David Bowie’s camp has been insistent that the 66-year-old legend will not tour in suport of “The Next Day,” the album he released Tuesday. And yet, an interview with Iman, Bowie’s supermodel wife, seems to suggest otherwise.
Iman told Grazia magazine (via NME) that their daughter’s schooling would require her to stay home if/when Bowie hits the road:
We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can’t travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don’t know. We’ll have to go visit him, but we won’t be on tour with him because she’s in school.
Others close to the singer have given contradictory testimonies on the possibility of a tour. Gerry Leonard, Bowie’s guitarist, set the odds at “50/50” and added that Bowie himself seemed to be undecided on the matter.
“A couple of times, when we played back one of the more kick-ass tunes from the new record, he’d be like, ‘This would be great live!'” Leonard told Rolling Stone. “Of course, everyone was like, ‘What? Did he just say that?’ But other times he’d just roll his eyes if someone brought up playing live.”
But Tony Viconti, the producer of “The Next Day,” claims Bowie “made a point” of saying there would be no tour and that the singer remains “fairly adamant” about not hitting the road.
Perhaps Bowie’s the only one who can make sense of all this. For now, he’s not talking.