David Bowie Drummer Slams ‘Tacky’ Grammy Tribute

Mick “Woody” Woodmansey declined to participate in the Lady Gaga-led tribute.

By Hayden Wright

Mick “Woody” Woodmansey helped create some of David Bowie’s most memorable music as part of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in the early ’70s. When he was asked to participate in the Grammy tribute to Bowie (led by Lady Gaga) he said the idea sounded “tacky.” The frenetic medley of songs, Woodsmansey told NME, wouldn’t do the late icon justice.

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“We looked at it and it was going to be like 14 or 15 songs in the space of four minutes,” Woodmansey said, “and we just went ‘no, f— off, that’s stupid, that’s not going to represent anything good about him.”

Woodsmansey added that despite good intentions all around, the tribute didn’t connect with Bowie’s legacy in a meaningful, authentic way.

“It was just, ‘why are you doing it?’ If there’s a genuine heartfelt thing that you wanna do out of respect, then you’d probably pull it off, but if there’s any other reason, it just gets tacky, and obviously you can’t stop that, they have a right to do it as they want to do it, but it doesn’t help a lot, it doesn’t do a lot,” he said.


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