"When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band,” David Bowie laments.
The line, from "Ziggy Stardust," captures the dichotomy between the man behind the music and the “man” who was a direct result of it. Bowie’s Ziggy, an alien messiah, comes to earth to warn of its impending doom and instead falls victim to an insatiable rock 'n' roll lifestyle -- one that proved too self-destructive for the real-life Bowie.
And so, in a self-fulfilling prophecy, break up the band he did, on July 3, 1973, at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The full concert is captured in the documentary, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture, which comes to FilmBar for a one-night-only showing, presented by The Unfathomable Film Freakout.
The 21-and-over screening starts at 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at 815 North Second Street. Tickets are $8. Call 602-595-9187 or visit thefilmbarphx.com.