Mick Jagger ‘very upset’ about not seeing David Bowie before he died

Pair collaborated on 1985 single 'Dancing In The Street'

The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has spoken of his regret for not staying in touch with David Bowie prior to his death earlier this year.

The pair were friends and collaborators during the ’70s and ’80s, mostly notably working together for 1985 single ‘Dancing In The Street’. However, The Mirror reports that Jagger has said that he hadn’t seen Bowie in a “long time” before he died. Jagger describes himself as “very upset” at not being able to see his friend one last time.

Jagger also revealed that he was in New York, the city where Bowie lived and died, when he passed away. “I was listening to his album [‘Blackstar’] before he died and ahead of it coming out,” Jagger is quoted as saying. “I thought I must get in touch with him as I hadn’t seen him in long time. But he died almost immediately after that. I was very upset.”

The singer also confirmed that he was unaware that Bowie was battling cancer. “What he was going through must have been really wrenching,” Jagger added. “But working and doing such good work until the very end is really laudable.”


Reflecting on Bowie’s career, Jagger continued: “He had sense of what he wanted to project and what he wanted to be personality-wise… he was rather chameleon like in that respect. He chose rather good designers to work and had a tremendous sense of style and verve that took his stage act to another level.”

“He was a bit like Grace Jones in some respects, she did the same sort of thing. In a certain way, that’s a lot of superficiality… but for someone like Lady Gaga or Bowie, it’s part and parcel of their sense of style and the projection of their inner self.”

Bowie passed away in January at the age of 69. In the aftermath of his death, Jagger paid tribute to “the good times” the pair shared.