David Bowie wouldn't let Glastonbury set air live

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 October 2018
David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie reportedly wouldn't allow his Glastonbury Festival headline set to be aired live 18 years ago, and the BBC's producer for the festival thinks the reasoning was to preserve the performance's legacy

David Bowie wouldn't let his Glastonbury Fesival headline set to be aired live in 2000.

The late music icon – who tragically passed away aged 69 in January 2016 – played on the Pyramid Stage 18 years ago, but the BBC weren't allowed to show more than half an hour from the career-spanning performance.

Mark Cropper – who has long been the producer of the BBC's coverage of the Worthy Farm festival – told The Guardian newspaper: "I think Bowie knew exactly what he was doing on the night of 25 June 2000.

"He wasn't about to give away his peak performance or his catalogue for nothing.

"He hoarded that night so that one day it could be shown in all its glory as his legacy, the culmination of his golden years and surely his greatest concert since he buried Ziggy Stardust at Hammersmith in July 1973.

"It's a time capsule of his life, ready to be shared with us now that the stars have aligned."

The legendary headline performance will be released in full for the first time next month, and it will be available on DVD, CD, vinyl and digitally from November 30.

The show – which will also air on BBC Four on Friday (26.10.18) at 10.55pm – still remains a favourite of co-organiser Emily Eavis.

She previously said: "I often get asked what the best set I've seen here at Glastonbury is, and Bowie's 2000 performance is always one which I think of first.

"It was spellbinding; he had an absolutely enormous crowd transfixed."

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