David Bowie is honoured with an ‘icon’ stone on London’s Music Walk of Fame six years after his shock death
David Bowie was honoured 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 from cancer on January 10, 2016 having kept his illness a secret from the world.
His tragic death came just days after turning 69 and the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar.
Tribute: David Bowie was honoured with an ‘icon’ stone on London’s Music Walk of Fame in Camden on Thursday with Woody Woodmansey, Lee Bennett, Kevin Armstrong, Nick Moran and Clifford Slapper in attendance
The stone, depicting a music record with the word ‘icon’ on it, was unveiled at a ceremony where David’s hits were played.
Woody Woodmansey – the drummer from Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars – led the proceedings.
Speaking to Reuters he said: ‘It’s another landmark for his legacy basically music, the films, the videos, and everything he did for the culture.
‘He was just an amazing artist – 24/7 he was on the job and it always showed in the products.
RIP: The singer died on 10 January 2016, days after turning 69 and the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar, having kept his illness a secret from the world (pictured in 1996)
‘To be able to move through all the different characters and the musical genres that he did and pull it off, I don’t think anybody’s achieved that ever, (he was) one of a kind, unique.’
He was also joined by David’s guitarist at Live Aid and with Tin Machine, Kevin Armstrong, in accepting the accolade on behalf of the musician along with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ star Nick Moran and famed pianist Clifford Slapper.
The Music Walk of Fame was founded by Lee Bennett in 2019 and aims to recognise and celebrate music’s contribution to culture and society.
Close friend: Woody Woodmansey – the drummer from Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars – led the proceedings.
The trail aims to recognise all that is great in music and celebrates music’s contribution to culture, society and the lives of people from all around the world.
The walk is set to feature hundreds of artists and personalities, spanning the entire length of pavement from Chalk Farm, all the way to Mornington Crescent.
The aim is for the Music Walk of Fame stones to become the highest accolade in music worldwide.
Teary: Tribute performances made for an emotional ceremony, with 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 local school Haverstock Sixth Form performed Starman.
Born in Brixton in 1947, David’s phenomenal musical credentials need little introduction, with timeless hits including Rebel Rebel, Space Oddity and Let’s Dance.
He is one of the world’s best-selling music artists with over 140 million album sales under his name and 11 UK number-one albums.
Tribute: The Music Walk of Fame was founded by Lee Bennett in 2019 and aims to recognise and celebrate music’s contribution to culture and society