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David Bowie Rules Out Tour

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Well, that joy wore off quickly. After the surprising the world on his birthday (Jan. 8) with a new single, ‘Where Are We Now?‘ and an album, ‘The Next Day,’ due in early March, fans of David Bowie were hoping that he would return to the stage. However, in a new interview, his longtime producer Tony Visconti has ruled that out.

“He’s fairly adamant he’s never gonna perform live again,” he told NME. “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.”

Bowie has not toured since the 2003-04 ‘Reality’ tour, which ended abruptly due to health problems on Bowie’s part with 15 dates in Europe cancelled. He has not appeared on a stage since 2006, when he made a couple of guest appearances.

In our exclusive interview with Earl Slick, the guitarist admitted he was skeptical of the chances of Bowie going on tour. “We don’t know,” he said. “Obviously, we want him to. But right now, that’s a big if. Like I said before, sometimes he shows up and sometimes he doesn’t. I could get a phone call tomorrow saying, “Hey, you know what? Here’s the setlist.” I don’t know. I can’t speak for him or the organization. Obviously, the band would love to go out. Even if it’s not a huge tour, we would like to go out and do some gigs. But that’s yet to be seen.”

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