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God, he would’ve loved this. A potential audience of millions using their iPhones and iPads to take a tour through his history. Digging his art. Reading his handwritten lyrics. Grabbing a gander at the many costumes that adorned his impossibly lithe frame over the years.  Scoping out his diary entries. Immersing themselves in his uber-artistic video productions. All …

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The first major arena show of 2019 in Buffalo crashes an otherwise quiet event slate that includes the grand-opening party for a Hertel Avenue food hall, an appreciation for David Bowie's catalog and the dawn of a monthlong residency for a well-known Buffalo funk band. Panic! at the Disco, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $36.25 to $6…

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David Bowie released “Blackstar” on Jan. 8, 2016. Two days later, he succumbed to liver cancer. This was always going to make “Blackstar” an album viewed through an emotionally skewed lens. That any true Bowie fan would have to place the album in the upper echelon of Bowie’s artistic accomplishments made it even more so. Three years later, we see that “Blackstar” is a g…

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The just-announced David Bowie Alumni Tour will include a stop in Buffalo at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Titled "A Bowie Celebration," the 32-date itinerary will feature key members of the deceased rock chameleon's band from over the years including Mike Garson (Bowie's longest tenured member), Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard and Carmine Rojas. Vocal d…

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David Bowie's death hit music fans and musicians hard, and tribute shows across the world are being performed in his honor. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jeans n' Classics will play "The Music of David Bowie" at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). Tickets will range between $29 and $49, with limited VIP passes available for $75. Ticke…

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I learned of the passing of Bowie after writing this review. He was one of my musical heroes. I am grateful to have spent his last day on earth listening to and reviewing his final gift to the world, “Blackstar.” Let this review be my final thank you to David for the music he has graced us all with. He was truly a star in every sense of the word. May he shine bright foreve…

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Before moving to Buffalo, I worked summers at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where I had seen so many game-changing concerts as a teenager. (Grateful Dead, Santana, Talking Heads, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Metheny Group, Genesis when they were still great, and so many more.) I loved it there. I worked in the box office, and sometimes had reaso…

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Music icon David Bowie died of cancer on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday. He released his 25th album, “Blackstar,” on Friday. Here's my review of David Bowie's Buffalo show (originally published May 26, 2004). David Bowie has always been ahead of the curve. It was no surprise, then, that his sold-out show at Shea's Tuesday found him still pushing the envelope, …

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On May 25, 2004, David Bowie said goodbye to his past on the stage of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.He and his band offered an inspired set that did indeed include recent fare, and did indeed come across as far more than a “hits retrospective” package. But Bowie was clearly saying goodbye to touring, to playing “Rebel Rebel” like he still meant it, to giving the people wha…

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David Bowie never stands still. Personas come and go, sounds evolve and evaporate, and fashions are ever-changing. (Beep beep!) Fittingly, the stunning “David Bowie is” exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London was made to move, and its tour stop in Toronto came to an end last September.If you missed the show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, you missed s…