Amy Winehouse’s original band have paid tribute to the late singer on what would have been her 40th birthday.
The troubled “Rehab” singer and Grammy winner was just 27 when she died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning, after her widely documented struggles with substance abuse and eating disorders.
Thursday (14 September) would have been Winehouse’s 40th birthday. To observe the milestone, Winehouse’s original band returned to an old haunt of hers in Camden to appear in a new set of photos.
On Wednesday (13 September), The Amy Winehouse Band – comprised of Ade Omotayo, Dale Davis, Nathan Allen and Hawi Gondwe – gathered at the Hawley Arms in London on the eve of her 40th birthday.
Winehouse was known to frequent the Hawley Arms and was often photographed leaving the pub at the height of her career.
In 2019, a mohair leopard-pring pattern cardigan by Dolce and Gabbana that she had been pictured in near the pub was exhibited at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. A photo-realistic image of the singer also appeared on one of the walls behind the venue in 2021, 10 years on from her death.
Marking her birthday, Winehouse’s band also visited the Hawley Arms mural and the Amy Winehouse statue in the Camden Stables Market. The bronze sculpture was unveiled on 14 September 2014, on the day that Winehouse would have turned 31.
To observe the milestone, The Amy Winehouse Band will also hold a live concert in the London borough in December.
The special show in memory of Winehouse will take place at Koko in Camden on 22 December. Tickets go on pre-sale on Thursday at 10am and general sale on Friday (15 September).
In 2022 and 2023, The Amy Winehouse Band toured their show Forever Amy all over Europe, fronted by vocalist Bronte Shande.
The band is led by Winehouse’s long-term musical director and bass player Davis, who is also a music consultant on controversial forthcoming biopic Back To Black. Davis reportedly spoke to the singer on the phone three hours before her death in 2011.
Industry star Marisa Abela is set to play Winehouse in the film, which is being directed by Nowhere Boy and Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Sam Taylor-Johnson.
Abela’s casting was widely criticised by many fans, who argued that the actor doesn’t look anything like Winehouse. Filming of the biopic began in London in January, with photographs surfacing on social media showing the actor playing the role.
However, Davis defended Abela’s casting, saying that her performance as Winehouse was “evocative”.
“There are certain times when I look at Marisa and I’m reminded of Amy, especially in the make-up and sometimes when she talks,” he said.
“I’m actually taken back to moments in time. It’s quite evocative in that way.”
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