Post by tangerinedream on Jan 11, 2016 19:48:57 GMT
Absolutely shocked to be told this morning about the passing of David Bowie. Devastated, and particularly so being totally unaware that he had been suffering from cancer for the last 18 months. I've loved the guy since 1973 and saw him that year at the Free Trade Hall on the Ziggy Stardust Farewell Tour and have continued to buy his music and books on him right up to this day. I'm not embarrassed to admit to having shed some tears when hearing the news. A true legend in every way and so difficult to think that he's no longer with us - although his music will live on through his legions of fans across the world. The enclosed clips are probably my three favourite songs of his: Moonage Daydream from The Ziggy Stardust LP, Lady Grinning Soul and Panic In Detroit from the Aladdin Sane LP although there are countless ones equally as good.
I think he'd kept his diagnosis quiet. Anyhow, it certainly came as somewhat of a blow, and the music business is now a much poorer place without him.
Strangely, I hadn't ever really given this much though before yesterday, but Bowie is the first true music star that I was exposed to as a child, albeit through his introductory segment to The Snowman, and then shortly afterwards in Labyrinth. Just the man's presence alone always had arresting impact (and to this day I still want a jumper like he wears in the Snowman introduction). It wasn't too long until I caught up with his already brilliant oeuvre by the early 90s, and then, like you say TD, he continued to make brilliant records right up until his death. He certainly had a knack of being able to continually re-invent himself and remain fresh and relevant. I truly think he is one of only a handful of top-class, genius musicians/rock stars ever to grace the planet.
It's not my favourite track by any means, but here is an audio of his surprise appearance at a Morrissey gig in 1991 (in L.A., I think?):