Musicians React To David Bowie’s Death & Pay Tribute
David Bowie died Sunday (January 10) at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer, and just days after releasing his 25th album, Blackstar. He was a progressive, genre-bending pop and rock visionary, and nothing illustrates that better than the tremendous scope of his influence. There’s that old saying that everyone who bought The Velvet Underground’s debut album was inspired to start a rock band, and Bowie had a similar effect on musicians. He pioneered glam rock, and pretty much any artist who has unveiled a new persona, aesthetic or sonic palette between albums is indebted to Bowie. Everyone from Madonna to Kurt Cobain, Lady Gaga to St. Vincent, Nicki Minaj to Kanye West, were inspired and influenced by the legend.
And so Bowie’s death has led to an outpouring of tributes from musicians across generations, whether collaborators, peers or just fans. His longtime producer Tony Visconti started things off with a heartfelt message on Facebook which effectively confirmed that Bowie fully intended for Blackstar to be his final artistic statement:
He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
Below, see more reactions from Bowie’s fellow musicians. We’ll be updating the list throughout the day as tributes roll in on social media.
The Rolling Stones
“Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I’m proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world. I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.” – Paul Photo of Paul and David Bowie by @LindaMcCartney 1985 #PaulMcCartney #DavidBowie
Thoughts and heart with David’s family and loved ones 💔 A photo posted by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on
Florence + The Machine
🙏🏼😔 Spent a substantial amount of time studying and learning this great mans music at school. Mr. Bowie.. Us and planet Earth will miss you. A photo posted by Disclosure (@disclosure) on
Farewell Major Tom 🚀… There are no words. RIP David, another hero remembered #legend #davidbowie A photo posted by Courtney Love Cobain (@courtneylove) on
NO A photo posted by St. Vincent (@st_vincent) on
Pet Shop Boys
Goodbye friend. So many tears, and so lucky to have passed in the same solar system. A photo posted by djwindows98 (@djwindows98) on
“Weird” Al Yankovic
Planet Earth is blue – Bono A photo posted by U2 Official (@u2) on
A photo posted by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on