A Space Oddity with Musical Mastery

January 2016 the world lost one of its most flamboyant and iconic rock legends when David Bowie died as a result of cancer. But thanks to performers like David Brighton, Bowie’s legacy lives on.

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In a tow night event, David Brighton brought his David Bowie tribute Space Oddity to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on September 1 and 2.

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The show was not just Brighton and his band performing the music of David Bowie, it was a full on musical extravaganza that included video clips on and and about David Bowie and costume changes with replicas of the outfits Bowie himself wore on stage.

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When he died, Bowie left a massive vault of material and as David put it, he had to try and cram 50 years of music into a tiny tow hour period. And while he could not perform everything, David performed nearly two dozen of Bowie’s biggest hits and most loved songs.

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After opening with “Rebel Rebel”, David performed “Young Americans”, “Golden Years”, “Dancing in the Street”, “Man Who Sold”, “Fame”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Get it One”, “Changes”, “Space Oddity”, “Jean Genie” and “Love Me”, Suffragette City”, “Let’s Dance”, “China Girl”, “All the Young Dudes”, “I Feel Free”, “Dead Man Walking”, Under Pressure”, and “Heroes”.

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After much chanting and clapping David and the band returns to the stage for an encore performance of “Modern Love”. And since one encore was not enough, the band again returned to the stage for a second time, even though the house lights had come up, to perform “Life on Mars”.

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Over the past few years the music world has lost a number of musical icons and great musicians, but thanks to artists like David Brighton and his flawless personification of David Bowie, the stars and their music lives on to entertain long time fans and to generate new ones wit his musical legacy.

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All photos by Sherrill Fulghum


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