It’s official, the world has once again gone David Bowie crazy, and it appears that his bandmate’s aren’t immune to the buzz either. In a very interesting interview with Ultimate Classic Guitar, Bowie’s longtime guitarist Earl Slick has discussed the potential of touring, as well as getting the call from Bowie to come for a jam.
Though he can’t speak on behalf of Bowie himself, Slick seems keen as a bean to get the band together for a tour, even just a small run of shows, as he tells the publication, but he understands that it may not happen: “We don’t know. Obviously, we want him to. But right now, that’s a big if… I could get a phone call tomorrow saying, ‘Hey, you know what? Here’s the setlist’.” Slick adds, “I don’t know. I can’t speak for him or the organisation. Obviously, the band would love to go out. Even if it’s not a huge tour, we would like to go out and do some gigs. But that’s yet to be seen.”
Slick has also revealed that the album has been a work in progress since halfway through last year, detailing how Bowie called him out of the blue: “David got in touch with me out of the blue, and he said, ‘I’m ready to go back in. What are you doing? Are you around? Are you touring?’ I said, ‘No, just get me some dates’. We started banging dates around – and he was already recording – and I went in and did all my stuff in July.”
Keeping his lips pretty tightly sealed, Slick did reveal a little bit of what we can expect from the forthcoming album The Next Day, set for release in March, stating “There’s a lot of rockers on there, I can tell you that…there’s a few kind of really cool mid-tempo ones in there as well, but I’m the go-to guy for the rock stuff with David.”
The first warning shot from the album, Where Are We Now has clearly ticked all the right boxes with fans and if it is any indicator of what we can expect, we can expect some great things.