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    Have any of these recent artists deaths been very personal to you? It's interesting how we feel attached to these people through their art though in most cases we've never met them. Through art we are able to connect with people on a deep emotional level. I remember how I felt when Steve died. I can't help but think some day this will be EVH or Sammy Hagar or Trent Reznor or George Lucas or another artist that is near and dear to me.

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    Nope. Bowie I cared about. Frey, not so much. He was an asshole.


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    Nope. Bowie I cared about. Frey, not so much. He was an asshole.


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    I don't get emotionally invested.

    I reflect and say "gosh, they're gone". It's a shock, yeah.

    Do I mourn as if they're family? No.

    Be interesting to see what Felder has to say.

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    I cried when Bowie died last week. Not bawling and wailing, mind, but I did tear up. First of all was taking a picture of the cover of Ziggy Stardust - the first LP I ever bought - so I could tweet about it, and the second was when my four-year-old girl started dancing around the kitchen to Rock'n'Roll Suicide from the same album. She wanted me to dance with her, and she asked me why I was laughing. I didn't have the heart to tell her I wasn't laughing.

    I talked with my oldest friend later in the day, and he'd had the same reaction as me. We discussed it, and both came to the conclusion: the tears were about the memories wrapped up in that music for us. We weren't mourning David Bowie as much as we were mourning our teenage selves.

    I've never reacted like that to the death of a celebrity before, and I doubt I ever will again. There are a bunch of artists whose music is tied up with my teenage years, but for me, Bowie occupied a unique space. He was the first musician I ever felt spoke directly to me, and I think he did that for at least a couple of generations of awkward teenagers who hadn't quite figured out how to be. So, yeah, his death was a big deal for me, and listening to Blackstar - a very good album, by the way - will always carry that weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I don't get emotionally invested.

    I reflect and say "gosh, they're gone". It's a shock, yeah.

    Do I mourn as if they're family? No.
    Closest I came was for Christopher Reeve. I grew up with him as Superman and watched STM everyday for about 3 years. I still know every line of dialogue and recite it whenever I catch it on TV much to the amusement/annoyance on my family.

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    I generally don't get too affected. Stevie Ray Vaughan was an exception to that, as a teenager I remember being very down over that. I expect guys like Ed and Jimmy Page will also be exceptions when their time comes.

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    Closest I came was for Christopher Reeve. I grew up with him as Superman and watched STM everyday for about 3 years. I still know every line of dialogue and recite it whenever I catch it on TV much to the amusement/annoyance on my family.
    I'm not saying I'm heartless. I may tear up but it's never happened over musicians or actors.

    I look at it like this, they've lived 3 lifetimes in one. They've seen, experienced, done, and had it all.

    Although they didn't live into their 80's or 90's...it was still a fulfilled life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I'm not saying I'm heartless. I may tear up but it's never happened over musicians or actors.

    I look at it like this, they've lived 3 lifetimes in one. They've seen, experienced, done, and had it all.

    Although they didn't live into their 80's or 90's...it was still a fulfilled life.
    I tear up every January 9th. That man was truly a hero to me.

    And March 30th, which is when my dad died I can't be bothered. At. All.


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    The recent deaths of David Bowie and Glenn Frey affected me mainly because I've grown up listening to their music for the last 40+ years. 69 and 67 are just way too young for these guys to be gone. Sad.
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    I teared up twice, that I recall.

    Reagan funeral and the death of Pope John Paul II.

    Typically, the families of musicians do not let the public into their grieving. It's personal. Reagan and the Pope were EVENTS. The first President I ever remember and the only Pontiff the majority of my life. It was the spectacle, the music, and the processions.

    It got to me.

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    I've been surprised and saddened by the deaths of some artists, but none yet that are really dear to me. Van Halen and Led Zeppelin have been my favorite bands since childhood. I'm not sure how I'll react when their members pass away. Probably the same way I felt when I found out Van Halen had broken up. I'll have a heavy heart that day for sure. Hopefully it isn't for a long time to come.

    As guys like Bowie and Frey pass away, I can't help but think that the number artists from the 60s, 70s, and 80s will start to pass away in ever increasing numbers. It is a sad, but inevitable reality.
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    Bowie passing was tough. Enjoyed him as musician and a entertainer. Bowie, to me, was a mega musician. I view others like, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and Elvis, just to mention a few, the same way. Those musicians, actors and entertainers that I bond with, (love and respect) are the toughest losses for me. Losing one, although sad, never made me cry or get into some type of depression, but I do morn their loss.

    Biggies coming our way, for me, anyone in Van Halen, Elton John, Angus Young, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Brian May, Harrison Ford, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Steve Perry, Steve Tyler, (Aerosmith) in general, Stephen Spielberg, Burt Reynolds, members of ZZ Top...etc, just to name a few quickly off the top of my head.

    But, you know what is/will be toughest of all? Losing linkers that I've come to know and love, regardless if I've met any of you or not, and fortunately, I've met many people on here. Thank you TLW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I'm not saying I'm heartless. I may tear up but it's never happened over musicians or actors.

    I look at it like this, they've lived 3 lifetimes in one. They've seen, experienced, done, and had it all.

    Although they didn't live into their 80's or 90's...it was still a fulfilled life.
    I get it and agree with you and think it's strange that some people do. Most I do is go 'wow' but usually it's casual conversation eg: 'what about so-and-so? No more records from him.' I'm never going to cry or get depressed over an actor/musician/celebrity. I don't bat an eyelid when I turn on the news and hear about a total stranger being stabbed to death in a pub so why should I cry just because the total stranger happened to have made a few films/albums?

    Now, the 'wow' is more a combination of I'm getting older and a sense of my own mortality, that these people were always in your life and you think they always will be (eg: Lemmy), and the fact that - in the case of rock - there's no fresh blood coming through to replenish the stock.
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