music: david bowie


One of the most famous assassinations in modern history is that of John Lennon, committed by Mark David Chapman. John was shot by Chapman and was hit in the back four times from five bullets. The shooting happened on 8th December 1980 outside Lennon’s Manhattan apartment.

At the same time, blocks away, David Bowie starred in the play ‘The Elephant Man’. The 9th December performance Mark Chapman had front row seats for. David Bowie was second on Chapman’s hitlist - the first was of course, John Lennon. The 9th December showing also had front-row tickets booked for John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Thankfully, Mark David Chapman was apprehended at the scene of John’s murder and didn’t go on to kill any more people. He was charged with second degree murder, with a sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment. Chapman has been denied parole 9 times since the murder. His next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2018.

David Bowie recalls - “so the night after John was killed there were three empty seats on the front row. I can’t tell you how difficult that was to go on. I almost didn’t make it through the performance.”

“I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)