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David Bowie's Drummer In The '70s Didn't Know He Was Doing Drugs

December 18, 2018

Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey said he didn’t know band leader David Bowie was using drugs during their ‘70s run, and that he'd put down any strange behavior to ego trips.

Woodmansey, 67, added that, as far as he knew, neither of his late colleagues, Mick Ronson and Trevor Bolder, were aware of  Bowie’s addiction issues during his time as Ziggy Stardust.

“To be honest, we were unaware that he was doing it,” the drummer said in a recent interview with Metro. “When I met up with him in 1980, he said that he tried to keep it off everyone’s minds as such, and I told him he had done a good job because I never knew.”

He recalled seeing "a guy on the road, but I’d never see this guy do anything, so I said to the tour manager, ‘What does that guy do?’ And he said, ‘Oh, he’s a supplier.’ So I thought the road crew, who were mainly Americans, that’s how they did it: They had to drive from one gig to another and set up overnight, so maybe they did something to keep awake. I thought he was supplying to them, but no, it was for David.”