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In 1980, David Bowie Wowed Denver With His Acting Chops

David Bowie as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man."

(Photo: YouTube)

Today the world awoke to the sad news that music legend David Bowie had passed away two days after his 69th birthday, the same day he released his 25th studio album, "Blackstar."

We'll be celebrating the music of David Bowie all day today, but we'd also like to highlight the time when Bowie took the stage in Denver for something other than his music.

In 1980, Bowie made his live stage debut as John Merrick in the Bernard Pomerance play "The Elephant Man." The show debuted July 29 at the Denver Centre for the Performing Arts and ran until Aug. 3. It would go on to have successful runs in Chicago and on Broadway in New York City.

Bowie would receive praise from the New York Times, BBC and Rolling Stone for his portrayal of the Victorian era British man who suffered deformities from Neurofibromatosis. Bowie said at the time that the role was "undoubtedly the single biggest challenge of my career."

Watch a video of David Bowie describing the role along with excerpts from the play,

Check out the recent video for "Blackstar" below and read CPR Classical's take on Bowie's orchestral works.

Happy Birthday, David Bowie! That's One Seriously Weird New Music Video

David Bowie has a lot to celebrate on his 69th birthday today. He's releasing a hotly anticipated new album and a beautifully bizarre new video for the song "Lazarus." 

OpenAir's having a Bowie birthday celebration on air today and playing his music every hour -- the hits, the deep cuts and even the weird stuff.
 
For another one of Bowie's space oddities, check out the 10-minute video for "Blackstar," the new album's title track: 

 

Coachella Announces Music Lineup For 2016 Festival

LCD Soundsystem will reunite to headline this year's Coachella Festival.

Last night Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual music event in Indio, Calif., announced the lineup for its 2016 edition.

Headliners include two noteworthy reunions: hard rockers Guns N' Roses and electronic band LCD Soundsystem, who last performed in 2011. Additional acts include Sufjan Stevens, Disclosure, Ice Cube, Beach House, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Grimes, Courtney Barnett and more.  

See the full 2016 Coachella lineup. The festival takes place over two weekends, April 15-17 and 22-24.

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