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Panic! At The Disco's Brandon Urie Tributes David Bowie

02/08/2016
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(Radio.com) David Bowie was one of the most important, if not the most important, inspiration to Panic! At The Disco's Brandon Urie and to see him go, shook the singer to his core.

"David Bowie to me--one of the biggest icons--one of the biggest inspirations for music. In terms of how I create, cultivate an image, visually, recreating yourself as an artist--all these things I think David Bowie was the best at."

The first time Urie was introduced to David Bowie was Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 musical fantasy starring Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. (Watch a clip below) "I was probably 6," Urie recalls fondly. "I want to be that dude. He's the Goblin King! He owns it. He's a beautiful man, he can sing like hell, this guy's just the most talented guy ever." But it wasn't until Urie got into the music that he truly fell under Bowie's spell. "I was listening to Hunky Dory. I was in love with that album. I love how elegant he looks laying in a dress on the cover. It's just like… what is this dude??? He can't be classified into one genre."

Urie found out about Bowie's death while on a tour stop in London. "I had a fourteen hour press day planned and I wake up at 7am, get in the car, and the first piece of news is Bowie's passed." Choking up during the interview, it's clear Urie still feels the pain of his idol's death. Read more here.

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