Restored ‘Ziggy Stardust’ film will be shown in theaters

by JAY LUSTIG
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A restored version of the film “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” is being released to theaters this month.

A digitally restored version of the D.A. Pennebaker-directed 1979 concert film, “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars,” will be shown in more than 1,500 movie theaters worldwide — and in more than 500 in the United States, including many in New Jersey — this month. Click here to find locations.

The footage was shot on July 3, 1973, at the Hammersmith Odeon (now the Eventim Apollo) in London, at the last concert appearance for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona. A 50th anniversary soundtrack re-release, featuring remastered audio and new mixes by Tony Visconti, is due out Aug. 11 on the Rhino label.

Both the film and the soundtrack have been expanded to include Bowie’s cover, from the 1973 show, of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around,” and his medley of “The Jean Genie” and The Beatles’ “Love Me Do.” Both numbers feature the late Jeff Beck on guitar.

Here is the show’s setlist:

“Hang On to Yourself”
“Ziggy Stardust”
“Watch That Man”
“Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud”
“All the Young Dudes”
“Oh! You Pretty Things”
“Moonage Daydream”
“Changes”
“Space Oddity”
“My Death”
“Cracked Actor”
“Time”
“The Width of a Circle”
“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
“Suffragette City”
“White Light/White Heat”
“The Jean Genie”/”Love Me Do” (with Jeff Beck)
“Around and Around” (with Jeff Beck)
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”

Here is the movie’s trailer:

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