Before Madonna or Lady Gaga, there was David Bowie.
Like many, when I heard the news that David Bowie had passed away after a short battle with cancer I was shocked and saddened. David Bowie was an entertainment pioneer, a fashion icon, a musician and performer who pushed the envelope, created new boundaries and inspired countless musicians to follow his lead. I feel silly just saying that because those things needn’t be said because Bowie needed absolutely no introduction.
I’ve seen over 500 musicians perform live, and I had a list of top performers I’d like to see before I/they died, and sadly David Bowie was at the top of the list. Over recent years I’d manage to knock off Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Soundgarden and Sufjan Stevens from my top 5 but Bowie eluded me. He had stopped touring years ago, especially after his heart attack but there was a sliver of hope for me when he released his last album, “Blackstar.” I was hoping for a small tour, but alas, my list will be left with David Bowie at the top.
Maybe that’s fitting.
RIP Starman, Ziggy Stardust or simply just Bowie
From his first release as Davie Jones in 1964, Liza Jane:
Ashes to Ashes
Life on Mars
The Stars Are Out Tonight