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Stars turn out for Bowie tribute

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British singer David Bowie performs during the first day of the Doctor Music Festival in a Pirineos little valley in Catalonia July 12, 1996 © Reuters British singer David Bowie performs during the first day of the Doctor Music Festival in a Pirineos little valley in Catalonia July 12, 1996

An all-star tribute concert to David Bowie, announced shortly before he died, has been held in New York.

Debbie Harry and Wayne Coyne: Debbie Harry was among the performers, as was Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips who was accompanied by Chewbacca © AP Debbie Harry was among the performers, as was Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips who was accompanied by Chewbacca

The concert in Carnegie Hall was announced on 10 January as a retrospective of Bowie's life.

Cyndi Lauper performs at The Music of David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall: Cyndi Lauper sang Suffragette City © AP Cyndi Lauper sang Suffragette City

But hours later, the singer's family announced his death from cancer. The concert then quickly sold out.

Michael Stipe performs onstage during The Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall on March 31, 2016 in New York City: Former REM singer Michael Stipe was among those who took part © Getty Images Former REM singer Michael Stipe was among those who took part

Among the acts performing were the Flaming Lips, the Pixies, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and former REM singer Michael Stipe.

Ann Wilson of Heart performs onstage during The Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall: Ann Wilson performed Bowie's Let's Dance © Getty Images Ann Wilson performed Bowie's Let's Dance

Demand was so high that a second concert was added for Friday night at Radio City Music Hall. It will be broadcast online.

Musician Jakob Dylan performs at The Music of David Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall: Heroes, another of Bowie's hits, was also performed © AP Heroes, another of Bowie's hits, was also performed

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"God bless David Bowie," Jakob Dylan said after performing one of the singer's most recognized songs, Heroes.

Another of his hits, Starman, brought the crowd to its feet, in a performance by Blondie leader Debbie Harry. Heart's Ann Wilson got the audience moving with Let's Dance.

The Flaming Lips performance saw singer Wayne Coyne wearing a suit of lights sat atop the shoulders of a band mate dressed as Chewbacca to sing Life on Mars.

But Cyndi Lauper's version of Suffragette City and Laurie Anderson's take of Always Crashing in the Same Car seemed to have failed to impress the public.

Other hits such as Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars, and some more obscure songs, were also performed.

Carnegie Hall was where Bowie made his New York debut in 1972, a city where he would live for 20 years.

The annual tribute concerts, that have previously focused on acts including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell, were set up to raise money for charity.

Organisers were overwhelmed by requests by performers keen to take part after Bowie's death.

"We felt kind of awkward because we are usually so humbly grateful to anyone who wants to participate in this," producer Michael Dorf said.

One scheduled act, hip-hop band The Roots, pulled out of the shows on Thursday, after accusing another unnamed group of refusing to allow them to use their equipment.

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