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Cale to lead Bowie tribute at BBC Proms

Press AssociationPress Association 12/07/2016

The Velvet Underground star John Cale will lead the line-up of musicians paying tribute to David Bowie at the Proms.

A special Bowie Prom is being held as part of the Late Night BBC Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall on July 29, with performers from all genres coming together to perform the late rock star's hits.

Other acts confirmed to perform include Marc Almond, Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, Paul Buchanan, Conor O'Brien and counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky.

Curated and directed by Andre de Ridder, the Prom will celebrate Bowie's entire musical career - from 1969's Space Oddity, to 2016's Black Star, via Starman and Heroes.

Cale, a friend and collaborator with the singer, said: "There's always been something unique about Bowie... Any artist who defies categorisation and thrives throughout - deserves every accolade and then some.

"From the beginning, until the very end, originality was his muse. It's an honour to celebrate his work at the BBC Proms."

The rock superstar died in January at 69 after a battle with liver cancer.

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