20 Years Ago: David Bowie Turns 50, And Throws A Birthday Bash That’ll Turn You Green With Envy

20 Years Ago: David Bowie Turns 50, And Throws A Birthday Bash That’ll Turn You Green With Envy | Society Of Rock Videos

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A Celebration Fit For A King (Or A Duke)


David Bowie was cool. Not just your regular, run of the mill brand of rockstar cool, either – when it came to being cool Bowie was next level, the sort of cool that comes with being 100% at home in your skin and knowing that there isn’t a single, solitary thing anyone could say or do to ever take that away from you. It wasn’t a surprise, then, that for his 50th birthday Bowie marked the occasion with a 50th birthday concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden, opting for something far more glamourous than your regular, run of the mill balloons and streamers.

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Marketed as David Bowie and Friends: A Very Special Birthday Concert, Bowie’s birthday bash wasn’t just a celebration of his 50 trips around the sun, it was a Pay-Per-View celebration of his entire career that saw everyone from The Pixies and The Cure to The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and the Foo Fighters come out to share a song and a memory from Bowie’s prolific career, as well as marking the upcoming release of the legend’s 20th album Earthling.

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The crowning moment and possibly Bowie’s favorite moment from the night came when The Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed made an appearance, joining Bowie for a performance of “Queen Bitch” and a trio of Reed’s own classics, “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Dirty Boulevard” and “White Light/White Heat.”

Bowie would have turned 70 years old yesterday, and while his partying definitely slowed down in later years there’s no denying that reaching such a major milestone in his life would have warranted yet another celebration fit for a king (or in his case, a duke). It’s okay, though – today, we’ll blast “Queen Bitch” again and celebrate 70 years of the man who fell to earth and envy the colossal birthday party he’s probably having in the afterlife.

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