The Return of Ziggy Stardust: On June 15, 2022, Monsummano Terme kicked off the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of David Bowie's album that changed rock. In Piazza Giusti, a stellar cast revisited the notes of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. With the third edition of the project "The Man Who Fell on Monsummano Terme," the city confirmed itself as a heartfelt place for Bowie fans.
First love is never forgotten... and so, after celebrating his first visit to Italy in 1969 (right in the city of Valdinievole), the bond with the White Duke found new momentum with the special anniversary: the release on June 16, 1972, of the monumental album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust".
"Offstage, I'm a robot. Onstage, I achieve emotion. That's probably why I prefer dressing up as Ziggy to be David," Bowie had said when he introduced his Ziggy Stardust character.
It had been 50 years since that day when the world first saw Ziggy Stardust, an androgynous alien from the stars who came to warn humanity that they had only five years left to live. Bowie began playing the character during his concerts with red hair, colorful, skin-tight jumpsuits, and a star drawn on his right eye. The transformation of the world of rock began.
The city of Monsummano Terme opened Ziggy's worldwide celebrations with a concert on June 15, 2022, in Piazza Giusti. The great global reunion of the Bowie Fans Club took place in Liverpool from June 16 to 19. This is where Dana Gillespie, Temple of Art and Music, first met the Piqued Jacks.
At the presentation held on May 5, Mayor of Monsummano Terme Simona De Caro, City Councilor for Culture Elena Sinimberghi, President of Officine della Cultura Massimo Ferri, Artistic Director Fabrizio Raffaelli, Cristiana Pasquinelli from the CARIPT Foundation, and many artists were present in person, like the Piqued Jacks, or connected online, like Enrico Fink, the Modena City Ramblers, Paolo Benvegnù, and Motus. No one wanted to miss the official launch of this extraordinary 2022 edition of the Bowie Monsummano project.
The project "The Man Who Fell on Monsummano Terme" continued with renewed enthusiasm, starting in 2019 with a tribute concert under the direction of Paolo Fresu and the naming of the "Mac,n" Museum Park after David Bowie, and then, after the 2020 pandemic break, in 2021 with a journey into fashion and various expressive languages linked to youthful creativity that enhanced the spaces of the Mac,n Museum and Bowie Park at Villa Martini.
The project was promoted by the Municipality of Monsummano Terme and Officine della Cultura and supported by the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation of Pistoia and Pescia and Toscana Energia. The 2022 program included a concert/event in Piazza Giusti on June 15, starting at 9:00 PM, with many artists, each with their own style and sensitivity, revisiting the songs of Ziggy Stardust and some of Bowie's milestones.
At the helm of this great super band was the Multicultural Orchestra of Arezzo, directed by Enrico Fink, an ensemble of thirty musicians from various countries (Lebanon, Albania, Algeria, Japan, Russia, Bangladesh, Argentina, Netherlands, and Colombia). On stage with them were Paolo Benvegnù, Andrea Chimenti, the Modena City Ramblers, Finaz and Nuto from Bandabardò, the Piqued Jacks, and the English star Dana Gillespie, Bowie's friend and vocalist during the Ziggy Stardust years, who was in Monsummano Terme for her only Italian appearance in 2022. Accompanying this great cast were the dancing incursions of the Motus company, co-producer of the concert-event along with Officine della Cultura and led by Clive Malcolm Griffiths.