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Mike Oldfield talks Tubular Bells, the dark side and getting his mojo back

“I’ve seen life’s dark side,” says the polymath as he returns to ’75 album Ommadawn to channel his emotional fallout

It’s been a turbulent few years for Mike Oldfield. There was the “absolute pinnacle of [his] personal achievement”: his performance at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. Then, in 2015, his eldest son Dougal died. Meanwhile, his third marriage ended in divorce, and the musician who helped build Richard Branson’s Virgin empire with his 1973 album Tubular Bells is still reeling from the emotional and financial cost. “I’ve got more lawyers than friends,” he says from his home in Nassau, with a faint laugh. “Since the Olympics, I’ve been shown the dark side of life and human nature. Still, it hasn’t been boring.”



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