66 year-old is expected to take The Next Day on the road, according to his better half
Maybe she’s got fed up keeping secrets, but after being able to keep the lid on David Bowie’s plans to release his first album in a decade, with The Next Day, the star’s wife Iman has let slip to a magazine that her husband will in fact be going on tour with it, despite reports to the contrary.
The New York Daily News reports that she told print-based magazine Grazia that Bowie would be travelling to play his record live, but that his family wouldn’t be joining him. “We have a 12-year-old in school, so we are stuck, we can’t travel,” she apparently said, “our schedule is around her, so I don’t know. We’ll have to go visit him, but we won’t be on tour with him because she’s in school [in New York.]”
Given that no-one was expecting Bowie to put out The Next Day – his first album’s since 2003’s Reality – we shouldn’t be surprised if this goes either way, however it’s the first truly positive comments we’ve had regarding his touring plans, after a host of denials. One of those was the record’s producer Tony Visconti, who told the NME "He’s fairly adamant he’s never gonna perform live again… One of the guys would say, 'Boy, how are we gonna do all this live?' and David said, 'We’re not'. He made a point of saying that all the time." It looks like The Thin White Duke could have had us fooled again, but for his wife.
Is David Bowie actually going to tour?