As the world continues to mourn David Bowie’s death on January 10, the Winery Dogs are offering their previously recorded but unreleased cover of Bowie’s 1972 hit “Moonage Daydream,” from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
The band announced the track on its Facebook page, noting, “We were saving this for bonus content down the line but decided to share this now with our fans in honor of our hero David Bowie.”
The Winery Dogs recorded the track during sessions for their self-titled 2013 debut album. On it, guitarist Richie Kotzen offers a soulful vocal performance over the earthy rock rhythm of bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy.
Portnoy offered thoughts on Bowie’s passing earlier this week. “Just thinking of all the ways David Bowie’s music affected my life for the past 45 years when I began listening to him,” he wrote. “I loved the song ‘Memory of a Free Festival’ when my dad introduced me to it when it was released. I was about three years old.”
He added, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars to this day is still in my top five albums of all time. An absolute masterpiece from the opening of ‘Five Years’ to the closing of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide.'”
“I don’t think many people ever caught this,” he continued, “but look at the shirt I am wearing on the cover of The Winery Dogs’ first album. Yep, Ziggy Stardust is right there with me, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen. And one of the unreleased covers we recorded during that first session was ‘Moonage Daydream.'”