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Joe Elliott Says David Bowie Was A True Artist To The Very End

Friday, 15th January 2016

Joe Elliott/David Bowie 1999.
Dublin October 1999

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has continued his tributes to David Bowie and praised his artistry.

Joe expanded upon his initial online tribute in an article written for Classic Rock.

Joe went over his history with Bowie again, hearing his music for the first time, All The Young Dudes, meeting Bowie in Dublin, the Freddy Mercury tribute show in 1992, his assessment of the final albums and the impact his music has had on his life and career.

Joe mentions the 2013 comeback album 'The Next Day'. Read Joe's track by track review of that album from the Irish press from shortly after its release.

The other recent tribute articles are linked below. There will no doubt be further musical tribute from Joe tomorrow on his weekly radio show.

Read the full article on the Team Rock/Classic Rock website.

Classic Rock/David Bowie Tribute - Joe Elliott Quotes

Freddie Mercury Tribute Show 1992

"The next time I met him was in 1992 at the Freddie Mercury tribute gig at Wembley, when I actually got up on stage with him. What a moment for me. The song was All The Young Dudes, and what a band it was: Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon from Queen, Bowie’s on sax, Mick Ronson’s playing guitar, and Ian Hunter’s singing it. And there’s Phil (Collen, Def Leppard guitarist) and me on backing vocals. Phil wasn’t going to get up, but I said, ‘If you don’t, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life!’ I pulled him out with me and we sang down Brian May’s mic. I looked along the line: Hunter, Ronson, Bowie and Queen. Then I turned to Phil and said, ‘This doesn’t suck, does it?’ That was the best three minutes of my musical career right there."

The Final Album Blackstar

"Blackstar is a tough listen, but the fact that he made this avant-garde Miles Davis-style jazz record is so typical of Bowie. And the fact that he made this album while he was dying, that’s incredible. We didn’t know he was dying, but he did. Blackstar is a requiem. It must be. And he went out making great music. To the very end, he was a true artist."

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