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Pop-Up David Bowie special tribute performance comes to Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 January 2018

Pop Up David Bowie have performed all over the country in places such as Wales, Suffolk and Southend. Photo: Pop Up David Bowie

Pop Up David Bowie have performed all over the country in places such as Wales, Suffolk and Southend. Photo: Pop Up David Bowie

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When renowned musician, David Bowie died on January 10, 2016, the world lost a great musical and cultural icon, but now fans can relive some of Bowie’s greatest hits with Pop-Up Bowie’s special tribute performance.

Pop Up David Bowie have won the National Tribute Awards UK twice, in 2015 and 2016. Photo: Pop Up David Bowie.Pop Up David Bowie have won the National Tribute Awards UK twice, in 2015 and 2016. Photo: Pop Up David Bowie.

Pop-Up Bowie, starring the award winning Paul Antony is coming to Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, to celebrate the life and work of the legendary artist, David Bowie on the second anniversary of his death.

The two hour show on Wednesday, January 10, will feature more than 30 of Bowie’s best-loved songs, spanning the five decades of his extraordinary career.

Attendees can expect to hear well-known hits such as Starman, Space Oddity and Let’s Dance.

The front man, Paul told the Recorder: “Like many Bowie fans, I saw him performing ‘Starman’ on Top of the Pops in 1972. It was like his music was in technicolour.

“I always feel better after listening to Sound and Vision, while I love singing China Girl.

“Vocally it’s both delicate and powerful, while the pop melody conceals a strong message.”

Paul bears a remarkable vocal and visual likeness to Bowie. The first song he learned to play on guitar was Jean Genie, and since then, Pop-Up Bowie has evolved over the years.

For Paul, Bowie’s willingness to experiment with different genres and the fact that he was consistently a great songwriter is what makes Bowie a stand out as an artist.

On the second anniversary of Bowie’s death, Paul expects that the concert will be both an emotional experience and a celebration.

“As a huge fan of Bowie, I know it’s going to be very emotional, but it’s also fun.

“I’ve still said that this year, we will be there to celebrate his music and think about his life, and the affect his hits have had on all the fans and on the music industry.”

Paul described Pop-Up Bowie’s performances as a, “musical appreciation society for all the fans who just want to get together and celebrate his music and enjoy him together.”

He added, “Bowie fans are incredibly passionate. They cut across age barriers and it’s always fascinating to see which era individual members of the audience respond to, such as Ziggy, the Let’s Dance period, or the later albums.

“It’s very hard to pick the songs, we are a little bit spoilt for choice.”

The Bowie look-alike has unfortunately not met the musical icon himself. “I always thought I would one day, which made his death all the more sad.

“Thankfully we have his songs and his recordings, so his music will always live on,” said Paul.

Pop Up David Bowie was voted the UK’s No. 1 David Bowie Tribute Act at the National Tribute Awards UK in 2015 and 2016.

Over the last few years, they have played all over the country, in places such as The Broadway Theatre in Barking, Southend and they’ve also been to Suffolk a few times.

A month ago, Paul did a performance in Amsterdam, and now the group are hoping to branch out with shows in Northern Europe, including, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The musical group appeared on BBC One’s ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing’ show, hosted by Paddy McGuinness.

Later in the year, Paul appeared as David Bowie in the documentary series, ‘Autopsy, The Last Hours Of...’ which investigates the sudden deaths of celebrities.

“I was playing David Bowie from 2004 up until his death. It was quite strange, being such a huge fan and to have grown up with [Bowie].

“To actually play him, it was quite emotional,” said Paul.

The programme looks at Bowie’s whole career and his deterioration in health, such as his heart attack in 2004 which prevented him from performing live, and how he managed to keep his illness a secret from the world.

Pop-Up Bowie is at the Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 10.

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