Watch David Bowie’s birthday marked with church bells rendition of ‘Life On Mars’

Late icon passed away on January 10 in 2016

A church in Amsterdam has rung out a special rendition of David Bowie‘s ‘Life On Mars’ to mark his birthday.

The late icon would have turned 73 yesterday (January 8). Tomorrow (January 10) will mark the fourth anniversary of his passing.

His birthday was celebrated by chimes from his famous track being performed at the 17th century Zuiderkerk church.


Antarctic veteran and weatherman Peter Gibbs was passing the church tower of Zuiderkerk when he heard the chimes and posted footage on Twitter, which you can view below.

Meanwhile, unseen footage of the late icon is set to be screened at a special immersive show tomorrow at Leicester’s National Space Centre.

Bowie; Oddity to Mars will feature unearthed footage captured by Professor Martin Richardson of De Montfort University.

Richardson, who struck up a five-year friendship with the singer in the 1990s, was tasked with creating a 3D version of the insert photo from his 1999 album, ‘Hours’.

Speaking of working with Bowie on the 3D piece, Richardson recalled: “Bowie said to me, ‘When you’ve done your bloody hologram it will be up and down the width and breadth of the country. I am going to make you famous’.


“He got back on the sound stage and said ‘right, what do you want me to do’ and I thought ‘I am going to direct David Bowie, the super rock star I idolised as a boy because of Ziggy Stardust right through to the Thin White Duke!’”

He added: “I filmed 30 minutes of David doing various poses and he could not have been nicer.”

Bowie; Oddity to Mars will also showcase textiles, art, fashion, and photography inspired by the legendary artist. You can find more information here.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that two new David Bowie releases will become available for this year’s Record Store Day.