Tag: Brian Ward
A commemorative plaque honoring David Bowie's iconic Ziggy Stardust character was unveiled Tuesday (Mar. 27) at the site where the cover photo for the classic 1972 album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' was shot.
The album cover was shot in January 1972, five months before the record release, with Bowie resting his foot on a step outside 23 Heddon Street in central London, which photographer Brian Ward used as a makeshift studio.
Spiders of Mars band members Mick Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder; Terry Pastor, the illustrator responsible for tinting the album's cover; and Ziggy Stardust producer Ken Scott were all in attendace. Founding Spandau Ballet member Gary Kemp, whose own group's music was enormously influenced by Bowie, hosted the honors of unveiling the plaque. Kemp, who became hooked by music after seeing Bowie in his Ziggy guise on Top Of The Pops, described him as a "Messianic rock star."
"Ziggy was the ultimate messianic rock star, and with him David Bowie successfully blurred the lines not just between boys and girls, but himself and his creation," said Kemp. "Bowie was Ziggy come to save us -- and I bought him hook, eyeliner and haircut. It seems right that it should be the job of a fan boy and I am very honored."
The 40th anniversary deluxe reissue of Ziggy Stardust will be released on June 5th.