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Bowie News Round-Up: Surprise EP, Birthday Tributes

Even in death David Bowie has managed to surprise us.

Bowie's final recordings were quietly released on a new EP, No Plan. on Sunday (January 8) to quietly commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday and also lead into the one-year anniversary of his death on Tuesday (January 10).

The songs were recorded during sessions for Bowie's final album, Blackstar, and were previously released last year as part of the cast album for Bowie's musical Lazarus.

A video was also released for the song "No Plan."

David Bowie - No Plan

No Plan EP available now for download and streaming: http://smarturl.it/NoPlanEP?IQid=NoPlanVideo "No Plan" video directed by Tom Hingston 'Blackstar' available everywhere now: http://smarturl.it/BlackstarAlbum?IQid=NoPlanVideo 'Lazarus Cast Recording' available everywhere now: http://smarturl.it/LazarusCastRecording?IQid=NoPlanVideo More on David Bowie: http://davidbowie.com http://facebook.com/davidbowie http://twitter.com/davidbowiereal http://instagram/davidbowie

...Meanwhile, on Sunday members of Bowie's bands joined actor Gary Oldman and other special guests for a 29-song celebration of Bowie's life.

Bowie band veterans Adrian Belew, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick and Spiders From Mars keyboardist Mike Garson were part of the proceedings, along with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon, La Roux, Rolling Stones backing vocalist Bernard Fowler, Keane's Tom Chaplin, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley and Sting's son Joe Sumner.

Oldman began the night with an emotional recitation of "Dead Man Walking."

...Bowie's widow Iman has posted a number of tributes to her late husband over the weekend.

Jan 8th #ForeverLove #BowieForever

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#fbf #imanarchive #BowieForever

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#tbt #imanarchive #BowieForever

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...And longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti posted a message of his own, tweeting a photo of Bowie in Berlin's Hansa Studios during 1980 with the message, "Happy birthday dear old friend. Forever."

Tony Visconti on Twitter

Happy Birthday dear old friend. Forever. (Hansa Studios, Berlin, 1980)

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.