Monday, January 11, 2016
Remembering David Bowie
At first, I thought this would turn out be another Internet hoax but, sadly, it's true. Bowie, whose real name was David Robert Jones, died of cancer, at age 69, in New York City yesterday.
I was very much into the glitter-rock scene when the album Diamond Dogs was released. I went with my lover at the time and we emulated Bowie's androgynous persona when we went to see him perform at Madison Square Garden, full of glam-rock fans, during the Diamond Dogs Tour. It was a packed stadium! A new star had arrived.
But Bowie quickly showed us he could clean up and be a perfect gentleman. His appearance on Bing Crosby's tv Christmas special was a revelation as he crooned harmony with Bing in the now-classic rendition of "Little Drummer Boy." I was back dancing to David in the discos with releases like "Let's Dance" and "Putting Out Fire with Gasoline" (the latter from the remake of the movie Cat People). He also became a staple with his videos in the '80s and '90s on MTV.
Bowie had been ill with liver cancer for the best part of two years, and finally succumbed. He left us with a long legacy of music and acting performances -- in movies like Nick Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth and, notably, on Broadway in The Elephant Man.
Bowie's wife, supermodel Iman, Tweeted several days before his death:
"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory," RIP, David Bowie, a remarkable memory.