Metro Chicago was a happening place to be Friday night, especially for fans of David Bowie. For nearly three hours, nationally renown tribute band Sons of the Silent Age came out to perform The Thin White Duke’s iconic tunes, specifically his 1976 album Station to Station in addition to some hits and deep cuts.
There was reason for such a celebration: The historic venue was not only paying homage to the late icon, but applauding its founder Joe Shanahan, who survived and trumped his recent diagnosis of tongue cancer. As such, Friday night’s festivities served as a benefit for cancer research — and many came out to party.
Specifically, Sinéad O’Connor and Bowie’s legendary backup singer Ava Cherry. The latter arrived first, performing “The Jean Genie”, “Young Americans”, and her own single, “That’s How Loneliness Goes”. While the Irish singer-songwriter surprised everyone with renditions of “Life on Mars” and “Sorrow”.
Footage has surfaced of the gig, namely Cherry’s vivacious cover of “Young Americans” (which, fun fact, she originally appeared on back in 1975), and O’Connor’s two cuts, all of which you can watch below.
“Young Americans” featuring Ava Cherry:
“Life on Mars” and “Sorrow” featuring Sinead O’Connor: