Tribute to David Bowie returns to the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room
If you go
What: Space Oddity - David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Tickets: $22.93 plus fees
Paying tribute to one of the most enigmatic figures in rock history is no easy task, something David Brighton knows all too well.
The Los Angeles-based musician has performed the songs and recreated the onstage look of David Bowie for the past 15 years. During that time frame, Bowie released four studio albums that only scratch the surface when it comes to capturing the diversity he displayed during his more than five-decade career. Along with a six-piece band, Brighton brings everything from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke to Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” era of the 1980s to life during performances of Space Oddity – David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie.
“They’re big shoes to fill, and we work very hard and have fun doing it,” Brighton said of recreating the chameleonic career of Bowie.
Space Oddity – David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie takes the stage in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Saturday, April 16.
The idea for the Bowie tribute originated when Brighton was playing George Harrison in tributes to the Beatles and people kept saying he sounded too much like David Bowie. A longtime fan, Brighton began plotting a tribute show and eventually gathered the musicians needed to pull it off.
“If I realized how difficult it would be when I started I probably would have run away screaming,” Brighton said, laughing and noting he’ll typically make three or four costume changes during a performance to represent various stages of Bowie’s career.
The Thin White Duke’s catalog presents a enormous amount of opportunity when it comes to hit songs. Brighton said the group plays fan favorites but also has a deep well of rarities to draw from depending on the length of a performance.
“We do a lot of really cool, obscure stuff,” Brighton said.
Following Bowie’s death from liver cancer in January, the group also pays special reverence to Bowie’s music, and fans do the same, Brighton said. Crowds were especially emotional hearing Bowie’s songs shortly after his death.
“It’s a healing process for those that are really into him,” Brighton said.
Despite some of the challenges in paying tribute to Bowie, Brighton said it’s always an honor to perform the songs of an artist who changed the game for all of rock ’n’ roll.
“He is such a diverse talent,” Brighton said. “His influence is enormous and it will continue to be.”
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