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From David Bowie, Prince to the Rolling Stones - Remembering the greats who rocked Earls Court

We look back at some of the music royalty who played at the iconic venue over the years

For many a year, it was a place music fans flocked to in their droves to grab a glimpse of their icons in action.

Earls Court played host to some of the true greats of the industry from Bowie, Prince, The Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse.

Now the exhibition centre and complete complex have gone , as a massive housing, office and retail development on the site is built (see video above).

So we have decided to take a look a just some of the great acts which graced the stage in west London.

Earls Court

David Bowie

David Bowie had a close link to west London.

For brief periods he lived in the area, residing in Maida Vale, Kensington and Chelsea during his 20s, before setting up home in the US.

Perhaps his most famous concert ever was at the Hammersmith Odeon - not the Apollo - when in 1973 he shocked the world by killing off - or retiring - his Ziggy Stardust persona .

But The Starman would return to west London, and performed three shows at Earls Court in the summer of 1978.

Bowie performing at Earls Court during his 1978 world tour(Image: Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Prince

From the Thin White Duke we move on to The Purple One .

Prince, like David Bowie, was a musical genius who liked to push the barriers.

In 1992 he brought his Diamonds and Pearls tour to the famous old venue.

American pop star Prince performing on stage at Earls Court, London during his Diamonds and Pearls tour.(Image: Daily Mirror)

Queen

The history of Queen, led by Freddie Mercury with Brian May on guitar, John Deacon on bass and Roger Taylor drumming, is steeped in west London.

Mercury lived in Feltham and was at Ealing College of Art when he met May and Taylor.

The flamboyant frontman died in Kensington and last year English Heritage placed a blue plaque outside his childhood home .

Their gigs at Earls Court in 1977 would have been like playing in their own back yard.

Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon during rehearsals at Earls Court(Image: Daily Mirror)

The Rolling Stones

Mick and the gang rocked up at Earls Court in May 1976.

Three extra dates were added after a million ticket applications were received.

Back in the day they started out playing in Richmond .

Stones leader singer Mick Jagger swings high in the air during a concert at Earls Court in May 1976(Image: Daily Mirror)

Pink Floyd

In the 1970s Britain lay claim to some of the biggest and best rock bands in the world.

Few came bigger than Pink Floyd , who would go on to perform at Earls Court over a number of years.

The group performed at the venue in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, performing seminal albums such as Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall along the way.

Singer Roger Waters wears headphones at the front of the stage as Pink Floyd rehearse at Earls Court ahead of a concert(Image: Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Bob Dylan

Mr Tambourine Man dropped by at Earls Court during his 1978 World Tour.

Bob Dylan in concert at Earls Court in June 1978.(Image: Daily Mirror)

Amy Winehouse

Now we leap forward in time a bit, but still in keeping with our slightly haphazard chronology, to the late great Amy Winehouse .

By this time, Earls Court was hosting the Brit awards, and therefore some of the biggest names in music.

And there were few globally-large names in 2007 than the "Rehab" star.

Singer Amy Winehouse performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2007 in association with MasterCard at Earls Court in February 2007(Image: Getty Images)

Madonna

The Material Girl was another singer to appear at Earls Court in mid-noughties as part of the Brit Awards, but in 2001 she brought her Drowned World Tour to the venue.

Madonna at Earls Court in 2001(Image: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Whitney Houston

Whitney performed at Earls Court when at the absolute peak of her stardom and fame.

Fresh on the back of her monstrously successful "I Will Always Love You" - which felt like it was No 1 in the charts forever - and from appearing opposite Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, she brought The Bodyguard World Tour to west London in 1993.

Whitney Houston at Earls Court(Image: Mirrorpix)

And finally... an honorary mention to Led Zepplin

In 1975 the rock Gods performed five shows at Earls Court. The legendary gigs would simply be known as Led Zeppelin 1975.

After each show, guitarist Jimmy Page, who now lives in Kensington, bandmates Robert Plant, John Bonham, John Paul Jones and their entourage would then make the short walk to The Troubadour on Old Brompton Road where they would jam, jape and let off steam .

Alas, we can find no images we have permission to use, so I’ll make do with this one, showing guitarist Jimmy Page - many years later - outside The Troubadour pub.

Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page pictured outside The Troubadour, many years after the band's 1975 post-gig parties(Image: @troubadourLDN)

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