3 July 1973

David Bowie retires his stage persona Ziggy Stardust with the surprise announcement that it is “the last show that we’ll ever do” on the last day of the Ziggy Stardust Tour.

Ziggy Stardust is a fictional character created by British musician David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust served as Bowie’s alter ego and the central figure of his concept album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” released in 1972. The character is a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings and is ultimately doomed to self-destruction.

Ziggy Stardust is known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, which included striking costumes, makeup, and hairstyles. The persona was a groundbreaking and influential part of Bowie’s career, helping to cement his status as a musical and cultural icon. The Ziggy Stardust persona was retired by Bowie in 1973, but it remains one of the most memorable and celebrated aspects of his legacy.