David Bowie’s drummer reflects on ‘amazing’ singer’s life

The drummer worked closely with the star for his band The Spiders (Picture: PA / REX)

David Bowie’s drummer has reflected on the late singer’s life following the unveiling of his stone on the Music Walk of Fame in London.

Bowie died in January 2016, and has now been hailed as ‘one of the most amazing artists that has come out in history’ by Michael ‘Woody’ Woodmansey.

The music legend’s stone was laid on the Walk of Fame this week in his memory at the Camden-based trail which recognizes influential artists from around the world.

Woodmansey, who was the drummer of Bowie’s backing band The Spiders from Mars, reflected on the legacy of the Life On Mars? singer, who died of liver cancer, during the event.

He told the PA news agency that he considers Bowie to be a pioneering artist, so he feels it is important for the UK to have a physical reminder of the singer.

‘He was on a mission to make music, rock and roll exciting, controversial, rebellious, which is what it was supposed to be,’ the drummer added.

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Pictured here in 1973, Bowie knew how to command a stage (Picture: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

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David Bowie died in 2016 (Picture: PA)

‘And at the time we came out, it had got a little bit samey, a little bit jaded, a little bit boring and he changed that.’

Woodmansey also reflected on the legacy of songs the singer left behind and their enduring power as younger generations continue to discover his music and new artists create music inspired by his work and style.

‘I think just the quality of what he produced needs to be there as a reminder for young generations,’ he said.

‘Young generations always have their own music, they want their own music and they should have it but in time they can go back and see what he did for the culture and how he paved the way for a lot of the new music. It’s important to know where it came from. ‘

(Left-right) Woody Woodmansey, Lee Bennett, Kevin Armstrong, Nick Moran and Clifford Slapper attend the unveiling of a stone for David Bowie on the Music Walk of Fame at Camden, north London.  Picture date: Thursday September 22, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie.  Photo credit should read: Ian West / PA Wire

(LR) Woody Woodmansey, Lee Bennett, Kevin Armstrong, Nick Moran and Clifford Slapper attended the unveiling of a stone for Bowie (Picture: PA)

Woody Woodmansey next to a stone for David Bowie which was unveiled on the Music Walk of Fame at Camden, north London.  Picture date: Thursday September 22, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie.  Photo credit should read: Ian West / PA Wire

The Walk of Fame in London honored the pioneering musician (Picture: PA)

The Music Walk of Fame honor coincides with the global release of Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream, a documentary film about the acclaimed musician.

Guitarist Kevin Armstrong also performed an acoustic version of Bowie’s classic song Heroes at the event in Camden.

Woody Woodmansey holds The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust album, during the unveiling of a stone for David Bowie on the Music Walk of Fame at Camden, north London.  Picture date: Thursday September 22, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie.  Photo credit should read: Ian West / PA Wire

Woodmansey stood proudly with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust album (Picture: PA)

A stone for David Bowie which was unveiled on the Music Walk of Fame at Camden, north London.  Picture date: Thursday September 22, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie.  Photo credit should read: Ian West / PA Wire

Bowie’s stone sits near The Who and Amy Winehouse (Picture: PA)

The musician, who collaborated with the late singer on a number of occasions, said Bowie is still someone the music world can ‘draw inspiration from in all areas of popular entertainment because he sort of had such a broad range.’

He told PA that he was ‘such imaginative and fearless performer’ and an artist who people are still ‘interested’ in six years after his death.

A host of other friends, collaborators and fans of the late singer gathered for the star-studded ceremony including actor Nick Moran and singer Clifford Slapper.

His stone was laid opposite Camden Town Tube Station, joining other music stars including The Who, Soul2Soul, Madness and Amy Winehouse.

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