Musician Rick Wakeman Plays a Haunting Piano Version of ‘Life on Mars’ in Tribute to David Bowie

Musician Rick Wakeman, the original pianist who played on the iconic David Bowie song “Life on Mars“, played a haunting piano-only version of the song at the BBC -Radio 2 studios on January 10, 2016 in memory of his friend. The tribute became so popular that Wakeman recorded a new version of that song along with a new version of “Space Oddity“, the proceeds to benefit the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The digital download is available through Amazon US, Amazon UK, Google Play and iTunes.

Following the overwhelming response to Rick’s appearance with Simon Mayo where he performed Life on Mars as a tribute to David Bowie, Rick has now recorded new versions of both Life on Mars and Space Oddity for digital release on Friday 22nd January, with all artist royalties being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

via Erika Hall

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