Ziggy Stardust Tour

 

David Bowie live 1964-2004

The Ziggy Stardust Tour

 

Following the release of Hunky Dory in December 1971 David Bowie started the preparations for a tour covering most of the UK.

 

The first shows took place in small halls, mainly colleges. In fact the first show on the tour took place in a local London Pub! In the spring of 1972 Bowie had not many fans and many of the shows were only half full, meaning 4-500 persons. But David Bowie got lots of attention with his way to behave on and off stage - ei. when he declared himself gay in a interview with NME just before the tour take off. The creation of Ziggy Stardust took form and with his orange hair, make-up, dressed in tight jumpsuits, radiating sexuality, presenting a sensational act on stage with more than ten costume changes attracted the crowd.

 

The clothing and the stageshow was important to David Bowie from the very beginning. This is how he recalls the years in the late 1990's: "You know I never do anything by half. The costumes for the act are outrageous. I've had twelve, fifteen, any number but not just for myself - for the group too. I like to keep my band always well dressed, not like some other people I could mention! They are rather like astral "West Side Story" outfits, with sequins and short battle dress jackets, and long patent leather boots. I've also had my hair chopped off and I feel very butch now. I'm out all the time to entertain, not just to get upon a stage and knock out a few songs. I couldn't live with myself if I did that. I'm the last person to pretend that I'm a radio. I'd rather go out and be a colour television set. Actually I'm a bit worried about the way that the band have fallen into it so easily! Remember they were into hard blues, but now they enjoy the costume bit."

 

When the Ziggy Stardust album was released in the beginning of June 1972 the popularity increased enormously. Meanwhile the first UK tour proceeded a series of larger halls were booked and the shows started to sell out during the summer 1972. The tour took a short break and started up again with the famous show in Rainbow Theatre in London 19. August. In August and September the interest in David Bowie grew and the Ziggy-hysteria started as well as the amount of fans, many dressing extravagantly, with make-up went up to the shows. But there were also a kind of mysterious atmosphere about Ziggy Stardust, what was this red-haired creature? Is he coming from Mars?

 

The tour was divided into 6 legs, starting with a UK tour from february to september 1972. In late september Ziggy invaded USA with a 26 shows tour. After the very successful US tour Ziggy returned to the UK to do a few shows in late December and early January 1973. In February 1973 the David Bowie tour started his 2nd US tour, this time with a larger band and a even more spectacular show. The new show introduced the new songs recorded during the first US tour and later in London in December 1972 and January 1973. For this reason some categorize the tour February to July 1973 as "The Aladdin Sane Tour", named after the Aladdin Sane album, which was released in April 1973. The 1973 legs of the tour was divided between a small tour in US and in Japan, before a long and very successful tour in the UK.

 

The band

 

David Bowie – vocals, guitar, harmonica

Mick Ronson – guitar, vocals

Trevor Bolder – bass

Mick "Woody" Woodmansey – drums

Matthew Fisher – piano (20 Apr 1972 – 27 May 1972)

Robin Lumley – piano (2 Jun 1972 – 15 Jul 1972)

Nicky Graham – piano (1 Aug 1972 – 7 Sep 1972)

Mike Garson – piano, mellotron, organ (22 September 1972 – end of tour)

John Hutchinson – rhythm guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar (8 Apr 1973 – 20 Apr 1973)

Aynsley Dunbar – additional drums (8 Apr 1973 – 20 Apr 1973)

Geoffrey A. MacCormack – backing vocals, percussion (19 January 1973 – end of tour)

Ken Fordham – saxophone (19 January 1973 – end of tour)

Brian Wilshaw – saxophone, flute (19 January 1973 – end of tour)

 

 

The songs

 

At the beginning of the tour the setlist was split evenly between Hunky Dory and Ziggy album material, with only a few songs from his early career performed. Many cover versions, however, were performed. As the tour progressed more and more Ziggy songs were brought into live performance. The concerts usually opened with Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / The Supermen / Queen Bitch - with an acoustic set of Space Oddity / Andy Warhol and Port of Amsterdam performed next. The finale was usually of Suffragette City / White Light White Heat / Waiting for the Man / Rock n Roll Suicide. Bowie changed things slightly for The Rainbow Concert (19. August 1972) - opening with Lady Stardust and swapping Port of Amsterdam with My Death. The Width of a Circle became the Spiders show-piece song replacing Cream's I Feel Free. John, I'm Only Dancing was added at the end of the tour to promote it as a single.

 

From Man of Word/Man of Music (Space Oddity):

Space Oddity / Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud /Memory of a Free Festival

 

From The Man Who Sold the World

The Width of a Circle / The Supermen

 

From Hunky Dory

Changes / Oh! You Pretty Things / Life on Mars? / Quicksand / Andy Warhol / Song for Bob Dylan / Queen Bitch

 

From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Starman / Lady Stardust / Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

 

From Aladdin Sane

Watch That Man / Aladdin Sane / Drive-In Saturday / Panic in Detroit / Cracked Actor / Time / The Prettiest Star / Let's Spend the Night Together / The Jean Genie

 

From Pin Ups

I Can't Explain

 

Other songs

All the Young Dudes (from All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, written by David Bowie) / Amsterdam (b-side from Sorrow single, originally from Enregistrement Public à l'Olympia 1964 by Jacques Brel, written by Brel & Mort Shuman) / I Feel Free (from Fresh Cream by Cream, written by Pete Brown & Jack Bruce) / John, I'm Only Dancing (non-album single) / Love Me Do (part included in The Jean Genie) (from Please Please Me by The Beatles, written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney) / My Death (from La Valse à Mille Temps by Jacques Brel, written by Brel & Shuman) / Round and Round (by Chuck Berry) Sweet Jane (from Loaded by The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed) / This Boy (from Meet the Beatles! by The Beatles, written by Lennon & McCartney) / Waiting for the Man (from The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground and Nico, written by Lou Reed) / White Light/White Heat (from White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed)

 

The show changed during the tour, so we have to divide the set into to parts, and the average shows most likely looks like this:

 

1972:

Hang On to Yourself

Ziggy Stardust

The Supermen

Life on Mars?

Changes

Queen Bitch

Five Years

Space Oddity

John, I'm Only Dancing

Andy Warhol

The Width of a Circle

Moonage Daydream

Suffragette City

White Light/White Heat

I'm Waiting for the Man

 

1973:

Hang On to Yourself

Ziggy Stardust

Watch That Man

Oh! You Pretty Things

Changes

Life on Mars?

Moonage Daydream

Five Years

Space Oddity

The Jean Genie

The Width of a Circle

Time

Let's Spend the Night Together

Cracked Actor

Suffragette City

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

 

 

The story behind Ziggy

 

In a Rolling Stone interview with William S. Burroughs i 2001, David Bowie expanded on the Ziggy Stardust story:

 

"The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There's no electricity to play it. Ziggy's adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, 'cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. 'All the young dudes' is a song about this news. It's no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite. [...]

The end comes when the infinites arrive. They really are a black hole, but I've made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole on stage. [...]

Ziggy is advised in a dream by the infinites to write the coming of a Starman, so he writes 'Starman', which is the first news of hope that the people have heard. So they latch onto it immediately...The starmen that he is talking about are called the infinites, and they are black-hole jumpers. Ziggy has been talking about this amazing spaceman who will be coming down to save the earth. They arrive somewhere in Greenwich Village. They don't have a care in the world and are of no possible use to us. They just happened to stumble into our universe by black hole jumping. Their whole life is travelling from universe to universe. In the stage show, one of them resembles Brando, another one is a Black New Yorker. I even have one called Queenie, the Infinite Fox...Now Ziggy starts to believe in all this himself and thinks himself a prophet of the future starmen. He takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples. When the infinites arrive, they take bits of Ziggy to make them real because in their original state they are anti-matter and cannot exist in our world. And they tear him to pieces on stage during the song 'Rock 'n' roll suicide'. As soon as Ziggy dies on stage the infinites take his elements and make themselves visible."

 

Shows

 

UK TOUR

 

29 January 1972 - Aylesbury, Borough Assembly Hall (warmup show)

3 February 1972 - Coventry, Lancaster Art Festival (cancelled)

10 February 1972 - London, Tolworth Toby Jug Pub

12 February 1972 - London, Imperial College

14 February 1972 - Brighton, Dome

18 February 1972 - Sheffield, University Rag

23 February 1972 - Chichester, Chichester College

24 February 1972 - London, Wallington, Public Hall

25 February 1972 - Eltham, Avery Hill College

26 February 1972 - Sutton, Coldfield Belfry Hotel

1 March 1972 - Bristol, University

4 March 1972 - Portsmouth, Southsea Pier Pavilion

7 March 1972 - Yeovil, Yeovil College

11 March 1972 - Southampton, Guild Hall

14 March 1972 - Bournemouth, Chelsea Village

17 March 1972 - Birmingham, Town Hall

24 March 1972 - Newcastle upon Tyne, Mayfair Ballroom

20 April 1972 - Harlow, The Playhouse

21 April 1972 - Manchester, Free Trade Hall

30 April 72 - Plymouth, Guild Hall

3 May 1972 - Aberystwyth, University

6 May 1972 - London, Kingston Polytechnic

7 May 1972 - Hemel, Hempstead Pavilion

11 May 1972 - Worthing, Assembly Hall

12 May 1972 - London, Polytechnic of Central London

13 May 1972 - Slough,Technical College

19 May 1972 - Oxford, Polytechni

25 May 1972 - Bournemouth, Chelsea Village

27 May 1972 - Epsom, Ebbisham

2 June 1972 - Newcastle upon Tyne, City Hall

3 June 1972 - Liverpool, Stadium

4 June 1972 - Preston, Public Hall

6 June 1972 - Bradford, St George's Hall

7 June 1972 - Sheffield, City Hall

8 June 1972 - Middlesbrough,Town Hall

13 June 1972 - Bristol, Colston Hall

16 June 1972 - Torquay, Town Hall

17 June 1972 - Oxford, Town Hall

19 June 1972 - Southampton, Civic Centre

21 June 1972 - Dunstable, Civic Hall

25 June 1972 - Croydon, Greyhound

1 July 1972 - Weston-super-Mare, Winter Gardens Pavilion

2 July 1972 - Torquay, Rainbow Pavilion

8 July 1972 - London, Royal Festival Hall

14 July 1972 - London King's Cross Cinema

15 July 1972 - Aylesbury, Friars Club

18 July 1972 - Aylesbury, Friars Club

19 August 1972 - London, Rainbow Theatre

20 August 1972 - London, Rainbow Theatre

27 August 1972 - Bristol, Locarno Electric Village

30 August 1972 - London, Rainbow Theatre

31 August 1972 - Boscombe, Royal Ballroom

1 Septemper 1972 - Doncaster, Top Rank Suite

2 September 1972 - Manchester, Hard Rock

3 Septemper 1972 - Manchester, Hard Rock

4 Septemper 1972 - Liverpool, Top Rank Suite

5 September 1972 - Sunderland, Top Rank Suite

6 Septemper 1972 - Sheffield, Top Rank Suite

7 Septemper 1972 - Hanley, Staffordshire, Top Rank Suite

 

US TOUR

 

22 september 1972 - Cleveland, Ohio, Music Hall

24 september 1972 - Memphis, Tennessee, Ellis Auditorium

28 september 1972 - New York City, Carnegie Hall

1 October 1972 - Boston, Massachusetts, Music Hall

7 October 1972 - Chicago, Illinois, Theater

8 October 1972 - Detroit, Michigan, Fisher Theater

11 October 1972 - St.Louis, Missouri, Kiel Auditorium

15 October 1972 - Kansas City, Kansas, Memorial Hall

20 October 1972 - Santa Monica, Civic Auditorium

21 October 1972 - Santa Monica, Civic Auditorium

27 October 1972 - San Francisco, California, Winterland Auditorium

28 October 1972 - San Fransisco, California, Winterland Auditorium

01 November 1972 - Seattle, Washington, Paramount Theater

04 November 1972 - Phoenix, Arizona, Celebrity Theater

11 November 1972 - Dallas, Texas, Majestic Theater

12 November 1972 - Houston, Texas, Music Hall

14 November 1972 - New Orleans, Louisiana, Layola University

17 November 1972 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pirate's World

20 November 1972 - Nashville, Tennessee, The Municipal Auditorium

22 November 1972 - New Orleans, LouisianaThe Warehouse

25 November 1972 - Cleveland, Ohio, Public Auditorium

26 November 1972 - Cleveland, Ohio, Public Auditorium

28 November 1972 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stanley Theater

30 November 1972 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater

1 December 1972 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater

2 December 1972 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater

 

UK TOUR

 

23 December 1972 - London, Rainbow Theater

24 December 1972 - London, Rainbow Theater

28 December 1972 - Manchester, Hard Rock

29 December 1972 - Manchester, Hard Rock

5 January 1973 - Glasgow, Green's Playhouse

6 January 1973 - Edinburgh, Empire Theatre

7 January 1973 - Newcastle upon Tyne, City Hall

9 January 1973 - Preston, Guild Hall

 

US TOUR

 

14 February 1973 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

15 February 1973 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

16 February 1973 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater

17 February 1973 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater (2 shows)

18 February 1973 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater (2 shows)

19 February 1973 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater (2 shows)

23 February 1973 - Nashville, Tennessee, War Memorial Auditorium

26 February 1973 - Memphis, Tennessee, Ellis Auditorium (2 shows)

1 March 1973 - Detroit, Michigan, Masonic Temple

2 March 1973 - Detroit, Michigan, Masonic Temple

10 March 1973 - Los Angeles, Long Beach Arena

12 March 1973 - Los Angeles, Hollywood Palladium

 

JAPAN

 

8 April 1973 - Tokyo, Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan

10 April 1973 - Tokyo, Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan

11 April 1973 - Tokyo, Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan

12 April 1973 - Nagoya, Kokaido

14 April 1973 - Hiroshima, Yubin Chokin Kaikan

16 April 1973 - Kobe, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan

17 April 1973 - Osaka, Koseinenkin Kaikan

18 April 1973 - Tokyo, Shibuya Kokaido

20 April 1973 - Tokyo, Shibuya Kokaido

 

UK TOUR

 

12 May 1973 - London, Earl's Court

16 May 1973 - Aberdeen, Music Hall

17 May 1973 - Dundee, Caird Hall

18 May 1973 - Glasgow, Green's Playhouse (2 shows)

19 May 1973 - Edinburgh, Theatre

21 May 1973 - Norwich, Theatre Royal (2 shows)

22 May 1973 - Romford, Odeon Theatre

23 May 1973 - Brighton, Dome

24 May 1973 - Lewisham, Odeon

25 May 1973 - Bournemouth, Winter Gardens

27 May 1973 - Guildford, Civic Hall (2 shows)

28 May 1973 - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall

29 May 1973 - Hanley, Victoria Hall

30 May 1973 - Oxford, New Theatre

31 May 1973 - Blackburn, King George's Hall

1 June 1973 - Bradford, St George's Hall

3 June 1973 - Coventry, New Theatre

4 June 1973 - Worcester, Gaumont

6 June 1973 - Sheffield, City (Oval) Hall (2 shows)

7 June 1973 - Manchester, Free Trade Hall (2 shows)

8 June 1973 - Newcastle upon Tyne, City Hall (2 shows)

9 June 1973 - Preston, Guild Hall

10 June 1973 - Liverpool, Empire Theatre (2 shows)

11 June 1973 - Leicester, De Montfort Hall

12 June 1973 - Chatham, Central Hall (2 shows)

13 June 1973 - Kilburn, Gaumont

14 June 1973 - Salisbury, City Hall

15 June 1973 - Taunton, Odeon (2 shows)

16 June 1973 - Torquay, Town Hall (2 shows)

18 June 1973 - Bristol, Colston Hal (2 shows)

19 June 1973 - Southampton, Guild Hall

21 June 1973 - Birmingham, Town Hall (2 shows)

22 June 1973 - Birmingham, Town Hall (2 shows)

23 June 1973 - Boston, Gliderdrome

24 June 1973 - Croydon, Fairfield Hall (2 shows)

25 June 1973 - Oxford, New Theatre (2 shows)

26 June 1973 - Oxford, New Theatre (2 shows)

27 June 1973 - Doncaster, Top Rank

28 June 1973 - Bridlington, Spa Ballroom

29 June 1973 - Leeds, Rolarena (2 shows)

30 June 1973 - Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Hall (2 shows)

2 July 1973 - London, Hammersmith Odeon

3 July 1973 - London, Hammersmith Odeon

 

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