Watch Madonna Honor David Bowie With Strutting 'Rebel Rebel' Cover

"If you haven't heard about David Bowie then look him up, motherfuckers," singer says during live tribute to late musician

Madonna paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a cover of "Rebel Rebel" during a concert in Houston

Madonna honored her creative hero, the late David Bowie, with a fierce cover of his 1974 anthem "Rebel Rebel" during her Tuesday concert in Houston, Idolator reports. "I want to pay tribute to a man who inspired my career," she says in the fan-shot clip. "If you haven't heard about David Bowie, then look him up, motherfuckers.

"He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century, and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit," she continues. "He showed me that it was OK to be different. And he's the first Rebel Heart that I laid eyes on." 

Madonna hyped the crowd, head-banging and thrusting across the stage, as her guitarist cranks out the track's signature distorted riff. Meanwhile, glammy Seventies images of Bowie flashed behind on a screen.

"I'm devastated," Madonna wrote in a poignant note after honoring Bowie, who passed away Sunday following a private battle with cancer. "David Bowie changed the course of my life forever.

"I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan," she continued. "Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit," Madonna wrote, adding that Bowie was her first concert. "I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion. Was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious."

Madonna has a deep history with the Thin White Duke, having inducted Bowie into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her speech included memories of hitchhiking to that Detroit concert – her first rock show – and how she "came home a changed woman."