David Bowie and Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert

David Bowie and Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert


21 years ago today, David Bowie celebrated his 50th birthday in the most Rock Star way possible – by rocking out to a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York with an incredible line-up of musicians. The show, billed as David Bowie and Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert, featured Bowie’s own amazing band (Mike Garson, Gail Ann Dorsey, Zachary Alford and Reeves Gabrels), and he was joined by a number of special guests, including Foo Fighters, Frank Black, Robert Smith, Lou Reed and Billy Corgan. The concert was filmed and aired a few months later, with proceeds benefiting the Save the Children charity.  

It was a truly epic night of music, and although the footage is a bit grainy,  you can enjoy it in full and be reminded of what an outrageously gifted artist and performer he was.

The full setlist from the show...

  • Little Wonder
  • The Hearts Filthy Lesson
  • Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [with Frank Black]
  • Fashion [with Frank Black]
  • Telling Lies
  • Hallo Spaceboy [with Foo Fighters]
  • Seven Years in Tibet [with Dave Grohl]
  • The Man Who Sold the World
  • The Last Thing You Should Do [with Robert Smith]
  • Quicksand [with Robert Smith]
  • Battle for Britain (The Letter)
  • The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)
  • I’m Afraid of Americans [with Sonic Youth]
  • Looking for Satellites
  • Under Pressure
  • “Heroes”
  • Queen Bitch [with Lou Reed]
  • I’m Waiting for the Man [with Lou Reed]
  • Dirty Blvd. [with Lou Reed]
  • White Light/White Heat [with Lou Reed]
  • Moonage Daydream 


  • Happy Birthday [Performed by Gail Ann Dorsey]
  • All the Young Dudes [with Billy Corgan]
  • The Jean Genie [with Billy Corgan]
  • Space Oddity

Today also marks 2 years since the release of Blackstar, Bowie's final studio album. 


Listen to our I Like: David Bowie playlist on Spotify here...

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