Video: Ewan McGregor covers David Bowie’s Heroes

Trainspotting Ewan McGregor is joined by Gary Oldman and Seal to honour The Thin White Duke.

Hollywood’s biggest stars turned out last night to pay tribute to David Bowie.

The Roxy in West Hollywood hosted Celebrating David Bowie, a charity event in honour of the late music icon.

Top of the bill was Ewan McGregor, who treated the audience to an impressive cover of Bowie’s 1977 classic Heroes.

Film fans will know McGregor isn’t shy about belting out a tune or two – and Bowie ones at that. He previously crooned lines from Heroes with Nicole Kidman in the Elephant Love Medley from 2001 musical Moulin Rouge.

He also starred in Velvet Goldmine, a glam rock drama that took its name from the B-side of Bowie’s Space Oddity. The film itself was heavily inspired by Bowie’s relationship with Iggy Pop and Lou Reed in the 70s.

More recently, McGregor made an appearance in Catfish And The Bottlemen’s video for their single Hourglass, before releasing his own acoustic version of the song.

All this pretty much cements McGregor as one of those actors you suspect wouldn’t have minded being a rock star.

Elsewhere at the Roxy’s Bowie tribute, Gary Oldman (Sid Vicious back in 1986’s Sid And Nancy) covered The Man Who Sold The World and Seal joined long-time Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson for a jazz-infused version of Bring Me The Disco King.

Bowie recorded the latter song with Nile Rodgers for Black Tie White Noise in 1993, then again for Earthling in 1997. On both occasions the track didn’t make the final LP, but it finally saw the light of day on 2003’s Reality.

Raising money for youth arts charity Max’s Kansas City, the Roxy show also saw Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, Paul Chesne and artist Josh Smith tear through Bowie classics Moonage Daydream, Let’s Dance and Jean Genie.

The man of the night, however, was Garson. After delivering an emotional tribute to his late friend, he launched into Aladdin Sane’s famous piano solo – marking the first time he’d played the song in 20 years.

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