Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, like many rockers, have been touched and heavily influenced by the David Bowie, and his thoughts on the rock legend perfectly state how many of us feel days after his unexpected passing.
In speaking with WDHA’s Terrie Carr, Elliott explained his feelings upon hearing the news:
“Absolutely awful. It was like losing a family member. It’s hard to put it into words, because it is a strange one. He’s not family, so people are going to say, ‘How can you feel so emotional about somebody that you don’t know that well?’ But as we all know, music’s not like that. That why there was candle-lit [vigils]…How many thousands of people were in Central Park when [John] Lennon died? Music touches people, and I’m no different than anybody else. Bowie’s been in my life for 44 years, and I don’t think there’s been a day gone by that I never played one of his songs or heard one of his songs on the radio. I woke up to the news thinking it might be a hoax, because you never know what the Internet is like, but when I heard it on the morning news, and there it was confirmed by his son, Duncan, I was at a loss of words for quite a while. And I’ll be honest: I think I spent more time doing press that day…by the way, not instigated by me, just by people getting in touch going, ‘We need a comment’…I think I did more press on the Bowie thing than I’ve done on any given day for the new [Def Leppard] record. That’s how much he meant worldwide to everybody else.”
As with other deaths in rock, we’re constantly reminded of one thing: Rockstars like Elliott and his peers, regardless of their fame, are still fans like all of us, and in the immortal words of Ziggy Stardust, “Oh, no, love…you’re not alone.”
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.