It was five years ago Sunday (January 10th, 2016) that the world lost David Bowie, just two days after his 69th birthday — with today (January 8th) marking what would have been his 74th. Bowie's death followed a private 18-month battle with cancer, and according to reports from insiders in the Bowie camp, the music legend died from liver cancer, after suffering from a handful heart attacks in recent years. Bowie was survived by his wife of 23 years, supermodel Iman, his son, movie director Duncan Jones, and his daughter with Iman, Alexandria.
A David Bowie tribute concert is set to stream tonight (Friday, January 8th) at at 9 p.m. ET. The concert is headed up by his Spiders From Mars keyboardist Mike Garson and will feature contributions from Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Peter Frampton, Duran Duran, Trent Reznor, William Corgan, Perry Farrell, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, the Cult's Ian Astbury, Lzzy Hale, Macy Gray, Rolling Stones sideman Bernard Fowler, Living Color's Corey Glover, Boy George, Taylor Momsen, Ricky Gervais, YUNGBLUD, Andra Day, Adam Lambert, Gary Oldman — and the Ground Control supergroup featuring Dave Navarro, Corey Taylor, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins and Jane's Addiction's Chris Chaney
In addition to Garson and Bowie’s long-time collaborator and producer Tony Visconti, musicians taking part who had recorded and performed with Bowie include guitarists Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Gerry Leonard, Catherine Russell, Zack Alford, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs, Omar Hakim, Carmine Rojas, and Charlie Sexton, among others.