Tour David Bowie L.A. Fan Sites With Dave Grohl And Pat Smear
It's been a year since 2016 started to go downhill.
On January 10, 2016, rock icon David Bowie died of liver cancer at the age of 69. There was no shortage of tributes to the multi-talented musician, but one of the very best came from two fellow rockers - Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of the Foo Fighters.
Last winter, Playboy.com arranged to have the two bandmates drive around Los Angeles and visit some Bowie fan sites. Smear, who practically stalked Bowie in the 70s, acted as tour guide. One stop featured the house where Bowie lived while recording the album Station to Station in 1975.
"Supposedly, Bowie lived off milk and peppers [back then]," Smear said before adding, "And cocaine."
They also met up with legendary D.J. Rodney Bingenheimer, who told Grohl and Smear about Bowie's very first gig in L.A. - on a waterbed.
"It was on Valentine's Day 1971, David Bowie sang on a waterbed," Bingenheimer said. "He sat crosslegged in his dress playing guitar, singing the Man Who Sold the World album in its entirety. And then he did songs from Hunky Dory, which he hadn't even recorded yet. And that was his first L.A. performance. It was in [attorney] Paul Fegan's living room on his waterbed."
So Smear, Grohl and Binenheimer hit the road - in a Ford Bronco decorated with an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt, no less -- and visited that historic house. Along the way, they chatted with Joan Jett and discussed the backstory behind Nirvana's cover of The Man Who Sold the World on MTV Unplugged. Check it out.
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