In a testament to his talent, David Bowie has shared the live stage with as diverse a group of artists as anyone. From performances with Tina Turner, to Nine Inch Nails, to Cher he’s successfully wowed audiences throughout the years. I’m still mad at one of my friends who witnessed the David Bowie/Arcade Fire performance at Radio City for a Fashion Rocks event and didn’t even really know who either performer was. Anyway, these diverse live Bowie performance aren’t even counting his recorded collabs with the likes of Bing Crosby, or Mick Jagger. Here are nine great ones:
I Got You Babe with Marianne Faithfull in 1973 at the Marquee Club in London
Back in 1974 a young Luther Vandross (far left) was one of David Bowie’s backup singers. Here they are tearing through Young Americans on the Dick Cavett show.
Singing a medley with Cher on her TV show in 1975
Let’s Dance live with Tina Turner in 1985
Under Pressure with Queen & Annie Lennox for the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute in London
Playing Hurt on tour with Nine Inch Nails in 1995
Playing Hallo Spaceboy with Pet Shop Boys on Top of the Pops in 1996
Playing Quicksand with The Cure’s Robert Smith in 1997 for Bowie’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden.
All The Young Dudes with Billy Corgan also at Bowie’s MSG birthday bash.
Playing Queen Bitch with Lou Reed at the birthday show.
Playing Fashion with Damon Albarn on French TV in 2003
Playing Wake Up at Radio City with Arcade Fire in 2005.
Playing Comfortably Numb with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour in London, 2006
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