Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience lands at Vilar | VailDaily.com

Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience lands at Vilar

You can never truly become someone else, but David Brighton becomes rock legend David Bowie when he takes the stage for Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience.

From the looks to the moves to the sound, Brighton has dedicated years to replicating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who passed away this year.

"Of course it's a great loss. It's been very difficult," said Brighton, who helped form Space Oddity in 2000. "When we perform, it's sort of a huge community of music fans and Bowie fans coming together to heal and celebrate the great music he left us."

Brighton and the other musicians of Space Oddity take the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 4.

The show will cover the many phases of Bowie's ever-changing career, featuring costume changes as well as varying styles and moods.

"David Brighton has the voice, moves and look to actually step in for David Bowie if he were unavailable and few would ever know," said Harry Maslin, producer of two of Bowie's albums. "The band members are not only accomplished musicians, but they have nailed the original arrangements down perfectly. Experiencing Space Oddity made for a truly remarkable evening."

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LIFE OF AN IMPERSONATOR

Brighton first entered the world of tribute musicians as George Harrison, who reached international fame as the lead guitarist of The Beatles.

In a spinoff of the Beatle Mania show, Brighton was performing six nights a week at a casino in Las Vegas.

"What happened a lot is they would tell me I sounded too much like David Bowie," Brighton said. "So, after doing George Harrison for a little while, I thought it would be fun to create a David Bowie production show."

After hard work and countless hours reviewing videos and photos, Brighton has nailed down Bowie's stage performance. After getting the rest of the band together, a group of "phenomenal players and great people," he said, Space Oddity has been touring ever since.

"It's an honor for us to be able to put our hearts and soul into re-creating this music and stage show," Brighton said. "We have more fun than you can imagine, and we have a great time on stage."

From "Let's Dance" to "Rebel Rebel," Space Oddity replicates the pop chameleon's music and on-stage presence.

"You see people crying, but you also see them really happy," Brighton said of the shows. "By the end, it's a celebration."

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

If you go …

What: Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $58.

More information: Contact the VPAC Box Office at 970-845-8497 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org. Parking is free during the summer at both Beaver Creek Village lots, and there is a free shuttle from the Elk Lot.