Comeback call for pensioner Bowie
David Bowie became an old-age pensioner yesterday but already his legion of fans are demanding he step out of retirement and go on tour.
As the 'Space Oddity' star turned 65, hundreds of supporters urged the elusive star to end his years of sporadic public appearances and reclaim the world stage.
Dozens of music industry celebrities, from Boy George to Gary Barlow, took to the online social networking site Twitter to congratulate him on a remarkable career.
And other well known figures insisted the time was right for the self-proclaimed "chameleon of pop" to mark the milestone with some comeback gigs.
Comedian David Baddiel tweeted: "I know David Bowie is 65 today but God I wish he'd come out of retirement."
Mr Baddiel's original message was re-tweeted more than 200 times as other users of the site urged Mr Bowie to end his exile.
It's only a few weeks since lost footage of his 'Jean Genie' performance was unearthed by a cameraman after 40 years, reminding fans of -- and introducing younger listeners to -- his effortless musical genius.
The archive film of the singer performing number two hit 'The Jean Genie' in January 1973 on 'Top of the Pops' came to light after it was feared to have been wiped.
Mr Bowie never took himself too seriously, famously clowning around with Mick Jagger in the 1980s music video for 'Dancing in the Street'. He also featured in the cartoon 'Spongebob Squarepants'.
The musician turned down a knighthood, saying simply: "I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that."
Instead, after a health scare, he went into semi-retirement with his supermodel wife Iman.
Innovating constantly, Mr Bowie made brilliant music through the 1990s, dipping into drum 'n' bass and jungle on his 'Earthling' album, composed music for computer games -- and then toured the world in 2003.
His ability to innovate and reinvent himself fed fans' obsessions, spawned the Bowie mullet as a trendy hairstyle, and sparked a fashion of dressing up as Ziggy Stardust.
He was a professional chameleon with intellectual depth and honesty.
"I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music," Mr Bowie once said. Few could deny that he achieved his aim.