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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From... See full summary »

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Trevor Bolder ...
Himself - Bass
Mick Woodmansey ...
Himself - Drums (as Mick Woodmansy) (as Woody Woodmansey)
Ken Fordham ...
Himself - Sax, Flute
Brian Wilshaw ...
Himself - Sax, Flute
Geoffrey MacCormack ...
Himself - Backing Vocals, Percussions
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Himself - Piano, Mellotron, Organ
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The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud'/'All The Young Dudes'/'Oh! You Pretty Things', a Lou Reed cover, and a Rolling Stones cover are but some of the highlights. Written by MasoK <grok@tri-lakes.net>

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December 1973 (UK)  »

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$6,816 (USA) (12 July 2002)

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$161,634 (USA) (4 April 2003)
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RCA requested that many references to, mostly, death and suicide in Bowie's lyrics should be bleeped. Pennebaker gave way. But he only bleeped the mono-sound negative, while the stereo film print and soundtrack remained non-bleeped. See more »

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David Bowie: My Mother saw her first spaceship today...
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Referenced in Eight Legged Freaks (2002) See more »

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All the Young Dudes
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie (as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
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A Slice of Rock History
10 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have absolutely no idea what movie the vast majority of commenters were watching... For a start, Pennebaker's style of documentary is grainy and gritty through *choice* not "amateurism". It's called REALISM. I first saw "Ziggy" in a movie theatre in Germany and was completely blown away by its energy and freshness. I think it's a sad state of affairs that modern audiences are so dulled by CGI and DVD extras, that they can't appreciate a mind-blowing piece of cinema verite like this. This movie captures all of the sweat, hysteria and sheer balls of Bowie's final performance as Ziggy Stardust, and it's incredible.


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