David Bowie's Years as a Rock RecluseVideos and photographs from Bowie's lost period
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June 25th, 2004
Bowie was in incredible pain that night at the Hurricane Festival in Scheesel, Germany. He had shortened a show just two days earlier over what he thought was a pinched nerve. He didn't look great, but somehow, he took the stage on June 25th and got through the full set, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. After a final encore of "Ziggy Stardust" he went backstage and collapsed. He was taken to a hospital by a helicopter and underwent immediate surgery. The rest of the tour was cancelled.