I am usually unmoved by such things, but this one made me feel emotion. Probably because we had no warning that it was coming, and because he'd only just released Blackstar.Skinypupy wrote:This might be the hardest a celebrity death has ever hit me.
Bowie caught my attention with Space Oddity when I was around 12 years old and becoming conscious. By the time Ziggy Stardust broke into the bigtime I had finished the transition into adolescence. David Live! would become part of the fundamental soundtrack of my glory days, and from that time on I owned every record that Bowie released.
So I'd say he was a pretty big influence on my life.
I only ever saw him in concert once, after Station to Station came out and during his Thin White Duke tour. Wiki tells me that it was at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo in 1976. Me and my friends figured that Bowie was past his prime because he'd left rock-n-roll behind, but we still enjoyed hearing him perform his earlier music. I say "hearing" rather than "seeing" because it was an enormous venue and we were so far from the stage that he appeared to be half an inch tall.
For all of his personas over all the decades, he'll always be Ziggy Stardust to me.