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David Bowie Bandmate Slams Lady Gaga's Grammy Tribute

10/31/2016
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David Bowie

(Classic Rock) The former drummer for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars band has branded Lady Gaga's Grammys tribute to the late singer "tacky."

Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey performed with the band from 1970 until 1973. He says he and producer Tony Visconti, who worked together on a tribute to Bowie's 1970 classic The Man Who Sold The World, declined the opportunity to appear with Gaga at the awards ceremony in February.

Woodmansey tells NME: "We were actually asked to do that, we were on tour at the time. They asked Tony and myself would we do it, and we looked at it and it was going to be like 14 or 15 songs in the space of four minutes, and we just went 'no, f*** off". That's stupid, that's not going to represent anything good about him.

"I haven't seen many things that do represent it properly. It's nice that many want to do that, it's a great thing, but quality wise, there hasn't been many."

He adds: "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." Read more here.

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