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Zizzi – (formerly the Three Tuns & Rat and Parrot) Beckenham 19/04/2012

For those of you who don’t know the history of this venue, it was where David formed the Arts Lab back in late 68 with all different types of artists appearing, poets, bands, folk singers, mime groups etc would play there on a Sunday night. David would experiment with his new material he was writing at the time (material that would surface on the 2nd David Bowie album (Space Oddity) and The Man Who Sold The World.

So for me it was exciting to be playing there again although it is now an Italian Restaurant, whose owners wanted a David Bowie night there. All the décor and tables have images or song titles of David’s songs throughout his career.

Most importantly is the living legend plaque that now has its place on the wall outside the front of the building which was unveiled in 2002 where I was honoured to be asked to perform there on the day.

In a lot of ways it is a similar kind of thing as the Cavern was for the Beatles. So 10 years on it was great to see it had sold out for us.

It was lovely to catch up again with Mark and Linda Pritchett. Mark worked with David until late 1973 where he gave his last performance with David at the 1980 Floor show at the Marquee in London back in 1973. David gave Mark a 12string Hagstrom guitar which he used during the Space Oddity period. In 2002 when I last played there, Mark very kindly brought it along for me to use as well as joining me on guitar for a couple of tracks.

I will add more detail and photos about the unveiling of the Plaque later.

Well’ we all had a wonderful night there and cannot thank the staff enough for their wonderful hospitality. It was lovely to hear from so many people afterwards saying they really enjoyed themselves and looking forward to seeing us there again in the near future.

Paul x

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