It's the superstar's first full-scale jaunt in eight years...

David Bowie has announced details of his first world tour in eight years.

The ‘A Reality Tour’ will stretch through into 2004, taking in 17 countries over seven months and will see the legend playing in front of one million people.

The jaunt will be David Bowie’s first full worldwide tour since his ‘Outside Tour’ in 1995. He did play a series of one-off gigs last year to support his ‘Heathen’ album, including a show at Hammersmith Apollo in London, where he famously “killed off” Ziggy Stardust in 1973.

The beginning of the tour in October will coincide with the release of David Bowie’s new album ‘Reality’.

David Bowie said: “Last year’s shows were such a tremendous high and the audiences so responsive. My band is playing at the top of its form right now and it would be foolish not to play a tour this year while we’re in such good spirits about the live aspects of out work.”

The UK tour dates announced so far are:

Manchester MEN Arena (November 17)

Birmingham NEC (19)

London Wembley Arena (25)

Tickets go onsale on Friday June 20 at 9am. Click back to NME.COM then.