David Bowie’s legendary final Ziggy Stardust show digitally restored for global cinema premiere

Film will show throughout July

On July 3, 1973, David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust, his most celebrated alter-ego, in front of 5000 disbelieving fans onstage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Fifty years to that day, Ziggy will return to that same stage for one night only. The Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (formerly the Odeon) will host the global premiere of the newly restored version of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture with the film also being shown in 1000+ cinemas worldwide during the month of July.

The Eventim Apollo Hammersmith will host a red-carpet premiere, including an exclusive 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 worldwide premiere will allow fans to finally see the complete set that was played on that fateful night for the first time and features the performance of legendary guitarist Jeff Beck whose scenes were famously 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 1973 – filming Bowie and The Spiders From Mars backstage and onstage. Ringo Starr even dropped in for a chat. The digital restoration of the new version of the film has been overseen by his son, Frazer Pennebaker. Now in 4K and with 5.1 sound, the complete version will provide Bowie fans with the opportunity to unite and relive the iconic moment which changed popular culture forever.

Tickets are on sale for the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith with tickets for global cinemas starting Thursday, May 18th via davidbowie.com.

Limited tickets for the Eventim Apollo premiere will be made available to fans and there will also be simultaneous one-night-only screenings of the Q&A and the film on July 3 in cinemas in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Australia.

Film screenings in Canada, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary will take place throughout July. Further screenings of the digitally restored film will also be announced in US, Latin America, Asia, France, Spain, Belgium and Scandinavia.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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