David Bowie announced today the details of his 26th studio album 'REALITY' that will be released in the Autumn to coincide with his first world tour in almost a decade.
'REALITY' is due for release on Iso/Columbia Records on September 15th, just prior to Bowie beginning his highly anticipated sold out European tour, which will commence on October 7th in Copenhagen and comes to a close in Glasgow on November 28th.
The eleven track album was recorded in New York over the past few months with the highly acclaimed band that performed on the 'Heathen' mini tour of last year, including long-time Bowie musicians such as vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey, pianist Mike Garson, drummer Sterling Campbell and guitarists Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard. Additional instruments were played by Tony Visconti on bass and Bowie himself on keyboards, guitar and sax.
'REALITY' again sees Bowie reuniting with his long time co-producer, Tony Visconti. The duo were responsible for last year's critically acclaimed 'Heathen' as well as classics such as 'Scary Monsters', 'Low', and 'Heroes'.
Bowie describes the sound of the record as 'Built to play live' and more intriguingly as being 'A bit thrusty'.
Expanding on that, David commented on the themes contained within the album ?Nothing more complicated than a collection of songs, many written in Downtown New York. It covers a small period of writing at the start of 2003. I write continually and, these days, it's great to be able to release things as I write them?
There are nine Bowie originals on the album, only one of those has been heard before. The song 'Never Get Old' which is currently being used throughout Europe as part of a co promotion with Vittel Water in which David looks back with a wry smile at some of his previous incarnations.
The album also includes two cover versions; the first is the track 'Pablo Picasso' which was originally recorded by cult hero Jonathan Richman.
The other cover on 'REALITY' is one of the lesser know songs by the late George Harrison. The song ?Try Some, Buy Some? has been on Bowie's 'to cover' list for years ever since he bought a copy of the version made by ex-Ronette Ronnie Spector in the 70's
Of the two covers Bowie remarked that ?At one time I was compiling a Pin Ups II list and both of these songs were on it. I must have over fifty songs on that list now. As it's very unlikely that I'll do another Pin Ups, I just grab a couple of irresistible favourites from the list every time I go into the studio. I get a real kick from doing covers, I'm such a rock fan at heart.'
The full track listing for 'REALITY' is as follows:
New Killer Star
Never Get Old
The Loneliest Guy
Looking for Water
She'll Drive the Big Car
Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
Try Some, Buy Some
Bring Me The Disco King
The very distinctive artwork for 'REALITY' is the result of collaboration between Bowie, Rex Ray and Jonathan Barnbrook. Both Ray and Barnbrook have worked with David in the past on the likes of 'Earthling' and 'hours...' (Rex Ray) and Heathen (Barnbrook) but 'REALITY' is the first time that the three of them have worked together on a project.
The artwork for the record, according to Bowie was inspired by ?An assumption that there is little reality left that corresponds to the old definition."
'REALITY' is released September 15th via Iso/Columbia Records.
More details about the album as well as the opportunity to hear parts of the album online at Bowienet (www.davidbowie.com) will be revealed soon.
DAVID BOWIE ?A REALITY TOUR EUROPE 2003
7th Copenhagen Forum, Denmark
8th Stockholm Globe, Sweden
10th Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
12th Olso The Spectrum, Norway
15th Rotterdam Ahoy, Holland
16th Hamburg Colorline Arena, Germany
18th Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
20th Paris Bercy, France
21st Paris Bercy, France
23rd Milan Filaforum, Italy
24th Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
26th Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
27th Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
29th Vienna Stadthalle, Austria
31st Cologne Koln Arena, Germany
1st Hanover Arena, Germany
3rd Berlin Max Schmelling Halle, Germany
5th Antwerp Sportpalais, Belgium
7th Lille Zentih, France
8th Amneville Galaxie, France
10th Nice Nikaia, France
12th Toulouse Zenith, France
14th Marseille Le Dome, France
15th Lyon Tony Garnier, France
17th Manchester M.E.N Arena, UK
19th Birmingham NEC, UK
20th Birmingham NEC, UK
22nd Dublin The Point, Eire
23rd Dublin The Point, Eire
25th London Wembley Arena, UK
26th London Wembley Arena, UK
28th Glasgow SECC, Scotland