Immersive new app arrives just in time to help celebrate the life and death of pop-culture renegade David Bowie

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      Chances are—as a devoted mega-fan—you’ll be going for drinks later this afternoon to pay tribute to the passing of pop-music immortal and culture-shifting trailblazer David Bowie. This somewhat solemn event coming two days after you totally tied one on celebrating the singer's January 8 birthday. And a couple of days before Bowie-themed tribute nights take place all over Vancouver.

      Had he not succumbed to cancer three years ago in New York on January 10, the Thin White Duke would have been 72 years old today.
      To get you in the spirit of things, flick off that computer at work (where, admit it, you’ve spent the past 45 minutes watching Labyrinth in private browsing mode) and download the brand spanking new app David Bowie Is...Virtual.

      That’s the Android or iPhone-friendly spin-off of the hit exhibit David Bowie Is..., currently on view, after making its way across the world, at the Brooklyn Museum. You know, the career-spanning retrospective of the shape-shifting Englishman’s storied career which featured 60 stage costumes (including Ziggy Stardust glitter-dusted body suit), personal diaries, set lists from all phases of the singer’s career, and more.

      The app features narration from Bowie bestie Gary Oldman, as well as pathways that give fans the chance to zero in their favourite eras. Whether opting for the Rebel Rebel or the Space Oddity option, you get access to 50 high-res 3D costumes, as well as 400 high-res images of rarely seen items (handwritten lyrics, stage sketchings, photographs, and notes) from the singer’s archives.

      For more information, go here. And don’t forget to dress up like you just stepped off the “Ashes to Ashes” video before you launch David Bowie Is...Virtual for the first time. Especially if you plan to be sitting in a bar at 5 pm drinking a Snow White Tan cocktail (toasted-rice vodka, Frangelico, strawberry syrup, double cream) while doing so. David Robert Jones would have liked that.