Celebrating David Bowie’s Legacy at the Keswick Theatre

Photos by Lauren Silvestri

It truly was a Night of Stardust last Sunday evening at the Keswick Theatre.

The Celebrating David Bowie tour, featuring longtime Bowie collaborators Mike Garson (keyboards), Carmine Rojas (bass), and guitarists Earl Slick (who we interviewed ahead of the show) and Gerry Leonard, performed the second show of their North American leg. The show also included vocalists Bernard Fowler and Gaby Moreno, who took turns singing lead in place of the Thin White Duke.

Earl Slick

Each show on the tour promises special guests, and the Philly show had the honor of hosting Joe Sumner (of Fiction Plane, and also a doppelgänger of his father Sting) and Corey Glover (Living Colour) as featured singers and Jeffrey Gaines on guitar.

The music began with the lights dim and Fowler singing Reality‘s “Bring Me The Disco King.” “You promised me the ending would be clear / You’d let me know when the time was now,” Fowler cryptically sang, before the crowd erupted with applause. The setlist from the night included both deep cuts and fan favorites, with highlights including “Five Years” sung beautifully by Moreno; “Moonage Daydream,” and “Stay.”

After playing for nearly two hours, the entire crew came back on stage for a three song encore – “Loving The Alien,” “Life On Mars,” and of course, “Heroes” to finish the night. “David Bowie is a hero to all of us,” announced Mike Garson as the crowd roared.

The nearly sold-out show confirmed how much Philly REALLY loves Bowie; the audience’s energy radiated the entire theatre, and maybe it was just me but Bowie’s spirit seemed palpable, like he was right on stage watching his friends perform his iconic music.

The Keswick Theatre, located just north of Philadelphia in the quaint village of Glenside, provided a great, intimate space for the celebration. You can find their concert calendar here.

Check out some other photos from the night below! 

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1 Comment

  1. aichatohry

    February 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for making my point.

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