I'd c'mon like a regular superstar...
I doubt there's anybody reading this that needs reminding of the fact that today is the 30th anniversary of the release of 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'. The EMI reissue of the album as a 30th Anniversary Special Edition double CD (04/26/02 NEWS: ZIGGY, THE SECOND COMING) has now been put back to July 8th, and we will be celebrating the album proper nearer that release date.
Meanwhile, the above is a press ad for Ziggy that appeared in Melody Maker exactly thirty years ago this week. The legend reads:
Can a young guy who went through truly incredible "Changes" and made it all "Hunky Dory" ever find true happiness as a "Starman"?
The ad also features this excerpt from a May 27 1972 Cashbox review of the album:
"If they are still putting phonograph records in time capsules, then we would like to recommend the new Bowie for inclusion. David's latest full-scale invasion of the mind is the telling saga of a rock and roll star's treck through a garden of unearthly delights. The songs are uniformly brilliant and the production by Bowie and Ken Scott is virtually flawless. It's an electric age beauty. It's a cold hard beauty. It's another example of the shining genius of David Bowie. An album to take with you into the 1980's."
...and into the Nineties and the Noughties, and no doubt far beyond. There is also an announcement on the ad that: "On July 8th David Bowie appears at The Royal Festival Hall in aid of Friends of the Earth." I'm sure you all know about this date too, for it was the show that famously presented Lou Reed to Britain for the first time when he joined David on-stage for 'White Light/White Heat', 'Sweet Jane', and 'Waiting For The Man'...but that's another story.
You can read more reviews for 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' from around the globe at Mike Harvey's excellent Ziggy Stardust Companion. The site is in the process of being updated as we speak, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.