Madonna Salutes David Bowie with Live "Rebel Rebel" Cover

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Feb 26, 2020

Madonna was one of the many musicians who took to Twitter earlier this week to pay tribute to the late, great David Bowie, who passed away on Sunday (January 10) following a battle with liver cancer. Last night (January 12), she continued to honour the pop icon by tackling a cover of Bowie's classic rock and roll anthem, "Rebel Rebel."

The performance took place during Madonna's concert stop at Houston's Toyota Arena, as part of her Rebel Heart tour. Pausing briefly from performing her original repertoire, Madge took time to tell the crowd how much Bowie had inspired her own career.

"If you haven't heard of David Bowie, look him up, motherfuckers," she said. "He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was okay to be different. And he's the first 'rebel heart' that I laid eyes on."

What follows is a glammed-up run-through of the memorable Diamond Dogs single, which finds Madonna stalking the stage and singing Bowie's lines as photos of the man who fell to earth were shown on a big screen.

You can see Madonna's official, professionally shot tribute down below, where you'll also find the singer's earlier tweets about Bowie.

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