David Bowie Gets Tributes From the Flaming Lips and Beck With Former Members of Nirvana
More than a month after his death, tributes to David Bowie in the form of cover versions continue to pour from across the music community. Over the weekend, Beck and the surviving members of Nirvana performed "The Man Who Sold the World," the Flaming Lips took on eight of his songs at their two concerts in Aspen, Colo., and Lady Gaga chose a more permanent way of honoring her hero.
You can see the Flaming Lips' entire 40-minute mini-set above. The Lips, who released a song called "Is David Bowie Dying?" on their 2011 EP The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian, took on "Space Oddity," "Life on Mars?," "Five Years," "Ziggy Stardust," "Fame," The Man Who Sold the World," "Golden Years" and "Ashes to Ashes." Frontman Wayne Coyne told the crowd how Bowie's death caused him to change the way he viewed the star.
"We were in Tazmania when we heard that he actually died and it was, and it still is, a strange, strange, sad shock," he said. "It still seems unbelievable that he was actually a real man. I think that's what the motherf---er is. He was just a man. I think it doesn't do him justice when people think he's from outer space. He was a human."
On Saturday, industry legend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party saw Beck, backed by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear and a string section, cover "The Man Who Sold the World." For the three members of Nirvana, it was a return the cut they brought out from relative obscurity on their Unplugged in New York album.
Meanwhile, in preparation for her salute to Bowie at tonight's Grammys, Lady Gaga got a tattoo of the Aladdin Sane cover on her side. "He is a true, true artist," Gaga said of Bowie after his death, "and I don't know if I ever went, 'Oh, I'm going to be that way like this,' or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that's what drew me to him."
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