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Bowie’s Triumphant Return? That’s a Promise…

The music legend that is Mr David Bowie has hinted at his second album in as many years – after a ten-year break it seems the Rebel Rebel is back in business.

Releasing an album last year, The Next Day, showed that the 67-year-old rocker hasn’t lost ‘it’, giving him the coveted number one spot in multiple countries around the world, and even bagging him nominations for the Mercury Prize and a Grammy, and being the winner of the Brit Awards’ Best British Male award.

Bowie has been making music since the early sixties, forming his first band at the age of 15, and releasing his first album in 1967. Multi-talented, he has also appeared in quite a few films, most notably of which as Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth. His fan base spans generations, and even modern teenagers occasionally don the glitter in Bowie-esque tribute.

After releasing his first single in a decade, Where are We Now?, last year, he gave little indication if there was any more original music to look forward to in the future.

But at a Terrence Higgins Trust event recently, a speech apparently written by Bowie but read on his behalf suggested that it wouldn’t be long before he would grace our radio waves once more.

Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King

“This city [London] is even better than the one you were in last year,” the speech read. “So remember to dance, dance, dance, and then sit down for a minute, knit something. Then get up and run all over the place. Do it! Love on ya, more music soon. David.”

And to top off this wonderful news, bandmates of Bowie will be performing together for the first time in more than 40 years, to play the album The Man Who Sold the World in full.

Producer and bass player Tony Visconti and drummer Woody Woodmansey will be joined by special guests, including the late Mick Ronson’s daughter, sister and niece, across four UK  tour dates in September. Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory will be fronting the band while Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet fame will be hitting the guitars and saxophone.

The two original tour dates sold out so quickly that two extra dates – one in London and one in Glasgow – were added.

Visconti said that he was looking forward to performing the album in full because although he still plays bass guitar, he rarely gets to try his hand at anything as “ambitious and demanding” as Bowie’s songs.

“David gave us [Tony, Woody and Mick, who died in 1993] a chance to bring our unique talents to the table and we made up our parts within David’s framework,” he explained. “With David as our charismatic frontman, we were… determined to spin heads and change the world of music.”

That is exactly what they managed to do! And if there is anything more exciting than ‘Classic Bowie’, then it is the prospect of the ‘Classic Bowie’ of the future.

 

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