David Bowie Live in London 1973: Ziggy Stardust to Celebrate a Rock and Roll Birthday

January 8th is a day of rock and roll birthdays. Today is the birthday of David Bowie. That's right, today Mr. Glam himself turns a very respectable 61 and to celebrate I thought I would share this great collection of clips from a live performance of Ziggy Stardust way back in 1973.

There are 10 clips in total uploaded by pakomusica, this is just the first one, but I highly recommend you check out this entire set as not only is Ziggy Stardust is one of the classic concept albums of all time, but David Bowie is a tremendous musical talent and performer whether in full glam regalia or otherwise.

Here's part 1 of this concert set. Special thanks to pakomusica and Youtube as always:

It's interesting watching this video how tame it sounds when compared to much of the stage performances of modern times. That isn't to say that this isn't an influential moment in rock and roll, or that the music is any less impressive. In fact I think it means quite the opposite. I can see the roots of so many other rock and roll movements in the glam movements and in the stage persona of David Bowie. I always knew this was the case, but watching this performance it seems even more obvious, in the same way that watching early footage of Black Sabbath points directly towards the metal concerts of modern times.

As for the concert and footage itself, there is a slightly raw edge imbued to these songs when performed live that I really like. It seems to take an already intense collection of music and make them really push. Combined with the talent of the entire band and a touch of performance art, and this looks like a concert I wish I could have witnessed in person. The footage is decisively bootleg-esque, but still great to see. You can find the rest of the clips by going to the video page on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCEwCdHkptU&feature=related

So, I think sharing this concert footage is a fitting tribute to Mr. Bowie on his birthday. Today is actually also the birthday of Elvis Presley, who would have been (or is if you believe the King never truly left us) 73. I was originally going to celebrate these rock and roll birthday's together, but when I found this concert footage, I thought it was definitely something to share, so although I wish a happy birthday to Elvis as well, today he takes a slight backseat to Bowie.

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