David Bowie's last public performance is beautiful and heartbreaking to watch

26 June 2020, 15:04 | Updated: 26 June 2020, 15:06

David Bowie's final public live performance
David Bowie's final public live performance. Picture: CBS

By Tom Eames

We didn't know it at the time, but this was the Starman's final televised performance.

In 2005, David Bowie performed in public for the final time, as part of the charity concert.

Introduced by Alicia Keys, Bowie appeared at the Fashion Rocks show at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He came on stage dressed in a tailored suit, and stole the show with a stunning version of 'Life on Mars?'.

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Watch the performance below:

Life On Mars? (Fashion Rocks 2005)

This wasn't the final ever time Bowie performed, however.

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In 2006, he sang alongside Alicia Keys, at the Black Ball, a charity event for Keep a Child Alive at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York:

Ricky Gervais on his hero and friend David Bowie

In fact, technically Bowie's final live performance could be said to be when he introduced friend Ricky Gervais at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2007, where he sang the hilarious 'Chubby Little Loser' song from Extras (below).

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David Bowie and Ricky Gervais

Whichever performance you count as his final show, all showed the different sides to his style and personality, and his legacy will live on forever.