Bono joins the likes of Trent Reznor and Mick Jagger in contributing a eulogy to Rolling Stone’s upcoming David Bowie memorial issue. The U2 frontman reminisces on the first time he saw Bowie perform, a visit from Bowie during the mixing of Achtung Baby, and an amusing recollection of Bowie seeing the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark with his daughter (“he sent me the reasons he didn’t like it. And everything he said was really helpful, because it was in the early days of the show”). Bono wraps up his piece by expounding on Bowie’s legacy:
Bowie’s musical landscape affected you in a way that is completely different from all the other music around it. You have to close your eyes, imagine you don’t speak English and just feel the songs and say, “What part of me is being played by those notes?” Or “Who else plays them?”
And in his case, the answer is nobody. That part of me is only played by David Bowie. So that part of me is now a void — I have to find other ways to wake it up. But it woke me up when I was 14.
Read the full piece here.