The Return of David Bowie? Don’t Count On It

As all Bowie fans know, the man hasn’t been in public much since he suffered a mild heart attack onstage in 2007. He’s been living quietly with Iman in a $7.7 NYC penthouse ever since.  There’s never been any indication that he’s officially retired, there’s been no mention of a return to the concert stage.  His last album was in 2003.

While working on a documentary project last year, I encountered Billy Zysblat, the man most trusted by David Bowie to manage his career.  When asked if Bowie would ever tour again, he replied “I sure hope so. One more time.”

This week, people wondered why Bowie wasn’t part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London.  Was he asked?  Did he decline?  Was he unable to attend?  And with all the hoopla about the 2012 London Olympics, has there even been a whiff about Bowie being involved?

His self-imposed silence will come to an end in October when Bowie:Object, the long-awaited coffee table book is released.  Could this be the start of something new?

I wish.  According to this article in The Daily Beast, Bowie remains occupied with other things and is “allergic to nostalgia.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

One thought on “The Return of David Bowie? Don’t Count On It

  • October 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I'm a huge fan of Bowie, and have been for the most part of my life! If i know Bowie, I don't think he would ever give up on his fans, he knows they made him what he is today, and I'm sure this book will be the start of his come back, once he see's how well it will sell!!

    I'm in college at the moment and, without exaggeration, about 65% of the thousands of students who attend, love Bowie to pieces and respect him as one of their favourite artists, a good 30% calling him their idol (as I do!); so I'm sure he'll notice the love we have for him!!

    *Bowie-love from England, Newcastle — hope you're well!!*


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