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Charity concert held in honour of Bowie

AAP logoAAP 8/01/2017

Hollywood actor Gary Oldman has led the tributes to David Bowie at a concert held in honour of the late star on what would have been his 70th birthday.

Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and La Roux were among the singers to perform on a string of hits at the Celebrating David Bowie concert.

The singer-songwriter died on January 10 last year aged 69 from cancer.

An emotional Oldman, a close friend of the star, sang the first song before being joined by musicians who performed with Bowie - including keyboardist Mike Garson and guitarist Earl Slick.

While the concert was happening, Bowie's son, the filmmaker Duncan Jones, tweeted pictures of his father, writing: "Happy birthday (grand)dad. We love you. Goodnight."

The packed venue in south London was treated to a greatest hits performance lasting almost three hours.

The songs included Ashes To Ashes, Changes, All The Young Dudes, Life On Mars, Fame, Rebel Rebel, Five Years, The Man Who Sold The World, Let's Dance, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Starman and Space Oddity.

At the end Oldman told the cheering crowd: "Our thanks to these amazing, amazing musicians and of course to the amazing music of David Bowie."

A number of events are being held across Bowie's birthday weekend, including the launch of a David Bowie walking tour through his home town of Brixton which features songs, stories and anecdotes from his life.

Further concerts will take place around the world, including two at the Sydney Opera House at the end of the month.

The concert came a day after it was revealed the singer only found out his cancer was terminal months before he died.

A BBC documentary that aired on Saturday revealed that Bowie learned his treatment was to be stopped as he was starring in the music video for Lazarus, taken from his final album Blackstar.

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