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Thursday 19 April 2018

Fans around world watch stars pay tribute to David Bowie's Golden Years

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs at the David Bowie tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York (AP)
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs at the David Bowie tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York (AP)
Singer Debbie Harry of Blondie performs at The Music of David Bowie tribute concert in New York (AP)
David Bowie's career was celebrated in a second star-studded gig in New York

David Bowie fans around the world were able to watch a second star-studded concert in New York in honour of the late British rock star.

Mumford & Sons joined the line-up of famous musicians at Radio City Music Hall, which was live-streamed on the internet for viewers in exchange for a charity donation.

Blondie's Debbie Harry, former REM frontman Michael Stipe, Pixies and The Flaming Lips returned to the stage after performing the previous night at Carnegie Hall.

Bowie died in January aged 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Just hours before the second concert, the rock star's widow, Iman Abdulmajid, announced she was also mourning the loss of her mother.

The Somali model, who was married to Bowie for almost 24 years, shared the news on social media with a photo from her wedding day.

"Saddened by death of my mom Maryan Baadi. May Allah grant her the highest jennah," she said on her official Twitter account.

Mumford & Sons said they were "extremely honoured" to perform in memory of Bowie as they took to the stage.

The British band played It Ain't Easy from Bowie's classic album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.

Blondie, fronted by Debbie Harry, performed Heroes, while Michael Stipe gave a touching rendition of Ashes To Ashes.

The Flaming Lips performed Life On Mars for a second night as lead singer Wayne Coyne sat on the shoulders of the Star Wars character Chewbacca.

Bowie's producer Tony Visconti, and singers Rickie Lee Jones, Perry Farrell and Sean Lennon also appeared.

Fans watching online were unable to see US singer Cat Power perform Five Years, the opening track on Ziggy Stardust.

The show's commentator said organisers did not have permission to broadcast the performance.

The event at Radio City Music Hall was organised after the first tribute concert at Carnegie Hall sold out in just two hours.

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