Sure, Lady Gaga is a more than suitable artist to pay tribute to David Bowie. There’s no shortage of glam and flash and sass and songcraft in her work, she’s got pipes to die for, and in a way she’s like a grandchild of Ziggy Stardust -- arguably the first admittedly self-manufactured superstar – if you consider Madonna Ziggy’s daughter.
Yet even with a stellar backing band led by Nile Rodgers – who produced Bowie’s multi-platinum Let’s Dance album – a Bowie tribute before an audience of millions is no cakewalk. The man had one of the most versatile and powerful voices in pop history, and his songs are filled with melodic twists and odd chord structures. Getting a tattoo to show your devotion is all well and good, but that’s not going to help hit those notes.