by Amelia Proud / Daily Mail
15th March 2013
He’s had many alter egos… from Aladdin Sane to The Man Who Fell to Earth and of course, Ziggy Stardust.
Even the name Bowie was a construct initially designed to ensure aspiring pop star David Robert Jones wasn’t confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees, which couldn’t seem more ludicrous now.
But as an exhibition of his legendary stage costumes prepares to open at the V&A Museum in Bowie’s home city of London, the 66-year-old was wandering around New York looking as low key as humanly possible.
Or in fact, given the south London legend’s otherworldly cheekbones, as inhumanly possible.
He didn’t quite manage to escape the notice of fans, however, despite wearing a black puffa jacket, flat cap and sunglasses.
It didn’t help that the Brixton-born Starman was accompanied by his very distinctive looking model wife, Iman of course.
Ever the evolving genius, Bowie is being lauded for his first album release in over ten years.
Bowie delighted his fans and the music world alike a fortnight ago, with a new single ‘Where Are We Now?’, from the album The Next Day which released on March 8.
He’d sworn everyone working on the album to secrecy, including producer Tony Visconti who collaborated with the Thin White Duke on seminal albums The Man Who Sold the World, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Low, Heroes, Lodger and Scary Monsters in the ’70s.
In fact, The Next Day is posited as a meditation on the hopeful, feisty young Heroes growing older, wiser, older and more reflected and the album cover is an inversion of the 1977 hit LP.
He hasn’t lost his touch, either, as the critically acclaimed album is set to become the UK’s best selling album of 2013 so far.
It’s holding firm in the top stop and is expected to be there on Sunday, according to industry insiders.
Fans are clamouring to see the fantastical force of nature perform again but he’s steadfastly insisted that he won’t be touring, and Visconti backs this up.
But Iman, 57, may have dropped a clanger as Britain’s NME reported her as saying of the tour question: ‘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.’
Gerry Leonard, Bowie’s guitarist, said Bowie – who chose his moniker after 19th century frontiersman Jim Bowie and the knife he loaned his name to – seemed to be undecided himself.
‘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!'” Leonard told Rolling Stone.
‘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.’
David Bowie is… opens on March 23 and will run until August 11.