I may work at a country radio station, but I grew up with pop and rock.
There is a thread of death in the rock world, which musicians have made an impact on your life.
Clearly, I recall the year that Freddie Mercury died. Where I was, what I was doing.
Eric Carr, the drummer from Kiss, same time – same thing.
I was driving to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the coldest Grey Cup. November 24, 1991. It was shocking news to hear.
Considering the summer before I had just seen KISS at their tour stop in Billings, Montana.
I was sitting at a Plentywood bar, on the radio came this great ad that perked me up right away! KISS was in Billings. That was it! Paid for my drink and got in the car and drove! I slept on the side of the road, got to Billings, went to the arena box-office, bought my ticket. This was August 1990.
I went on my way, travelling to Bozeman. I had a few days before the August 29th date at MetraPark Arena.
Not only the anticipation of seeing KISS in the U.S. but then this happened.
I was on the road from Bozeman back to Billings, that’s when I heard this tragic news. Stevie Ray Vaughn. A helicopter crash in Wisconsin had claimed his life along with others. I drove on in disbelief. Shock.
Stevie Ray Vaughn was in Regina June 28, 1984.
There was an autograph signing Kelly’s record store on Broad Street. Very few people were there. Just the band at a table. I still have that autographed album.
I have been lucky enough to chat with Chris Layton, Stevie’s drummer at the time they toured Regina. We spoke, he was touring with Gordie Johnson.
Colin Mund was the front man for Nick Danger and the Close Calls – they opened for Stevie .. Colin as in Colin James. Colin and Stevie remained friends.
Both Colin and Chris remain deeply effected by the loss.
Those are my recollections of losing musical greats in my generational wheel-house. The guys I know and love.
Today’s news of the death of David Bowie seemed so … UNREAL!
January is a great month for musicians from those formative years; Rod Stewart, Robin Zander, Paul Stanley, Jimmy Page, David Bowie.
Friday, I was whipping down the hall celebrating David’s birthday. A birthday and an album released – didn’t see that coming! Nice going.
I haven’t been keeping my finger on the pulse of what Bowie has been up to. I’m not online or twitter searching out release dates. I didn’t know he was working on a project. Did you?
The movie Absolute Beginners was just on last week. I enjoy Bowie in movies. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth. So bizarre.
Whether it was music, fashion, movies or media marketing, David Bowie was always ahead of the curve.
I remember his launch for a North American tour where he had a Q & A media event at Imax theatre in Calgary. That was in the fall of 2003. Coast to coast, fans were able to be interactive with him!
Calgary, AB; January 21st, 2004. Wow – has it been that long! Macy Gray opened and then it was all Bowie!
David Bowie was performing Fame, Heros, Suffragette City, Rebel Rebel, Ziggy – ALL of THEM!
While this was not the first time he’d been in Canada – it was my first time with Bowie!
The Thin White Duke is no more.
David Jones became David Bowie and gave birth to GlamRock.
He was the innovator that took generations to places they had never been. He was and will remain an exotic musical icon.