Good Afternoon kids!
I hope you can tune in today for my Ready Steady GO! David Bowie Tribute Show which kicks off on RTE 2XM at 3pm straight after Jamie Cullum’s Show. Music fans the world over were shocked and devastated this week when the news broke that David Bowie had passed away after an 18 month battle with cancer. Just two days before that, he celebrated his 69th Birthday and also released his final album Blackstar. Tributes have been pouring in all week from friends and fans all over the world Twiggy, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Sir Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger wrote, “David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. “We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him.” Pete Townshend wrote, “Woke up to the awful news that my lovely friend David Bowie passed away. I am so deeply sad, but he just completed a radical and audacious new album, and that is a great thing. Personally I am grateful to him for doing it.
For those who were his fans he was a charismatic and exotic creature and still gloriously beautiful even as he approached 70. But face to face he was funny, clever, well-read, excited by the arts, and really good company.
In a Japanese restaurant we once ate tiny live crabs sent over to our table by a businessman fan. David said we must try, out of courtesy. I wouldn’t have done it with anyone else on the planet. Delicious, of course.
He was simply a joy to be around, so good at making everyone feel at ease. I’m sorry to hear it was cancer that got him. I knew he had been ill for several years but didn’t know the details. My thoughts now go to his family and close ones, and to so many of his fans who will be beyond distraught today. We have lost a monumental figurehead of the British arts scene. We have also lost a wonderful clown whose combined sense of mischief and creativity delightedly touched our hearts. David Bowie was my Salvador Dali. He was also one facet of my perfect Ace Face.”
Pete Townshend, 11 January 2016
Bowie was not interested in celebrity and having an online presence, he was a class act and now it seems that his final body of work was a parting gift to his fans, just listen to the lyrics in Lazarus and the haunting video released just recently. This was a man who knew he wouldn’t be here for very much longer, but he went out his way, a true Icon.
So today’s show is Bowie all the way from start to finish, from his very early days as Davie Jones with The King Bees, The Lower Third, moving on to Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Beyond.
I will also be giving away a @clydepopart Painting of Bowie, just listen in and tell me what song I play after ‘Rebel Rebel,’ it’s as simple as that…
RTE 2XM January 13th 2016 3pm.