En su pagina web, David Bowie expresa su tristeza por la muerte de Syd Barrett, musico que lo inspiro y al cual admiraba.

Bowie interpreto el mes pasado junto con David Gilmour la cancion Arnold Layne, el primer sencillo de Pink Floyd. David Bowie ya habia grabado un cover de Syd Barrett, See Emily Play en 1973 para su album de covers Pin Ups.

"I can’t tell you how sad I feel. Syd was a major inspiration for
me. The few times I saw him perform in London at UFO and the Marquee
clubs during the sixties will forever be etched in my mind. He was so
charismatic and such a startlingly original songwriter.

Also, along with Anthony Newley, he was the first guy I’d heard to
sing pop or rock with a British accent. His impact on my thinking was
enormous. A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond
– David Bowie, July 11th 2006