David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars concert film

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is a 1973 concert movie by D.A. Pennebaker. It features David Bowie and his backing group The Spiders from Mars performing at the Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973, the last show of the tour and the last of Bowie's as Ziggy Stardust, since he decided to drop the Ziggy persona. The DVD release was later retitled Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture.


David Bowie had taken the stage persona of Ziggy Stardust, a science fiction based, theatrical, enigmatic, androgynous character and produced two albums during this period. The evening of 3 July was the last show in the English concert tour promoting Bowie's 1973 album Aladdin Sane and the 60th gig in a tour of Britain that started on 12 May, though an American tour was already being booked for the autumn. Very few in Bowie's entourage knew of his decision to drop the Ziggy persona and stop performing for a while; in the band only Mick Ronson had been told a few days before the final night. At the end of the evening, aptly just before the song "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide", Bowie announced that, "Not only is this the last show of the tour, but it's the last show that we'll ever do". The phrasing was deliberately ambiguous, but most of the audience and many London newspapers and magazines took it to mean that Bowie was retiring from music. In fact, he had killed off his Ziggy persona but not his music career. Director Pennebaker had been asked to come to London and film just a few songs but when he saw the first of the two London shows he realised that "there was a full-length film here asking to be made". Though he had only scant knowledge of Bowie's music, apart from Space Oddity, he was impressed by the star's onstage charisma and the range of his songs and quickly prepared to shoot the entire second gig, without knowing that it would include a dramatic final coup. Jeff Beck participated on three songs (two of them forming a medley) midway through the concert but was edited out from the final cut at his own wish. The expanded version of "The Width of a Circle" was shortened by a few minutes for the soundtrack on vinyl and CD. The film was shown a few times at festivals in late 1973 but then disappeared from view until 1983, when it was released on video accompanied by the soundtrack double album. After the rupture between Bowie and Tony Defries' MainMan management company in early 1975, Bowie was reluctant to release or promote any recordings dating from before the Young Americans album as he would have to give half the income from any such recordings to MainMan up to the end of 1982. 

30th Anniversary DVD

1. Hang on to Yourself
2. Ziggy Stardust
3. Watch That Man
4. Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
5. All the Young Dudes (originally penned for Mott the Hoople)
6. Oh! You Pretty Things
7. Moonage Daydream
8. Changes"
9. Space Oddity
10. My Death (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman)  
11. Cracked Actor
12. Time
13. The Width of a Circle
14. Let's Spend the Night Together (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 
15. Suffragette City
16. White Light/White Heat" (Lou Reed)
17. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide


David Bowie–lead vocals, guitar, mouth harp
Mick Ronson–lead guitar, backing vocals
Trevor Bolder–bass guitar
Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey–drums, percussion

Additional musicians:
Ken Fordham-saxophone, flute
Brian Wilshaw-saxophone, flute
Geoffrey MacCormack-backing vocals, percussion
John Hutchinson-guitar
Mike Garson-piano, organ, mellotron
Sound recording mixed by Tony Visconti

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggy_Stardust_and_the_Spiders_from_Mars_(film)