A text from Alex following David Bowie’s passing:
I haven’t been present quite much on the Your Favorite Enemies (YFE) social networks over the whole holidays, having to greatly recharge my batteries and to refresh my mind if only a little, but David Bowie’s passing compelled me to share not only my profound admiration for the artist that Bowie has always been to me, but to share how much of a gentleman he was as I’ve met him in Paris, backstage, after an amazing concert he offered to a crowded and devoted Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy (which is now called AccorHotels Arena) …
I was invited to the show by the American band The Dandy Warhols, who were opening the night and whom Bowie was a fan of. It was quite surreal for me to be in the private space of a man who had always been larger than life to me, who was one of the reasons I found the courage to take a pen to write a few words of my own. I didn’t take a picture with him; it was way before the iPhone. It was 2003, a lifetime away, but a night that’s still vividly alive.
A few days ago, I was sharing that moment with Jeff again while listening to Bowie’s incredible new album Blackstar. It’s 2016, 13 years later, but it felt like yesterday, as if I was looking at him backstage, wondering what it feels like to be a monument, a man who changed the world, a genius in his own rights. He was so calm, so cool, all smiles, kind to everyone, radiating in a very inclusive way. Everyone seemed important to him, even if only for a second while shaking hands. It was very empowering to witness; a man larger than his colossal body of work.
And today, thinking about the night of October 20th 2003, I realize that what David Bowie left us with is way more than his incredible revolutionary art and world changing cultural crafts. He left us with the idea that being a monument, a world changer, a genius in his own rights is to be yourself, faithful to who you are and what you want to share. The rest is only images, illusions and make-believes… entertainment. David Bowie was himself and redefined everything. Looks like it’s also an invitation to everyone to do the same, based on who we are and defined by our own ways.
Rest in peace David, you did more for us than we will ever understand.
2015 has come to an end. For some, the year went by too fast, for others, it seemed like it would never end. Whatever what the year has been for you, may the smiles and laughter brighten up the days to come and become a much needed sunshine in those gray January days! May you grow stronger from the obstacles, thus making the path ahead a little smoother. Let’s unfold the adventures that this new year has for us, and explore new horizons as we migrate from what was to what “is”.
Thank you for being part of this adventure with us! We have no words to express how grateful we are!
2015… a year that will go down in history as a grandiose one! It might be over, but the memories won’t fade and go away. Those memories have been made rich and unforgettable thanks to you! To a year we’ve loved, and to a new year for which wonders await to be unfolded!
We’ve seen places in 2015, but one thing we can say is that none of them would have been the same without you all! Have we met you on the road?! Let us know when and where! 🙂 Stay tuned for the announcement of where 2016 will lead us!
THANK YOU! You are the ones who make this show such a rich one… It would never be the same without you! 🙂 We love you guys! Thank you for allowing us to live such wonderful moments! Thank you for everything that 2015 has been with you… and we’ll see you again soon for a next edition of the show in 2016! 🙂
Get ready for a YFE style type of holidays celebration! Tomorrow, at 8:00am (ET), the band members will be live on YouTube for the last edition of the Bla Bla Bla in 2015! They’ll discuss all that happened in the last few months, as well as announce what’s coming up for 2016!
The show is broadcasted live on YouTube, so you can watch it wherever you are in the world!
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