION! What a great band of Bowie alumni with a mission is to keep David’s music alive in a concert setting for all the fans!” 

Meet & Greet package includes: 

• One premium reserved ticket located in the first 5 rows or general admission (where applicable)
• VIP early entry into the venue
• Exclusive meet & greet with members of A Bowie Celebration
• Personal photograph with members of A Bowie Celebration
• VIP access to A Bowie Celebration’s preshow soundcheck
• Q&A with members of A Bowie Celebration
• Specially designed A Bowie Celebration tour shirt (exclusive to package only!)
• Collectible tour poster autographed by the band (limited print)
• A Bowie Celebration button set
• Exclusive A Bowie Celebration merchandise item
• Official meet & greet laminate
• Commemorative ticket

 

Limited availability

 

VIP package includes:

• One premium reserved ticket located in the first 12 rows or general admission (where applicable)
• VIP early entry into the venue
• Specially designed A Bowie Celebration tour shirt (exclusive to package only!)
• Collectible tour poster autographed by the band (limited print)
• A Bowie Celebration button set
• Exclusive A Bowie Celebration merchandise item
• Commemorative tour laminate
• Commemorative ticket

 

Limited availability