David Bowie’s long-term guitarist Earl Slick has hinted that Bowie may tour after all.
Speaking to Spinner, Slick said “It’s kind of like doing the record [The Next Day]. I wouldn’t be surprised if he toured and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t tour… I know I would like a tour to happen!”
Producer Tony Visconti previously told NME that live shows were unlikely, saying, “He’s fairly adamant he’s never gonna perform live again… 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.”
Slick also spoke about the sound of Bowie’s new album. “There are a few things that kind of feel like Station To Station rockers, then there are some other things that might feel kind of like Diamond Dogs, but as usual it is extremely eclectic and it is uniquely Bowie, meaning that it’s a whole bunch of really cool things,” he says.
Earlier this week, Bowie’s drummer Zachary Alford gave his own opinion of the album’s sound to Rolling Stone. He said: “There’s definitely a lot of up-tempo material. That’s some kind of ’60s doo-wop-ish material. Although I don’t remember a lot of the songs. I mean, it’ll be two years in May since we did it. I haven’t heard any of it since. I hope to have the chance to hear it soon myself.”
He added: “There are a couple that remind me of the Scary Monsters period, because they’re a bit more angular and aggressive-sounding… There’s another number that’s a straight-up country song. There was another one that was based on a blues riff, but we had specific instructions to not make it sound like the blues. There were two songs that sort of had a Bo Diddley feel.”