During an interview, David Bowie talked about attending an Elvis Presley concert. The “Space Oddity” singer regretted something he wore to the concert. Interestingly, Bowie felt that Elvis and other 1950s icons stood in stark contrast to the big names of the 1970s.
David Bowie chose Elvis Presley over John Denver
In a 1976 interview with rolling stone, Bowie spoke about his feelings towards the United States. He said he wouldn’t mind being the country’s first English president. Bowie wanted to make the United States a “great nation”. He lamented the contemporary state of American pop culture, finding it inferior to 1950s American pop culture.
“Just look at today’s cultural leaders,” Bowie said. “Once upon a time there was Humphrey Bogart, James Dean and Elvis Presley. Now it’s Robert Redford and John Denver…and they’re supposed to be the degenerate Seventies. That doesn’t look good for America. They leave people like me trample everywhere in their country.
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What Happened When Ziggy Stardust Went to an Elvis Presley Concert
According to the book Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie, Bowie spoke about Elvis in an interview in 1997. He described the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as one of his heroes. Interestingly, Bowie regretted dressing like his alter ego Ziggy Stardust when he went to see Elvis perform in New York in 1971.
“I came for a long weekend,” Bowie recalled. “I remember coming straight from the airport and walking into Madison Square Garden really late. I was wearing all my Ziggy period clobber and had great seats near the front.
Bowie revealed why he regretted his outfit choice. “The whole place just turned to look at me and I felt like a real c***,” he said. “I had shiny red hair, a huge padded space suit and these red boots with big black soles. I wish I had gone for something quiet, because I had to register with him. He was good in his set.
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David Bowie had the opportunity to work with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
That 1971 gig wasn’t the last time Bowie and Elvis crossed paths. In a 2016 interview with The Orange County Register, country singer Dwight Yoakam spoke about the two rock legends. He said Elvis had heard Bowie’s song “Golden Years”.
Thereafter, Elvis asks Bowie to produce one of his albums in 1977, the year of his death. Elvis and Bowie never made the album. Yoakam did not explain whether it was because of Elvis’ death or other reasons. Yoakam said the fact that Bowie never produced an Elvis album was one of the greatest tragedies in music history. Even if Bowie didn’t work with Elvis, he certainly knew how to make an entrance at one of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll concerts.
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