KEXP celebrated Bowie’s 69th birthday and the release of his latest album, “Blackstar,” on Friday. By Monday, tributes were pouring in as fans in Seattle and around the world were learning of Bowie’s death from cancer.
For the second time in as many weekdays, KEXP held an on-air tribute to David Bowie, with a stream of fan favorites by the musician.
“One of the greatest musicians of all time has passed. Absolutely surreal after the Friday tribute,” said KEXP disc jockey John Richards. “His genius more and more became apparent as we did that show.”
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Musicians spanning continents and generations published remembrances in tribute to the British singer, from Kanye West to Madonna to Paul McCartney.
Washington’s Krist Novoselic, who played bass for Nirvana, thanked Bowie for his music in a tweet. The band covered Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” during its famous MTV Unplugged performance.
The otherworldly performer received plaudits from beyond the atmosphere, too, as British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted condolences from the International Space Station.
• The New York Times finds Bowie mourners in China, the Netherlands and around the world
• Gizmodo says Bowie changed science fiction
• The New Yorker recalls Bowie’s influence and generosity with other artists, including Iggy Pop
• BuzzFeed shares a letter from Bowie to a 14-year-old fan
• Rolling Stone calls his impact “immeasurable”
Seattle fans yearning for a night of live Bowie will be pleased to learn a tribute band, BowieVision, will play Feb. 6 at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard.