David Bowie breaks his nearly decade long hiatus today (March 12th) with the release of The Next Day. The new album was produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, who produced such classic Bowie sets as 1970's The Man Who Sold The World, 1974's Diamond Dogs, 1975's Young Americans, 1977's Low and "Heroes," 1978's Stage, 1979's Lodger, and 1980's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). Bowie's last studio set, 2003's Reality, was also produced by Visconti and was released on September 16th, 2003.

Clapton admits that he records these days mainly to satisfy his own musical tastes: "I make records, as much as anything, for me to, to be able to listen to. I mean, it's almost like I can't buy what I want to hear, so I make what I want to hear. And I think about, I dream up what I would like to hear, and then I try to go about making that for myself. So it's a very selfish occupation, really."

Eric Clapton kicks off his North American tour on Thursday, March 14th in Phoenix, Arizona at the US Airways Center.