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David Bowie gets symphony treatment

Jun 16, 2016

With the recent deaths of iconic musicians Prince, Merle Haggard, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Glenn Frey and David Bowie, 2016 isn't short on tribute concerts. Thursday, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra honors Bowie.

It's the symphonic rock treatment that Windborne Productions has given U2, Queen, the Who, the Rolling Stones and others since its first such concert using the music of Led Zeppelin.

The format isn't just the orchestra covering Bowie's songs, explains Windborne founder Brent Havens.
"We have a full band, bass, guitar, singer, drums, keyboards, wrapped by an entire full symphony," says Havens, who was considering Bowie long before he died.

"We started looking at his music last June. When he passed away in January we realized we really need to do it, if nothing more than to celebrate his life and his legacy and his entire catalog," says Havens, who marveled at the sheer size of Bowie's work.

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