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David Bowie’s sexual exploits laid bare in new book by star’s drummer

David Bowie's sexual exploits laid bare in new book by star's drummer

RAKISHLY skinny and devilishly good-looking, even earlier than he was well-known David Bowie had no issues seducing ladies.

It’s one thing that drummer Phil Lancaster, who performed alongside the Starman in one among his first teams The Decrease Third, is aware of all too properly.

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Explaining David’s sexual attraction, Phil explains: “…a promoter as soon as pulled me apart and stated, ‘You know why the girls love him don’t you? They need to take him residence and feed him.’

As a result of as a 19-year-old David found his love of women, Phil was in the mattress proper subsequent to him.

“He was a pain in the a**e,” Phil chuckles.

“It wasn’t just the girls he kept up all night!”

After one raucous gig in Birmingham, a reasonably younger waitress caught Bowie’s eye.

 Phil says: 'He was a red blooded man. Women loved him and he took full advantage of it.'

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Phil says: ‘He was a pink blooded man. Ladies beloved him and he took full benefit of it.’

Phil reveals: “He got here as much as me and stated, ‘She’s mine.’ We had nowhere to remain so after the gig we went again to her bedsit.

“There have been two beds in this room mendacity parallel subsequent to one another.

“David climbed into mattress with this woman subsequent to me and I pulled the covers as much as my eyes, hoping to not hear any noises. However I didn’t catch a wink.

“Let’s just say it was very noisy in there. I can only describe it as the sound of a razor being sharpened in a barber’s shop – and it went on all night.”

Whilst a scrawny teenager, Bowie had no issues with the other intercourse.

Phil stated: “He was a red blooded man. Women loved him and he took full advantage of it.”

Explaining David’s sexual attraction, Phil explains: “Rikki Farr, an enormous promoter again then as soon as pulled me apart after a gig. He stated, ‘You know why the girls love him don’t you? They need to take him residence and feed him.’

“Clearly he was this skinny little factor. You didn’t need to knock up towards him, you’d get bruised.”

 Phil reveals that even as a scrawny teenager, Bowie had no problems with the opposite sex

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Phil reveals that whilst a scrawny teenager, Bowie had no issues with the other intercourse

However it wasn’t simply ladies that David had his eye on, he was starting to experiment with males too.

Again in 1965 homosexuality was unlawful, so the band – which additionally featured Dennis Taylor on guitar and Graham Rivens on bass – have been shocked to study that their singer swung each methods.

Phil stated: “Dennis was the one which came upon about it.

“He was freezing his nuts off in our tour bus one night, when it was parked outside our manager Ralph’s flat. He went and knocked on the door and Ralph’s flatmate Kenny said, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t come in because Ralph is in bed with David.’”

The group have been stunned by the information, with Phil including: “Initially it was a shock – especially seeing as David seemed so red blooded. But eventually I accepted it. David always kept it secret.”

Whereas the band weren’t fussed about David’s sexual dalliances with supervisor Ralph Horton, the dynamic did change in the group.

Phil reveals: “Ralph only really saw David. It became quite clear later on that he wanted to help him become ‘David Bowie’ – an artist in his own right.”

In Phil’s new book, realised this week on the third anniversary of Bowie’s demise, he additionally reveals for the primary time that David was sexually abused.

On their approach again from a gig on the Isle of Wight, the teenager was accosted on the ferry by a male music business insider and molested.

Phil reveals: “As quickly as I noticed him I might inform one thing had occurred. He was with our supervisor Ralph they usually each appeared very solemn. I didn’t need to strategy him so requested my bandmates what had occurred.

 The band’s early days were less than glamorous, playing odd venues like ice rinks and touring the country in an out of service ambulance.

The band’s early days have been lower than glamorous, enjoying odd venues like ice rinks and touring the nation in an out of service ambulance.

“They informed me that somebody had grabbed him inappropriately when he was alone on the ferry. He seemed actually down – he appeared to be fairly affected by it.”

Phil, now 76, continued: “He was a thin factor so was hardly capable of defend himself. I keep in mind considering it was a reasonably brazen and outrageous. You didn’t hear about blokes getting touched up.

“None of us ever brought it up but I don’t think he held on to it. I hope not anyway. Obviously now we’ve had the Me Too movement which has brought to light some absolutely shocking revelations. Thank goodness someone has burst the bubble and all the rot is coming out.”

Phil first met David Bowie in 1965, when the was aged 22, after answering an advert for a drummer in Melody Maker journal. He was invited to satisfy the band’s singer ‘Davy’ at La Gioconda espresso bar on Soho London’s ‘tin pan alley’ Denmark Road.

He reveals: “I walked into the cafe and I walked straight as much as the counter and I stated, ‘can you tell me if there’s a bloke in right here referred to as Davy Jones’.

“I turned around and immediately spotted him standing there on the pay phone – how could I have missed him? He was very, very skinny and had this shoulder-length bleached blonde hair that was half grown out. I thought, ‘Wow this guy’s a bit different.’”

However there was an “immediate rapport”.

 Phil played alongside the Starman in one of his first groups The Lower Third

Phil performed alongside the Starman in one among his first teams The Decrease Third

Phil stated: “We spoke about our favorite music and the large factor that related us was the author Jack Kerouac – we have been each large followers.

“We have been speaking about Bob Dylan and he did this hilarious impression singing considered one of his songs. He was very personable and humorous.

“I didn’t need to audition – he stated, ‘We’ve acquired a gig in Brighton on Saturday, we’ll come and decide you up.’

“I used to be stunned – out of the blue I used to be in the band. I learn an interview with Bowie later and he stated that the band all modified their hair to be like mine as a result of he thought I had good hair.

“In all truthfully that may be why I received the job.

“But I like to think it was my personality that did it,” he says, guffawing, “he couldn’t resist me.”

Bowie already had connections in the rock and roll world, however his star was nonetheless but to shine.

The band’s early days have been lower than glamorous, enjoying odd venues like ice rinks and touring the nation in an out of service ambulance.

He stated: “The coppers have been all the time stopping us as a result of it was unlawful for us to drive that ambulance with the signal and the sunshine nonetheless working.

“We have been a bit naughty. If we noticed a queue of individuals by a bus cease or one thing we’d drive as much as them. The home windows have been all smoked out so we’d slide a piece of the window open a number of inches and David and I might stick our arms out and moan in agony.

 While Bowie’s cocaine use in the 70s was legendary, back in the mid-60s Phil insists he was on 'nothing stronger than weed'

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Whereas Bowie’s cocaine use in the 70s was legendary, again in the mid-60s Phil insists he was on ‘nothing stronger than weed’

“The times we didn’t have a bed to sleep in after a gig – which was more times that not – we’d sleep in the back of the ambulance together with all our kit. Dave and I got up one morning with the logo of Marshall amplifier stamped on our backs.”

The band have been what could possibly be described as “experimental” – with a set record that includes a canopy model of Mary Poppins’ Chim Chim Cher-ee and a rocky reverb model of Holst’s Mars, The Bringer Of Warfare.

Phil stated: “I’d always wanted to be in a band that was a bit out there and different and when it came to stuff like that then David called the shots. It was inventive, it was almost freeform. I loved it.”

However it wasn’t simply the music that Bowie was experimenting with again then.

The daddy-of-two stated: “There was one occasion the place the 4 of us have been strolling down the road and Dave and Graham have been smoking weed.

“It’s embarrassing wanting again. Me and Dennis have been moaning at them saying they shouldn’t do it, saying, ‘We don’t smoke weed can we?’

“We were babies back then – very innocent.”

Whereas Bowie’s cocaine use in the 70s was legendary, again in the mid-60s Phil insists he was on “nothing stronger that weed”.

The Decrease Third constructed up a following and launched a few singles – You’ve Acquired a Behavior of Leaving and Can’t Assist Considering About Me – however David’s supervisor had greater plans for him.

Phil stated: “Ralph was grooming David to go out on his own as David Bowie. He never really managing all of us – he was always David’s manager first.”

 Phil went on to work as a professional drummer in bands, restaurants and BBC One TV show Come Dancing, the predecessor to today’s Strictly.

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Phil went on to work as knowledgeable drummer in bands, eating places and BBC One TV present Come Dancing, the predecessor to in the present day’s Strictly.

Whereas the remainder of the group have been nonetheless slumming it in the ambulance, David can be pushed to gigs in Ralph’s plush Jaguar.

Then one night time in 1966, Ralph informed the band they wouldn’t be receiving any cost for his or her subsequent gig.

Walthamstow-born Phil stated: “We advised Ralph that we weren’t happening if we didn’t see any of the cash and he with out hesitation he stated, ‘Right, that’s it then. It’s completed.’

“In hindsight, Ralph was in all probability getting what he needed.

“But David was very upset – we were supposed to be playing to his home crowd in Bromley and it meant something to him, that gig. As we left I went up to David to shake his hand and he wouldn’t shake it. I was devastated. It was left on a sour note.”

The band by no means signed any contracts – and subsequently acquired no royalties for the 2 singles, which have subsequently been re-released a number of occasions.

Phil stated: “We all the time trusted David. He was a younger man however he was older than his years and he was related. It’s a disgrace as a result of the 2 singles we launched have been reissued numerous occasions in nations, everywhere in the world.

“I’ve not seen a bean in royalties.”

 At the Birth of Bowie by Phil Lancaster is published by John Blake Publishing and is out now priced £20.00

On the Delivery of Bowie by Phil Lancaster is revealed by John Blake Publishing and is out now priced £20.00

However Phil and David did patch issues up a yr later when the drummer went to see Dave’s new band The Buzz.

“I finally got my handshake,” he smiles.

Phil went on to work as knowledgeable drummer in bands, eating places and BBC One TV present Come Dancing, the predecessor to immediately’s Strictly.

He clearly remembers listening to Bowie’s first huge hit Area Oddity in 1969.

“I was sitting in my living room when it came on the radio,” he recollects.

“I just thought, ‘wow’. I was totally blown away.”

Phil went on to have a profitable profession in gross sales and now hosts a radio present on Channel Radio and spends his days songwriting.

In 2015, a yr earlier than David’s dying, the rock legend despatched a message to his previous drummer.

Crossing his lips together with his finger, Phil says: “He gave me some very nice compliments. I won’t tell a soul, it feels a bit too much like cashing in our relationship. But it was lovely.”

He was visiting his daughter in Canada on January 10, 2016, when he discovered that David had handed away.
“I was in a state of disbelief for a while,” he admits, “however then the grief simply hit me out of the blue and I used to be very emotional.

“I used to be so impressed together with his bravery. To create that album Black Star and switch his personal dying into artwork is extraordinarily courageous.

“He was an artist right until the end.”

On the Delivery of Bowie by Phil Lancaster is revealed by John Blake Publishing and is out now priced £20.00.

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