Friday, April 1, 2016

The Also-Rans Pay Tribute to David Bowie

This is awful, I know, but it has to be said:

A sold-out Carnegie Hall audience joined a children's chorus in a singalong to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" Thursday, a sweet end to a tribute concert that turned into a memorial through some bizarre timing.

Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips and Heart's Ann Wilson were among the artists who joined Bowie's former collaborator Tony Visconti and other musicians who had performed with the late rock star.

In real life, David Bowie would have been disappointed that the biggest stars of the day did not turn out to fellate him in public. Where were the truly beautiful people from the fashion industry? Where were the biggest bands? Where's Adele? Where's Beyonce? Where is (insert name of sufficiently awed megastar with huge sales)?

Bowie was the supreme elitist of the music industry. These also-rans would have depressed him. Having Bob Dylan's kid and some drug band show up to pay tribute would have meant an early ride home for him.

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