Two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his acclaimed 26th album Blackstar, David Bowie died Sunday, Jan. 10.
In New Orleans, Arcade Fire joins the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a second line honoring the beloved, immensely influential musician and artist. The bands request dressing in your best Bowie at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St.).
Bowie performed several times in New Orleans. On Nov. 22, 1972, several months after his landmark The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Bowie and his band performed at the Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas for more than 1,500 people. (Tickets were $4.) He also appeared at the Superdome in 1987 during his "Glass Spider" tour and at the Saenger Theatre in 2004 following 2003's Reality.
In 2005, Bowie praised the then-rising band from Montreal to Rolling Stone: "I bought a huge stack of the Funeral CD last September and gave them to all my friends. I made so many converts."
Bowie and Arcade Fire performed together at Fashion Rocks that year — money raised from the EP benefited Hurricane Katrina relief organizations. Together they performed Bowie's "Life on Mars?" and "Five Years" and Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" from its debut studio LP Funeral. Bowie also appeared briefly on the band's 2013 album Reflektor, adding his vocals to the album's title track. Following Bowie's death, Arcade Fire's Win Butler wrote, "Goodbye friend. So many tears, and so lucky to have passed in the same solar system."
In a band statement, Arcade Fire said Bowie "not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives."
See the second line route below:
Depart from Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street to Royal Street