When longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick got a call from the Thin White Duke last May asking to join him in the studio for the first time in a decade, Slick insists he wasn't shocked in the least. "Nothing he ever does surprises me," the guitarist -- who has played on classic Bowie albums such as ‘Young Americans’ and ‘Station to Station’ and toured with the legend -- tells our sister site Ultimate Classic Rock. "It doesn’t surprise me when he shows up; it doesn’t surprise me when he disappears. It’s just DB."

The result of those sessions, 'The Next Day,' is Bowie's first album since 2003's 'Reality.' The disc is due out March 12 and will include the new single ‘Where Are We Now?’ which surfaced on Tuesday (Jan. 8), Bowie's 66th birthday. So, what will the record sound like?

"I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s really, really, really good. And it’s a bit eclectic, so it’s not all like what you heard," Slick says, echoing comments 'Next Day' producer Tony Visconti gave to the BBC earlier this week. "It’s rocking. There’s a lot of rockers on there, I can tell you that ... I’m the go-to guy for the rock stuff with David. And that’s why I’m always there."