AXS TV HONORS THE LEGACY OF BELOVED ROCK ICON DAVID BOWIE WITH THE CLASSIC CONCERT FILM ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS, AIRING SUN., JAN. 17 AT 10pE
The 1973 Film is the Only HD Performance Footage of David Bowie, and Features Backstage Moments and Hits Such as “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” and “Suffragette City”
LOS ANGELES – January 13, 2016 – AXS TV honors the tremendous life and legacy of influential rock n’ roll icon David Bowie, with a special presentation of his classic 1973 concert film ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS—airing Sunday, January 17, at 10pE/7pP.This feature is the only known HD performance footage of Bowie in existence.
Filmed live at London’s historic Hammersmith Odeon venue on July 3, 1973, ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS captures the stunning final show of Bowie’s 60-stop London tour, supporting his acclaimed album Aladdin Sane. The film combines intimate backstage moments featuring Bowie and his then-wife, Angie, with some of the artist’s most beloved hits from his award-winning catalogue. The setlist includes such groundbreaking favorites as “Ziggy Stardust,” “Oh! You Pretty Things,” “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Suffragette City,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” as well as covers of the Mott the Hoople classic “All the Young Dudes,” Lou Reed’s “White Light/White Heat,” and the Rolling Stones standard “Let’s Spend the Night Together.”
ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS was shot by legendary director D.A. Pennebaker, who had originally planned on only filming a handful of songs at the first of Bowie’s two London gigs. Although having little familiarity with Bowie’s music, Pennebaker was so impressed by the star’s charismatic personality and powerhouse performances that he was compelled to turn the footage into a full-length film. Little did Pennebaker know, upon returning for the second show, that he would be capturing one of the biggest moments in rock history, as Bowie shocked the audience by announcing the retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona at the end of the set.
“ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS is a perfect time capsule, putting David Bowie’s fearless showmanship on full display and capturing the true end of an era that is still treasured by his legions of fans today,” said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s senior vice president, programming and development. “Throughout his career, Bowie has been credited with influencing countless artists across a wide range of genres and decades, and this performance makes it easy to see why.”
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