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David Bowie Hits Stage After Heart Surgery

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For the second time in as many weeks, on Thursday British-born rocker David Bowie took the stage in New York – marking the first appearances by the 58-year-old performer since he suffered a heart attack last year.

Bowie, who was in town for New York Fashion Week, made his appearances with the Arcade Fire, a popular indie rock band from Montreal, onstage at their concert in Central Park, the Associated Press reports. The crowd roared its approval as Bowie and the group performed one of his songs and then one of Arcade Fire’s tunes.

Last week he and the group also played at the Fashion Rocks Concert. He had earlier agreed to the appearances on one condition, AP reports. “I told them I’d only do it if they got Arcade Fire to perform,” Bowie said. “They’re fantastic.”

Bowie was taken to a German hospital in late June 2004 after complaining of a pinched nerve in his shoulder. There he underwent an emergency angioplasty operation and recovery before returning to his New York home.

The surgery forced Bowie to cut short his European tour, although the former Ziggy Stardust performer told fans he wouldn’t be memorializing the experience in verse.

“I won’t be writing a song about this one,” he said in a statement.