David Bowie is honored with an “icon stone” on the London Music Walk of Fame six years after his shock death
David Bowie was honored with a paving stone on the London Music Walk of Fame on Thursday.
The pioneering musician joins the likes of The Who, Amy Winehouse, Madness and Soul II Soul on the cultural attraction trail in the city’s famed Camden Town area.
The singer died of cancer on January 10, 2016 after keeping his illness a secret from the world.
His tragic death came just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar.
Honor: David Bowie was honored with an “icon stone” on London’s Music Walk of Fame in Camden on Thursday in the presence of Woody Woodmansey, Lee Bennett, Kevin Armstrong, Nick Moran and Clifford Slapper
The stone, which depicts a music disc with the word ‘icon’ written on it, was unveiled at a ceremony where David’s hits were played.
Woody Woodmansey – the drummer for Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars – presided over the proceedings.
Speaking to Reuters, he said: “It’s another milestone for his legacy, basically music, the films, the videos and everything he’s done for culture.
“He was just a great artist – he worked 24/7 and it always showed in the products.
RIP: The singer died on January 10, 2016, days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album Blackstar, after keeping his illness a secret from the world (pictured in 1996).
“To be able to move through all the different characters and musical genres that he’s done and pull it off, I don’t think anyone has ever achieved that, (he was) unique, unique.”
He was also joined by David’s guitarist on Live Aid and Tin Machine, Kevin Armstrong, to accept the award on behalf of the musician along with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Nick Moran and famed pianist Clifford Slapper.
Founded by Lee Bennett in 2019, the Music Walk of Fame aims to recognize and celebrate music’s contribution to culture and society.
Close friend: Woody Woodmansey – the drummer for Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars – directed the action.
The path aims to recognize all that is great about music and to celebrate music’s contribution to culture, society and the lives of people from around the world.
The walk will feature hundreds of artists and personalities and will run the full length of the sidewalk from Chalk Farm to Mornington Crescent.
The goal is for the Music Walk of Fame stones to become the world’s highest honor in the music world.
Teary: Tribute performances for an emotional ceremony featuring Kevin Armstrong performing an acoustic version of Heroes
Tribute performances made for an emotional ceremony, with Kevin Armstrong performing an acoustic version of Heroes and children from the local Haverstock school performing Sixth Form Starman.
Born in Brixton in 1947, David needs little introduction, with timeless hits like Rebel Rebel, Space Oddity and Let’s Dance.
He is one of the world’s best-selling music artists with over 140 million albums sold under his name and 11 UK number one albums.
Homage: Founded by Lee Bennett in 2019, the Music Walk of Fame aims to recognize and celebrate music’s contribution to culture and society