Man who fooled the world: How David Bowie managed to keep his shock comeback a secret
The Ziggy Stardust star made his musicians and studio staff sign gagging contracts, his music producer has revealed
He is the man who fooled the world with a surprise comeback last week.
But David Bowie managed to keep his return top secret after making his musicians and studio staff sign gagging contracts, his music producer has revealed.
The singer, 66, delighted fans around the globe last Tuesday with a new single, Where Are We Now?, and bizarre video.
Producer Tony Visconti told how Bowie managed the coup by getting his band and co-stars to sign strict gagging contracts so they could not discuss his comeback, music, or health.
Visconti said: “The members of the band, the engineers, the people who bring us coffee – everybody involved had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
“Most of the people had worked with David for a long time and signing an NDA would have been unnecessary normally.
“But we had some new people and a new recording studio, so we took the precaution. Everyone had to sign it. No one objected because they said it was a joy to be working with David Bowie.
“We kept it a secret on an honour system – it was cool to be part of this club.”
Bowie has spent the last two years secretly laying down tracks at The Magic Shop studios in New York and the new album took nearly four months to finalise.
Visconti also shot down claims Bowie is ill, saying: “He’s not dying anytime soon.”
Bowie, who had a heart valve replaced in 2004, endured long sessions in the studio making the album, titled The Next Day.
Visconti added: “His stamina was fantastic.”
– Where Are We Now? hit No6 in the UK singles charts yesterday despite fears it would not qualify as it was given away with pre-orders of his album.