DAVID BOWIE’S last ever show as Ziggy Stardust goes global with a digitally restored version showing at over 1000 cinemas worldwide

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David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust, his most celebrated alter-ego, in front of 5000 disbelieving fans onstage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. 50 years later, Ziggy will finally go global with a digitally restored version of ‘Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture’ showing at over 1000 cinemas worldwide.

The original Ziggy Stardust tour in 1972/73 only visited the UK, USA and Japan, making this new uncut version of the film the first chance for European fans to finally see Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars up close – and in 4K HD with 5.1 sound.

Original Spiders drummer Woody Woodmansey: “In hindsight, there are so many places that we didn’t get to, and there were some places that were totally into us. Germany was particularly strong, and we had an underground type of following in France. People needed to see the live show for things to kick off properly and we didn’t manage that. But our schedule was so rammed, I can’t see how we could’ve done that.”

July 3, 2023 – The Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (formerly the Odeon) will host the global premiere of the newly restored version of the film 50 years to the day. The evening will also include an on-stage conversation with Bowie collaborators and contemporary musicians that will precede the film screening. They will address the original show’s legacy and Ziggy’s pan-generational resonance. The Q&A at Eventim Apollo will be hosted by the award-winning editor, Mercury Music Prize judge and Echo Velvet’s Creative Director Phil Alexander, who said: “It’s rare that you can pin-point a precise moment in music where culture genuinely changes. The night of July 3, 1973, when David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars played Hammersmith Odeon, is one of those moments. The impact of David’s decision to retire Ziggy onstage and split the Spiders was an act that led to creative rebirth and whole lot more. The idea of Ziggy and the band returning to that same stage, allows Bowie fans to unite and enjoy a once in lifetime experience. It will be the closest anyone has come to being there back in ’73, and we intend to make sure we celebrate the events of that fateful night with a good few surprises.”

Watch the trailer for ‘Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture’ below:

The newly restored film will allow fans to finally see the complete set that was played on that July night for the first time and features the performance of legendary guitarist Jeff Beck whose performance was cut from the original version of the film.

Renowned filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan Don’t Look Back, Depeche Mode 101) captured the momentous event back in ’73, filming Bowie and The Spiders From Mars backstage and onstage. The digital restoration of the new version of the film has been overseen by his son, Frazer Pennebaker. ‘Ziggy Stardust, The Motion Picture’ provides Bowie fans with the opportunity to unite and relive the iconic moment that changed popular culture forever.

Global cinema tickets are available from today, for details on your participating local cinemas, visit www.davidbowie.com
Tickets are on sale for the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith now from https://www.eventimapollo.com & www.davidbowie.com

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