Marking 50 years since David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust, digitally restored footage of the performance will be shown at the same venue where it took place. On 3 July 2023, London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith will present a screening of the 1979 concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture, now restored in 4K.
Known as the Odeon since 1973, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith will roll out the red carpet to celebrate Ziggy Stardust’s legacy, welcoming some of his frequent collaborators and a fleet of musical successors for an onstage panel before the screening.
The restoration of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture also includes performance scenes featuring legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, which were cut from its original iteration. Shot by filmmaker DA Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan Don’t Look Back, Depeche Mode 101), the new version, complete with 5.1 sound, recreates candid shots of Bowie and The Spiders as well as spectacular onstage antics. enlivened by From Mars, as well as a guest appearance by Ringo Starr.
In addition to the Eventim Apollo screening, there will also be a night of Q&A and simultaneous screenings of the film on 3 July in cinemas across the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Australia. Screenings will take place throughout July in Canada, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, while additional screenings will be announced in the US, Latin America, Asia, France, Spain, Belgium and Scandinavia.
Ticket information and additional details can be found on the Bowie website. See a preview of the restoration below.
If you can’t make it to the movies, you can watch Brett Morgan’s 2022 Bowie documentary Mooney’s Daydream, which is now streaming on HBO Max.