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David Bowie’s 70th Birthday to Be Celebrated with Worldwide Concert Series

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Dozens of David Bowie’s friends, collaborators and fellow recording artists will perform at a series of concerts around the world next year to celebrate what would have been the music legend’s 70th birthday.

The worldwide concert series, called “Celebrating David Bowie” will kick off on Jan. 8, 2017 in London at Brixton’s O2 Academy with a slew of stars including Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman, Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard and more, according to a statement on Bowie’s website.

“The concerts, announced sporadically, all take place in cities that have a strong connection with David Bowie and his work,” the statement reads. “All feature the core 30 musicians travelling, plus another 40 or more local musicians, to create a sound like no other.”

Bowie died in January following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

Inspiration for the global series stemmed from the several tributes that took place in the star’s memory after his death, according to the statement — particularlytwo shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco that featured more than 70 musicians.

Proceeds from the Brixton show will benefit the Children & the Arts charity. The event’s website also lists a show in Tokyo scheduled for Feb. 3.

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The statement continues: “After the BRIT Awards performance, Bowie’s last touring band refrained from further opportunities to honor him as it was still too emotional, but as word reached them about the sincerity of this particular group with Gary Oldman, they slowly decided to come on board to say goodbye to David properly in a grand show, keeping in line with his tremendous legacy.”