HBO has just released the first trailer for the upcoming documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, set to premiere on January 8, 2018.
As is the case with basically any Bowie related material, it looks guaranteed to bring the goosebumps. As the title suggests, the film covers the final five years of Bowie’s life, where his creative output flourished despite his failing health. It was during this time that he worked on his albums The Next Day and ★ (Blackstar), as well as his musical, Lazarus. The documentary features rare interviews with the man himself, incredible archival footage, and recollections from producer Tony Visconti, as well as bandmates Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey and Carlos Alomar.
After the news of his death on January 10, 2016, shocked the world, it quickly became evident that Bowie had scattered clues about his impending death throughout his final album, ★ (Blackstar), as well as in his ‘Lazarus’ music video, which was released three days before his death. The video begins with a frail-looking Bowie singing from a hospital bed: “Look up here, I’m in heaven / I’ve got scars that can’t be seen / I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen / Everybody knows me now.” See what I mean about the goosebumps?
A man on top of his game, indeed.