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David Bowie is Back After Ten Year Absence

January 8, 2013

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Veteran music star David Bowie has today broken years of silence and speculation to release his first single and album in a decade.

The glam-rock singer, who shot to fame in the late 60s with Space Oddity, has released the recording Where Are We Now? on iTunes to coincide with his 66th birthday.

A follow-up album called The Next Day is set to be released in March.

Bowie has not performed live since 2006 and has rarely been seen in public since then, leading to rumours of possible ill-health which were denied by his spokesman.

Watch the video for ‘Where Are We Now?’ on davidbowie.com

Once known for his flamboyance, the star turned down the opportunity to appear at the Olympics Opening Ceremony last year despite a personal plea by director Danny Boyle.

A spokesman said:

Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary.

It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.

He added that Bowie was the sort of artist who “writes and performs what he wants when he wants”

The single is accompanied by a video directed by Tony Oursler that harks back to Bowie’s time in Berlin.

Bowie fled to Berlin in the late 1970’s to recover from a life-threatening addiction to cocaine. Abandoning the life of a rock superstar, he spent three years living in a one bedroom apartment above a garage doing his own cooking and cleaning.

He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time.

Bowie has shunned publicity for the last ten years speculating rumours of poor health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2013 9:10 pm

    Mmmm … hope for me yet … 🙄

  2. Truly Evil Walrus @ Palm Bitch permalink
    January 8, 2013 11:08 pm

    Tell him to take another 10 years off

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 14, 2013 7:00 pm

    I heard the new David Bowie single while I was driving down here.

    I had to pull over – it was sending me to sleep.

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