David Bowie performs ‘My Death’ at the Hammersmith Odeon

This edit by Nacho Marcho restores all the components of the original 'My Death' performance together for the first time

This video is another courtesy of Nacho Marcho, and shows David Bowie performing Jacques Brel’s ‘My Death’ at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 3 July 1973.

Bowie used ‘My Death’ as a dramatic way to end the first half of his show. On this performance, he doesn’t get to finish the song. In the last line, “…behind the door, there is… “, before he can add “you”, the audience start screaming, “Me! Me! Me!”

Although the material was recorded in 1973, the movie and the album of the performance, ‘Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)’, were not released until 1983. The release surprised many fans because it was in places, quite radically different to the widely circulated bootlegs of the show that had been around for a decade. Songs were omitted, and there were numerous overdubs, in some cases rendering tracks almost unrecognisable to the originals.

This edit tries to restore all the original components of the ‘My Death’ performance together for the first time. It has an extra minute and a half of the complete intro, where Bowie, impatient with all the hysterical screaming, tells the audience to “Be quiet!”  It also runs up to the end of the first half of the show, with the audience being told that it’s time for the interval. And it features the original audio, recorded live at the desk by the sound engineer on the night, Robin Mayhew, without overdubs or studio production.

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