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Kirk Hammett Blog: David Bowie

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23 Jan Kirk Hammett Blog: David Bowie

David Bowie

AN APPRECIATION OF A GREAT ARTIST

David Bowie dying is such a bummer, and I want to acknowledge what a huge influence he was on me. I bought a handful of albums growing up which I can say heavily influenced me, and one of those was Changesonebowie, which came out in 1976.

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When I first heard the song “Fame” on the radio, it sounded like nothing else out there. “Golden Years” and “Fame” were two very distinctly different songs. I was raised on AM radio, which was brilliant back then, Motown, Stones, Beatles and all that Bay Area funk stuff, and listening to it in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s in San Francisco was a really rich thing. And Bowie was just so different, and after hearing “Fame” I had to get Changesonebowie.

I would, at that time, also scan the papers for new horror and sci-fi movies coming out, and Bowie was in a movie called The Man Who Fell To Earth and being a science-fiction fan, I recognized that title from the likes Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. It was based on a story called The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I was way into science-fiction! So I thought ‘wow, that looks interesting’. I remember watching it and getting a little disoriented, a little confused, and thinking that maybe that movie was a little bit too sophisticated for my adolescent brain! But at the same time the images were very haunting, the image of Bowie as an alien was exactly as I had seen him in my mind, something completely different and from another dimension and other-worldly.

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The movie touched on other things like xenophobia, the inability to acclimate to other cultures and it even touched on climate change because his native planet was dying. And over the years I thought about it a lot; my inability to cope with where I came from, where I was and where I was going. And as an adult I found myself interpreting the movie in a way my younger self had not been able to. I think we’ve all found ourselves there, and looking back I wonder if Bowie was always there in a creative sense himself? Perhaps that’s why he was always seen to be moving, always changing, and my thought is that maybe those were questions that lingered in his mind as well. I want to try and understand his motivations, and also how he was able to influence so many people and make such great art. I found empathy with him and he found empathy with so many of us, and it was almost as though Bowie was there to save us from ourselves with his music. Let’s just say that his range of empathy was greater than the average human being.

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I did meet him.

I’d chosen to not just throw the story out there, but I feel this is the right time. Before I start though, let me just say I think Bowie’s final album Blackstar is a brilliant, brilliant final message. He managed to invite us all, and I think it’s the first time that someone has creatively involved their passing as an integral part of their final work. It’s incredible and I’m totally blown away. I hope to leave as artistically as he did. He always struck me as incredibly generous. Very honest, open and full of integrity. These feelings which were vindicated on one night in during the “Madly In Anger” world tour in Kansas City. Joe Satriani, Velvet Revolver and David Bowie were all in the same hotel as us because we all had shows in the same area.

We rolled into the hotel, bedded down, woke up and headed down to the gym. Ran into Velvet Revolver, then my bro Joe Satriani, and then hopped onto the Lifecycle for 30 minutes. I became aware that there was some activity going on behind me, but I didn’t wanna turn around and stare. I thought Bowie might be in the hotel because why not, everyone else playing in town was, and out of my peripheral vision I saw a big guy training someone but I couldn’t confirm anything because I didn’t want to get into celebrity rubbernecking. I had a feeling it was him though. Later on, because it was a day-off, Rob said we should go and see David Bowie as he was playing. We had an early dinner, and the restaurant we went to was close to the venue, a short cab-ride so no problem.

We got there, and our old tour manager Ian Jeffrey was working the tour, he got us in, so ostensibly we were there to see the show and say ‘hi’ to Ian. He sorted us out, and it was really cool, he had Earl Slick back on guitar who I really liked, he played all the songs I expected him to play and a few deeper cuts; Rob and I just had the greatest time. Afterwards, we went to say hi to Ian, and I had no expectation of meeting David because I’d heard he was very private and liked to lie low after the show, I don’t blame him, that’s what we do. We were just leaving and Ian said, ‘no no wait, David wants to say hi.’ He’d only been offstage for 15 minutes, we usually take at least 45 minutes before we can get our girdles off and take our vitamins! He came out, wearing sweats and a t-shirt, and said ‘hi how ya doing Kirk, hi Rob!’ I couldn’t believe it! And then all the fanboy stuff came out, how he’d been an inspiration, blah blah blah. He said he’d known about us for a long time, liked our music and told us to carry on! Rob and I were beaming. SO we hung out with Ian and a few other crew guys we knew, before deciding to leave about 45 minutes later. I asked Tom Robb (my tour assistant) to find a cab, and we leave the backstage area, out through the gate, before I suddenly realize I have been really fucking naïve! How am I going to get a taxi-cab when nearly 8000 people are making their way out at the same time from a rock concert parking lot! How out of touch was that? I looked at Rob and said, ‘man, we’re fucked!’ I was frustrated, I asked Tom to call our tour manager and try to sort something out, and I remember being so flustered and disappointed with myself that I just sat on the curb with my head in my hands, staring at the ground.

I didn’t see this tour bus glide out of the backstage gates, but all of a sudden it’s pulled up, right in front of me, and the door has opened. I see David Bowie’s tour manager. He said, ‘aren’t you staying in the same hotel as us? Looks like you need a ride! David wanted me to ask if you wanna catch a ride with us?’
I instantly said ‘sure’ and let me tell you, I felt like one of those guys in Wayne’s World. We go up the steps, turn into the lounge and there’s David with a huge grin on his face saying ‘sit down sit down. Rob and I sat down, once again the fan boy stuff came out, and I cannot remember all the details but we did talk about stuff like music and his love for The Dandy Warhols, I also remember apologizing to him, saying ‘sorry David for nicking the title “Leper Messiah”’ and he was laughing. Cliff and I listened to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars daily on the ’85 Ride The Lightning US tour, so yes, I lifted the title from the title track of that album. I listened to Ziggy…looking for answers to all these questions that were coming up in my life, and songs like “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” and “Hang Onto Yourself” had a big effect on me.

The entire time we were talking on that bus ride, I was surprised at how light-hearted he was. He laughed a lot, had an almost giddy, goofy sense of humor, and he was very relaxed. From looking at all his publicity photos and everything, you’d have thought ‘man, he looks like a heavy cat’ but meeting him in person was the complete opposite of that, my impressions were so off-track. And when we finally pulled up the hotel, I felt a tinge of sadness, because the greatest bus ride of my life was nearly over. We thanked him up and down, left the bus and then when we got to the hotel elevator Rob and I looked at each other and said ‘did that just really happen?’ It was a weird, beautiful and totally unexpected experience.

So yeah…a great memory of David.
In closing off here, I wanna say that The Hunger is one of the great vampire movies, the vampirism in that movie is very covert and underplayed, more about relationships over the expanse of time, and David Bowie’s transformation from a young club kid vampire into an ancient old man blows me away. The soundtrack is also amazing, a favorite of mine and one you should all check out.

Thank God David Bowie walked the earth and thank God we were able to experience what he had to give.

Until next time, when I will also get back to answering some of your questions and comments!
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56 Comments
  • Matt Rudd
    Posted at 10:21h, 23 January Reply

    Hi Kirk , great blog you have!

    I think I remember listening to David Bowie when I was kid and it was Beauty and the Beast. That song is almost like heavy metal ! So, it would be cool if Metallica could covering that song on new album.

    have a good day and stay metal !

  • Mariella nelson
    Posted at 10:21h, 23 January Reply

    Absolutely spot on, he was a lot of things to different people and reached the world with his genius. Love the article,
    Mary

  • Eirik Fåbeng
    Posted at 10:27h, 23 January Reply

    Very well written! Cheers man, have a nice one

  • Rick Mollway
    Posted at 10:31h, 23 January Reply

    Cool stuff Kirk. A lot of us are fanboys of you and your band and it’s awesome that you can still “fanboy the F out” yourself every now and then. Thanks for sharing this memory.

  • Juan Gil
    Posted at 10:32h, 23 January Reply

    I’ve never been a fan of Bowie’s music, but I can see he was a true artist in every possible sense of the word. For some odd reason, I like other bands covers of his work. Lulu actually reminds me of Bowie if that makes any sense.

  • Ewelina
    Posted at 10:34h, 23 January Reply

    Hello Kirk! Fantastic blog! I miss David Bowie too… He was great..
    🙁
    Have a nice day! 🙂

  • Tatiana Gaviria
    Posted at 10:35h, 23 January Reply

    I can’t say I was a big Bowie fan. I loved ‘The man who Sold the world’ because of Nirvana. But I recognize he is such a big inspiration to a lot of musicians, and If he was so important to you I want to know more of him so I will listen close. By the way, you do will leave as artistically as he did. I can say that ’cause you are my inspiration to play guitar, to live, to be a metalhead…. I don’t want to die without meeting you Kirk, haha. Cheers from Colombia, until we meet.

  • Dee
    Posted at 10:36h, 23 January Reply

    What a great experience! I agree with you about The Hunger. Amazing movie. I’ve never actually seen The Man Who Fell To Earth, which I know is sacrilege since I’m a major Sci Fi fan and aspiring writer in the genre. Do you know which story in the Martian Chronicles it was modeled on? Bradbury is my favorite author. I practically have the book memorized so I was wondering.

  • Mark DeVito
    Posted at 10:39h, 23 January Reply

    Brilliant writing and recount! It’s those epic meetings with our heroes and completing the circle. We are all fans of someone. Cool story.

  • Mike P
    Posted at 10:39h, 23 January Reply

    Wow. This was incredibly well written and just amazing insight into the mind of one of the world’s biggest rockstars and how they view THEIR biggest influences. It’s a shame that the circumstances are so dark, but I think Kirk’s words on Bowie and Lars’ on Lemmy are among the absolute best I’ve read from the hundreds of tributes posted by celebs. Brilliant work, Kirk and sincere thanks for sharing your private thoughts.

  • Dave K
    Posted at 10:41h, 23 January Reply

    “And over the years I thought about it a lot; my inability to cope with where I came from, where I was and where I was going. And as an adult I found myself interpreting the movie in a way my younger self had not been able to. I think we’ve all found ourselves there, and looking back I wonder if Bowie was always there in a creative sense himself?”

    Wow. It’s a pretty amazing thing to experience this side of your fave musician. Super deep, and not in some “look at how smart I am” kind of way. This was as genuine and real as it gets. Fuck! Thanks Kirk!

  • Nora
    Posted at 10:43h, 23 January Reply

    This was so beautifully written! Thanks for such a heartfelt read about Bowie’s tremendous influence on your forever awesome artisry!

  • Marcel de Souza
    Posted at 10:44h, 23 January Reply

    Nice one Kirk! Glad you’ve met one of your heroes.

  • Tyler Redding
    Posted at 10:46h, 23 January Reply

    Leper Messiah came from Bowie!!? Who knew??

    Incredible job on this one, Kirk. I can’t say my love of his music runs as deep as your own, but this definitely inspired me to go back and revisit it with more mature ears and a admiration for him as an artist.
    And seriously, this is probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever written from a member of Metallica.

  • Guillermo Valladares
    Posted at 10:48h, 23 January Reply

    It amaze me how u, after all this years, and all u have created, still bring these stories like u are a regular fan, just like us. That makes me love Metallica even more (if that’s possible).

    I’m still bummed about Bowie, he was something else and beyond, and never for one moment I would be ready to see the day he’s finally gone. That’s scary.

    Loved ur story Mr. Hammett. \mm/

  • Jason Valencia
    Posted at 10:51h, 23 January Reply

    Well, this certainly shuts down all the people on Blabbermouth who claimed Kirk was merely citing Bowie as an influence to take advantage of his death and get publicity.

    Not that I expect the average BM commentor to have the ability to comprehend long form writing like this.
    Man, thanks for sharing this. So amazing!

  • Xavier
    Posted at 10:53h, 23 January Reply

    What an amazing experience Kirk!! I always thought about the relationship between the lyric of Ziggy and the title of the song, it’s a cool story. Looking up to watch The Hunger. Love the fanboy stuff comment. It’s amazing how Bowie had something that touch everyone at some point of his life.

  • Suzee
    Posted at 10:53h, 23 January Reply

    “empathy with us..” that is SO right on! Thanks for sharing this and the tour bus story – yes, he has left a big old void in the music world, but as you say, thank God he walked this earth and may his music and influence live on.
    And yes, Bay Area radio in the 60’s and 70’s was pretty damn magical – xo Suzeesg

  • Donna schulte
    Posted at 11:04h, 23 January Reply

    Kirk this is how I feel about you! I hope u remember me &my sister ! I have loved you guys since the day I met u ! James had a black eye ! W.A.S.P. Aromerd Saint show in St.Louis Mo.back in the day ! IHope next time your in town we can have lunch! Love u 4ever…,.,………..

  • Karakenio
    Posted at 12:09h, 23 January Reply

    KUDOS

  • Vito Saulytis
    Posted at 12:19h, 23 January Reply

    Hey Kirk, really enjoyed reading this , I was lucky to see Bowie with Tin Machine back in 91, Always liked most of his music, You bring a new perspective to him , So I thank you for this. You meeting him , I know this will sound (fanboy) ,Im sure plenty of Us ,feel the same about you and the rest of Tallica. Hope one day I meet you , best wishes On a great 2016.??

  • Gabrielle Lynn Bragg
    Posted at 12:24h, 23 January Reply

    Hi Kirk,
    Great blog I love it! Very touching story (I teared up). ? The first time I saw Bowie was when I was watching the movie Labyrinth. It’s a great film and I loved his performance. I am still so sad that he’s gone.

    Kirk, I just want to say that I feel much the same about you. You (and the rest of Metallica) are my biggest inspiration. You four are my heroes and I really hope that I meet you all one day. ??
    Cheers!!

    ~Gabrielle

  • Raimundo Lagos
    Posted at 12:30h, 23 January Reply

    Hey Kirk!, that’s an AWESOME story!
    So surreal like Metallica taking me home after the show 😉
    By the way, please, take more Bowie and Lou Reed with you on next Metallica album push the boundaries and keep making Metallica a piece of art that constantly change like you did in the 90’s from the transition from Black Album to the Loads era… Lulu is a masterpiece and you where part of it. Take the Blackstar in a Metallica way to the future.
    Love and so much respect,

    Raymond from Chile.

  • Linda Craig
    Posted at 12:40h, 23 January Reply

    Great story, Kirk. Thanks for sharing it. As sad as losing David Bowie is, it has been fascinating to see how widespread his influence is, both inside and outside of music and the arts.

  • Gabino Martinez
    Posted at 12:41h, 23 January Reply

    Great blog Kirk. I hope you like my art. I’m working on a 30yr anniversary tribute of master of puppets Art. It’s going to be awesome..

  • William Jarman
    Posted at 13:38h, 23 January Reply

    Hi Kirk, it’s great to hear How David inspired you through your awesome music career, 2016 has had a bad start, loosing Lemmy and David.. Your story is really heart felt by each and everyone of us. Hope we see your inspiration on the new album. Keep on Rockin’ Kirk, all the best for 2016 – William \m/

    Quick question, Do you still use your trusty Ebony Gibson V in the studio and does he/she have a name???

  • Horia
    Posted at 13:43h, 23 January Reply

    I realy enjoyed the writting. The phrase “i hade a tinge of sadness because the greatest bus ride of my life was nearly over” made my evenig. Everything happens for a reason..so, nice things happen to nice people..therefore you had that beautiful experience.

  • Laura Melo V.
    Posted at 13:57h, 23 January Reply

    Good afteenoon, Mr. Hammett.

    That was such a good read. Got me a bit emotional, to be honest. Thank you so much for sharing your memories with the rest of us!

    It’s amazing how you keep yourself so grounded and humble. (Not being a fangirl tho.) If I ever get the chance to work with you (I’m a college Photography student) I’d feel pretty much the same as you did while spending that time with Bowie.

    Love and respect from Brasil.
    Cheers!!!!

  • Metallica's Kirk Hammett Pens Appreciation for David Bowie – RollingStone.com
    Posted at 14:55h, 23 January Reply

    […] Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett has penned a long appreciation for David Bowie, with the guitarist writing at length about how Changesonebowie impacted him, how Metallica listened to Ziggy Stardust non-stop during an early tour and the time Hammett met a gracious Bowie backstage at one of the late singer’s concerts. “David Bowie dying is such a bummer, and I want to acknowledge what a huge influence he was on me,” Hammett wrote on his FearFestEvil page […]

  • Rotiv
    Posted at 16:05h, 23 January Reply

    Foda!

  • Fernando A.
    Posted at 16:14h, 23 January Reply

    Excellent essay!!. Very well written and emotionally uplifting. I too am in awe of
    Bowie’s creative genius and artistic integrity. Bowie crossed so many musical genres and his influence on music, art, and culture is unparalleled. I am also a big fan of your lead guitar playing Kirk! God bless.

  • Patrick
    Posted at 16:32h, 23 January Reply

    Man Who Fell To Earth is not based on the Martian Chronicles but on the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis.

  • Rob Soros
    Posted at 19:41h, 23 January Reply

    Great Story Kirk, My favorite Bowie albums are Ziggy Stardust, Honky Dory, and Alladin Sane. He was an incredible artist. I think its astonishing how many artists from so many genres of music have stated since he died that he influenced them. Everyone from Pop, Rock, new wave, metal, grunge,industrial, punk., Duran Duran, KISS, Billy Idol, Madonna, all the glam bands- Poison, motley crue, nirvana, smashing pumpkins, marilyn manson, adam lambert,system of a down, bruce springsteen,-its just amazing, He was so unique. Black Star is a haunting song, Lazarus is a masterpiece. Thank you for sharing such an awesome story. I hope to see Metallica part of a tribute show for Bowie , that would be great.

  • J. Ray
    Posted at 20:27h, 23 January Reply

    If I would ever meet Metallica, I would probably act the same way around you guys.

  • Brian Beld
    Posted at 20:45h, 23 January Reply

    Awesome blog Kirk. I would love for the Metallicats to put out another Garage album and do some Bowie covers. Another one that I think would be totally awesome for you guys to cover is “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash. I know it’s country but a local metal band where I live, Two Heded Chan, has done this and totally rocked it. Give it a listen and see what you think. Would love a reply back but understand if I don’t.

  • Helen Katsifa
    Posted at 01:02h, 24 January Reply

    Amazing story, beautifully written. Thanks for sharing your memories Kirk, I specially liked all the “fanboy” parts. You seem to be a humble and low-profile man, I appreciate that ?

  • Jesper Rasmussen
    Posted at 01:04h, 24 January Reply

    Brilliant writing!
    Also; “all This fan boy came” is so Nice to read! Ive Met Kirk once in Bergen where all This “fan boy questions/comments” came to me. And its Like “yeah yeah he has heard that million times.”
    But im glad im not the only one with “fan boy comments!” ?

  • nina
    Posted at 02:10h, 24 January Reply

    Very touching and up to the point. Nothing yo add. Farewell David!

  • Emerald Dunne
    Posted at 04:57h, 24 January Reply

    Brilliant story! Like the “you should keep going” advice from Bowie 😀 .

  • Donna Baldrian
    Posted at 05:22h, 24 January Reply

    Lovely blog post. For me, the two songs that made me fall in love with Bowie were: Sufregette City and Ashes to Ashes. Sooo different, yet important. And who didn’t bounce around to Moden Love? Forever, forever and ever…

  • James Cortez
    Posted at 08:11h, 24 January Reply

    Great story Kirk! See you super bowl Saturday, James from San Jose

  • Larry LaBrie
    Posted at 14:41h, 24 January Reply

    KFRC AM Radio on my Digital Alarm Clock; red digits match my Star Wars watch.
    Stevie Ray Vaughan stepping off with David Bowie.
    Bowie = this dude’s a trip. Mtv cameos. Swagger.
    Poetry personified.
    Wish I read him more. I’ll have to dig first. Still flooding down in Texas, tho ~
    Thanks for another killer post, Kirk!
    Vicky just bought a copy of The Man Who Fell… seems a fine time to watch it.
    Dialing my AM to 610; until next post.
    Cheers~

  • Jake Rosen
    Posted at 15:45h, 24 January Reply

    This is outstandingly awesome! Your writing and insight gets better and better with each post.
    I really hope you stick to this, Kirk. It reminds me of when James secretly started posting on Instagram. It was a cool side of him that we rarely see, and it’s what made it special.

    Sure, there was Metallica stuff, just as there is here, but it was small doses and always special. I speak for many when I say that we are REALLY happy you’re connecting with the fans at a time so many rockstars seem inaccessible. Lars’ words about Lemmy NOT being that way made me wonder if his own band understood the irony in those comments, and then I remembered you’re online and connecting with us in cool ways.

    And just like usual, you proved to be better and more cool than other rockstars on social media by going one step further with this blog. I doubt you’ll read this, but if you or anyone on your team does, please know how much this means to the fans. In today’s 24 hour news cycle and constant torrent of more media, it’s amazing to read longer pieces that come from the heart and aren’t some cheesy propaganda piece to ask people to buy a new album or whatever.

    And this is the fun thing: By doing cool things like this, it makes me WANT to buy everything you’re selling. Thanks for getting it, Kirk. Thanks for being the coolest MF’er out there.

  • Laurie Woodfill
    Posted at 17:37h, 24 January Reply

    That’s a great story, Kirk, thanks for sharing. I’m so glad you got to meet him and hang out with him! I cried all day when I got the news that David Bowie had died, for a lot of different reasons. You summed it up well though, saying that at least got to experience all that David had to share. And I feel the same way about you Kirk! Rock on!

  • Michael Wolcott
    Posted at 17:59h, 24 January Reply

    At the risk of upsetting the Metallica Army, I have to say that this blog has completely made me rethink my opinion about Kirk Hammett. Before, the guy in that band that I was aware of (hard not to be), but didn’t feel like he (or they) had a lot to say. When I’ve seen interviews pop up from time to time, it was the same old thing.

    I don’t necessarily need to read the political opinions of a millionaire, but I have to admit the deeper interviews yield a lot more fruit and vested interest. In that respect, Metallica never had much to offer. When I saw them live, the “stage raps” seemed rehearsed and painfully generic arena rock.

    But this piece, wow! It’s as humble as it is intellectual. Kirk’s view of Bowie’s unease and discomfort, it hit the nail on the head! I was nodding, and smiling, and “yes yes yes” during the entire read. The cherry on the top at the end was so, so good! So thank you, Kirk, for changing the mind of someone you don’t need to even care about, and thanks for adding one of the absolute best Bowie stories and remembrances I’ve read (and I’ve read them all)!

  • Patty Daigle
    Posted at 19:28h, 24 January Reply

    One of the greatest things about being a musician is meeting other musicians…such as Bowie. I have loved the man & his music for 44 years! Yep! That’s right 44 YEARS!! From the age of 14 when I first heard “Changes” & “Space Oddity” aka Major Tom. “Zggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars” was my first Bowie album (thanks to my boyfriend at the time who got it for me) & has remained my favorite Bowie album. “Man who Sold the World” is my 2nd favorite. I have seen Bowie in concert & followed along with the different genre in his music & his style. I always considered Bowie one of the most classiest musicians of our decade. And the man had rhythm!! What an excellent dancer!
    I envy you, Kirk Hammett for having the opportunity to meet Bowie & sharing that memory. He sounds exactly as I imagined he’d be. Maybe I’ll have the pleasure someday to meet him on “the other side.” God! I hope so.!

  • Leanne Ebbs
    Posted at 21:22h, 24 January Reply

    Kirk, MetallicA are my favourite band, Satch is my favourite guitarist & David BOWIE my favourite singer/artist. 1, 2, 3 and you were all in the same city at the same time doing shows! o_O If I lived in Kansas City in 2004 I would be hoping none of your dates clashed! when I found out David had died I just cried, I’ve been a fan for 17 years. I saw 2 ‘A Reality Tour’ shows (Adelaide & Perth), he was just brilliant!! I will miss him.

  • Vic Vegas
    Posted at 23:29h, 24 January Reply

    David Bowie was an alien in human form, he told the world that in his songs and albums in the 70s, Starman, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Ziggy Stardust, Is There Life on Mars?, the list goes on, and his looks were impossibly unique- thin, beautiful in appearance, highly intellectual, head and shoulders above every one else on earth in terms of creativity.

  • Frederic Biever (Fredo de Monaco)
    Posted at 04:27h, 25 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing it with us Sir.

  • Emerald Dunne
    Posted at 07:00h, 25 January Reply

    By the way, check out this link showing a fantastic piece of Bowie street art created by a local artist two years ago, near where I live in south London. Brixton was his birthplace and the mural has become a shrine since the great man’s demise. Would you believe that some company wanted to cover it up with an advertising hoarding last summer to promote their goods?? They didn’t get away with it! 😀

    http://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2016/01/david-bowie-shrine-in-brixton-two-weeks-later-and-the-crowds-keep-coming-photos/

  • michael gray
    Posted at 20:40h, 25 January Reply

    Wonderfully balanced and interesting piece.

    Bowie was the Man . Or maybe not just a man.

  • Carin Ericson
    Posted at 08:44h, 26 January Reply

    Woow, thank´s for sharing. Got some teers in my eyes. Bowie has been a part of my life since I was 15. I thougt it was a joke the day he died.

    BIG hugs from Carin, Sweden

  • Heike Linnek
    Posted at 15:04h, 28 January Reply

    Hi Mr. Kirk,
    thanks for sharing this with us. Bowie was outstanding and his last album is a great gift.
    Hugs from creative Germany
    Heike from Die Stempelkatzen – The stamping cats

  • Heike Linnek
    Posted at 12:53h, 29 January Reply

    Thanks Mr, Hammett dor sharing this with us. Bowie was brilliant.
    Hugs from Germany, Heike “Stamping Cat” Linnek

  • Tracy Paseman
    Posted at 10:39h, 02 February Reply

    Like yourself, I was around 9 or 10 when Ziggy Stardust came out, it saw heavy rotation in our home, as my parents enjoy many different styles of music, and Dad loves rock, especially.

    When Lemmy passed, I was sad ( I saw it coming ), but when I learned Bowie passed, it hit me unexpectedly hard.
    My knee-jerk reaction was to sit in my car and listen to the track Five Years, as I sobbed uncontrollably.
    I just couldn’t believe he was gone. As I listened, oddly enough the song sounded even more beautiful and more precious than ever before, and that comforted me. It was the perfect balance of gut-wrenching anguish and beauty…. no wonder LULU resonated with me right away.

    The beauty of music, is when an artist passes on, they’re still alive when you listen to their body of work,
    and it’s like they never left…their spirit is just in a different plane of existence that’s no longer physical…that’s what I believe, anyway.

    Bowie was not only a musical genius, he was a cultural icon who not only encouraged people to embrace their inner freak, but to let it out for all the world to see, much like Joey Ramone did.

    I’ve done my share of theater work myself, so I would’ve given my right hand to have see him play John Merrick, The Elephant Man. What courage he had. And his duet with Bing Crosby still holds up today.

    I noticed in a photo of you and Lani at what I believe was the SF premiere of Through The Never,
    she was wearing a Rebel Rebel era Bowie necklace, very cool !

    I’ve known since 1997 that you were a huge Bowie fan, after reading your bio/ influences after I joined the club,
    so you sharing your feelings and experiences with us here really means a lot, and it’s a wonderful gift.

    Thank You SO much , Kirk !

  • Ron M.
    Posted at 00:08h, 09 February Reply

    If you’re not going to make a Horror film please executive Produce my Horror film =) Kirk we need you to make a great Horror film that will live forever dude. Death Proof man! Cool, fun shit! It’s time.

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