David Bowie charity tribute night to be held in Glasgow

MUSICIANS will stage a tribute to David Bowie in Glasgow following the sudden death of the icon from cancer.

David Bowie died on January 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer

Some of the country’s rising stars will come together to perform at the city’s Broadcast venue on Saturday to celebrate the life of the singer, who was one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th century.

All proceeds from the event - titled Hot Tramp, I Love You So - will be donated to the Carey Lander cancer fund, which was set up by the Camera Obscura keyboard player shortly before her death last year.

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The appeal has so far raised more than £86,000 after attracting almost 4000 individual donations.

Among those performing at the Bowie tribute will be surf-rock quartet The Van T’s, Dale Barclay and Laura St Jude, Lylo, and a solo performance from Leo Condie of new-wave pop group WHITE.

That the next generation of Scots musicians are so keen to pay tribute to Bowie is a testament to his enduring influence, said Condie.

“Bowie opened my world up as a teenager. Almost overnight I was obsessed with his music - getting my hair cut like him and donning my mum’s leather jacket to get that Heroes look,” he said.

“The first song I ever sang live was Quicksand off Hunky Dory. He’s more or less the reason I’m sitting in a van for 18 hours just now to play a gig in Groningen.

“It’ll be the best type of catharsis to sing out the sorrow.”

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Bowie released Black Star, his 26th studio album, just three days before his death was announced on Monday. Only his close family and friends knew he had been battling cancer for 18 months.

Calum Cunneen, of event promoters PCL, said: “Bowie’s long standing influence is something that remains recognisable across many artists and musicians that we see performing in Glasgow in 2016. Hosting this event on Saturday at Broadcast is a selfish opportunity for us to see Bowie’s amazing catalogue of material, re-interpreted by some of our favourite up and coming Scottish artists.

“Without doubt, Bowie was the most wide ranging influential modern musician, no one else has had such impact on music today as we know it, from Mott the Hoople, Suede, T Rex through to LCD Soundsystem and Gary Numan.

“We feel that as well as being a fitting tribute to Bowie, we have the opportunity to raise money for a fantastic cause, in this case the Sarcoma Fund, an inspirational campaign that was launched by Carey Lander.”

Admission to the show, which starts at 7pm, will be by donation on the door.