David Bowie’s former drummer from Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (1970-1973) Mick Woodmansey, says he turned down an invitation to perform with Lady Gaga in last year’s Grammys tribute to Bowie, calling it “stupid” and “tacky.”
Woodmansey has released new memoir about his time playing with Bowie called Spiders From Mars: My Life With David Bowie.
He said both he and Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti turned down the opportunity to appear with Gaga to perform a medley of Bowie’s hits.
“They asked Tony and myself would we do it, and we looked at it and it was going to be like 14 or 15 songs in the space of four minutes, and we just went ‘No, fuck off, that’s stupid, that’s not going to represent anything good about him,'” said Woodmansey.
“It was just, ‘Why are you doing it?’ If there’s a genuine heartfelt thing that you wanna do out of respect, then you’d probably pull it off, but if there’s any other reason, it just gets tacky, and obviously you can’t stop that, they have a right to do it as they want to do it, but it doesn’t help a lot, it doesn’t do a lot.”
Woodmansey hasn’t been the only one to criticize Gaga’s performance. Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones, slammed it as “overexcited, irrational and mentally confused”.
Gaga replied to Jones’ comments at the time, telling NME, “It did hurt. But what are you going to do? I can’t… it’s his father, you know. Whatever he was feeling in that moment I have compassion and love for him. But yes, of course it hurt. I still have to trust and believe in myself as a Bowie fan. I’m not his family, and the thing is, that’s his father. His father is not David Bowie, his father is David Jones.”
For excerpts of ‘Spider From Mars: My Life With Bowie’ by Mick Woodmansey click here.