Say it ain’t so. The legend that is David Bowie is reported to have said he’ll never tour again.
Music Week revealed that Bowie’s booking agent, John Gidding, was interviewed at the inaugural International Festival Forum, an event aimed at festivals and booking agents, and it was at this forum that Gidding confirmed that the reclusive singer now considers himself “retired” from touring.
Gidding said, “Bowie is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with, but every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, I’m not touring and I say, I’m not asking.”
The agent went on to say, “he has decided to retire and, like, Phil Collins, you can’t demand these people go out there again and again and again. I’m really pleased and proud that the last show he ever did in the UK was the 2004 Isle Of Wight Festival.”
While Gidding says Bowie is retired from touring he didn’t go into specifics, leaving fans with the hope that, maybe, the superstar would perform one-offs in the form of festival appearances. Glastonbury or Lollapalooza would be obvious choices.
Bowie’s last tour was 2004’s A Reality Tour, which culminated with a show at the famed Isle of Wight Festival
The fact that Bowie may hang up his touring boots doesn’t mean that he is giving up music all together. In fact, he is still very much creating new material. He recently wrote the theme song “Blackstar” for the forthcoming TV show The Last Panthers. And, let’s not forget that his off-Broadway musical Lazarus will debut in December.
If Bowie really has given up touring for good, from all of us here at RMW, thanks for some amazing memories, Mr. Bowie.