Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Cult's Ian Astbury about David Bowie: "When I found out about his passing, it was as if the sky had fallen"

The Cult singer Ian Astbury was recently interviewed by The MusicNerd Chronicles, you can read some excerpts below.

About what David Bowie and his music meant to him, he said: "The first record I bought was 'Life On Mars' when I was 10 years old. When I got that album, the world changed for me. Regular programming just didn't exist after that. He served as one of the most formative teachers in my life."

He continued: "I met him when I was 24 years old. At the time, The Cult shared a manager and publicist with him. We had the opportunity to perform with him at a racecourse outside of Paris in front of 80,000 people on the 'Glass Spider' tour. After our show, I was asked to go visit with David and got to spend a good hour with him just chatting. It was the first time that I had an artist that, to me, was an otherworldly person acknowledge me as an artist, a performer and young person who was looking for guidance, looking for acknowledgement. In that moment, he immediately put me at ease. He spoke to me as an elder, father, teacher; everything you'd ever want in a mentor in some way. He was the first one to actually take the time to be present with me and acknowledge where I was, the place I was in and that it was okay."

He added: "Up to that point, my teenage years were pretty disruptive, immigrating to Canada was a huge part of that. When I came to Canada at 11 years old, his music was something that I held close to me. Here I was in a new country, in a new society where the rules I had grown up with in the U.K. didn't apply anymore and I had no real grounding other than the music I brought in with me. It had a sacred value to me and was deeply woven into the DNA of who I became as a person. I just can't explain how much he meant to me. When I found out about his passing, it was as if the sky had fallen… Even while we were in the studio making record, we had numerous conversations with Bob Rock about Bowie's work. We weren't deferring to 'Heroes', we were looking towards 'Scary Monsters', 'Heathen' and 'The Next Day' and would just talk amongst ourselves like, 'How does he do that?'"

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