Nearly a year after a critically-acclaimed run across North America, A Bowie Celebration will be returning to the U.S. and Canada to celebrate the life and music of David Bowie, the late music icon.A Bowie Celebration (or ABC) is a band consisting of a variety of constantly-rotating musicians, spanning various eras of Bowie’s legendary music career.Most notably, Mike Garson leads the roster as Bowie’s longest-standing touring musician. He was the Starman singer’s longtime keyboard and piano player.The 74-year-old made the official 2020 ‘David Bowie Alumni tour’ announcement via Twitter on Monday morning.We’re back North America! Get your tickets Friday for our Diamond Dogs and Ziggy Stardust @BowieTour w/ an all Bowie alumni band and featured vocalists like @coreyglover and @evanrachelwood plus additional special guests to be announced! https://t.co/RL4hXwtbIO #abowiecelebration pic.twitter.com/vFRKpGdVLI— Mike Garson (@mikegarson) September 16, 2019
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While unveiling the impressive and extensive touring lineup, Garson also revealed that the tour will see the latest iteration of ABC playing two of Bowie’s most popular albums in their entirety — The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) and Diamond Dogs (1974).READ MORE: Whitney Houston hologram tour plots 2020 datesThe 28-date trek kicks off in Mesa, Ariz. on March 4, before concluding in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on April 11.Before the all-star group hits North America, they are set to play a short series of European and U.K. dates.Joining Garson this time around will be Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Charlie Sexton and Kevin Armstrong among many other musicians — each enriched with a story and time period of performing and/or recording with Bowie in his lifetime.
((L-R) Joe Sumner, Mike Garson, Mark Plati, Lee John, Earl Slick, Carmine Rojas and Bernard Fowler perform during the ‘A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour’ at The Orpheum Theatre on Feb. 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.Timothy Norris/Getty ImagesGarson joined the Spiders from Mars back in 1972 on the Ziggy Stardust tour and played over 1,000 shows with Bowie, right through to his final U.S. performance in 2006.He was featured on over 20 Bowie albums and contributed the piano solo on the title track of 1973’s Aladdin Sane, considered by many to be a monumental moment in Bowie’s overall sound.READ MORE: The Struts talk ‘Young & Dangerous,’ their origins and touring CanadaEach show will be different, featuring “an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts,” and, of course, including a range of different vocalists fit to perform the Bowie classics.WATCH: (Nov. 5, 2018) How David Bowie and The Muppets inspired Jake Shears’ new album