David Bowie #RIP

Posted by Gig Junkies on Monday Jan 11, 2016 Under Music News

Post by Zyllah Moranne-Brown

Here at Gig Junkies we do what we do because we LOVE live music. It’s the music, the experience, the imagery. There are few that reach out and touch us, that become a true legend, a true icon, that personal resonance not just in music but far beyond. David Bowie for me is that legend. I feel truly gutted today – for a person I never knew, I never met.

As a small child my older sibling blasted out ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Hunky Dory’. When I got into music in 1980 one of the first albums I clocked was ‘Scary Monsters’. ‘Fame’. ‘Fashion’. Electronica meets punk. Bowie style.

I was lucky enough to see him live several times – the last as he turned trance / dance / electronica, again Bowie Style – after releasing concept album ‘1.Outside’ and ‘Earthling.’ With ‘Earthling’ came a tour –  playing a radically local small venue – the Que Club in Birmingham playing to the max of 3,000 people. He was an icon – yet tickets released, if I remember via local radio station BRMB, cost just £15.00. I still have the ticket stub to prove it. It was the 1st of August 1997 (remarkably nearly twenty years ago). I remember the crowd’s excitement – he was incredible, dynamic, wholly engaging – people shouting songs out from the crowd and he played them. He was just feet away from me.

The too many legendary songs to mention, the multitude of styles, the characters that touched a cord and that was just in music. He gave us the music of our lives.  Few pass away with such a truly global sense of sadness. Like Lennon, Presley, Mercury – it’s a “where you were” moment.

David Bowie. You made alternative possible. We will be heroes. Just for one day.

Thank you.

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