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Instead of enjoying a binge over at www.partycasino.com, the enigmatic David Bowie has surprised the world with a new song to celebrate his 66th birthday. ‘Where Are We Now’, sees the man of mystery reinvent himself once again showcasing a more reflective, frailer side to his pop persona.

Bowie has been MIA for several years with his last tour cut short due to health reasons. His last proper performance was at Hurricane festival in Germany, where Bowie was hit in the eye by lollipop which was thrown by a fan; a week later he was admitted to hospital with chest pains, which were later diagnosed as a blocked artery. Since then Bowie has kept appearances and performances to a minimum, making only one-off appearances on stage and in the studio.

‘Where Are We Now’ is probably a lot more reflective than what you might expected, but it’s clear to us that the song is clearly been influenced by the his recent health problems. It’s still Bowie, but a more fragile Bowie. Nevertheless it’s bite-the-back-of-your-hand-beautiful, and will be accompanied by a new album which has been confirmed for a March release.

His new album ‘The Next Day’ and scheduled for release on March 12th in the USA, March 8th in Australia, and on March 11th in the rest of the world. According to Spin Magazine, ‘The Next Day’ will contain 14 songs plus 3 bonus tracks.

‘The Next Day’ is likely to be the final swan song for one the UK’s most adventurous musicians, but if ‘Where Are We Now’ is anything to by it could be his finest work to date.

Now there’s just the small matter of a tour: while nothing has been announced, you can bet your life savings that Bowie’s agent’s phone will have been ringing all day with almost every conceivable festival looking to secure a performance of the new material this summer. If we were a betting man, we’d say Sunday night, Glastonbury.


Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.