Rock legends Ziggy and the Boners will complete their sell out "Own Teeth" international tour on Thursday with a final performance at the famous Theatre Royal Brighton. The veteran entertainers - who are all in their eighth decade - have defied critics by bringing their high octane act to their adoring fans for what is surely one last time.
The gruelling 3 date international tour - presented by the Robert Stigbone Organisation in association with The thrupiecemedia Group - began in Corfe Mullen on 12 August and will end on 17th August after three memorable "gigs" including an interval-less 25 minute show at the Hornimint Hall, Evershot on 14 August.
Rock critic "Whispering" Rob Maris-Piper of Corfe Mullen's Shout! Magazine caught up with Ziggy after the Evershot "gig" and found the evergreen "Peter Purvis of Pop" on top form. "He was breathless, speechless and clearly the worse for wear which is only to be expected of a man who has abused life and his body for more than six decades", Rob reports. "Of course the scene has changed over the years as have some of the personnel: their were fewer groupies and more nurses for a start and the only drugs in evidence were anti-inflammatories for Ziggy's hip, oh and one of the Boners had an oxygen tent but I think its use was purely recreational".
Ziggy and the Boners are supported on their tour by relative newcomers Funky Stool - a two-handed beat combo whose only hit "Steaming Pile" charted at No 221 in 1992. [For the present tour, original band member and cor anglais player Loo Reed is replaced by Loo's son Loo Rolls [ed]]. According to the Tour Poster, both bands have "Full Support": "possibly surgical", Mr Maris-Piper adds.
So will Brighton be the last time we see and hear Ziggy live, bearing in mind that their last tour "Alive but No Longer Dangerous" was a long ago as 2011? Sources close to the band were coy: "Ziggy always talks about retiring half way through an exhausting tour, but he generally needs the money, so never say never".
Veteran rockers Ziggy and the Boners will complete an exhausting 3 date international tour at the Theatre Royal Brighton on 17 August.