Boys keep swinging backstage at David Bowie's Meltdown in 2002. From left to right: Irish singer, Bono; English singer, Veronica Lake; Italian Painter, Francesco Clemente; and a couple of lovely Duranies.
Became the special man...
First up, in one of the Saturday newspaper supplements in the UK, Simon had this to say about our man in a regular feature entitled: I Didn't Get Where I Am Today Without...
"He's always been God to me. I love everything he's done. He was so important to me growing up, and helped me towards a sense of identity. And having been lucky enough to get to know him a little, I can say that he's a proper gentleman and hasn't in any way disappointed me.
He's a proper artist. It's all about the music, and the attendant fame means nothing to him. He always conducts himself perfectly too, which is inspiring in itself. You worry about meeting your heroes, but with David there's been nothing at all to fear."
How lovely. That's a very cool thing to say, Simon. According to the piece by Alan Jackson, the other things that helped get Mr Le Bon get where he is today were: His mum and dad, the spirit of punk, keeping perspective and being satisfied with his lot.
The fabulously flamboyant Nick Rhodes expressed similar sentiments on the TV earlier in the year when he appeared on the Orange Playlist in the UK. For those not familiar with the format, Orange Playlist was presented by the delicious Lauren Laverne (a wasted talent if ever there was one) who invites a celebrity guest to choose five tracks that best suit five different categories, and these were Nick's choices:
Past = Kraftwerk - The Robots
Present = The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Future = Snoop Dog & Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Dedication = The Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs
All Time Favourite = David Bowie - Life On Mars?
Mr Rhodes praised DB a few times during the show, but he explained his reasons for choosing Life On Mars? as his all time favourite song thus:
"I think David Bowie owned the 70's. When you think of what he did it's just such a mind-boggling amount of work. I think David, more than anyone, allowed artists the luxury of being able to experiment.
For his bravery alone I think we should play a David Bowie song. I could have picked any one of them but I've picked this one because of the video. It's a great song."
Well, David Bowie may not have made the best music of his own career during the eighties, but the best music of the eighties certainly couldn't have existed without his influence.