Drummer Will Champion says the music giant refused invitation to collaborate on a track â€“ â€˜He was very discerning â€¦ Iâ€™ll give him credit for that!â€™
David Bowieâ€™s list of collaborators reads like a cavalcade of pop-culture power brokers: Madonna, Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Lennon and Queen. He also recorded with Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio and LCD Soundsystemâ€™s James Murphy.
Missing from that list? Fellow British act Coldplay, who once contacted Bowie in the hope of collaborating, only to be turned down by the music giant.
The bandâ€™s drummer, Will Champion, told NME they had invited Bowie to record vocals on one of their songs. Bowie replied, â€œItâ€™s not a very good song, is it?â€ (Or as the singer, Chris Martin, once told the story: â€œHe called me and said, â€˜Itâ€™s not one of your best.â€™â€)
The band appear to hold no grudges. Champion said: â€œHe was very discerning â€“ he wouldnâ€™t just put his name to anything. Iâ€™ll give him credit for that!â€
He also said that for anyone involved in music, Bowie was â€œone of the points of reference for absolutely everythingâ€ and his death was â€œquite disorientatingâ€. The guitarist, Jonny Buckland said: â€œWeâ€™ve all loved his music for as long as weâ€™ve known about music.â€
Musicians have been paying tribute to Bowie at concerts around the world since his 12 January death. In New Orleans on Monday an event called Pretty Things: A Memorial Parade for Bowie was co-hosted by the Canadian band Arcade Fire. Bowie provided guest vocals to the bandâ€™s 2013 song Reflektor.
A tribute show will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York on 31 March, with performances by Cyndi Lauper, the Roots and Bowieâ€™s long-term producer Tony Visconti.
During her Rebel Heart tour Madonna performed Bowieâ€™s Rebel Rebel in Houston, Texas, and told the audience she was paying tribute to the man who hd inspired her career.