Beyton man recalls playing a gig with David Bowie who has died aged 69

David Bowie who has died from cancer aged 69
David Bowie who has died from cancer aged 69
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The death of David Bowie has been greeted with a wealth of glowing tributes to his artistry and creativity and one Beyton man remembers playing alongside the young musician in Suffolk before he made his name.

Rod Scott played for a band The Raiders in the early sixties and recalls how young Bowie asked if he could play in the band during a gig at the former Royal Hotel in Lowestoft.

Rod Scott with music memorabilia from the 60s when he played on the same bill as David Bowie at the Lowestoft Royal Hotel ANL-161101-172837009

Rod Scott with music memorabilia from the 60s when he played on the same bill as David Bowie at the Lowestoft Royal Hotel ANL-161101-172837009

David was playing with the band The Riot Squad and joined the Raiders on one number, playing rhythmn guitar and sax as well as doing backing vocals.

Rod said: “He was David Jones then and very, very shy. We ended up in the same dressing room. I think he was very well liked. He was very, very gently spoken but quite intense.

“I think he will go down as one of the the greatest creators in the music industry.

“Where he pulled his music from I do not know. He was a really clever man.”

Superstar David Bowie, who died aged 69 on Sunday January 10 2015

Superstar David Bowie, who died aged 69 on Sunday January 10 2015

Rod, who is the outgoing chairman of The Desert Rats Association, played drums and base guitar and still plays as he approaches his 70th birthday.

He added: “In those days everyone was regarded at the same level. He wanted to join The Raiders but we turned him down as we had all our musicians.”

Rod’s own favourite Bowie number is The Man who Sold the World.

Bowie who created the persona of Ziggy Stardust and then went on to record ground breaking music over subsequent decades, released his latest album, Dark Star, two days before his death.

He had been suffering from cancer for 18 months. Today tributes from the show biz world and from PM David Cameron and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, highlighted the enormous contribution he made to music and performance.

If you have any personal memories of Bowie please contact laura.smith@buryfreepress.co.uk or call 01284 757857