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'He was a man of a trillion faces' - BP Fallon on friend David Bowie

Published 11/01/2016 | 14:31

BP Fallon
BP Fallon

Irish musician BP Fallon has paid tribute to good friend David Bowie by praising his unique character.

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"He could be anonymous," Fallon said of Bowie on RTE's Liveline.

"He was a man of a trillion faces and unusually, all of them real."

The Irish DJ, author, photographer, and musician spoke about how Bowie could switch with ease from the "curly-haired hippie" to the "androgynous freak from Mars".

"All of it interesting, none of it boring. He didn't become a boring person like most people do."

Fallon admitted he knew his friend was sick but was unaware of the serverity of his illness.

David Bowie released Blackstar on his 69th birthday
David Bowie released Blackstar on his 69th birthday

"I knew he wasn't well but no one went into details. I just knew he wasn't in the best of health," he said.

The artist also spoke about how he was "amazed" when Bowie's last album Blackstar came out, completely surprised that the icon managed to protect the songs from being leaked online before the record's release.

Clockwise from top left: Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, Tin Machine
Clockwise from top left: Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, Tin Machine

"I hadn't a clue this record was being made. It's amazing how they managed to do it in the age of social media."

The former T Rex and Thin Lizzy publicist also spoke about Bowie's alluring stage presence.

David Bowie in 1973
David Bowie in 1973

"On stage he could be just completely and utterly mesmerising. He was a very cerebreal artist and sometimes the brain isn't the most valued thing in rock and roll.

"But he was able to [carry it off] because he was a soul man as well," he added.

Fallon also revealed to Joe Duffy that he received a text from Bowie's producer Tony Visconti, just before he appeared on Liveline.

"I got a text from Tony saying 'Another very sad day. Too many. Love, Tony.'"

Visconti, the producer who worked with Bowie to complete his final album Blackstar, released a statement saying the album was deliberately created and timed as a "parting gift" for his fans.

Fallon also remembered how Bowie gave the "kiss of life" to many artists at a time when their careers were floundering including Iggy and the Stooges and Lou Reed, after his departure from the Velvet Underground - as well as the legendary musician's versatility.

"He's the only chappy who could make records and work with Iggy Pop and Bing Crosby. That's a pretty wide canopy."

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