Finalmente. Ai Brit Awards 2016 David Bowie viene ricordato in maniera sontuosa e tributato con il Brits Icon Award consegnato nelle mani dell’amico di sempre Gary Oldman. Le parole toccanti di Annie Lennox e poi il commosso e commovente ricordo proprio dell’attore londinese.
“In recent years David sparingly spoke about music and his process; but in one of these rare instances, he graciously and elegantly expounded. Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people. It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in. Over his career, David challenged and changed our understanding of the medium, whether in music or life, he emphasized originality, experimentation, exploration, and in his very unique way, he also reminded us to never take ourselves too seriously, David faced his illness with dignity, grace and his customary humor, even in dire circumstances. When he wrote to tell me he had cancer, he added, ‘the good news is I have my cheekbones back'”. (VIDEO)
Lo stesso Oldman introduce il supergruppo (chiamarla backing band non rende giustizia a musicisti strepitosi) con alla testa una splendida Lorde. Dunque Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Catherine Russell e Earl Slick. Prima un medley elegantissimo (Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel, Let’s Dance, Ashes To Ashes, Ziggy Stardust, Fame, Under Pressure e “Heroes”) poi la 19enne cantante neozelandese si cimenta in una versione eccezionale di ‘Life On Mars?’. Alla fine è standing ovation. (VIDEO)