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Brian Eno Issues a Statement on the Passing of David Bowie

Longtime Friends and Collaborators Worked Together on Berlin Trilogy

Jan 11, 2016 Tony Visconti Bookmark and Share

Brian Eno has issued a statement on the death of David Bowie. Eno was a longtime friend and collaborator with Bowie, most notably on the Berlin Trilogy of Bowie albums that Eno produced (1977’s Low and “Heroes” and 1979’s Lodger). They last worked together on 1995’s Outside, an album Eno says he and Bowie were considering revisiting. Here’s his statement (via BBC):

“David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

“We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

“About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

“I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: ‘Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot’. And it was signed ‘Dawn’.

“I realize now he was saying goodbye.”

As we previously reported, Bowie passed away yesterday after an 18-month battle with cancer. His death came as something of a shock, as his cancer diagnosis was not made public and on Friday he just released a critically praised brand new album, Blackstar (styled as ★), which was also Bowie’s 69th birthday. Below is a selection of videos of Bowie songs produced by Eno.


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Michael Buck
January 11th 2016

Isn’t that Robert Fripp on the left in the photo?

John Zay
February 2nd 2016

Definitely Robert Fripp on the left…...