THE WORLD’S FIRST SCULPTURE
CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORK OF DAVID BOWIE
TO BE UNVEILED ON SUNDAY MARCH 25 IN AYLESBURY
MARILLION, HOWARD JONES & JOHN OTWAY LEAD THE LINE UP
AT A BENEFIT CONCERT AT AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
David Bowie’s untimely death in January 2016 was a huge blow to all those who knew and loved his music; especially affected was the town of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. This sleepy market town, tucked away in the Chiltern Hills was, and is, home to Friars Aylesbury, the music club where Bowie performed the world debuts of two of the most iconic albums of the 20th Century, and made rock and roll history.
Bowie premiered Hunky Dory at Friars Aylesbury on 25 September 1971 and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars on 29 January 1972. Bowie formed The Spiders From Mars with Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey and Trevor Boulder in the Friars Aylesbury dressing room and referenced Aylesbury Market Square in the first line of Five Years – ‘Pushing through the Market square – so many mothers crying’.
On the Saturday after Bowie’s passing, David Stopps and his wife Sue, owners and promoters of Friars Aylesbury, organised a celebration of Bowie’s life, which led to a petition to create the statue. A Kickstarter campaign raised £115,000, and internationally renowned sculptor Andrew Sinclair, who has produced works for The Queen, was commissioned to create the work. This will be the world’s first statue of David Bowie, and will be an international and national tourist attraction for the area..
David Stopps’ career began as promoter of the Friars Club, where from 1969-84 he presented pretty much everybody but notably David Bowie, U2, Genesis, The Kinks, Blondie, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Jam, Ian Dury, The Ramones and The Clash amongst many others. He has also managed artists including Marillion, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, and Howard Jones. In his long and varied career he is also an author, management consultant, educator, advisor, and an Honorary Freeman of Aylesbury.
Prior to the unveiling at 2.00pm on 25th March, Bowie music and videos will be played in Aylesbury Market Square as well as live music from Callow Saints. The evening benefit concert at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, on the same day, will feature Marillion, Howard Jones, John Otway and the Dung Beatles. All proceeds from the concert will go to the sculpture fund that still needs £50,000 to break even. All the bands hail from the Aylesbury area.
There will be an opportunity for fans to contribute to the fund and order a piece of history by purchasing memorabilia, ranging from bronze copies of the maquette of the statue, life masks taken from an original mask of Bowie’s face made during the filming of The Man Who Fell To Earth, to the official Earthly Messenger t-shirts and Kris Needs’ The Thin White Book – A History of David Bowie and Friars Aylesbury.