Popular music king David Robert Jones who is famous by the name David Bowie was a leading figure in the music industry and is certainly regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Being an English songwriter as well as an actor he was acclaimed by critics and musicians, especially for his mind-blowing work during the 1970s. Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”, its album “Scary monster and Super Creeps”, and “Under Pressure”, which is a 1981 collaboration with “Queen”.
His last live performance was at a charity event in 2006 but he had stopped touring as early as in 2004. Now after 5 years of his tragic death due to cancer fans are still talking about him and his masterpiece contributions to the industry of music. The celebration of Bowie’s birthday this year marked for an event at “A Bowie Celebration, Just for One Day Live-stream” falls on January 8th with Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson organizing an all-star bill of guests.
It was also announced yesterday that Bowie’s music is now available on TikTok, with fans able to access tracks including “Modern Love”, “Heroes”, “Starman”, “Rebel Rebel”, and “Under Pressure”. Bowie’s final album was released only two days before he died from cancer in January 2016, with many claiming that its lyrics can be interpreted as the singer tackling his own mortality. But, one of David Bowie‘s last collaborators has dismissed the idea that ‘Blackstar’ was intended to be the singer’s farewell record.
Donny McCaslin, the one who leads the New York jazz ensemble featured on the album, instead claims that Bowie was planning on more work before his death. He said, “There is the narrative of ‘Blackstar’ being this farewell, which I totally get. But that coexists with the fact that he was just so creative. He was planning on doing more,”
McCaslin went on to claim that Bowie was also planning intimate live shows shortly before his death.“When I went to listen to the album at his apartment in November 2015, the idea came up of doing some small gigs. The Village Vanguard is like Mecca for jazz folks and I had my first run there happening in January,” he said. “We talked about how to do a little rehearsal and soundcheck and, of course, it was going to depend on how he felt. We talked again in December around the time of the musical and he said he didn’t want to – he was working on new music and he wanted to record in January.”
But Robert Fox who was Bowie’s producer and a long-time friend of Bowie’s, claims that he was only too aware of his impending death. “No, he knew. I think he knew. Certainly, around Lazarus, it was very clear that there wouldn’t be anything else, barring a miracle,” he said. “The last time I saw him was when I went to his apartment two dates after the opening of the musical. It wasn’t an over dramatic farewell, although it was pretty clear that it probably would be.”