“Not only is it the last show of the tour”
As you’ve no doubt noticed, today marks the 45th anniversary of David Bowie’s final Ziggy and The Spiders show, which took place at Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd, 1973.
On this very evening forty five years ago, a stunned and somewhat bewildered audience left the venue having witnessed Ziggy’s final show to a paying audience*, complete with a farewell speech that many weren't sure if they had heard correctly.
Of course, the “we” of “the last show that we’ll ever do...” referred to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars collectively, as Bowie himself was back on the road in North America less than a year later with The Year Of The Diamond Dogs tour.
Nevertheless, that farewell speech followed by one of the more emotional performances of Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide is now the stuff of legend. Check out both here.
Finally, check this out this video on the official David Bowie Facebook page.
*Ziggy was resurrected one last time for The 1980 Floor Show at The Marquee in October.