Yungblud debuts stunning ‘Life on Mars’ cover from David Bowie’s 74th birthday tribute

18 March 2021, 14:20 | Updated: 18 March 2021, 14:32

Yungblud and David Bowie
Yungblud and David Bowie. Picture: Youtube/YUNGBLUD, Getty

By Cloe Lee

An emotional cover of David Bowie’s 'Life on Mars?', taken from the livestream tribute, ‘Bowie Celebration: Just for One Day!’ has been released in full.

Yungblud’s full performance of David Bowie’s 'Life on Mars?' has finally been released, having originally been performed at the Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day livestream, celebrating what would’ve been Bowie's 74th Birthday and the 5th anniversary of his death.

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Yungblud, who recently appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox, is pop-punk's next big thing.

Yungblud pictured in his iconic pink socks
Yungblud pictured in his iconic pink socks. Picture: Getty

The 23-year-old musician, otherwise known as Dominic Harrison, participated in the 3 hour event, alongside an array of stars including; Duran Duran, Adam Lambert, Boy George and Gary Barlow.

Famous for his signature pink socks, androgynous outfits and eccentric nature, Yungblud already has a UK number-one album under his belt and, no doubt, a big career ahead of him.

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Commenting on his Bowie performance he said: "I felt like I met him somehow last night and it was the best night of my life."

In the performance, the Doncaster born singer is seen with Bowie-inspired slicked back hair and makeup as he effortlessly belts out Life on Mars.

Accompanied by Bowie’s long-serving band member and pianist Mike Garson, Yungblud gives a spine-tingling, emotional performance.

You can see the full video below:

YUNGBLUD - Life On Mars? (Live At A Bowie Celebration 2021)

Bowie’s original 'Life on Mars?' was released as part of the Hunky Dory album in 1971, but later as a single during the Ziggy Stardust era in 1973.

The single featured the B-side 'The Man Who Sold The World', which later gained even more popularity with an infamous Nirvana cover.

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David Bowie As Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie As Ziggy Stardust. Picture: Getty

'Life on Mars?' has since been recognised as a masterpiece from Bowie’s discography, covered by many artists, aiming to do the song justice.

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Yungblud’s cover of the track was even used to soundtrack NASA's Perseverance rover as it landed on Mars.

In a statement he said: "To sing the pinnacle song by an artist that truly defined my whole existence, in a search for extraterrestrial existence was one of the best moments of my entire life.”