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David Bowie’s Lost Interview:
Ziggy Stardust Trapped in the Sky

David Bowie may be famous for the celestial explorations his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego sang about during the ‘70s, but in real life, he had little desire to be trapped in a tin bucket far above the world. In a 1992 interview with host Robin Milling, which has never before aired anywhere, the glam-rock icon recalled a technical glitch during one of his performances that left him cursing (we imagine) ground control. “The funniest thing that happen—and it was a bit of a nightmare—was on the first show of the Diamond Dogs show,” he said, chatting side by side with his Tin Machine bandmate Tony Sales. “I had a contraption fixed into one of the skyscrapers that was an integral part of the set that put me in front of the audience. It was the cherry-picker bit that is now known and loved through The [Rolling] Stones. This was 1974, and the cherry picker would place me out on a chair about 30 feet above the audience…” (To read the full story, click here.)