BBC Radio 2 to devote this evening's programming to David Bowie.

Following the sad news of David Bowie’s passing, BBC Radio 2 will feature an evening of programming today paying tribute to the music legend.

For the second part of Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show today (5-7pm), there will be an ‘All Request Bowie’, with the audience choosing the music. Special guest will be Rick Wakeman, who played piano on Life On Mars and will be performing the song live on tonight’s programme in tribute to David, as well as discussing working with him.

From 7 to 9pm, the station will broadcast two hours of BBC archive performances from classic hits to rarely performed album tracks. Bowie At The BBC, which first transmitted in March 2013, is hosted by Ken Bruce and is a biography of Bowie drawn entirely from BBC archive interviews and sessions, including the debut of Kooks, played only two days after the song was written. Also included are unique versions of songs from Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Scary Monsters and Let’s Dance, alongside rare covers and extracts from some of the most revealing interviews Bowie ever gave to the BBC.

Following this, at 9-10pm, there will be Bowie Live At Maida Vale, which was recorded in 2002. The programme is introduced by Jonathan Ross and features Bowie performing new tracks of the time plus classics tracks of the rarely performed songs.

BBC Radio 2 will return to published scheduling at 10pm.

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