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Wembley pays colourful tribute to pop icon David Bowie

PUBLISHED: 13:56 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:38 11 January 2016

The SSE Arena, Wembley has lit-up its digital display with the iconic 'Ziggy Stardust' image to pay tribute to the rockstar who has died aged 69

The SSE Arena, Wembley has lit-up its digital display with the iconic 'Ziggy Stardust' image to pay tribute to the rockstar who has died aged 69

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Wembley’s SSE Arena is lit up in colourful tribute to rock star David Bowie after his family announced he died from cancer this morning aged 69.

Rock Superstar David Bowie during a sell-out concert at Wembley Stadium(Pic: PA images).Rock Superstar David Bowie during a sell-out concert at Wembley Stadium(Pic: PA images).

The pop culture icon’s signature “Ziggy Stardust” colours were commemorated on the front gable of the SSE Arena, Wembley, in Engineers Way, this morning as tributes poured in from across the world.

The pink, red and blue digital banner featured an image of Bowie in his pop persona “Ziggy Stardust” and the dates “1947- 2016”.

An image of the tribute was posted to the arena’s social media account, along with one of the musician’s most memorable quotes: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I know it won’t be boring.”

Bowie, born David Robert Jones in Brixton, 1947, died in New York in the early hours of this morning after an 18-month battle with cancer.

David Bowie recites the Lord's Prayer at the end of his performance during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness at Wembley Stadium in April 1992 (Pic: PA Images)David Bowie recites the Lord's Prayer at the end of his performance during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for Aids Awareness at Wembley Stadium in April 1992 (Pic: PA Images)

His son, film director Duncan Jones, posted to social media: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer”, triggering tributes from music industry figures from around the world.

His hits included “Let’s Dance”, “Space Oddity”, “Starman”, “Heroes” and “Life on Mars”.

The pop icon performed at Wembley stadium on dozens of occasions throughout a career spanning four decades including at the Live Aid concert in 1985 and at a concert in memory of Queen frontman Freddy Mercury on April 20 1992, where he memorably knelt and recited the Lord’s Prayer at the close of his set.

Tweeting a picture of Bowie performing to thousands of excited fans, Wembley Stadium’s official Twitter account posted this morning: “All at Wembley is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of David Bowie. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

His sell-out Ziggy Stardust tour came to Gaumont State Cinema on Kilburn High Road on June 19 1987.

Social media users have been busy sharing memories of Bowie’s legendary performances at Wembley including Twitter user musician Paul Alley, who posted: “A sad day RIP #DavidBowie a true inspiration & genius now & forever, I will never forget going to his Wembley show.”

Do you have special memories of seeing David Bowie perform at Wembley or in Kilburn? Contact: Hannah.mcgrath@archant.co.uk

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