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March 27 2012 at 8:50 AM

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REMINDER: ZIGGY STARDUST PLAQUE THIS MORNING


The VIP unveiling will be hosted by The Crown Estate at the Hub, 10 Heddon Street, W1 opposite number 23 where the original Ziggy Stardust cover shot was taken.

Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp is doing the unveiling. Here's a bit from the band's news page,http://www.spandauballet.com/news/gary-to-unveil-ziggy-stardust-plaque/ posted last week...



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.

The Bowie section is around half an hour in to the show.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00plqxn/Robert_Elms_With_Gary_Kemp_this_week_s_Fourfer__Johnny_Homer_and_Curtis_Stigers/

FOOTNOTE: If you do go, listen out for THAT phone ringing...if you answer, make sure the first thing you say is 'I Love Ziggy Stardust' and you just might get a Ziggy-related prize.

 
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hm
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Re: ZIGGY

March 27 2012, 9:18 AM 

I still think the whole thing stinks. Radio 4 were live from Heddon Street this morning. The medley of Ziggy tunes sounded really really embarrassing on the Today programme.

 
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Heddon Street today

March 27 2012, 1:37 PM 

Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey underneath the plaque in Heddon Street this morning.
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Re: Heddon Street today

March 27 2012, 1:53 PM 

Wonderful pic, many thanx happy.gif

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Re: Heddon Street today

March 27 2012, 2:21 PM 

Glad you liked it, here is another one:
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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!


 
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Re: Heddon Street today

March 27 2012, 2:29 PM 

I like it now happy.gif

 
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Alan Galaxy
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Re: Heddon Street today

March 27 2012, 3:07 PM 

I have to say it was a great atmosphere, everybody was cheerful, all celebs were happy to chat and sign autographs and all egos were left at home. I'm glad I made the effort to go.

 
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March 27 2012, 3:14 PM 

Another great pic! Many thanx Alan happy.gif

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Nice pics

March 27 2012, 6:14 PM 

Nice pics Alan... glad you made it. Thanks for posting

 
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Tom
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Re: Nice pics

March 27 2012, 7:32 PM 

Where's my post! Hmmmm.........

 
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Re: ZIGGY

March 27 2012, 5:30 PM 

Nice post happy.gif Cant believe I was in London last wk and it all happened this wk.....missed out

Breaking Glass x happy.gif

 
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March 27 2012, 6:34 PM 

Great!
Thank you! happy.gif

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March 27 2012, 6:46 PM 

Woody was great.....I held his cup of tea whilst he signed my Ziggy CD.
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March 27 2012, 6:50 PM 

.....and Trevor seemed a little bewildered by all the attention.
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lee
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itv london tonight

March 27 2012, 6:53 PM 

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.

 
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March 27 2012, 7:17 PM 

"woody really looked rather like jim bowen i thought"

ROFL

I can see where you're coming from.

 
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Re: itv london tonight

March 27 2012, 7:28 PM 

LOL! wink.gif

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Re: itv london tonight

March 28 2012, 4:14 AM 

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.

Great photos btw Alan G, thanx!! happy.gif

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March 28 2012, 7:44 AM 

That's one of my problems with these misguided things - Weird N Gilly were there. Get them to do it.

 
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March 28 2012, 3:44 PM 

Gary Kemp has done a program on Ziggy for R2 hasn't he? that must have been the reason he jumped to the top of the list to get the honour of unveiling this special Ziggy plaque? Bollocks!

Indeed why weren't Trev and Woody given the honour since they were there?? I suppose it could have been worse, Boy George might have got the gig sad.gif

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Re: itv london tonight

March 28 2012, 4:01 PM 

Boy George was busy opening another branch of Greggs wink.gif

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March 28 2012, 4:06 PM 

I'm amazed it wasn't Visconti or something because someone at Crown Estates half read wikipedia and thought they knew their onions.

 
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March 28 2012, 4:33 PM 

(( Boy George was busy opening another branch of Greggs ))

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I didn't recognise Woody without his baseball cap! wink.gif

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March 28 2012, 5:36 PM 

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Gary Kemp

March 28 2012, 11:21 PM 

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.

 
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March 29 2012, 3:20 AM 

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.

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Re: Gary Kemp

March 31 2012, 6:39 PM 

Daltrey and Plant? Were they bigger than their respective bands? I think not!

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hm
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Re: Gary Kemp

March 31 2012, 6:45 PM 

Roger Taylor would've been a good one. The Queen / Ziggy links are numerous.

 
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March 31 2012, 7:11 PM 

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.

You learn a new thing every day.

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Re: Gary Kemp

April 3 2012, 8:23 PM 

[[ 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! wink.gif

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 sad.gif

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.



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