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David Bowie alumni announce A Bowie Celebration 2020 tour, 4 Canadian dates

David Bowie in Concert during "Area2" Festival in Northern California at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif.
David Bowie in Concert during "Area2" Festival in Northern California at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. J. Shearer/WireImage

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.

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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).

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The 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.
((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 Images

Garson 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.

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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.

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Each 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.

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Tickets go on sale this Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. and will be available through the official A Bowie Celebration website.

There will be four Canadian shows total, including: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto.

A Bowie Celebration 2020 North American tour dates

** All Canadian dates are bolded **

March 4 — Mesa, Ariz. @ Mesa Arts Center
March 6 — Pasadena, Calif. @ The Rose
March 7 — San Diego, Calif. @ Belly Up
March 8 — San Francisco, Calif. @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
March 11 — Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
March 12 — Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune
March 13 — Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore Ballroom
March 15 — Calgary, Alta. @ Palace Theatre
March 17 — Winnipeg, Man. @ Burton Cummings
March 19 — St. Charles, Ill. @ Arcada Theatre
March 20 — Detroit, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 21 — Toronto, Ont. @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 22 — Munhall, Pa. @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
March 24 — Falls Church, Va. @ The State Theatre
March 26 — Derry, N.H. @ Tupelo Music Hall
March 27 — Medford, Mass. @ Chevalier Theatre
March 28 — Lebanon, N.H. @ Lebanon Opera House
March 29 — New London, Conn. @ Garde Arts Center @ Mainstage
March 31 — New York City, N.Y. @ Sony Hall
April 1 — Red Bank, N.J. @ Count Basie
April 2 — Princeton, N.J. @ McCarter Theatre Center
April 3 — Englewood, N.J. @ Bergen PAC
April 4 — Glenside, Pa. @ Keswick Theatre
April 5 — Brookville, N.Y. @ Tilles Center
April 7 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
April 9 — Clearwater, Fla. @ Capitol Theatre
April 10 — Lakeland, Fla. @ RP Funding Center
April 11 — Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Amaturo

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