David Bowie passed away: take a look back at memorable live performances

After a career spanning over four decades, legendary British singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie passed away Sunday after an 18-month fight against cancer, aged 69. A selection of the star’s live performance highlights captured on video.

A key moment in Bowie’s career came in 1972 with the album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. At this time he created his androgynous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Here is Bowie performing “Starman” in 1972.

David Bowie‘s Ziggy Stardust alter ego didn’t last long. In 1975 Bowie brought out the album “Young Americans” with the hit single “Fame,” which was a shift in musical style.

In the 1980s his music continued to evolve and in 1983 he released the album “Let’s Dance.” The title track became a hit number one in the US, and the album went Platinum in both the US and UK.

“China Girl,” off the same album, made it to number 2 in the UK. Here is Bowie singing the song in Tokyo in 1990.

After working with his group Tin Machine, in 1993 David Bowie went back to a solo career for the first time since 1989 and released the soul and jazz-influenced album, “Black Tie White Noise.” It marked a turning point for Bowie and his popularity soared once again. “Black Tie White Noise” went to number one on the UK charts and produced three top 40 hits. This is Bowie performing “Jump They Say” at the Westpoint arena in Exeter, UK in 1995.

Bowie followed “Black Tie White Noise” with the albums “Earthling” (1997) “Hours…” (1999) “Heathen,” (2002) and “Reality” (2003).  In 2004, Bowie, suffering from chest pain during a concert in Germany, was diagnosed with a blocked coronary artery and required emergency treatment. He remained relatively low key for several years until releasing the album “The Next Day” in 2013. Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar” came out on his 69th birthday on January 8.

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