I am a huge fan of David Bowie, so much so I even joked with the husband that if we ever had a tiny human I wanted to call them Bowie Burch (though he is an even bigger fan than me, he was genuinely horrified by my suggestion!). So, needless to say, I was devastated on 10 January 2016 to learn he had passed away. A year on, a year which saw a litany of famous names follow the same path as The Thin White Duke, it seemed only fitting on Saturday night to celebrate the fantastic legacy Bowie left behind with a visit to The Limelight 2 for Rebel Rebel – The David Bowie Experience.
Rebel Rebel are a six piece band who perform an extensive showcase of Bowie’s back catalogue. When we arrived, the venue was already bursting with people and we were lucky to get a spot near the front of the stage as the band were belting out the iconic ‘The Man Who Sold the World’. My first thought was that Rebel Rebel’s lead singer, Peter Quinn, sounds eerily like David Bowie and that the band are clearly fans of the music.
The band followed each hit with another, including such numbers as ‘Rebel Rebel’ (it would have been rude not too), ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘The Jean Genie’, ‘Moonage Daydream’ and ‘Let’s Dance’ to name only a few (they played for two hours so there was oodles more). My favourites, however, had to be ‘Changes’, which I have always loved especially after it was used to exceptional effect in the cult classic file The Faculty, and ‘Heroes’, which I still remember hearing blasting from a car on the day Bowie died.
Rebel Rebel did an amazing job of paying tribute to such a legend. As well as an energetic and passionate performance, it was clear from the constant grin on Peter Quinn’s face how much fun the band had. This feeling was clearly infectious and the crowd mirrored it back, singing their hearts out and dancing the night away.
As the anniversary of David Bowie’s death approaches tomorrow, it was nice to have a chance to be reminded of what a revolutionary artist he was and how much he changed the face of music. Whilst he is not longer with us, it’s a comfort to know his music will live on forever.
Videos courtesy of Keith Burch.