Producer/ songwriter Brian Eno has paid tribute to David Bowie and has revealed that their last correspondence was in the form of an email he received last week.
Bowie and Eno had worked together on numerous occasions, and Eno was heavily involved in Bowie’s landmark “Berlin Trilogy” of albums, Low, Heroes and Lodger.
Eno released a statement (via BBC News), and said: “David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now. We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of [comic characters] Pete and Dud.”
“Over the last few years – with him living in New York and me in London – our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were Mr Showbiz, Milton Keynes, Rhoda Borrocks and the Duke of Ear.”
Eno went on to say: “I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: ‘Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot’. And it was signed ‘Dawn’. I realise now he was saying goodbye.”
It appears that Bowie and Eno were also talking of working together again, Eno said: “About a year ago we started talking about ‘Outside’ – the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.”
We can only wonder just how amazing the album would have, and could have been. Rest in peace David, we will miss you.