David Bowie's Estate Celebrates 'Space Oddity' 50th Anniversary With Video
By Katrina Nattress
July 21, 2019
David Bowie's iconic hit "Space Oddity" turned 50 on July 11, but the late glam rock star's estate decided to hold off on releasing a commemorative video until July 20, which happened to be the 50th anniversary of another memorable event: the moon landing.
The new “Space Oddity” video premiered at a NASA event at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
"The video features never before released footage of David Bowie performing Space Oddity at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997," the video's YouTube description reads. "It is directed by Tim Pope, and includes footage shot and directed by Eduaord Lock, the founder and choreographer of the Montreal dance troupe La La La Human Steps, for the on screen back drop of Bowie’s 1990 Sound & Vision tour."
"The 1990 footage was projected on to the large screens throughout the Sound & Vision tour, featuring David effectively performing Space Oddity with himself, a performance replicated at his 50th Birthday Concert," it continues. "The audio that accompanies the video is the new 2019 mix of Space Oddity by longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti."
Watch the commemorative "Space Oddity" video below.
The new video isn't the only tribute to the Thin White Duke's breakthrough single. Mattel also released a limited-edition David Bowie Barbie doll, dressed head to toe like Ziggy Stardust.