Bowie show at Port
Renowned impersonator coming to Cornwall, Nov. 17
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.