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 was a fictional character created by the iconic British musician David Bowie. Bowie portrayed Ziggy Stardust during the early 1970s as part of his album and stage show titled “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” released in 1972.

Ziggy Stardust was an androgynous, flamboyant rock star who acted as a messenger from outer space. The character became synonymous with Bowie’s larger-than-life stage presence, extravagant costumes, and innovative musical style. Ziggy Stardust helped Bowie achieve international fame and left a lasting impact on the world of music and fashion.

“The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” is considered one of Bowie’s most influential and critically acclaimed albums. It featured hits like “Starman,” “Suffragette City,” and the titular track “Ziggy Stardust.” The concept album tells the story of an alien rock star who arrives on Earth, experiences fame, and ultimately faces a tragic end. Bowie retired the character of Ziggy Stardust in 1973, but his influence and legacy continue to resonate in the world of music and pop culture.