David Bowie 1973-07-03 London , Hamersmith Odeon – The Last Time I Saw Ziggy…. (Vinyl) –
Sound Quality Rating very good. Equals record or radio apart from a slight noise and some dullness.
A1 Hang on To Yourself
A2 Wild Eyed-Boy From Freecloud
A3 All The Young Dudes
A4 Oh! You Pretty Things
A5 Moorage Daydream
A7 Space Oddity
B2 Suffragette City
B3 Jean Genie / Love Me Do
B4 Rock And Roll Suicide
Label: ARC 1002
Audio Source: audience
Total running time: 0:49:05
Note: very good. Equals record or radio apart from a slight noise and some dullness.
The 3rd Ziggy Stardust UK tour finishes at the Hammersmith Odeon Theatre, London. This concert comes to be known as the “Retirement Gig.” Jeff Beck attends as special guest. Before this gig Bowie had announced that he would take a short holiday when the tour was over, before recording at the Chateau in France and then planned to return to the US for another tour.
The concert is filmed by D.A Pennebaker and recorded by RCA Mobile with the intention of releasing a live double album in February 1974 provisionally tilted BOWIE-ING OUT. This eventually becomes the 1983 soundtrack album, film and video ZIGGY STARDUST – THE MOTION PICTURE minus the live performances of “Jean Genie/Love Me Do” and “Round and Round.” Just prior to the last encore number Bowie steps up to the mike and announces:
“Everybody…this has been one of the greatest tours of our lives. I would like to thank the band. I would like to thank our road crew. I would like to thank our lighting people. Of all of the shows on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest (cheers from the audience) because not only is it…not only is it the last show of the tour, but its the last show that we’ll ever do. Thank you”
This shocks Ziggy fans who scream “No!” Bowie then launches into “Rock n Roll Suicide” and at the finish of the song concludes:
“Thank-you very much. Bye-bye. We love you.”
Bowie’s announcement is also a major shock for The Spiders From Mars who were unaware that Bowie had also decided to retire them from ever touring again. Only Tony DeFries and Mick Rock were aware of the announcement. That night Bowie and a handful of friends hold a small party at the Inn On the Park..