RIP – David Bowie 1947 – 2016

David Bowie died today after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69.

There is nothing I can write here about his career, influence or back catalogue which does it justice. Instead, I have decided to share the words I posted on my personal Facebook timeline this morning upon hearing the news, somehow it made me feel better and reminds me of the power of music, the people who devote their lives to it, and why so many love them so much.

I’ve been asked more times than I can remember over the years why I go to so many gigs, who I’ve seen live, and why I’d see anyone more than once.

Music is a true art form which needs to be witnessed in person, not played on a mobile phone, streamed from the web.

With the death today of David Bowie, the recent death of Lemmy, and the many who have gone before them it reminds me I’ve been lucky to see so many great musicians live, honoured to have been in their presence, and to have witnessed first hand what it is that made them legends.


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