Bowie: Waiting In The Sky is a salute to an unprecedented musical force and an icon of boundless possibility. Style savant, visionary and a true master of performance, David Bowie’s unique legacy will be honoured in a spectacular concert – an explosion of sound and vision honouring Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and the Man Who Fell to Earth, in a spectacular gesture of thanks befitting a true legend. One concert over 25 Bowie masterpieces with six acclaimed artists in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
January 10, 2016, was the day the world stood still. The mourning of David Bowie brought an outpouring of emotion as millions felt the loss of a guiding light for fearless invention and breathtaking beauty spanning generations.
As the shock fades, what remains is a universe of song as deep as the gratitude of those who follow. Space Oddity, Changes, Starman, Life On Mars?, Jean Genie, Rebel Rebel, Fame, Golden Years, Heroes, Ashes To Ashes, Let’s Dance and dozens more all-time classics shaped the progressive edge of rock’n’roll for decades. For the music industry and fans – the only way forward is to celebrate his legacy.
The Artists And Band
The awe inspiring mastery of Eddie Rayner’s Dark Horses band featuring some of NZ’s finest award-winning musicians will deliver that authentic Wall of Sound synonymous with Bowie. Fronting the band are outstanding artists with chilling vocal talent, capturing the incredible range and performance of this musical genius.
Eddie Rayner – Split Enz | Crowded House
Keyboard wizard, producer, songwriter and musical director extraordinaire, Eddie Rayner is known to the world as the musical backbone of 12 years and ten albums with Split Enz. His five decades in the spotlight have taken him from Space Waltz to the Makers, Crowded House to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Paul McCartney to the NZ Symphony Orchestra and two solo albums, Horse and Play It Straight.
Finn Andrews – The Veils
Finn Andrews’ morphing art-rock band The Veils has cut a dramatic swathe from Auckland to London to Los Angeles since their arrival in the UK indie frontier in the early 2000s. Renowned for his possessed stage presence and rich, dark lyrical content, Finn’s songs have appeared in films by Tim Burton and Paulo Sorrentino. Time Stays, We Go was made in LA and Abbey Road in 2013. A fifth album is under construction.
Jordan Luck* – The Exponents | Jordan Luck Band
“Legend” is a word suffering from chronic overuse these days, but when it comes to Jordan Luck, the word regains its full meaning and one the NZ public associates with this true blue Kiwi artist. This affection is obviously felt among his musical peers as well, who bestowed Jordan the honour of Inaugural Inductee into the New Zealand Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with ‘Victoria’ recently voted by public as the 8th greatest song of all time.
*Performing in Auckland and Christchurch
Alastair Riddell – Space Waltz
A true child of bohemia, Alistair Riddell’s fate was sealed with the Beatles’ New Zealand tour of 1964, but it was the glam rock eruption of the early ’70s that made him a star. Featuring several future members of Split Enz, Space Waltz made instant impact with the classic Out In the Street in 1974. An overnight #1, it was voted into APRA NZ’s Top 50 songs of all time and launched Alastair as our premier Stardust revolutionary.
Zaine Griff – Human Instinct
Zaine Griff is an Auckland born singer-songwriter who formed part of the English new wave scene of the 1980s. He had the kind of chic cred and looks other aspiring pop stars would have killed for. Although beginning as a musician in New Zealand, he moved to England in the 1970s, where he continued with his artistic and musical career, becoming a solo artist. He has had his work produced by David Bowie’s legendary producer, Tony Visconti. An excellent musician songwriter and performer, he worked with Lindsay Kemp, in arts, and The Human Instinct, The Kinks, David Bowie, Kate Bush and Hans Zimmer, in music.
One of Australia’s most mercurial pop discoveries of recent years, Olivia Bartley playing under the moniker Olympia, features one the of most incredible voices in Australian music today. She has been described as “the best-kept secret in Australian music right now.” Olivia cut her teeth on the folk circuit of the early 2000s before making an assured left turn into the majestic conceptual pop of 2014’s Atlantis EP. After signing with EMI and touring as part of Paul Dempsey’s band, she made her richly composed 2016 debut Self Talk with producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, the Drones, Sarah Blasko).
Skyscraper Stan – The Commission Flats
Skyscraper Stan Woodhouse blew out of Auckland like a dustbowl drifter around 2012 and made himself an indispensable part of Melbourne’s twangsome roots scene with and without his old-time rockin’ combo the Commission Flats. Part medicine show barker and part campfire troubadour, Stan took his tall tales far and wide with his swinging harmony debut album of 2015, Last Year’s Tune.