David Bowie asked to play at Glastonbury for third time to mark 40th anniversary
David Bowie performs at Glastonbury Festival in 2000; he has been asked back for the 40th anniversary year
It was believed within music industry circles that Ziggy Stardust had hung up his microphone for good.
But the Daily Mail has now learnt that David Bowie has been asked to come out of ‘retirement’ to perform at next year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The 62-year-old has been formally approached to be one of the headline acts at the festival’s 40th anniversary next year – almost four decades after he first played there.
The star – who has sold an estimated 136 million albums in his career - is currently considering the offer from his home in the US.
If he does agree, the appearance would be Mr Bowie’s first concert in six years, since he suffered a heart attack while on stage in 2004.
A source close to the singer said: 'David is considering the offer.
'He hasn’t played a concert for a long time and some people had even wondered if he had basically retired.
'But when Glastonbury approached him, he decided it was something he would certainly be happy to look at.
'After all, he’s always had great experiences when he has played there in the past. And it might be time for him to have one last hurrah there.'
Mr Bowie has appeared twice before at the festival.
He first appeared in 1971 – in the festival’s second year - when Julie Christie and Jean Shrimpton attended and it was headlined by rock acts Hawkwind and Traffic.
He then returned to the Somerset location again in 2000 to triumphantly headline the event. Afterwards, event founder Michael Eavis labelled it the best Glastonbury ever.
Bowie suffered a chest pain while performing – as part of a world tour - at the Hurricane Festival in Scheesel, Germany on 25 June 2004.
It was diagnosed as an acutely blocked artery and an emergency angioplasty was performed at St Georg Hospital in Hamburg.
Mr Bowie afterwards admitted he had suffered a minor heart attack, resulting from years of heavy smoking and touring.
Since then, Mr Bowie has lived quietly in New York with wife Iman and nine-year-old daughter Alexandria, making rare public appearances.
If he does agree to perform at Glastonbury, which will take place from June 26 to June 28 next year, he will join Irish rock giants U2.
They were confirmed as one of the headline acts last week with Mr Eavis saying: 'At last the biggest band in the world is going to do the best festival in the world.
'Nothing could be better for our 40-year party, and there are even more surprises in the pipeline.'
In 2002, Mr Bowie was ranked 29 in a BBC survey of the 100 Greatest Britons.
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