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David Bowie in pictures: Remembering the time Ziggy Stardust played guitar for the last time

Tuesday (January 10) marks the one-year anniversary of the singer's death and getwestlondon looks back on one night in 1973

Tuesday (January 10) marks the one-year anniversary of the death of David Bowie.

He died from liver cancer and the world has been mourning the loss of one of music's most significant figures ever since.

From the ground breaking "Space Oddity", to producing Lou Reed’s masterpiece "Transformer", all the way up to the release of his final album "Blackstar" on January 8 2016, and with "Life on Mars", "Changes" and countless other classics in between, there is no denying his musical genius.

On July 3, 1973, the singer performed his last concert as one of his many alter egos, Ziggy Stardust, at the Hammersmith Odeon.

David Bowie tributes: When Ziggy played guitar one last time in Hammersmith

For more than a year he had been taking the world by storm with his creation, Ziggy Stardust. And then, on July 3, Ziggy played his final gig at the famous venue.

It was a performance which has gone down in the annals of history and is known as The Retirement Gig.

Bowie, always the extrovert even as a schoolboy, was known for his musical incarnations and Ziggy Stardust was his first and most famous alter ego.

This was an androgynous alien character with dyed crimson hair, often with make-up and at the forefront of glam rock.

David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London(Image: Express/Getty Images)

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When Bowie "retired" the character on stage, many at the time it was feared the artist himself was quitting the music scene.

Burnt out by the weight of Ziggy Stardust, he told the crowd at the end of the evening and before playing "Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide": "Not only is this the last show of the tour, but it’s the last show that we’ll ever do."

The media went into overdrive debating whether this was the last we would see of Bowie and his comments at the Hammersmith Odeon made front page news.

Christina Hollis was a 13-year-old Bristol schoolgirl at the time and remembered the mood after the show.

David Bowie on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London at the last of the Ziggy Stardust concerts (Pic: Steve Wood/Express/Getty Images)

She told getwestlondon : "The following day at school it was almost like a bereavement.

"Everyone was silent. It was like someone had stolen the fairy off the top of the Christmas tree. It was dreadful, so quiet.

"I remember BBC Radio 1 had nothing but ‘Bowie quits’ news while I was getting ready for school. I was stunned, carrying my transistor radio around the house.

"In a rage my mum grabbed it and switched to Radio 2, but it was headline news there too so she couldn’t escape."

The retirement of Ziggy Stardust was just the start for David Bowie, who would enthrall and amaze fans for another 40 years.

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