Ziggy Stardust could be commemorated as part of new 950-home Tolworth site

David Bowie’s first ever gig as Ziggy Stardust was in a pub next to the A3 in south west London – and the historic event could now be commemorated as part of plans to build 950 homes on the site.

On February 10, 1972, punters at the now-closed Toby Jug in Tolworth witnessed Bowie debut his first and best-loved alter-ego. And the developer who recently got permission to build a massive housing development there has said it will consider a tribute as part of its plans.

Ziggy really represented the launch of Bowie’s career into the superstar status we now think of him as having and there are many other sites of significance to Bowie’s life and career that have tributes in place.

For example: the mural in Brixton where he was born; the plaque in Heddon Street in Mayfair where the Ziggy Stardust album cover photo was taken and a statue in Aylesbury, where Bowie played a few gigs in the early 1970s.

Accounts of the gig online describe the energy of the room, with about 60 people watching Bowie and his band perform on a two-foot-high stage in what was essentially a function room.

The tour that followed, and the release of the album later in the year, catapulted Bowie to heights of fame and acclaim he had never previously achieved, and cemented him as a cult figure for decades to come.


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