Bowie Backs Concert To Save The Bandstand Which Helped To Launch His Rock Career

Four killed as Zubin Mehta’s concert begins in Srinagar

A Bowie fan from Russia who moved to Beckenham and discovered that the location has fallen into disrepair, is staging a second concert next Saturday to raise funds to return the stage to its former glory. Bowie, who has turned down all offers to play live since the success of his surprise comeback album The Next Day, is not expected to return to Beckenham. But the star has sent signed albums which will be raffled and sold in an auction for the cause. The Memory of a Free Festival concert features Amory Kane, a US folk musician who performed at the 1969 show, a Bowie tribute band and young bands inspired by rocks great chameleon. Natasha Ryzhova Lau, the concert organiser, said: Were very grateful for David Bowies generosity in supporting our event. We want to celebrate [his] time in Beckenham but our most important objective is to rescue the bandstand, which is part of Beckenhams heritage and urgently needs repairs. It is totally dilapidated but cannot be restored with funding from the public purse. The bandstands coronet is extensively corroded and repairs to rotten roof timberwork, roof coverings and ironwork are urgently required. On this occasion, the organisers are charging a 5 entrance fee to cover expenses. The 1969 event, attended by 3,000 fans, raised 200, with Bowies soon-to-be-wife, Angie, selling hamburgers cooked in a wheelbarrow. Bowie played solo despite the death of his father just days before. Stephen Hawking on life,the universe and marriage The physicists memoir will detail his turbulent relationships A rose by any other name Think pink with the sweetest palette of the season Meet Britain’s double decker champion Gordon Cutting is crowned Bus Driver of the Year Jacobson takes on anti-Semitism in rewrite ofShakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ Writer to joins Margaret Atwood and Jeanette Winterson in reinterpreting Shakespeare The poet inside a Sixties radical turned multimillionaire Felix Denniss brushes with death havent lessened his vigour or his personality Rupert Cornwell: These next few days will be the most crucial of the Obama presidency Horrific video of Islamist rebels murdering Syrian army soldiers prompts further questions of just where the US stands Douglas Oakervee: ‘I think the name HS2 is unfortunate’ …. so says the boss of the high-speed rail project that faces new opposition almost daily. Can the 72-year-old stay positive, and stay on track?

The killings have triggered massive protests in Shopian district. Meanwhile, unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade on a police party at Pulwama market in south Kashmir leaving seven people including policemen injured. Prominent Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s call for a strike, in protest against the Zubin Mehta musical concert, evoked partial response across the valley. Private vehicles plied and shops at many places like Santnagar, Ram Bagh, Solina and several uptown areas remained open on Saturday. The shutdown was however, complete in old city localities. Meanwhile separatist groups have extended the shut down call for Sunday as well against the firing incidents at Shopian and Budshah chowk that happened in the wake of the Zubin Mehta’s concert in Srinagar. Srinagar turns fortress ahead of Zubin Mehta’s concert Stringent security arrangements were in place on Saturday across the city to ensure smooth conduct of the music concert featuring world renowned orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta. All the vehicles entering the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and surrounding areas are being frisked in view of the the musical event ‘Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ in Shalimar Garden on the banks of Dal Lake later in the evening. The authorities sealed off the famous Boulevard Road along the banks of Dal Lake, leading the venue of the concert, on Saturday morning as a precautionary measure following threats from little-known militant outfits. A strike has been called by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday to protest against the music concert by the German Embassy but there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the valley. Shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed in most parts of the valley, sources said.