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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.
David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ 40th Anniversary edition to be released June 5
The classic 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' Bowie's concept album about an alien who becomes a messiah-like rock star on Earth, will get a special 40th anniversary reissue on CD, vinyl and DVD-audio disc. The highly influential album was not only was one of the defining records of the glam-rock era but was hugely influential on the punk-rock and new wave movements.
Originally released in June 1972, the 11-track recording features such Bowie classics as 'Moonage Daydream,' 'Starman,' 'Suffragette City' and 'Ziggy Stardust.' The album includes contributions from Mick Ronson and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman.
The 40th anniversary collection will be released as a standard CD, a deluxe set that includes a 180-gram vinyl LP and a DVD-Audio disc. The DVD disc will feature the remastered tracks, 5.1 mixes of the same songs, and previously unreleased 5.1 mixes of four recordings from the Ziggy Stardust sessions -- "Moonage Daydream," "The Supermen," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Sweet Head." The reissues will be out on June 5.
Happy Birthday to one of the most influential musicians in rock history, David Bowie. Bowie turns 65 today, and we're wishing him the best of health now and in the future. Here's to hoping he hits the stage at some point once again.
Born in Brixton, south London, in 1947 and loved for his flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Bowie first caught the world’s attention in the late 1960s. His song 'Space Oddity' reached the top five in the UK singles chart in 1969 and by 1972 his hit single 'Starman,' along with the album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' ensured him poll position in the glam rock era.
Biographer David Buckley wrote that his songs “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture”.
Throughout his career Bowie is estimated to have sold 140 million albums and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Despite his vast international success, Bowie has not released an album since 'Reality' in 2003.
A year later, during a performance at the Hurricane Festival in Germany, he suffered severe chest pains due to a blocked artery which required surgery. The remainder of the tour was cancelled as a result and he has now not played live since 2006.
Bowie has also had a successful movie career, including the lead role in Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' as Jareth, The Goblin King. He also starred in 'The Man Who Fell To Earth.'