Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Story About David Bowie’s Ghost Will Melt Your Heart

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis discussed David Bowie’s death, and how he believes his spirit leaving this planet influenced him to do something the night he died, during a recent interview with Steve Black. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“Music is so magic, some of the greatest wizards the world has ever known were songwriters, like David Bowie for instance. A lot of magic going on, it’s so magic that the night he died, I did not realize he was that close to death, I came home with a friend, a new friend, and I was like, ‘Have you ever heard this record, Ziggy Stardust?’ She was like, ‘No, I’ve never heard it.’ I was like, ‘Well let’s sit down and listen to the full record right now.’ I did that, and as I listened to it, I’m like wow, these songs are so simple, but so full of magic.

It turns out he was dying as I was listening to the record. I found out the next morning when I woke up that he was dead. I went to band practise and I told Flea about that, I was like, ‘Flea, last night I got home, and out of nowhere, I put on this record.’ He was like, ‘I did the exact same thing.’ So it was like something was bouncing off the stars and back down into our heads as he was saying goodbye to this particular plane of existence.”

He also said there’s no way he could put himself on legends like David Bowie.

“It’s awesome to contemplate, but it’s very hard for me to digest that. I will never put myself on the level of some of my musical heroes, but obviously we’ve given people something to listen to, something to dance to, something to feel good about, and that’s always an honor. Every time you get to play live, or coming out of a little car radio, I feel honored about that.”