06-05-72 Kingston


David Bowie live 1964-2004

6. May 1972

Kingston, Polytecnic



In May 1972 Bowie, Lou Reed and Mott The Hoople record seven tracks at Trident Studios with Bowie's own version of All The Young Dudes coming from this session. The American photographer, who meet David Bowie in March 1972, shoots a photo session at Haddon Hall from which the photo for the Space Oddity (1972) reissue album cover is derived. Of this period DeFries only allowed three photographers to photograph David Bowie; beside Mick Rock it was Lee Black Childers and Sukita.


Entering the stage David Bowie announced himself "I'm David Bowie, these could be the Spiders from Mars, but this is soe of our music". Compared to later on the tour the audience are very calm and not that enthusiastic, which is very sumtomatic for the shows prior to the release of Ziggy Stardust album in June. At this moment Bowie one and only major hit was Space Oddity and to me fair this seems to be the only song the audience are recognizing and give it a big hand. After a very beautiful version of the song with Mick Ronson taking the second voice, Bowie addressed the audience "Thank you very much for coming. I want to say that I don't think we've ever worked with a better group, I think the JSD Band (the support band, pf) are fantastic, I really do. This is a song by a French composer", Davis continues before entering Jacque Brel's Amsterdam.


The cover version of Creams I Feel Free is great and have a rather long instrumental part not that far from Width of a Circle. After the introduction of The Spiders they turned into Moonage Daydream excellent performed especially by Mick Ronson. "We shall continue with a number written by somebody I admire very much, an American songwriter called Lou Reed" Bowie says before White Light, White Heat.

The Ziggy Stardust album was not yet released but Bowie did include 7 of the albums 11 songs in most of the shows prior to the release in UK June 6th. Before R'n'R Suicide Bowie says "This is one from the album we've been doing most of the material tonight, it's called Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and this is called Rock'n'Roll Suicide. "Gimme your hands, oh you're wonderful" Bowie sings to the enthusiastic crowd, yelling and stamping their feet.

The show concludes with a second encore, and the second song by Lou Reed, Waiting For The Man.



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Hang on to Yourself

Ziggy Stardust


Queen Bitch

Song For Bob Dylan



Five Years

Space Oddity

Andy Warhol


I Feel Free

Band intro

Moonage Daydream

My Death

White Light, White Heat

Got to Get a Job*

Suffragette City


R'n'R Suicide

Waiting For the Man


* performed on this show only



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80 minutes, poor sound quality

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