Bowie ‘Was Still Full Of Plans’ Despite Cancer


The director of David Bowie musical Lazarus has told Sky News the singer “was still full of plans” for the future and “didn’t want to die at all”.

Ivo van Hove said the singer had told him about his cancer in November 2014 before the first workshop for the New York show.

“He said, ‘I have to tell you guys something because we are going to work intensely together. I want you to know if I’m not available or not there, why it is.’ He asked us to keep it confidential.”

Van Hove said Bowie was still very much involved in the musical – which he co-wrote with Enda Walsh.

“He was there a lot. It worked out really fine. He wrote a lot of new songs – not only Blackstar but also four new songs for the musical. He did this in one year and a half.

“He was totally not giving in to the disease and to his cancer – he was really a fighter.”

The Belgian director last saw Bowie at the Lazarus premiere in December and told Sky News he feared it would be their final meeting as the singer looked “fragile”.

“He came on stage with us. He looked well for the people in the audience, but he was fragile.

“We had a long conversation backstage after the show.

“It was beautiful and he was still full of plans because he said immediately, let’s make the second musical now – the sequel.

“He was very enthusiastic about the band which played on the Blackstar album.

“He said I want to make immediately a new album … He didn’t want to die at all. It was really not a fight against death, but a struggle for life.

“That’s the way I felt it. I admire him a lot, and it was hard sometimes but you could feel he suffered from it – he didn’t want to die, he wanted to go on.”

Lazarus, based on the book The Man Who Fell To Earth, is at the New York Theatre Workshop until 19 January.

It includes new songs by Bowie, as well as re-worked songs from his back catalogue.

Bowie himself starred in the 1976 film version of the novel.

 

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The Incredibly Moving Video David Bowie Released Days Before His Death


David Bowie’s final album, ★ (pronounced “Blackstar”), was released on Friday, his 69th birthday, to great critical acclaim.

David Bowie's final album, ★ (pronounced "Blackstar"), was released on Friday, his 69th birthday, to great critical acclaim.

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One day before the release, Bowie dropped the video for the album’s second single, “Lazarus.”

Following news of his death and battle against cancer, fans have been sharing the clip for the song, which features poignant, existential lyrics that have now taken on new meaning.

The video begins with Bowie lying in a hospital bed with bandages over his eyes. His upper body then starts convulsing and moving awkwardly as he starts almost rising out of the bed.

The video begins with Bowie lying in a hospital bed with bandages over his eyes. His upper body then starts convulsing and moving awkwardly as he starts almost rising out of the bed.

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He sings:

Look up here, I’m in heaven,
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen,
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen,
Everybody knows me now.

Look up here, man, I’m in danger,
I’ve got nothing left to lose,
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl,
Dropped my cell phone down below.

Later, another David Bowie appears in the room, dancing, writing at a desk, then slowly reversing into a closet after grappling with a mysterious figure lurking in the room.

Even before news of the singer’s cancer battle broke, critics described the video — directed by Breaking Baddirector Johan Renck — as “disturbing.”

In a press release published by Pitchfork, Renck said:

One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound… I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I’ve basically touched the sun.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also tweeted the lyrics to the song.

Fans also wrote messages in memory of Bowie in the YouTube comments for “Lazarus”.

Fans also wrote messages in memory of Bowie in the YouTube comments for "Lazarus".

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★’s producer and longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti said the album was the singer’s “parting gift.”

In December, actor Michael C. Hall and the cast of an off-Broadway play also called “Lazarus,” which Bowie had worked on, performed the song on The Late Showwith Stephen Colbert.

The “Lazarus” lyrics in full are:

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now.

Look up here, man, I’m in danger,
I’ve got nothing left to lose,
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl,
Dropped my cell phone down below,

Ain’t that just like me,

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king,
Then I used up all my money,
I was looking for your ass.

This way or no way,
You know, I’ll be free,
Just like that bluebird,
Now ain’t that just like me.

Oh I’ll be free,
Just like that bluebird,
Oh I’ll be free,
Ain’t that just like me.