Bowie passed away over the weekend following an 18 month battle with cancer, with Pop previously describing the icon as “the light of my life”.
Now, Pop has spoken to The New York Times about how Bowie saved him from “annihilation” during a period of substance abuse in the mid-70s. “We were all pretty bad but he was at least viable,” Pop recalls.
He added: “The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation — simple as that. A lot of people were curious about me, but only he was the one who had enough truly in common with me, and who actually really liked what I did and could get on board with it, and who also had decent enough intentions to help me out. He did a good thing.”
“He resurrected me. He was more of a benefactor than a friend in a way most people think of friendship. He went a bit out of his way to bestow some good karma on me.”
“I learned things that I still use today. I met the Beatles and the Stones, and this one and that one, and this actress and this actor and all these powerful people through him. And I watched. And every once in a while, now at least, I’m a little less rustic when I have to deal with those people.”
Bowie and Iggy Pop enjoyed a working relationship and toured together in 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’.