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Tony worked with David on 11 of his studio albums, including his most recent offerings ‘The Next Day’ and ‘Blackstar’, and has now spoken about the moment the singer broke the news to him that he had cancer.
Speaking to Mojo magazine, Tony explained: “He called me for a meeting and it sounded like I was getting the sack.
David Bowie in 2010
“David said, ‘I have something to show you’, and pulled his woolly hat off. He was completely bald and he said, ‘I have cancer.'”
Tony admitted that “his life has not been the same” since David broke the news, and the two then set about creating what became his final album, ‘Blackstar’.
David Bowie and Tony Visconti in 1970
The album was preceded by the single, ‘Lazarus’, the poignant music video for which felt particularly poignant following the sad news of his death.
David is shown in the video lying on what appears to be a deathbed, while singing lyrics relating to his own mortality.
‘Blackstar’ shot to the top of the UK albums chart in the week after his death, one of 19 Bowie albums to make the top 100 that week.
He had already been on course to hit the top spot before the news broke of his death, with five of his singles also making the UK top 40.