Bowie show at Port

Renowned im­per­son­ator com­ing to Corn­wall, Nov. 17

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - TODD HAMBLETON tham­ble­ton@post­media.com

Bowie Lives, a trib­ute to David Bowie’s life and mu­sic, is com­ing to the Port Theatre in Corn­wall on Nov. 17.

And multi award-win­ning singer­song­writer Michael Bell is happy to be stop­ping in a city he’s driven through quite a few times.

“I’ve never per­formed there (in Corn­wall) be­fore,” said Bell, reached by phone Mon­day at his home in the Peter­bor­ough area. “I think it will be a re­ally good show, from the pho­tos I’ve seen on­line, it (the Port Theatre) looks great.”

The six-piece David Bowie trib­ute ex­pe­ri­ence, fea­tur­ing vo­cal­ist Bell and a band of master mu­si­cians, re­minds fans of the im­pact Bowie had on so many. David Bowie, of course, was an English singer, song­writer and ac­tor, and often con­sid­ered to be one of the most in­flu­en­tial mu­si­cians of the 20th cen­tury.

Bowie died at age 69 in Jan­uary of 2016, af­ter a long bat­tle with liver can­cer.

In Bowie Lives, Bell con­jures the vo­cal per­for­mances and the sounds that span four decades, from the Spiders from Mars to the Scary Mon­ster.

“It’s a call­ing that be­gan decades ago af­ter find­ing my first Bowie al­bum ‘Man Who Sold the World’ when I was just a kid,” Bell said. “I was born to sing Bowie.”

Bell would sign a record deal as a teenager, would have a Q107 Home­grown win, then per­form ‘ChangesAl­lBowie,’ a trib­ute to Bowie he staged in the late 1980s.

Bell would meet the girl of his dreams, leave the stage and, over the next 30 years, help raise a fam­ily and run a busi­ness.

As founder/pub­lisher of The Wire Megazine, a re­gional en­ter­tain­ment tabloid in the Kawarthas in On­tario, Bell has worked the mu­si­cal in­dus­try from be­hind the scenes since 1989. He said it was about five years ago when he made “a con­scious de­ci­sion to get back into (per­form­ing on stage).”

Af­ter Bowie’s pass­ing, Bell was ap­proached with of­fers to pay trib­ute to the artist that in­spired him over the course of his own record­ing and stage ca­reer, and he couldn’t re­sist. He’s been per­form­ing the show mostly in south­ern On­tario, since the spring of 2017.

The night be­fore the Corn­wall per­for­mance, Bell will take the show into Que­bec for the first time, to the Dol­lar Cin­ema on De­carie Blvd. in Mon­treal.

“It was a heart­felt de­ci­sion, for sure (to per­form as Bowie again),” Bell said. Re­views have been stel­lar. “It’s by far the coolest and best Bowie trib­ute I’ve seen,” said Sam Grosso, owner of Toronto’s leg­endary Cadil­lac Lounge.

Los An­ge­les pro­ducer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Aero­smith, Adele) has called Bell “one of the most tal­ented vo­cal­ists I’ve ever worked with.”

The Bowie Lives show is at 8 p.m. at the Port Theatre (132 Mon­treal Road), and fans are en­cour­aged to get their Bowie on, dress­ing as their favourite Bowie per­sona.

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, call 613-933-4547, or visit info@the­p­ortthe­atre.com.

SUP­PLIED Michael Bell,in a photo pro­vided by Gareth Skipp, in Bowie Lives, his trib­ute to David Bowie's life and mu­sic, at the Port Theatre in Corn­wall, on Nov. 17.

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