Bowie charity concert marred

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NEW YORK: A pair of star-studded New York tribute concerts to legend David Bowie were marred as one act, The Roots, abruptly pulled out last week.

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The jazzy hip-hop band’s main member, Questlove, accused unnamed other performers of jealously guarding their equipment.

“I’ve never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment,” he wrote on Instagram, adding: “It angers me when the same courtesy is not reciprocated.”

Leading US artists including Cyndi Lauper, former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Blondie and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell also signed on to appear in the two-night concert.

The first show, at Carnegie Hall, was announced just as the shocking news came out of Bowie’s death on January 10 from an undisclosed battle with cancer.

Designed to raise money for charities that support music education in schools, the concerts were transformed into tributes to Bowie, one of the most influential artists in pop history.

AFP

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