David Bowie's producer Tony Visconti has disappointed the superstar's fans by insisting he was misquoted when talking about the rock legend's new music. Visconti, who worked on Bowie's 2013 comeback record The Next Day, reportedly told editors at America's CNN network that the Starman hitmaker was poised to release another new album.
However, the producer has now spoken out to clarify his comments, revealing he was talking about Bowie's upcoming greatest hits project which features a new song called Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime), and was previously teased by the singer, who wrote on his website, "More music soon".
Visconti insists both his comments and Bowie's message referred to the new track, not an album of new material, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "CNN, I didn't say new Bowie album 'soon'. I quoted THE MAN (Bowie) who said 'More Music Soon' on Bowienet. That music is Sue."
David Bowie's producer Tony Visconti has confirmed rumours the reclusive rock icon is planning to release another new album. Visconti, who worked on Bowie's 2013 shock comeback record The Next Day, has stated there will "definitely" be a new release from the star "soon".
He also suggested Bowie may even break his self-imposed live exile for a promotional concert.
The news comes after the Starman hitmaker issued a statement in July (14) which included the line, "More music soon".
Editors at CNN quote Visconti as saying, "There's gonna be another album, definitely... soon... I don't think he's gonna busk in the tube... on the (London) Underground. As far as a concert is concerned I have no idea. He clearly didn't promote The Next Day with a concert and whether he does for the next one I don't know and I couldn't predict that - it's up to him. It's whatever takes his fancy."
Morrissey's guitarist Jesse Tobias has blasted the headliner's tour support act in a new online missive, revealing it has been "disheartening" to read her remarks after illness forced the singer to scrap a U.S. tour. The former The Smiths star cancelled the remainder of a U.S. tour after falling ill with a respiratory infection he claimed had been passed to him by opening act Kristeen Young.
Young responded by releasing a statement denying Morrissey's charges and claiming she was asked to leave the tour before it was scrapped.
Now Tobias is firing back at her remarks in a statement released to TruetoYou.com.
He writes, "It's been quite Disheartening to see the Facebook Hatred thrown about by Our Former Friends/Working Partners... I do feel that Someone needs to Speak Up for Moz (Morrissey) in this situation as it is unbearable to watch people you once trusted, Attack and Pick Away at your Friend.
"In my experience ANYONE associated with the Morrissey Camp know they are solely there because of Morrissey himself. He chooses to tour/work with certain people. For Kristeen... to go on about Her being better off now, without considering Morrissey's 9 years of help and promotion is Very Disappointing."
And the guitarist adds, "Only speaking from my experience, with the crew and Moz falling ill in Miami, for Kristeen to deny she was truly sick seems disingenuous. I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell. Our crew then tried to keep her at a reasonable distance but being in such close quarters for months these things sometimes happen.
"I am Upset that in this situation Kristeen could not take the tour as a whole into consideration and just comply with the postponement announcement. One could only assume it was necessary for her to justify herself and ultimately receive some promotion out of the matter."
Tobias also takes aim at producer Tony Visconti, who 'liked' Young's Facebook post, adding, "This combined with Tony Visconti's Parrot Like affirmation on Facebook that 'she is better off, is Morrissey Capable of being handled?' is Repulsive. This is a MAN who worked closely with us on a record and several sessions that Suddenly flips into Schoolgirl mode with 'yeah, you tell em' Chatter...?"
He closes his statement with the words "Good Riddance to False Friends."
Former Spiders From Mars bandmates Tony Visconti and Mick 'woody' Woodmansey are reuniting to perform David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World in tribute to the music legend and his guitarist Mick Ronson. The pair was recruited by Bowie to play alongside himself and Ronson on the iconic 1970 album, and they formed the nucleus of the line-up of his famous early 1970s backing band.
Ronson passed away in 1993 after a battle with cancer, and now bassist Visconti and drummer Woodmansey are reuniting to perform the album in full for the first time - with Bowie's blessing.
Woodmansey tells British newspaper The Guardian, "The Man Who Sold the World was the first album Mick Ronson and I played on, our first even in a proper London studio, yet it never got played live... It got critical acclaim, but we never toured it, and in the live shows the album tracks never got touched on. So the idea of being able to go out and finally play some of those great tracks live was just so exciting."
The pair will be joined by 10 other musicians, including Spandau Ballet saxophonist Steve Norman, for the concert at London's Garage venue on 7 September (14).
Music legend David Bowie was honoured with a top prize at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards in London on Thursday night (13Feb14). The Let's Dance hitmaker landed the Innovation Award in recognition of his 2013 comeback album The Next Day.
He was not present to pick up the trophy in person, so his producer Tony Visconti accepted it for him, telling the crowd, "On behalf of my friend David Bowie it feels absolutely great... No one believed that David Bowie was going to make another album and so the timing was perfect, because everyone kind of gave up on him. There were rumours of bad health and rumours of retirement, and I'm laughing my head off every time I hear them."
During the show, British producer/songwriter Trevor Horn was handed the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music award by his collaborator Seal and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
Seal, who won three Grammy Awards with Horn for their hit 1995 track Kiss From A Rose, said of his mentor, "I don't think it would have been possible for me to have had the career that I've had and enjoyed the success that I continue to enjoy without Trevor Horn... being in my life. He is a huge influence. He pretty much taught me what I know in terms of my trade in the music industry."
The pair later took to the stage together to perform Kiss From A Rose.
Production duo Flood and Alan Moulder landed the U.K. Producer Of The Year prize, which automatically earned them a BRIT Award, and Disclosure brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence scooped the Breakthrough Producer accolade for their band's debut album Settle.
Everything Everything's hit track Kemosabe was named UK Single Of The Year, Nile Rodgers took the Inspiration Award, and International Producer Of The Year went to Rick Rubin.
Pop star Morrissey has attempted to make amends with iconic rocker David Bowie almost 20 years after they first fell out. The former The Smiths frontman was enlisted as the main support act on Bowie's 1995 European tour but he quit after a handful of gigs and later blamed Bowie for trying to overshadow his performances.
Since then he has made several cutting remarks about his former hero in interviews, and Bowie fuelled the bust-up by reportedly refusing to allow permission for Morrissey to use a photograph of them together on a release last year (13).
However, Morrissey has now spoken out to insist his catty remarks about the Starman hitmaker were merely "high ribbing" and even alleges he asked Bowie to duet with him on a version of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', but the offer was rejected.
In a question and answer session on the Truetoyou.net fansite, Morrissey writes, "When I made the (2006) record Ringleader of the Tormentors, the producer (Tony Visconti), who is a very close friend of David Bowie, tried to get both Bowie and I together to do our version of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', with David doing the deep Bill Medley parts, and me doing the Bobby Hatfield shrieks.
"I loved this idea, but David wouldn't budge. I know I've criticised David in the past, but it's all been snotnosed junior high ribbing on my part. I think he knows that."
We've still got another seven months to go before Valentine's Day (and frankly most of us are still wallowing in self-pity after this past Februrary's romantic misadventures) but that hasn't stopped David Bowie from releasing a music video for his newest single, "Valentine's Day."
Mere seconds into the video, it's clear that Bowie's "Valentine's Day" is not exactly a Hallmark card. We see the music legend amidst giant concrete columns in some sort of abandoned warehouse. As he sits on a stool and strums a red headless guitar, his facial expressions become increasingly more intense. The effect is augmented by closeups of his freaky mismatched eyes (the result of a scuffle over some girl during his teenage years) and the occasional shot of him dancing around like his awesomely weird David Bowie self.
Compared to his past clips, "Valentine's Day" is relatively toned down, relying on Bowie's naturally expressive countenance and distinctive voice as he croons lyrics like "It's in his scrawny hands / It's in his icy heart." It's truly chilling.
"Valentine's Day" is the fourth single off The Next Day, Bowie's first album in 10 years, and according to producer Tony Visconti, it's about a high school shooter. We're fans of the song, and the video is undeniably thrilling. But the next time we have a hankering for a February-14-themed tune from an aging but iconic musician, we'll go with Paul McCartney's "Valentine." At least that one appears to be about love.
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