Bowie Turns 66 Today. Celebrates with New Song, Announcement of New Album

The radio silence from Bowie over the last couple of years has been troubling.  How was his health? Is everything okay?  Why hasn’t he been seen in public?  Why did he turn down a chance to be involved in the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics.

The official story is that Bowie was living a quiet life as a pensioner and father in New York City.  End of story.  Leave me alone.

Then last night, his son, Duncan, began tweeting:

The reaction was a globally-uniform “HOOOOLLLLLLLY SHIIIIIITTTTTT!”

The album is entitled The Next Day (due March 11) and a new song with a video called “Where Are We Now” is already out.


It just shows that it’s still possible to keep a secret in the music biz these days–even if you’re writing and recording in New York City.  A full tracklisting is below.

Welcome back, sir.  We’ve been missing you.

Additional links you may enjoy today:

Bowie in pictures over the years.

10 David Bowie songs you have to hear.

22 things you probably didn’t know about David Bowie

The Next Day tracklisting:

01. The Next Day 3:51
02. Dirty Boys 2:58
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56
04. Love Is Lost 3:57
05. Where Are We Now? 4:08
06. Valentine’s Day 3:01
07. If You Can See Me 3:16
08. I’d Rather Be High 3:53
09. Boss Of Me 4:09
10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24
11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33
12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41
14. Heat 4:25

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Bowie Turns 66 Today. Celebrates with New Song, Announcement of New Album

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I like it!

    Still…would much rather hear a new Tin Machine album!

  • January 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    This is EASILY the best news all day.
    And it is really fascinating how this was able to be kept a secret.
    Who knew…

  • January 9, 2013 at 5:07 am

    My birthday is Friday and this a quite a treat. Not a big fan of the video but no one is cooler than Bowie. Can't wait for March!!!


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