David Bowie has retired from touring, according to Isle of Wight festival promoter
David Bowie fans, grab a hankie: according to legendary tour promoter John Giddings, Bowie will never tour again.
Music Week reports that Giddings told audiences at the International Festival Forum that Bowie has told him personally that he has no plans to hit the road again in the future.
Giddings, who booked Bowie’s final UK show at the Isle of Wight festival in 2004, said: “David is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. 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’.”
That isn’t a huge shock considering Bowie hasn’t been on tour since 2004. At 68, and after 50 years of performing, he’s certainly earned his retirement. But the news will disappoint a lot of fans who got their hopes up after Bowie unexpectedly released a new album, The Next Day, in 2013.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that Bowie will perform at one off events, but you’ll probably have to sell all your worldly goods and get your finger ready for some serious refresh button mashing if and when tickets go on sale.
It’s not all bad news, though. Bowie recently recorded the opening title song to a new Sky Atlantic TV series, The Last Panthers, which you can listen to below.