October 31, 2016


David Bowie Drummer Slams Lady Gaga's 'Tacky' Grammys Tribute Performance

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Kevin Winter/WireImage

David Bowie's former drummer is calling out Lady Gaga on her "tacky" GRAMMYs tribute from last February. Mick "Woody" Woodmansey, who played in Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars from 1970 to 1973, shared his criticism on the performance.

“We were actually asked to do that, we were on tour at the time, they asked Tony [Visconti] 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," the musician told NME. "And we just went, ‘No, fuck off, that’s stupid, that’s not going to represent anything good about him.'"

Woodmansey continued,

"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. 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.”

His statement comes after Bowie's son Duncan Jones shaded Gaga on Twitter the night of the performance. "Overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused." Damn it! What IS that word!?" Jones wrote.

Below, watch Lady Gaga discuss how there’s “no formula” for creating her music and staying true to herself as an artist at SXSW 2014: