Garys love of the seminal album goes way back to his childhood and he often refers to seeing Bowie on Top of the Pops as being a life-changing moment. Now, 40 years on, Gary is honoured to be an integral part of the celebrations of Bowies mystical alien landing on Earth.
The Ziggy Stardust album cover photograph was shot in Heddon Street and the plaque will be only the second to be erected in London to commemorate a fictional character (the first being Sherlock Holmes) . Gary will also be presenting a BBC Radio 2 documentary to be broadcast on 6th June, the actual 40th Anniversary of the albums release.
David Shaw, Head of The Crown Estate Retail Portfolio will also speak as will a Westminster City Councillor.
Gary has been talking to the media about the upcoming Ziggy Stardust BBC Radio 2 documentary and you can still hear him for three more days via the BBC iPlayer from when he was a guest on The Robert Elms Show about the project and his love of all things Bowie.
L-R Gary Kemp, the guy from The Crown Estate (who was wearing a particularly impressive pair of platforms), Terry Pastor (who hand coloured the album sleeve~), Trevor & Woody. Sorry about the bloke in front taking the photo but I wasn't quite tall enough to get him out of shot!
there was a nice little feature about it tonight on this programme.
it was on for about five minutes. she was talking to gary kemp and trevor and woody.
complete with clips of starman from totp and ziggy hammersmith odeon gig.
interesting that trevor said bowies management is here and i think we'l b hearing a lot more about this?
woody really looked rather like jim bowen i thought.
Am I the only one feeling slightly uncomfortable with Gary Kemp being given the honour of unveiling this Ziggy plaque? Surely there are more deserving candidates who should have been considered before Kemp.
Might I respectfully suggest Paul Kinder would have been more fitting choice since he is responsible for what's probably considered the best Bowie fan site currently available thus keeping interest in Bowie going, even Blammo from Bowienet would have been a better choice after all the shit he has had to take keeping the shipwreck that is Bowienet afloat.
Gary Kemp says Ziggy changed his life, well Ziggy changed mine and others as well, just coz he is a washed up ex pop star doesnt make him a good or indeed worthwhile choice IMHO.
I have no probs for using Gary Kemp as the celeb to open the plaque. (Sorry Paul) He's a great fan and has said so on many an occassion plus his celeb status gets the Plaque more media coverage. I am going down tomorrow after wotk to have my proverbial photoshoot taken.
I've no real problem with Gary Kemp as a person either I just think there are people more worthy who could have been given the honour.
You say he is famous, fair enough but lets be honest he was a member of a band who had fame in the 80s for a short while, hardly mega fame stuff, besides Tony Hadley was the real star of Spandu Ballet as all lead singers usually are.
Aren't you all getting a little carried way here? All this debate about who is qualified to unveil a plaque? Funnily enough i used to work in a practice in regent st and often ate in heddon street - there's a couple of nice italian restaurants there - but never knew it was a zingy stardust link.
[[ Daltrey and Plant? Were they bigger than their respective bands? I think not!]]
No they were not but neither were The Who and Led Zep, erm Spandu Ballet!
Having said that I'd say the lead singer of any band is the main stay, heart, and very public face of it however good the other members within it are, that's why when the lead singer leaves or dies the band usually, or at least should! die or pack in with their lead singers departure IMHO, witness the farce that is now Queen for example
Anyway like I said I've nothing personal against Gary Kemp he is probably a really nice guy and if I ever met him I'd willingly buy the man a pint or two and enjoy a conversation with him, after all he is a db fan just like me / us. I just think there are more worthy people who should / could have been considered for the very special honour of unveiling this plaque which denotes the fictional birth place of one of Rock musics most iconic images, an image and period of db's career that holds a very special place in every db fans heart worldwide especially those who were around in the 70s.