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|WHEN BOWIE CELEBRATED ELVIS
January 15, 2016 Various / Elvis Express Radio
Unless you happened to have been visiting another planet or some undiscovered Amazonian tribe, you'll know that David Bowie sadly passed away on the 10th, just a couple of
days after his 69th Birthday (January 8th), which he shares with Elvis. But Bowie didn't just share a birthday with Elvis, he was, by all accounts, a seriously big Elvis fan.
Just how much of a fan was David Bowie? Well, he was such a big fan that while in the middle of his successful Ziggy Stardust UK tour in 1972, Bowie took a return-flight from
London to New York for the sole purpose of going to see Elvis perform live at Madison Square Garden.
3 years later in 1975, Bowie wrote 'Golden Years' and offered it for Elvis to record but it's rumoured that as usual, Parker put the breaks on the whole thing over writer credits and
royalty demands etc. Bowie recorded the song himself and it was released as an A side single towards the end of 1975 where in made the UK Top 10 peaking at Number 8.
Here Bowie speaks about Elvis "Elvis Presley was a major hero of mine. And I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant
something. I went to see Elvis in 1972, I flew over from London to see Elvis at Madison Square Garden on Friday, June 9th, 1972. I had a gig on the Thursday night at the
Polytechnic in Middlesbrough so I dashed down to London that night after the gig, got on the plane early in the morning, just made the concert - I got in late to the concert and he
was already doing 'Proud Mary'. I was wearing all my clobber from the Ziggy period and had great seats near the front. The whole place just turned to look at me and I felt like a
right idiot. I had brilliant red hair, some huge padded space suit and those red boots with big black soles. I wished I'd gone for something quiet, because I must have registered with
him. He was well into his set. Then that night I had a quick sleep and got up early, early the next morning and got on a flight back to London and played a gig the next night. So I
literally saw him between gigs. I absolutely had to see him before anything happened to him. Elvis was pretty good at that time. He was still in pretty great shape and it wasn't that
long after the black leather show that was on television."
Then, in 2002, Bowie was playing The Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, USA and in that morning realised that Elvis had been gone for 25 years, way too long.
So Bowie decided to do a tribute to Elvis during that nights concert. He performed 'I Feel So Bad' and 'One Night' that night in memory of his hero and told the audience that he
heard the news of Elvis' death in 1977 while travelling in Africa. Bowie read the dreadful news in the Nairobi Times - which he kept for the rest of his life in Elvis' memory.
Bowie also tells the audience, "What would this 25th anniversary be without doing something by The Man".
|INSPIRED: Bowie had stage suits designed in Elvis style & in later life Bowie meets Lisa Marie