Fans were amazed last week at the announcement that David Bowie would be releasing a brand new album – not necessarily because it’s been nearly a decade since his last release, but because the secret was so well-kept for quite some time.
However, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti, revealed that not everyone was able to stay tight-lipped about the project. Guitarist Robert Fripp was apparently asked to play on the album, but decided against it. Fripp later documented the experience in his blog, and in an October 2011 post, he wrote: “Rising from traveling adventures, in ‘planes and cars. Dropping off along to way to visit David Bowie, and it gradually appeared that David had some remarkable new ideas in process, not yet public. These he presented indirectly, to allow the penny to drop without prompting. Eno also got involved, and what a flowering of ideas!” Visconti tells Rolling Stone that, while there was quite a bit of reaction to the post, fans later dropped the subject as no one else involved had mentioned anything of the album.
And with the surprise of the new album, many are hopeful that the formerly retired Bowie will keep dropping bombshells and announce a tour. Visconti reveals that may be over-shooting it, but a couple of shows here and there could be a possibility: “[Bowie] says that he will only play if he feels like it, but no tour. Like, if wanted to do the odd show in New York or, I don't know, London, he would if he felt like it. And he made that very clear to the label that he wasn't going to tour or do any kind of ridiculously long album promotion.”
Bowie’s first single, “Where Are We Now,” which he released on his 66th birthday, is available now on iTunes. His new album, The Next Day, is due out sometime in March.