In an interview with Rolling Stone, producer Tony Visconti revealed Wednesday that the late David Bowie had potential post-Blackstar material. Hopes for a follow-up were announced in a final FaceTime call that took place about one week before the rock idol's death. "I was thrilled," Visconti told the magazine, "and I thought, and he thought, that he'd have a few months, at least." In his final weeks, the master of reinvention reportedly wrote and demo-ed five songs. (No other details have yet been disclosed about them.) This update comes a couple days after Visconti's Facebook tribute, in which the longtime collaborator labeled Blackstar "a parting gift"; it was a concept Visconti had mentioned to the artist earlier, but Bowie only laughed in response, because "he was just all business about making [Blackstar]."
Here's more, in Visconti's words:
Obviously, if he [was] excited about [a Blackstar follow-up], he must've thought he had a few more months [to live]. So the end must've been very rapid. I'm not privy to it. I don't know exactly, but he must've taken ill very quickly after that [FaceTime] call ... [Bowie had been] optimistic because he was doing the chemo and it was working ... and at one point in the middle of last year, he was in remission. I was thrilled. And he was a bit apprehensive. He said, "Well, don't celebrate too quickly. For now I'm in remission, and we'll see how it goes."