Guitarist 'devastated' at his shock passing
The Dublin Bowie Festival now feels like "an Irish wake" for the 'Starman', according to the Irish guitarist who regularly toured with him.
Musician Gerry Leonard flew back to Dublin from his New York home for last weekend's festival. The two-day event at the Grand Social has now taken on an extra poignancy following Bowie's sudden passing.
"We did the Bowie Festival as a celebration and what it feels like now is we had an Irish wake," he said.
The Clontarf native said he was "devastated" at the news of the star's passing and he had only been in contact with him last week about his 'Blackstar' album release.
A member of his inner circle, he performed with Bowie at the former Point Theatre in November 2003 for the Reality Tour.
"We're all in shock. I was just talking with my friends about it and it's fair to say, he elevated music into an art form and he was a leader for us all," he added.
"He was part of our cultural fabric and it's a really sad loss for us all.
"For us, it was mostly about the work, but we were friends too. We got along well and he's been to my home and he met my daughter and my wife and we had dinner together and had some good conversations - and I'll miss that."