David Bowie has been famously reclusive as of late. He has only promoted his last album, 2013’s The Next Day, via a couple of videos. He did no interviews, promotional appearances or performances for the album, which may not have thrilled his label, Colombia Records.
He may have made up for it last night in London, at the Music Week Awards 2014 (an annual event that celebrates the music industry, awarding various concert promoters, venues, radio shows, web services and record labels). Columbia’s US Chairman Rob Stringer picked up the prestigious Strat Award (a lifetime achievement award), and Bowie sent a message paying tribute to the his label’s head.
He recalled that the first time they met, Stringer was wearing a Daft Punk helmet, and, listing Stringer’s artist-friendly achievements, he said, “Rob had not only guested as an executive third Daft Punk member at a lunchtime gig at a club in Manhattan, but had also led a Dylanology symposium at Barneys clothing store, sung falsetto on a new London Grammar track and choreographed a touching interpretive dance number to One Direction’s ‘They Don’t Know About Us’ for the cast of ‘Glee.'”