David Bowie Tribute Concert Expected to Include Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger
The music of the late David Bowie will be the focus of the latest in a series of star-studded tribute concerts organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf.
The show is scheduled to take place on March 31, 2016, at New York's Carnegie Hall, and the initial lineup for the event includes Heart's Ann Wilson, Cyndi Lauper, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan and longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti.
According to Britain's Daily Star music legends Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger are now expected to take part as well.
Visconti, who worked on many of Bowie's studio albums, including the just-released Blackstar, will lead the house band at the concert, which is called "The Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall." A total of more than 20 artists are expected to take part in the event.
A message posted on the show's official website, MusicOf.org, explains that Bowie's unexpected death "has turned this tribute, which we have worked on for the past 7 months, into a memorial concert." The note adds that "this year's concert will certainly be remembered as a poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers, and fans. We are all deeply saddened by this news."
In a new interview with Pollstar, Dorf reveals that prior to Bowie's death, the singer had been considering attending the show.
"Tony was in touch with David, and David was aware [of the 'Music Of' concert]," Dorf explains. "We were getting no promises…but we were getting indication that he thought it was looking really good and there was a pretty good likelihood that [Bowie] was going to attend."
Dorf also says that since Bowie's death, he's been "getting calls from all kinds of people who'd like to participate" in the show. In addition, he reveals that because the demand was so high for tickets to the now-sold-out concert, a second event is being considered.
"[I]f there's a way to add another day or something, we're exploring right now what else we can do," he reported.
As with previous "Music Of" shows, proceeds from the Bowie tribute will benefit various music education programs for underprivileged youths. This year's event is the 12th annual themed charity concert Dorf has helped organize in New York City.