Michael Stipe, Tony Visconti in David Bowie tribute video
Watch video featuring Michael Stipe, Tony Visconti, Wayne Coyne, Perry Farrell and Debbie Harry as they honour the late David Bowie
Former REM singer Michael Stipe, producer Tony Visconti, The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell feature in the short film, David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar.
The video, which was filmed backstage at The Music Of David Bowie show in New York earlier this year, also features Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, Ann Wilson, Cat Power, Esperanza Spalding, John Darnielle, Rickie Lee Jones, Eugene Hutz, Bilal and Robyn Hitchcock.
Longtime Bowie producer Visconti says of the late rock icon: "The first time I saw him with Ziggy in person, he had all the regalia and and his hair was orange. I only recognised his voice and after two seconds, it's like, 'Well, it's David.'
"That's what I really got from him, that he never limited himself. This could be a lesson to everyone, that you aren't your style. You have a true self, but you can make things up and make them real and express them.
"You're not your hair, clothes – you can do this. He was the person that showed the world how to do that."