Rock Icon David Bowie, Dead at 69
I’m shocked and dazed at the news that the legendary David Bowie passed away yesterday. He had been fighting cancer for the last 18 months…
Some of the greatest music of my life time, mostly during my teen years, was all Bowie. Bowie broke some of the craziest rules and boundaries in rock and roll. I remember the first time I saw him doing Ziggy Stardust. The flaming red spiky hair, the eyeliner, the glitter, we all thought he was a nutcase,lol! But the music was amazing. Back in the eighties, in the beginning years of MTV, his number one hits included “Fame,” my personal favorite, “Let’s Dance,””Blue Jean,” “Heroes…” “Fame” was a bit earlier, but just as awesome.
Bowie, por Bryan Duffy, 1973
I went to see Bowie during the Glass Spider tour, and it was absolutely the most incredible concert of my life. Bowie’s birthday was on Friday, he turned 69, and amazingly on the same day he put out a new album, “Blackstar.” His real name was David Jones. If you remember, his music styles changed with every album. I remember the first time my dad saw him during Ziggy Stardust, he said, “You couldn’t tell if he was a man or a woman,” lol! I also never knew that John Lennon co wrote the song “Fame” with him. If you remember, he also did “Under Pressure” with Queen. “Heroes” carried a lot of weight, and as West Berlin Mayor Michael Muller said, Heroes “became the hymn of our then-divided city and its longing for freedom.” Germany‘s foreign ministry said that Bowie was “now among heroes” and thanked him for “helping to bring down the wall.” At the concert that was held for the WTC rescue workers, he performed Heroes. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ’96, but he didn’t go to get his award. Madonna accepted that award for him.
David Byrne of the ever strange group, “Talking Heads,” inducted Bowie and said he gave rock music a necessary shot in the arm. He said:
“Like all rock ‘n’ roll, it was visionary, it was tasteless, it was glamorous, it was perverse, it was fun, it was crass, it was sexy and it was confusing,” Byrne said.
Bowie by Herb Ritts, 1993
Bowie had had a heart attack back in the mid 2000’s. His music had changed once again with his last album, and this one just as much. This new one, “Blackstar,” he has jazz players playing with him. His new music video, “Lazarus,” came out on Friday, and shows him, frail, lying in the bed and singing. The first line of the song is “Look up here, I’m in heaven.” Bowie said he was never comfortable performing, and really had to put his mind to doing it. Referring to his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust:
“I mean, he was half out of sci-fi rock and half out of the Japanese theater. The clothes were, at the time, simply outrageous,” he shared.
“Nobody had seen anything like [that] before…Now I realize that from ’72 through to about ’76, I was the ultimate rock star. I couldn’t have been more rock star.”
A tragic loss to the music industry, he will be missed…
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