Despite a new album under his belt, touring still doesn’t seem to be a major priority for David Bowie.
According to Billboard, reports that Bowie could be returning to the stage, behind March’s The Next Day or otherwise, are inaccurate, citing a confirmation from Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s CEO of global touring.
That’s in response to a report from U.K. tabloid The Mirror, which wrote that Bowie was in the middle of a bidding war to return to live performing, particularly from Live Nation for a concert at London’s Olympic Park in 2014.
The Mirror also reported that AEG was close to a bid for Bowie, perhaps for a date at Hyde Park in London.
Bowie hasn’t performed onstage in eight years, but speculation has been rampant since Bowie released The Next Day to a nice share of publicity, it being the singer’s first album of new material since 2003′s Reality. The buzz was certainly assisted by a Bowie exhibit at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, which moved 42,000 advance tickets.
Earlier this year, the album’s producer, Tony Visconti, said that Bowie had no plans to perform live. “He’s fairly adamant he’s never gonna perform live again,” he 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.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Bowie’s retired from live shows.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com