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Celebrating David Bowie brings star-studded ensemble to Parker Playhouse

Celebrating David Bowie brings star-studded ensemble to Parker Playhouse

When David Bowie hired keyboardist Mike Garson for the “Ziggy Stardust” tour in 1972, the contract covered eight weeks of shows but failed to mention Garson would play Bowie’s “guinea pig” in concert. At New York’s famed Hammerstein Ballroom in 1973, Bowie asked Garson to “test the room” and perform a solo piano cover of “John, I’m Only Dancing” for an audience that included Barbra Streisand and Elliot Gould. Much later, in 2000, Bowie did it again. Before his headlining set at England’s Glastonbury Festival, the British rock icon grew nervous backstage when told the audience’s size: 250,000 people.

“So he tells me, and he’s smiling, ‘Go out there, Mike, and play some [of composer...

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