TONY Blair may have lied about having seen late music legend David Bowie perform live, it has been claimed.
The former Prime Minister yesterday said he saw the musical icon â€“ who died from cancer on Sunday â€“ perform in Oxford while he was a student.
Blair described the performance on the Ziggy Stardust tour was “extraordinary”, saying Bowie’s songs were “completely unique”.
But the former Labour leader was not studying at Oxford when the Bowie’s most famous tour visited the city for two shows in 1972.
However, it is possible the future Prime Minister, now 62, may have seen the famous world tour elsewhere.
And the tour did return to Oxford for four further shows in May and June 1973, when Blair would have been an undergraduate.
Bowie’s most famous tour visited Oxford for two shows in 1972
“But this was the only one that made me think. I remember discussing it for weeks afterwards with friends.
“And this was the quality that made Bowie different. His music was accessible but interesting. And vastly innovative.”
Blair handed the late rock legend a Brit Award in 1996
The politician also presented the rocker with the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1996.
Blair said Bowie was was “unfailingly polite and appeared very modest, rather cautious about praise and embarrassed about adulation”.
He said: “It’s so clichÃ©d and silly and ineffective, I think. I donâ€™t think it’s really changed… I don’t think anyone anywhere else believes it.”
Other stars associated with Cool Britannia included Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher â€“ who later admitted snorting cocaine in the No.10 toilet.
Bowie’s final album Blackstar was released on Friday
He said: “I’m wearing women’s stiletto shoes and a nice suit and tie. That’s the last time I wore a tie. No it wasn’t â€“ I wore a vicarâ€™s dog collar.
“Nice black suit, black shirt with a dog collar and a pair of women’s high heels and he didnâ€™t bat an eyelid.”