Roy Thomson HAll presents
Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country will be performing David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars exactly as you remember hearing it, note for note, cut for cut.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is the fifth studio album by David Bowie, released on June 16th 1972.
Described as a loose concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is about Bowie’s titular alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional androgynous bisexual rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. A concert film of the same name, directed by D. A. Pennebaker, was recorded in 1973 and released a decade later.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and number 75 in the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart. As of January 2016 it had sold 7.5 million copies worldwide. Receiving widespread critical acclaim, in 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress.