The all-star gig, at which artists including the Flaming Lips, Pixies, Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper and REM singer Michael Stipe performed was held at the city's Carnegie Hall venue.

The event honouring Bowie was originally planned to take place before his death, from cancer, on 10 January (16).

But after the Space Oddity singer's family announced he had passed away, demand for tickets surged to such and extent organisers announced the stars would play for another night on Friday (1Apr16). It was also streamed online to Bowie fans around the globe on the internet telephony service Skype.

The stars performed versions of Bowie's famous hits including Starman, sung by Blondie frontwoman Debbie, Suffragette City belted out by Cyndi and Heroes, sung by Jakob Dylan, the son of American folk icon Bob Dylan.

"God bless David Bowie," Dylan said after playing the song to a delighted crowd gathered to celebrate their musical hero's life and work.

Not performing however were The Roots, as the hip hop band's drummer Questlove announced on Wednesday (30Mar16) they would be pulling out due to a dispute over equipment with another unnamed artist.

The concert's organiser, entrpreneur Michael Dorf told the BBC he was so overwhelmed by acts who wanted to play the two concerts, he had to turn some acts away.

"We felt kind of awkward because we are usually so humbly grateful to anyone who wants to participate in this," he said.

Friday's David Bowie tribute concert is to be held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, with acts on the bill including Mumford & Sons, The Polyphonic Spree and Blondie, as well as many who performed at Thursday's gig.