Not many high profile relationships in the history of rock and roll are straightforward, but the friendship of the great David Bowie and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is about as pure as it comes.
The duo, who spent a lot of their touring careers appearing at the same venues, also spent the better part of four decades hanging out in London after their relationship began partying together in the early ’70s. Recalling their friendship, Jagger once told Rolling Stone: “There was always an exchange of information within our friendship. And I suppose there was always an element of competition between us, but it never felt overwhelming.”
Jagger added: “When he’d come over, we’d talk about our work—a new guitarist, a new way of writing, style and photographers. We had a lot in common in wanting to do big things onstage—using interesting designs, narratives, personalities.”
As their lives intertwined both personally and professionally, a story Bowie told while appearing on an episode of Michael Parkinson’s talk show included an impromptu impression of his good friend Jagger. Recalling his love for Little Richard, Bowie explains that first time he saw his idol live happened to be the same concert that saw a young Rolling Stones provide the support act.
Sitting alongside Tom Hanks on the show, Bowie said: “It was priceless, I’d never seen anything so rebellious in his life and some guy yells to the stage ‘get your haircut’,” when recalling the show. Remembering Jagger’s quick-witted response, Bowie shifted into position and impersonated his voice: “What, and look like you?!”
See the clip, below.
Below, you can enjoy the full interview with Parkinson: