Live in Tel Aviv – David Bowie: RIP

David Bowie passed away at age 69 on the 10th of January, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. The Times of Israel wrote a very nice piece that discussed Bowie’s drug induced flirtation with Fascism as well as his 1996 performance in Tel Aviv and his dabbling with Kabbalah and religious themes:

In 1996, apparently not harboring any lasting Nazi sentiments, the performer appeared in Israel’s Park Hayarkon. In a short video taken after his show, Bowie smilingly complains to the Israeli interviewer that it is very “cham, cham, cham” (hot) in Israel. Looking healthy and relaxed, Bowie discusses plans for the future and says, “I think I would have to be squeezed real hard to be happier… does it show? Yeah, everything’s really cool.” … Bowie’s personal life, in addition to his Kabbalah dabbling, had several spiritual stations that saw the artist explore the ritual and religion of faiths across the globe… In a video made for his final album “Blackstar,” Bowie turns to the New Testament character Lazarus. It is a moving song from the point of view of a newly deceased man who is talking about what’s going on “down below.”

He will be sorely missed.

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