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Local rockers pay tribute to David Bowie

(Courtesy Richshaw Theatre, via Facebook)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Wednesday January 10th marks two years since the death of David Bowie. Tonight, more than 20 local bands are gathering to pay tribute to the Thin White Duke with a benefit show in Vancouver.

This is the third year for the Bowie Ball, a celebration of David Bowie’s life and music. There really is only one rule. You have to play songs performed by the man himself.

“Anything that Bowie wrote or anything that he covered, explains organizer Dave Bowes. “So anything that he covered and recorded and also anything that he produced, so Iggy Pop, things like that.”

The event was started shortly after Bowie’s death in 2016, following a huge outpouring of grief on social media by members of Vancouver’s indie music scene. “A couple of very close friends were serious Bowie fanatics,” Bowes recalls. ” [They] were just destroyed, like, as if a close friend or relative had died.”

And so the Bowie Ball was born. Now 23 acts are set to take the stage. “They each have a 15 to 20 minute slot, depending on how many songs they’re covering, some are covering two, some are covering three.”

Bowes says, to date, the event has raised $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The show is on from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m at the Rickshaw Theatre on Hastings.