Brit Music: The next days after "The Next Day."

Yeah, how many times are you going to see this album cover on this column again?

Yeah, how many times are you going to see this album cover on this column again?

Well, as you may have heard, David Bowie’s newest album The Next Day has been a resounding success. It’s become his first Number One album in his native Britain since “Black Tie, White Noise.” It has become the fastest-selling of the year, having sold 94,000 copies in its first week. The previous record-holder was Biffy Clyro’s “Opposites” which sold only 71,600 copies in its opening week in January.

Though, earlier, it looked like Bowie might have competition with Bon Jovi’s newest album  “What About Now,” but Bowie outsold Bon Jovi two to one. Alas, neither one seems to have actually charted in America.

But you probably don’t care for the charts. You may be asking: will he actually tour again? Maybe it’s for no other reason than to go to the concession stand so you can get an official T-shirt with the new album’s art that doesn’t cost £70 or $145. Well, it looks like Bowie’s wife Iman has something to say about that, and it isn’t too negative, either.

Bowie’s mononymous wife Iman, let slip that, due to their 12-year old daughter Alexandria’s schooling in New York, Bowie’s family won’t be able to go on the road with him.

Quoth Iman: “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.”

Also, there’s been at least two guitarists who claimed that Bowie might tour again: Gerry Leonard and Earl Slick. Quoth Gerry Leonard: “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!’ 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.”

Of course, Tony Visconti has repeatedly ruled out live shows, but that was in January.  So now, we’ve got two guitarists and the person who may be closer to Bowie than anyone else claiming he might actually be performing live.  Well, even though there’s been no official announcement, it looks like Bowie  might actually be touring again. I hope it doesn’t take as long as it took to confirm whether or not the Rolling Stones will do Glastonbury that Bowie will do any live performances again.

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