The forthcoming tribute shows to David Bowie featuring performances from the Pixies, Blondie, Michael Stipe, J Mascis, the Flaming Lips and more will be streamed live for fans unable to attend the New York shows.
The first concert will take place at Carnegie Hall on 31 March, with a second date at Radio City Music Hall on 1 April. The latter concert will be available to watch via Skype, organisers of The Music of David Bowie have confirmed. Those watching will be asked for a donation to one of a selection of arts based charities in return.
“Due to unprecedented interest in the David Bowie memorial concert in Radio City, we have teamed up with Skype and Ammado to stream the concert around the world, in return for a small donation to our charity partners,” reads a statement on the memorial’s official site. “We suggest a minimum donation equivalent to $20, or £15.”
Names confirmed for the concert so far are Mumford & Sons, Blondie, Pixies, Michael Stipe, J Mascis, Rickie Lee Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Ron Pope, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer and Anna Calvi with Kronos Quartet, Ann Wilson Of Heart, The Roots, The Polyphonic Spree, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan, Holy Holy, as well as the Donny McCaslin Group, who will joined by guests Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Bowie producer Tony Visconti.
David Bowie died on 11 January, aged 69. His extraordinary life and career has so far been marked by a divisive performance by Lady Gaga at the Grammys and a well-received tribute by Lorde and Bowie’s former band at the Brits A memorial is scheduled for 2016’s Glastonbury festival in Somerset.