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David Bowie's producer Tony Visconti apologises to Adele

'If Adele has taken my comments as offensive that was certainly not my intent,' says Visconti

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David Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti has offered a qualified apology to Adele after he suggested her vocals could have been "manipulated" on record to make them sound better.

"You turn the radio on and it's fluff, you are listening to 90 per cent computerized voices," Visconti said in a recent interview. "We know Adele has a great voice but it's even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don't know."

Adele has since responded to Visconti's comments at one of her live shows, telling the audience: "Some dickhead tried to say that my voice was not me on record. Suck my dick."

Now Visconti, who worked with Bowie throughout the late singer's career, from his second album in 1969 to final album 'Blackstar', has told Billboard: "I'm sorry that what I said in regards to what's being played on radio was misconstrued yet I cannot apologize for something taken the wrong way. If Adele has taken my comments as offensive that was certainly not my intent."

He added: "Adele has a great voice and it brings pleasure to millions."

Meanwhile, it was confirmed last week (June 9) that both Adele and Bowie are to be celebrated in a new National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Celebrating past and present famous residents of south London, the exhibition will house portraits of people from all walks of life, including Adele, Bowie and Roots Manuva, whose first album was recorded in a community studio on the Angell Town estate in Brixton.
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