Mick Jagger on David Bowie: ‘He had a chameleon-like ability to take on any genre’

The Rolling Stones man has spoken of a lengthy friendship with inventive late superstar Bowie

Mick Jagger has spoken about his relationship with David Bowie, with The Rolling Stones man quick to praise his long-time friend.

In an interview for Rolling Stone‘s David Bowie tribute issue, out later this week, Jagger talks about their time together and how the pair exchanged ideas each time they met.

Jagger told the American publication “There was always an exchange of information within our friendship. And I suppose there was always an element of competition between us, but it never felt overwhelming. When he’d come over, we’d talk about our work — a new guitarist, a new way of writing, style and photographers. We had a lot in common in wanting to do big things onstage — using interesting designs, narratives, personalities.”

Jagger went on to talk about the pair’s friendship in the 80s, saying “We were very close in the Eighties in New York. We’d hang out a lot and go out to dance clubs. We were very influenced by the New York downtown scene back then. That’s why “Let’s Dance” is my favorite song of his — it reminds me of those times, and it has such a great groove. He had a chameleon-like ability to take on any genre, always with a unique take, musically and lyrically.”


Back in 2013, Bowie’s former wife Angie alleged that she once walked in on Jagger and Bowie in bed together, telling The Sun:

“I walked into the bedroom and David was there with all these pillows and duvets on top of him and on the other side of the bed was Mick’s leg sticking out,” she continued. “I said: ‘Did you guys have a good night?’ They were so hung over they could hardly speak. I took pity on them.”

However, Angie said that she believes Bowie’s relationship with Mick Jagger wasn’t anything serious. “I don’t think it was a big love affair (with Mick),” she said. “It was probably more drunken pawing.”

Bowie’s final album Blackstar, released two days before his death, has dominated the UK charts since Bowie passed away on January 10.