David Bowie’s drummer shares favourite memories with singer as Walk of Fame stone unveiled in Camden

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“He brought the best out of you and he put you under pressure a lot of the time.”

David Bowie’s drummer shared some of his favourite memories with the late singer as he unveiled a stone in his honour on Camden’s Music Walk of Fame.

The late Starman and Life on Mars singer’s stone was laid opposite Camden Town tube station on Thursday (September 22) morning, joining fellow musical legends Amy Winehouse, The Who and Madness.

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Michael ‘Woody’ Woodmansey, who was the drummer of Bowie’s backing band The Spiders from Mars, looked back fondly on his work with Bowie who died of liver cancer in 2016.

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Woody Woodmansey unveils David Bowie plaque in Camden | Credit: Lynn Rusk

“He brought the best out of you and he put you under pressure a lot of the time,” Woody told LondonWorld.

“But when you created along with his songs you were proud of what you did.

“I’m proud of all the albums I played.”

He described the late singer’s approach to music as “amazing.”

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He said: “It’s all got to integrate, it’s all got to look right, it’s all got to be good.

“But we have to have fun at the same time and that was just a refreshing attitude.”

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David Bowie’s plaque has been added to Camden’s Music Wall of Fame | Credit: LondonWorld

The Music Walk of Fame honour comes at the same time as the release of a new documentary ‘Moonage Daydream’, by Brett Morgen, all about the singer’s life.

Guitarist Kevin Armstrong, who collaborated with the late singer on a number of occasions, also performed an acoustic version of Bowie’s classic song Heroes at the event in Camden.

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A host of other friends, collaborators and fans of the late singer gathered for the star-studded ceremony including actor Nick Moran and singer Clifford Slapper.

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David Bowie is to be added to Camden’s Music Wall of Fame | Getty Images

Lee Bennett, founder of The Music Walk OF Fame, said: “David Bowie is a global influence, one of the ultimate influencers and sooner or later, we had to have him on The Music Walk Of Fame.

“Our intention is for this to be the highest honour a music figure can receive in the UK and beyond,  the unveiling of David’s stone ensures that legacy.

“We have huge plans for the future, but for now, let’s celebrate one of the greats of music.”

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Woody added: “It’s a landmark thing today, it’s something that needs to happen for future generations.

“Not that he needed a reminder because of his legacy due to all of the work he’s done.

“But this is a nice acknowledgement of him in the UK and in Camden.”

The Music Walk of Fame plaque scheme ultimately aims to create a Hollywood Boulevard-style route from Chalk Farm to Mornington Crescent featuring hundreds of musicians associated with the capital.

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