February 19, 2016 – 9:47 am

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Save The Children [Optimum 01/02, 2CD]

50th Birthday Benefit Concert featuring Frank Black, Foo Fighters, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth, Lou Reed and Billy Corgan. Madison Square Garden, New York, New York; January 9, 1997. Very good soundboard (Digital cable broadcast). Bonus: David Bowie Tribute by Lady Gaga, 58th Grammy Awards, Staples Center,Los Angeles, CA; February 15, 2016. Very good audio (ripped from HD TV).

At the February 15, 2016 Grammys ceremony, Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers paid tribute to David Bowie¬† with a multi-song montage of Bowie’s biggest hits. (Bowie had died on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer.) The performance wasn’t without its detractors - most notably Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, who appeared to diss it on Twitter. Jones tweeted the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition for the word ‘gaga’: ‘Over-excited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused.’ He then added: ‘Damn it! What IS that word!?’

But the performance has one very visible defender: Niles Rodgers himself, who took to Twitter to defend Gaga against the complaints of the horde: “If u think I’m apologizing you’re sorely mistaken. I loved every minute I spent playing the #DavidBowieReal Tribute.” Rodgers also wrote: “It’s fine. He doesn’t have to agree w his dad’s fans & co-workers. This was not a one size fits all Bowie fans show.”

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Thanks to larryrulz for sharing the Lady Gaga clip at Dime.

Thanks to squareofnone for sharing Bowie’s 50th Birthday Benefit Concert at The Traders’ Den.

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Disc 1
2016 Grammy
Track 100. Lady Gaga - David Bowie Tribute 7:09 (12.0MB)

Madison Square Garden 1997
Track 101. Little Wonder 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 102. The Hearts Filthy Lesson 5:06 (8.6MB)
Track 103. Scary Monsters (with Frank Black) 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 104. Fashion (with Frank Black) 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 105. Telling Lies 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 106. Hallo Spaceboy (with Foo Fighters) 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 107. Seven Years in Tibet (with Dave Grohl) 6:31 (11.0MB)
Track 108. The Man Who Sold the World 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 109. The Last Thing You Should Do (with Robert Smith) 5:49 (9.8MB)
Track 110. Quicksand (with Robert Smith) 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 111. Battle for Britain 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 112. The Voyeur of Utter Destruction 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 113. I’m Afraid of Americans (with Sonic Youth) 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 114. Looking for Satellites 5:27 (9.1MB)
80 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Under Pressure (with Gail Ann Dorsey) 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 202. Heroes 6:03 (10.2MB)
Track 203. Queen Bitch (with Lou Reed) 3:54 (6.5MB)
Track 204. Waiting for the Man (with Lou Reed) 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 205. Dirty Boulevard (with Lou Reed) 4:33 (7.7MB)
Track 206. White Light White Heat (with Lou Reed) 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 207. Moonage Daydream 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 208. Happy Birthday 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 209. All the Young Dudes (with Billy Corgan) 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 210. The Jean Genie (with Billy Corgan) 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 211. Space Oddity 5:14 (8.8MB)
Track 212. Little Wonder [Canal+, Paris, Feb 17, 1997] 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 213. Telling Lies [Canal+, Paris, Feb 17, 1997] 6:18 (10.6MB)
59 mins

David Bowie - vocals, guitar and keyboards
Reeves Gabrels - guitar
Mike Garson - keyboards
Gail Ann Dorsey - bass
Zachary Alford - drums

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  2. thanks, I will download everything but the Gag Lady.

    By niroopa on Feb 19, 2016

  3. Fantastic Thanks Big O - will download ALL of it!
    Heck I’m a fan of Duncan too but it’s a tribute, look THAT up in your dictionary. The 50th birthday set is without equal and again wonderful quality. This whole gig is astonishing!
    Must have missed it first time around . . . .

    By swappers on Feb 19, 2016

  4. To quote the genius writer at the ILL FOLKS blog; “As for David Bowie, I’ll agree he influenced just about every publicity-seeking artist in the world. After his death, dozens of unlikely rock and pop stars insisted he was a major influence. Madonna conspicuously wanted to make the connection in the days after his death, to the point of hilariously fainting face-first after doing “tribute song” to him.”
    That about says it all…

    By Timmy on Feb 20, 2016

  5. Thanks BigO!!! I was at this concert and it was fantastic. A great friend and co-worker invited me to go with him and it was amazing!!!

    By walter on Feb 20, 2016

  6. I have this on double CD and it is known as “50th Birthday Bash.” Catalogue no. is BPCD 973282-1/2.
    Tracks 12 & 13 (Canal) aren’t on the disc version. Replaced with “I can’t read” and “Repetition” (dressing room recordings.)

    By A Lad Insane on Feb 20, 2016

  7. Hey Tim. This being a free country with varied cultural norms, people can express their grief, the way they will and where. Gaga, Madonna and fans, who cried or did not, alike. According to my father, my southern Italian grandmother just about stage dived coffins at while wailing at Italian funerals during the 20’s and 30’s because it was an acceptable, if not required, expression of sorrow and grief.

    By fred astaire jr. on Feb 21, 2016

  8. Hey Fred. THIS isn’t a free country. Lady Gaga did a fine performance, from the heart. Madonna did a shameful exhibition of false ass-kissing & disgusting wannabeism. Bowie is one of a kind & one of the best. My grandmother was Italian also.

    By Timmy on Feb 21, 2016

  9. Just watched Gaga’s Grammys performance today. Any ONE of the songs she covered would’ve been great. To my taste, it was a bit of “Hits on 45,” as she played a verse of this, two verses of that, while whirling around in costume quick-change. I’m not sure why she thought her mission was to try to cover as many Bowie songs as she could in the alloted time. She’s got a good voice and good stage sense. I would’ve like to have had her really drill down on a song.

    By the sobsister on Feb 21, 2016

  10. Never mind Lady Gaga, what about Frank Black (who?), the Foo Fighters, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth, why was Bowie playing with these arseholes???? Was he trying to be hip? He did do some amazing things BUT he also did a load of shite too.

    By Bogusman on Feb 23, 2016

  11. Hey Bogusman, Ever heard of the pixies? That’s where Frank comes from! Only one of the best indie rock bands who actually are still out there playing. And the rest you diss are all very good. The Cure were great at one time. And Foo Fighters/Sonic Youth are all well proven. Lady Gaga is totally lame. You must be an old=wave baby boomer cause you don’t appreciate these bands. Wait, but you didn’t dare diss Lou Reed, a-ha! Oh well. I might also add how Bowie had one of the best voices in rock ever. Strong, dynamic!

    By odieboy on Feb 24, 2016

  12. Thanks, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Mar 2, 2016

  13. I was at this show. It was everything you think it was and more. Top 10 show and I’ve been to a few. Stark contrast to the lineup for the Tribute shows coming up. Bowie chose cutting edge talent not Cindy Lauper.

    By candyear on Mar 3, 2016

  14. I read some of the other comments. Sorry I bothered.

    By candyear on Mar 3, 2016

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