David Bowie Statue to Be Unveiled Sunday in Aylesbury, UK

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

A statue of David Bowie will be unveiled at Aylesbury Market Square in the UK next Sunday (March 25).

Bowie debuted ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust’ in Aylesbury. A kickstarter campaign raised £115,199 ($161,891) to fund the creation of the Bowie monument.

Bowie referenced Aylesbury Market Square in the lyrics to ‘Five Years’ from the Ziggy album. “Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing,” he sang.

David Bowie performed to a small gathering at the Friars Club in Aylesbury in September 1971 to see if he could perform live. After the gig, in the Friars dressing room, he said to Woody Woodmansey, Mick Ronson and Trevor Bolder “This was great tonight. Let’s form a band and go out and do it properly.”

Four months later they returned to the Friars to continue to roadtest songs from ‘Hunky Dory’. By July the Ziggy persona was revealed and the yet to be released album became the backbone of Bowie’s setlist.

Two fans in the audience were the completely unknown Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor who had just formed their own band Queen.

The statue titled ‘Earthly Messenger’ will be dedicated on Sunday. Meanwhile, a petition has started to change the name of the tour from Aylesbury to Aylesbowie.

David Bowie set list, Aylesbury, September 25, 1971
  • Fill Your Heart
  • Buzz the Fuzz
  • Space Oddity
  • Amsterdam
  • The Supermen
  • Oh! You Pretty Things
  • Eight Line Poem
  • Changes
  • Song for Bob Dylan
  • Andy Warhol
  • Queen Bitch
  • Looking for a Friend
  • Around and Around
  • I’m Waiting for the Man
David Bowie set list, Aylesbury, July 15, 1972
  • Hang On to Yourself
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • The Supermen
  • Queen Bitch
  • Song for Bob Dylan
  • Starman
  • Changes
  • Five Years
  • Space Oddity
  • Andy Warhol
  • Amsterdam
  • I Feel Free
  • Moonage Daydream
  • I Can’t Explain
  • White Light/White Heat
  • Suffragette City
  • I’m Waiting for the Man

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