It was originally supposed to go down as a tribute to the pop music legend with the omnipresent shades and the hi-lonesome voice: Mr. Roy Orbison.
But when word got out that David Bowie had passed away on January 10, Bob Bandiera switched strategies as quickly as the late, great “Thin White Duke” himself explored musical personas in a career lasting some 50 years.
When the Hardest Working Man in the Shore Music Business takes the Count Basie Theatre stage with his Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Soul Revue this Saturday, it will be as ringmaster and field marshal for a retrospective entitled CHANGES: A Tribute to the Music of David Bowie.
Drawing from a wildly eclectic body of work that ranges from the swinging-London pop singer’s 1960’s breakthrough “Space Oddity” to his acclaimed career-capper Blackstar (with in-between stops at glam icon Ziggy Stardust, avant garde soul man, MTV hitmaker and challenger on the frontiers of electronica), Bandiera and band — including longtime cohorts Ray Anderson, Layonne Holmes and Joe Jackson bassist Graham Maby — beam a spacey salute to “an artist whose loss is still resonating worldwide.”
Tickets to the 8 p.m. show ($25 – $99) are available right here.