A Paul McCartney spokesman told Beatles Examiner Jan. 13 that published reports that Paul McCartney might be among the performers at an upcoming New York City concert to honor David Bowie are just “tabloid speculation.” The sold out March 31 concert at Carnegie Hall “The Music of David Bowie” that was initially to be a tribute to the singer became a memorial after he died Jan.10. Rumors that Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger would perform were reported by a British newspaper.
“The Music of David Bowie,” to take place in Carnegie's Stern Hall, is the 12th annual tribute at Carnegie Hall being presented by Michael Dorf and City Winery. The program was announced to feature 20 artists each performing songs by David Bowie. Those confirmed for the show are Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Perry Farrell, Robin Hitchcock, The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Ann Wilson of Heart and Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti, who will lead the house band. The concert is a benefit for several music education programs serving underprivileged youth.
Promoter Michael Dorf told Pollstar that all the tickets for the concert sold out in two hours and there are absolutely none left. “It’s all kind of a very bittersweet success in the sense that it’s now a tribute to someone who’s passed versus a tribute to someone who was probably going to be in attendance.” He said Bowie was aware of the show before his death.
Organizers released a statement about the changes in the show. “The unexpected death of David Bowie has turned this tribute, which we have worked on for the past seven months, into a memorial concert,” the statement begins. “While the series has featured surprise appearances and performances of honorees several times in the past, this year's concert will certainly be remembered as a poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers and fans. We are all deeply saddened by the news. The timing of our public on-sale date is bizarre in its timing and the show is taking on many more emotions. RIP David, and may God's love be with you.”