Bowie Corrals Townshend, Grohl For 'Heathen'
The Who's Pete Townshend and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl have both lent their signature guitar licks to David Bowie's upcoming ISO/Columbia album "Heathen," due June 11. Townshend, who previouslyThe Who's Pete Townshend and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl have both lent their signature guitar licks to David Bowie's upcoming ISO/Columbia album "Heathen," due June 11. Townshend, who previously guested on the track "Because You're Young" from Bowie's 1980 set "Scary Monsters," plays lead guitar on "Slow Burn," tipped as the first U.S. single from "Heathen."
In a statement, Bowie describes Townshend's contribution as "the most eccentric and aggressive guitar I've heard Pete play, quite unlike anything else he's done recently." The track also features a guest spot from the Borneo Horns, who joined Bowie on his Serious Moonlight tour in the early '80s. A spokesperson confirms Grohl's participation but had no information on the track itself.
Other cuts slated for "Heathen" include "I Would Be Your Slave" (which Bowie recently played at the Tibet House benefit in New York), "Marching," "Wood Jackson," "Everyone Says Hi," "Slip Away," and "5:15 The Angels Have Gone." Another track, "Afraid," was debuted exclusively for subscribers to Bowie's BOWIEnet online service last year.
Album opener "Sunday" has already been remixed by Moby, while French electronica duo Air has remixed the song "A Better Future." Release plans for these versions have not yet been finalized.
As previously reported, "Heathen" is Bowie's first album on his new ISO imprint after his departure from Virgin last year. He is expected to play a number of festival dates in the U.S. and Europe throughout the summer in support of the album.