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Adrian Belew, Todd Rundgren announce Celebrating David Bowie 2022 North American tribute tour

(from left) Adrian Belew, Todd Rundgren and David Bowie
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Electric guitar wizard Adrian Belew and Todd Rundgren will lead a North American David Bowie tribute tour this fall.

Titled Celebrating David Bowie, the trek is set to begin on October 6 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, California and will cover much of the continent before ending with a November 13 gig at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

Anchored by Belew and Rundgren, the tour will also feature Narada Michael Walden bass guitar player Angeline Saris, Scrote, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore (on select dates), saxophonist Ron Dziubla, Spacehog's Royston Langdon, Jeffrey Gaines (also on select dates), and veteran session drummer Michael Urbano.

“With such a large catalog to choose from, different songs affect us and the audience in varying measure,” Belew – who toured with Bowie as a guitarist in the late '70s and early '90s – said of the endeavor in a statement. “It's always amazing to feel the excitement of a Bowie audience beaming directly at you. Pure adrenaline! So much love for David.”

"This is Major Todd to ground control. I’m stepping through the door... In 1973, I met David Bowie and one of us ended up crying,” added Todd Rundgren. “I met David several times after that. Some of our phases, like glam, coincided. David had more of that Andy Warhol kind of sensibility, a pop sensibility.”

This tour will mark the first Celebrating David Bowie shows since fall 2018, when the rotating ensemble visited South America. That lineup also featured Belew and Moore, in addition to longtime Bowie pianist Mike Garson, Carmine Rojas and more.

You can see the current 2022 Celebrating David Bowie itinerary below, though representatives for the tour say that more appearances will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

For tickets and more info on Celebrating David Bowie, visit the tour's website (opens in new tab).

Celebrating David Bowie 2022 North American Tour

10/06: San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
10/07: Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
10/08: San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
10/09: Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
10/13: Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Showroom
10/17: Quebec City, QC – Le Capitole
10/18: Montreal, QC – Olympia
10/31: Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
11/03: Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
11/05: Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
11/07: Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Ctr
11/10: Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
11/11: Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
11/12: Tucson, AZ – TCC Music Hall
11/13: Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.