Unpretentious David Bowie loved a simple ham baguette on his rider

David Bowie had basic butties on his Brit Awards rider, a rather bemused Neil Tennant has revealed.

The Pet Shop Boys star, who featured on a re-make of Bowie’s Hallo Spaceboy in 1996, has recalled bumping into the late music legend backstage at the then-notoriously boozy bash.

At that precise moment in time, the Life on Mars hitmaker was chowing down on a ham baguette of all things.

‘Bowie was fun and weirdly not pretentious. I remember him backstage at the Brits eating a ham baguette.

‘You imagine him to have Indonesian sardines, but there he was with a ham baguette,’ the singer recalled.

Discussing the music icon further on an episode of Dermot O’Leary’s Reel Stories, set to air on BBC2 on May 20, he added: ‘I loved Bowie. We went to see him at Newcastle City Hall (in the Seventies).

‘I have still got his autograph… That was a big influence.’

Neil’s fond Bowie tale comes hot on the heels of Moby recently admitting that he wanted to fall on the floor and worship the music icon when they played his 1997 classic Heroes in his living room.

The dance hitmaker, 57, became such good friends with the singer before his death aged 69 from liver cancer on in 2016 that they went on holidays together, but Moby admitted he ended up feeling like Mike Myers’ character in Wayne’s World when he met his hero Alice Cooper in the film.

He told Metro: ‘He was my favourite musician of all time. I used to work just long enough to save money to buy his albums.

‘When we became friends, ostensibly we were peers, but then again very ostensibly because he was David Bowie – and I was not.

‘But we were neighbours, we went on tour together, we had holidays together. I tried to keep it together but the entire time we were working on music together, like when we played Heroes on acoustic guitar together in my living room, I wanted to fall on the floor like Mike Myers in Wayne’s World does when he meets Alice Cooper.’

An extensive archive of Bowie’s life, work and legacy is set to go on display to the public for the first time in 2025.

Fans of the Ziggy Stardust icon, who died in 2016, will be able to view more than 80,000 items that span six decades of his career after they were acquired by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

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