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3rd July 1973: David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig.

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Released: 1972

Ziggy Stardust is a character David Bowie created that was inspired by the ’60s psychobilly musician, Legendary Stardust Cowboy. This specific song is about Stardust growing too conceited: “Making love with his ego, Ziggy sucked up into his mind.” Bowie said that the song is “about the ultimate rock superstar destroyed by the fanaticism he creates.” The song ranked #277 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.