the BOWIE tribute lineup – the band members in the danish Bowie tribute band the BOWIE tribute delivers a genuine and new Bowie experience live on stage
The members of the BOWIE tribute are all huge fans of David Bowie loving the songs from the very start of his career. But what are the members interests? Choice of instrument? Musical career? Learn more about the musicians – our lineup – in the BOWIE tribute below.
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– rocking his trusty Shure SM 58 Beta A microphone and a Takamine acoustic guitar live on stage
Michael Saxe is the vocalist in the BOWIE tribute lineup, and he supplies some acoustic guitar as well where needed. Michael started playing guitar at 13 years of age, and his first major influences were Jimi Hendrix and Jimi Page. The latter primarily for his acoustic playing. Michaels first band was formed in the 8th grade and named themselves 2late – an inside joke referring to the bands keen sense of time…(!) Later on Michael joined other bands, and he always found it hard to find decent singers, so he ended up just doing it himself. A development that led him to the discovery, that he was actually more interested in writing music and singing, than he was in being a great lead guitarist.
Michaels musical influences are numerous and range from bands like Faith No More and TOOL over Sublime, Jeff Buckley and – of course – David Bowie, whom he discovered when he picked up a used copy of “The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars” in a small record shop at Vesterbro in Copenhagen. He was completely blown away and never looked back. Michael has a temper and loves attitude and commitment. He also loves reading, writing and running.
Michaels secret performer alias is “Michael Rossmore” on the music scene of LA, USA.
– rocking to the rhythm of some Bowie-song (perhaps Under Pressure?)
Ruoya Fanny is the backing vocalist in the BOWIE tribute lineup as well as the second vocalist in duets. Fanny has been singing as long as she can remember and when she first starts singing she will never stop again!
Her passion of performing in front of a crowd started in primary school as 10 years old where she performed several Halfdan Rasmussen songs with a classmate. Later she went to boarding school and continued using her voice with the school band and crushed it. Her teacher pushed her to take her singing career serious and planted a seed.
In her start 20’s she began writing her own songs and now 10 years later she will finally release her own music. She plays the piano intuitively but decided to start learning to play the piano for real – which definitely is a creative process for her.
She works part time as a music teacher at a Primary School and started her own business, ruoyafanny, as a singing teacher/singing therapist.
She loves the musical and creative process in making music and performing the art of singing.
Listen and learn more about Ruoya Fanny at her website ruoyafanny.dk.
– playing his Gold Top Gibson Les Paul into his Vox AC 30 amp live on stage
John Kenneth is the lead guitarist of the BOWIE tribute lineup. Born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, John Kenneth has been playing music for more than 35 years starting out on the drums.
At the age of 11, inspired by Tom Jones, Beatles and of course David Bowie, John Kenneth started playing the guitar. Later on he toured Sweden as the drummer in a dance band and continued to play with artists such as Jonas Hellborg. For a number of years John Kenneth resided in London performing with the band Picture of You as the guitarist and the lead vocalist alongside Glenn Johansson (who later formed the british band Echobelly) – amongst many gigs the band was supporting act to Bryan Adams at the legendary Marquee Club in London.
Today John Kenneth is focused on the guitar, but he still plays the drums an does a little singing on occasion. Besides being a big fan of the French soccer club Paris Saint Germain and particularly the swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
– swinging his headless Mørch bass guitar
Frank Larsen is the bass player in the BOWIE tribute. Apart from studying to be a psychologist, Frank is a true musician who for many years toured Denmark being the bass player in different dance bands.
Frank has for many years trusted his truly beautiful danish produced Mørch bass guitar amplified through his Trace Elliot bass amp and speakers producing a warm, deep and full sound to please our ears. Early influenced in his musical career by bands such as Toto, Chicago, Boston, Michael McDonald but also more progressive styles as found in Dream Theater and Swedish band A.C.T and on a more hard note; Franklin Zoo, Shotgun Revolution and so on…
– almost satisfied behind his Yamaha keyboard during a solo live on stage
Finn Markwardt is the keyboard player in the BOWIE tribute lineup. He is also a firmly establish composer and sound engineer in the field of TV and media production, trailers for the gaming industry and work on audio installations. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, a record of more than 100 known jingles and plenty of sound production on various projects in and out of the country, he is fully devoted to the world of audio. Finn Markwardt is also Discipline Responsible Lecturer at Sonic College, the leading college for Sound Design in Denmark.
– playing his golden Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute drums and his shiny Sabian HHX cymbals live on stage
Lars Bertelsen is the drummer in the BOWIE tribute lineup. He started playing the drums in primary school at the age of seven taught by his english and music teacher legendary Tom McEwan. Lars has been active as a drummer ever since, amounting to almost 40 years of playing. In highschool he borrowed his brothers vintage Ludwig jazz kit and started his first band. At the age of 18 he bought his own first kit, a brand new Gretsch US Custom.
In his early twenties Lars switched to Yamaha Recording Custom, and today he plays a gold sparkle Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute and Sabian HHX cymbals. He still keeps the Recording Custom for special occasions.
Lars came across David Bowie at the age of 13 years of age when visiting his cousin listening to “Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars” – and Lars never stopped listening!
Besides playing the drums, Lars loves watching Blue Velvet by David Lynch and drinking Scotch single malt whiskey while eating chocolate.