First of all, I want to say how sad I was when I heard that the great Bowie had passed away. The starman has departed and another legend is lost. Rest in peace, Ziggy! The fact is, all these great names are leaving us and they can never, ever be replaced. David Bowie was truly one of a kind, an artist who was always so unafraid to shine bright, and that legacy will forever live on. Bowie taught us that it’s okay to be completely different and that we should embrace our individuality, and it’s a life lesson that we would all do well to carry with us.
I hope you had the chance to watch the live streaming of Lemmy’s memorial service. It was very emotional and beautiful and I’m so chuffed to have been a part of it and be able to toast Lemmy with a drink and say farewell to the big guy. Heck, I’m honoured to have been alive on Earth at the same time as him! And honestly, Lemmy has made me believe in Heaven again, because that is surely where he is now.
It was so great to see so many people come together to honour Lemmy, and among the guests were his son and girlfriend, as well as Metallica’s Lars and Robert (!!!!!!!!!), Iron Maiden’s Robert Halford, Slash, Matt Sorum, and Dave Grohl. What a guest list! There was a precarious moment when Dave Grohl said “The first thing Lemmy even said to me was…” and then the stream cut out for a few seconds! I was flailing about frantically for a few seconds trying to find out on Twitter what the rest of that sentence was! It was “Sorry about your friend Kurt.” in case you were wondering!
Despite being a royal pain in the ass a lot of the time, social media certainly has its perks and I would miss out on a lot of things if it wasn’t for Instagram and Twitter.
The latest thing I found out on Instagram was that Bury Tomorrow are doing a free live performance of their new single Earthbound as well as a signing session at HMV on Oxford Street in London on the 29th January. You can get your ticket online here but be quick if you’re planning to go, as I’m sure these will disappear pretty quickly. I’ve got my ticket and I am SUPER excited! I knew these guys were going to make it big months ago, and it is so great to see such a talented band thriving. They were even trending on Twitter the other day *wipes away proud tear*.
Anyway, that’s my news for this week. Before I go, I want to share this little quote which Marilyn Manson posted a few days ago on Instagram which I thought was pure gold:
ARTISTS: an essay by Marlene Dietrich
They are a race completely apart from all other human beings.
Their emotions, all their feelings, their reactions are opposed to so-called “normal” people´s sentiments. They are vulnerable and deeply sensitive people, due to their talents, their super-imagination, their knowledge of hidden influences of which we ordinary human beings are not. They are not easy to live with – if you choose to live with them at all, if you have the luck to meet them at all.
Writers, composers, painters – also artists like directors and actors fall into the same category.
They have to be handled with kid-gloves, mentally and physically. All their reactions go to extremes, compared to non-artistic human beings.
As I was lucky enough to meet and love and work for many, many artists, I learned, not without heartbreak and pain, to become a better, more intelligent, respectful and devoted person. No tears were wasted in the process. My tears – not theirs.