Alex Turner on Arctic Monkeys meeting David Bowie: 'We didn't know what to say to him'

Band met the late music icon backstage at a New York gig

Andy Fallon

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has discussed meeting David Bowie for the first time, describing the situation as "overwhelming".

The Sheffield band had just released their debut album, 2006's 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', at the time and were playing at New York's Bowery Ballroom after gracing US TV's Saturday Night Live.

"David Bowie came backstage," Turner told Rolling Stone

"We didn't know what to say to him, you know. We were just overwhelmed. It was like a fucking runaway train in those days."


Bowie passed away in January, and has dominated the top ten of top-selling albums charts for 2016 so far.

The late icon's final album 'Blackstar', released just two days before his passing, is the second highest-selling album of the year so far with 345,000 combined sales, followed by 2002’s 'Best Of Bowie' at Number Four (220,000 combined sales) and 2014’s 'Nothing Has Changed – The Very Best Of' at Number 10 (109,000 combined sales).

Meanwhile, a new video for Bowie's 'I Can't Give Everything Away' was released this week.

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