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 BOWIE STATUE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SOARS PAST £83,000.

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HOLY HOLY to perform THE RISE and FALL of ZIGGY STARDUST and THE SPIDERS FROM MARS at FRIARS AYLESBURY

AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE  - MONDAY 3 APRIL 2017.

Tickets from Waterside Box Office only (max of 4 per person) or online from ATGtickets.com and Ticketweb.co.uk.

Great excitement amongst the 90,000 strong Friars Aylesbury membership as we announce that Holy Holy featuring Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmansey and Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory will play Friars Aylesbury on  Monday 3 April next year.

This will be the first time that original Spiders from Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey has played the Ziggy album in Aylesbury since the classic David Bowie show on 15 July 1972 – 44 years ago.

Tony Visconti worked closely with Bowie throughout his career producing with Bowie no less than 12 classic Bowie albums, ‘David Bowie’ (1969), ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ (70), ‘David Live’ (74), ‘Young Americans’ (75), ‘Low’ (77), ‘Heroes’ (77), ‘Stage’ (78), ‘Lodger’ (79), ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (80), ‘Heathen’ (2002), ‘Reality’ (2003), ‘The Next Day’ (2013) and Bowie’s final album ‘Black Star’ in 2016.

Tony produced 7 albums with T Rex including their classic Electric Warrior album. He has also produced and worked with Georgie Fame, Badfinger, Gentle Giant, Caravan, Osibisa, Thin Lizzy, Adam Ant, The Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Morrissey and Iggy Pop amongst many others.

In 2014 Woody and Tony formed Holy Holy, specifically to perform ‘The Man who Sold the World’ album live. Tony not only produced this classic 1970 album but also played bass on the album with Woody on drums and the legendary late Mick Ronson on guitar. The group undertook a short tour in the UK in September 2014 and a larger scale tour of the UK and Japan in the summer of 2015. In January 2016 they toured the east coast of the United States and followed this with a full tour of US and Canadian cities in Spring of this year.

Bowie formed the Spiders from Mars (Trevor Bolder, Woody Woodmansey and Mick Ronson) in the tiny Borough Assembly Hall Friars Aylesbury dressing room on September 25th 1971. Aylesbury’s Kris Needs and David Stopps were there when he said “ This was great tonight – Let’s form a band and go out and do it properly”.

The Spiders all hailed from Hull, so to mark the city being designated ‘City of Culture 2017’ two concerts with Holy Holy were organised, but this time doing the iconic Ziggy Stardust album. Both sold out in a day. The Friars Aylesbury date will be a few days after the Hull dates.

Holy Holy are Tony Visconti on bass, Woody Woodmansey on drums, Glenn Gregory on vocals, James Stevenson from The Alarm, Gene Loves Jezebel, Gen X, The Cult and Chelsea on guitar and Berenice Scott and Jessica Morgan on keyboards.

BOWIE STATUE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

This all ties in very nicely to the David Bowie Statue Kickstarter campaign, which is currently in full swing. The campaign has a goal of raising £100,000 by December 6th 2016 to create a stunning statue of David Bowie in Aylesbury’s Market Square. Bowie performed the world debuts of two of the most iconic albums of the twentieth century Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars at Friars Aylesbury in 1971/72. He also referenced Aylesbury Market Square in the first line of ‘Five Years’ from the Ziggy album “Pushing through the Market Square, so many mothers sighing”.

We appeal to Bowie fans everywhere to make a pledge, which can be anything from £1 to £6000. Google ‘Bowie Statue Kickstarter’  or go to http://tinyurl.com/j66brvn to find the campaign. If we don’t reach the goal of £100,000 in the next 36 hours nobody will pay anything and the campaign will go to zero. At the time this press release was issued the pledges exceeded £83,000 but there’s still time. Together we can make this happen!

There is also a dedicated website which will be updated over the coming days and weeks

www.bowiestatueaylesbury.com

 
 

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