EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
The RISE and FALL of ZIGGY STARDUST and the SPIDERS FROM MARS – June 6, 1972
Forty-one years ago today a “Starman” from Mars made himself known to a generation of Rockers yearning for a new sound who were on the verge of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide“.
His message of “Soul Love” was an inspiration and though “It Ain’t Easy” to do in this “Suffragette City” he told us to “Hang Onto Yourself” for just “Five Years” and we too would be a “Star“.
His name was “Ziggy Stardust” and along with “Lady Stardust” he led us into a “Moonage Daydream“of Rock ‘n’ Roll bliss!
Strangely enough, the above “story” is fairly true.
The thrilling climax of the British Invasion bands, the Psychedelic S.F./L.A. bands and the “Supergroups” had run their course and by 1972 all of us Rockers were getting a little edgy, jonesin’ for the next “big thing”.
We were accustom to incredible musical trends, historic and classic bands and outtasight music so we knew we were due and we had been patient.
And then it happened; an androgynous alien arrived on the scene, a powerful Rock ‘n’ Roll mutant with his band, the Spiders from Mars! That’s right, the Spiders from Mars! How cool was that?
And to top it off his name was Ziggy Stardust! And the best part, the absolute best part was that Ziggy and his band were just the dynamic explosion of Rock ‘n’ Roll that we desperately needed. Just like the superhero in any great comic book or movie, Ziggy arrived just in time to save the day!
It’s mind-blowing to think that its been four decades since Bowie invaded the Rock scene and changed life as we knew it. It seems like yesterday that our newly initiated Space Tribe were Rockin’ to the refreshing cosmic-cool sounds and totally fun concept of this album.
For further fantabulous freaky fun surrounding the amazing influence of David Bowie
during this historical era, please check out the links below:
Thankfully, I was very fortunate to have a righteous seat at
Bowie’s U.S. debut at the Santa Monica Civic on 10-20-72
and five months later, (scroll down from the above review) close to the stage for
Ziggy’s Farewell at the Hollywood Palladium on 3-12-73!
“I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa coming for you,
I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ bitch for you”
– Ziggy Stardust – “Moonage Daydream”