Is David Bowie Retired?

If you’re a serious David Bowie fan, you must be as troubled as we are by the nagging thought that the man who was Ziggy Stardust might never put out a new album — or even perform his old songs live — again. He released his most recent full-length, Reality, eight years ago and hasn’t toured since canceling several dates due to heart troubles in 2004. Although he’s contributed to other bands’ records, made guest appearances at friends’ concerts, continued his acting career, and is working on a book, it seems ever more possible that Bowie’s life as a working musician has come to an end.

In a recent interview with Spinner, Paul Trynka, author of the recently published Bowie biography Starman, added credence to our fears by confirming that it’s likely he’s retired from music. “My heart says he’ll come back,” Trynka told the site, “[but] my head says he’s likely not to. I think he would only come back if he thinks he could deliver something that will be seismic. If you pop back into the stage, it’s got to be something that has a big explosion and lots of flashes. It would be a bit of a miracle if he comes back, but miracles do happen.” Sigh. [via NME]