Iggy Pop: ‘David Bowie’s friendship was the light of my life’

Pair collaborated together in the 1970s

Iggy Pop has paid tribute to David Bowie, whose death was announced today.

The news that Bowie has lost an 18-month battle with cancer was announced this morning with his son, film director Duncan Jones, among the first to shares his message of love for his late father.

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Pop posted the following message on Twitter after the news broke: “David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is.

Bowie and Iggy Pop enjoyed a working relationship and toured together on 1976 on the ‘Station To Station’ tour. The pair lived together in Berlin in 1977 with Bowie helping Pop write ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Lust For Life’, his first two solo albums following the end of The Stooges.

Bowie also played keyboards in Pop’s live performances during that period while Pop contributed backing vocals on Bowie’s ‘Low’.

Iggy Pop is the latest Bowie collaborator to comment following his death. Long time producer Tony Visconti claimed that his final album ‘Blackstar’ is a “parting gift” to fans while Giorgio Moroder, who worked with Bowie in the 1980s, has also shared a tribute message.

David Bowie released his first studio album in 1969, having changed his name from David Jones the year before. His early records included ‘Space Oddity’ and 1971’s ‘Hunky Dory’.

In 1972 Bowie reinvented himself and released ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ which features the singles ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Suffragette City’.

His hits include ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Rebel, Rebel’, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Changes’.

Bowie has released two albums in the past decade. New album ‘Blackstar’ and 2013’s ‘The Next Day’. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.
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