David Bowie: 70th birthday marked with release of four songs

No Plan EP reported to be Bowie’s last recordings

David Bowie: January 8th would have been his 70th birthday

David Bowie: January 8th would have been his 70th birthday

 

A new David Bowie EP has been released to mark what would have been the star’s 70th birthday.

The No Plan EP includes Lazarus, which appeared on Bowie’s final album Blackstar, as well as songs written for the musical Lazarus : No Plan, Killing a Little Time and When I Met You. They are believed to be Bowie’s final recordings, completed around the time of the Blackstar sessions .

Of the new material, Killing a Little Time crackles with abrasive heavy rock, while When I Met You is chugging guitar pop that opens with the line “You have just everything / But nothing at all / Now the moon is dark / Feels like pain again.” No Plan is melancholic and jazz-infused, and comes with a video directed by Tom Hingston that references Bowie’s first starring film role in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Elsewhere, stars have paid tribute to the late musician, including legendary producer Tony Visconti, who tweeted : “Happy Birthday dear old friend. Forever.” along with a rare photo of the iconic musician. A charity concert at Brixton Academy in London saw thousands of fans gather to watch musicians including Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and La Roux perform Bowie hits. The show was held on Sunday, which would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday. – (Guardian Service)