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David Bowie Will Never Tour Again

David Bowie Will Never Tour Again

David Bowie

Bowie may never take the stage again, but the good news is: His play Lazarus, an adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth, has been extended for three weeks

If you've never had the pleasure of seeing David Bowie perform live, well you may be out of luck. According Isle Of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings, Bowie is done touring.

"David is one of the best artists I've ever worked with," Giddings told Music Week. "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.'"

"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."

Though Bowie hasn't performed live since a medical emergency in 2004, his 2013 album, The Next Day, sparked hopes that he might start up again.

After swallowing that bad news, take heart: Bowie's newest project, a musical titled Lazarus, which sold out its entire initial run at New York Theatre Workshop in only three hours, has extended for a three week engagement until January 17, 2016. Written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, the play, inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, stars Michael C. Hall of Hedwig and Dexter fame and Cristin Milioti of How I Met Your Mother and The Wolf of Wall Street. We're feeling like this must be Broadway bound (after Hamilton-fever dies down).

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Furthermore Bowie's written the theme song for The Last Panthers, a six-part crime thriller co-produced by Sky and France's Canal+.

Of Bowie's work, director Johan Renck said, "I was looking for one of the icons of my youth to write the music for the title sequence, but was presented with a God. [Bowie's] first response was precise, engaged and curious."

So you might not get to see Bowie perform "Life on Mars?" but that doesn't mean that Bowie and his influence won't be felt throughout the zeitgeist.

[h/t NME]

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