The legendary rock star, David Bowie, passed away last Sunday. Following his death, several Hollywood and music A-listers paid their respects to the icon. Some of these celebrities include the incomparable Marilyn Manson, current chart-topper, Lorde, Bowie’s glam rock nemesis, Alice Cooper, and the bassist of his latest album.
David Bowie had been battling cancer for over 14 months. Unfortunately, the rock star lost the fight last Sunday and bid adieu to the music industry after leaving an unforgettable legacy.
Following his death, many musicians commended the rock star on what he has done to inspire others in the world of music and how he was able to create masterpieces in the industry.
Marilyn Manson, an astounding musician and performer, relayed his appreciation to Bowie’s influence on his music and career through a written tribute. He said that Bowie’s theatrical and unorthodox manner of delivering his talents captivated his interest in creating music uniquely.
He stated, “My first introduction to David Bowie was watching ‘Ashes to Ashes’ on MTV. I was confused and captivated. But it wasn’t until my first real stay in Los Angeles, around 1997, that someone told me to take a moment to listen to something other than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Hunky Dory. So I went for a dizzying car ride through the Hollywood Hills and listened to ‘Diamond Dogs.’”
He added, “All of my nostalgia, instantly turned to awe. I was hearing him sing about fiction as a mask to show his naked soul. This changed my life forever. Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written. It became and remains a soundtrack to a movie he painted with his voice and guitar.”
He went on and said, “He sang, ‘Hope, it’s a cheap thing.’ I don’t need to hope to know that he has found his way to the place that equals his untouchable, chameleon-genius beauty. The black star in space, that only HE belongs. This crushing moment of fear and loss can only be treated the way his music has affected everyone who was fortunate enough to hear and love it. Let’s NEVER let go of what he gave us.” He then consigned his piece, “Marilyn Manson, MM.”
In other news, Alice Cooper reportedly relayed his own take on Bowie’s death. He was once the rock star’s peer in the early 70’s and felt that Bowie’s passing is a devastating experience for him as an artist.
Cooper’s statement reads, “The loss of David Bowie will be hard to swallow for everyone. He leaves behind a rich history of musical and cultural experimentation and invention that will rarely be seen again, if ever. It’s hard to know exactly what to say when you hear someone’s passing. I know that I have certainly lost one of my lifetime Rock and Roll theatrical comrades in David Bowie.”
He added, “We both started in theatrical Rock N Roll at the same time, and in some cases we challenged each other to go farther and push the envelope.”
During the 70s, Bowie was accused of copying Cooper’s identity onstage.
Another musician also paid respects to Bowie. Lorde took to her Facebook account and wrote, “He was a piece of bright pleated silk we could stretch out or fold up small inside ourselves when we need to. I’ve ever met a hero of mine and liked it. It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can’t enjoy it. David was different.”
She added, “I’ll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes. That night something changed in me – I felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit.”
She went on and wrote, “I realized everything I’d ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching. I realized I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his. And I know I’m never going to stop learning dances, brand new dances. It’s not going to change, how we feel about him. For the rest of our lives, we’ll always be crashing in that same car.” She ended with a bang and said, “Thank you, David Bowie.”
Tim Lefebvre of Tedeschi Trucks Band who played the bass guitar on every song of Bowie’s last album “Blackstar” also claimed that the fallen rock star is “the greatest musician I’ve ever heard.”
Truly, David Bowie touched the hearts of many musicians who made it big in the music industry and paved the way for their artistic growth. He will truly be remembered by Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lorde and many others as one of the greatest rock stars who ever lived.