Legendary Guitarist Earl Slick Joins Celebrating David Bowie Lineup, Coming to Philly 2/11

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Fortunately, he gets the chance to play Bowie’s music live once again during the Celebrating David Bowie tour. Bowie tributes have been a dime a dozen since the icon passed away, but this particular show brings together the key players from Bowie’s history: keyboardist Mike Garson, Bowie’s longest and most frequent band member who is known for his masterly solo on the “Aladdin Sane” track; bassist Carmine Rojas from Bowie’s Let’s Dance/Serious Moonlight tour; and guitarist Gerry Leonard, who toured with Bowie on the Heathen and Reality tours.

Also joining the tour will be vocalist Bernard Fowlerwho is known for his work with The Rolling Stones, along with 2017 Grammy nominee Gaby Moreno, plus special guests and other former Bowie band members who may make surprise appearances along the way.

“We’re doing this as a labor of love as opposed to ‘cashing in,'” says Slick. “Especially this North American leg, the attraction is that we get to go out and play the music and it’s the family… we all spent time on the road together…. and we’re the closest thing the fans got to Bowie.” Earl Slick’s son will be playing drums, and the rest of the members are like family to Slick as well. He’s known Michael Garson since he was 21 years old, and he calls Bernald Fowler his “partner in crime.” 

The tour comes to the Philly area on Sunday, February 11th at the Keswick Theatre. David Bowie famously had a special relationship with our City of Brotherly Love; he recorded his Young Americans album at Sigma Sound Studios, developed lifelong friendships between his biggest fans (The Sigma Kids), and recorded a live album at the Tower Theatre, among other milestones. “Philly was always a special place to Bowie and me,” Slick reminisces. “There’s an affinity there that will never go away.”

Slick was even here during the 2018 Philly Loves Bowie Week for the A Night of Stardust show at Union Transfer, and met up with the Sigma “Kids.” “I remember these guys when they were teenagers! It was great seeing them,” says Slick.

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