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David Bowie's new stages songs 'sound like classics'

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David Bowie's new stages songs 'sound like classics'

David Bowie's new musical stage show will feature new songs that sound as good as his "classic" tracks, according to the project's director.

Titled 'Lazarus', the 68-year-old musician's new show is being co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, and is to be directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who has said that the show's songs are incredible.

Ivo said: "Some of the songs sound as if you have heard them forever - like classics. There are romantic songs - because his songs are deeply romantic - and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That's what these new songs are about. [David] told me he is going to give his songs a new skin."

While the show is based on Bowie's 1976 film 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' - which saw the musician playing an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton - the director has confirmed that the 'Starman' singer won't be appearing onstage himself.

Speaking to the BBC, Ivo said: "I don't think [performing on stage] is the thing he likes most in his life."

As well as this new stage show, Bowie will be releasing his single 'Changes' as a limited edition seven-inch picture disc for this year's Record Store Day on April 18.

The track, taken from Bowie's 1971 album 'Hunky Dory', will be released alongside another clear vinyl seven-inch that pairs Bowie's 1980 cover of 'Kingdom Come' with the Tom Verlaine original.