David Bowie wanted to relaunch Ziggy Stardust from space

4 August 2020, 13:58

David Bowie plans revealed as late star wanted to relaunch Ziggy Stardust from space
David Bowie plans revealed as late star wanted to relaunch Ziggy Stardust from space. Picture: Getty

By Rory O'Connor

David Bowie fans have discovered another bit of trivia about the late star after it was revealed he once planned to relaunch his alter ego Ziggy Stardust from space.

Video games designer Phil Campbell, who worked alongside Bowie while he was scoring the music to 1999 video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul, made the revelation.

Bowie had discussed “buying up old satellites orbiting the Earth” during the late 1990s.

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Phil explained: “We talked about buying up a bunch of old satellites that were circling the Earth and he was going to relaunch Ziggy from space.

“The idea was that Ziggy would beam us transmissions – ‘Are you receiving me…?’”

Phil also told The Mirror that Bowie had intended to make an appearance in the video game.

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He added: “One day David said, could he leave his Bowie persona in Omikron, and come out as David Jones? It was a delicious thought – did he crave the anonymity of that?

David Bowie performing on stage
David Bowie performing on stage. Picture: PA

“And it fitted the spirit of the game: Omikron was a giant trap, you could lose your soul in there forever.”

The singer famously retired his alter ego at a concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.

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His outfits were designed by Kansai Yamamoto who had formed a creative partnership with Bowie during the early 1970s.

The late fashion designer produced numerous stage outfits for the late musician, including for his Aladdin Sane tour.