David Bowie 1972-05-06 London ,Kingston Polytecnic - SQ 7

David Bowie 1972-05-06 London ,Kingston Polytecnic (lo-gen cassette).
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01. Hang Onto Yourself.flac
02. Ziggy Stardust.flac
03. The Supermen.flac
04. Queen Bitch.flac
05. Song For Bob Dylan.flac
06. Changes.flac
07. Starman.flac
08. Five Years.flac
09. Space Oddity.flac
10. Andy Warhol.flac
11. Amsterdam.flac
12. I Feel Free.flac
13. Moonage Daydream.flac
14. White Light White Heat.flac
15. I Gotta Get A Job.flac
16. Suffragette City.flac
17. Rock ‘N Roll Suicide.flac
18. Waiting For The Man.flac

Label: No label
Audio Source: audience
Total running time: 1:28:59
Sound Quality: much noise ,dull ,can still listened to
Attendance: 3.000
Artwork: by Walter Ego

 DAVID-BOWIE-1972-05-06-BACK

An important show from the 1972 UK Ziggy Stardust tour
The JSD Band attended to The Part Of The Programme Leading up to Bowie and his men’s appearance . ”I’M David Bowie,These coult be the Spiders from Mars ,but this is some our music” Bowie says ,coming on stage.The audience are fairly calm and there spells of silince in between the numbers. The majority of the audience knew little or nothing of Bowie ,but ,when Space Oddity begins , they recognise it and start applauding.
During the lift-off they must laugh: for Bowie tries to imitate with his mouth the sound of a rocket taking off ,but all he produces is some muttering! The performace of the song Space Oddity is beautyful with Mike Ronson taking the second voice .’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 are fantasic, I really do. this is a song by a French composer” ,Bowie says, and continues with Amsterdam. Then comes I Feel Free ,the old Crean number written by Keith Brown. I dare say the lengthy intrumental part played in this song sounds very much like that of Width Of A Circle ! The audience clap along with the first part of the song ,and when it is finished Bowie introduces The Spiders to the audiece . After Moonage Daydream comes White Light,White Heat ,which Bowie announces with the words: “We shall continue with a number by somebody I admire very much ,an American songwriter called Lou Reed”. “Thank you 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 & Roll Suicide” Bowie says when he is called back by the enthused audience. “show me your hands!” he sings ,and afther this the audience are even more frantic ,and clapping their hands ,yelling ,and stamping their feet ,they finally succeed in calling Bowie back a second time.
“When his banjo we’ll do one more for you tonight. It’s a Lou Reed number called Waiting For The Man ..

The early 1972 Spiders shows tended to be wilder and more energetic than the 1973 shows. The costume changes, lighting cues and choreographed moves of the 1973 shows rather compromised spontaneity. Kingston Poly was a very spontaneous physical performance. If you can get hold of the tiny bit of footage from Aylesbury Friars in 1972 you’ll see what I mean.

There was an absolutely deranged young woman in the audience. She had short blonde hair and I think, if memory serves me well, was wearing hot pants. It was of course Angie Bowie. She was wild! At one point she was raised aloft on someone’s lucky shoulders and goading David and the band to even greater heights. I’m pretty sure that at one point David leapt into the audience to join her. During Suffragette City maybe? It was a long time ago… Angie had been a student at Kingston Polytechnic apparently and this was a special gig for her. Mick Ronson set his Gold Les Paul to maximum feedback and passed it into the audience too. Probably during Moonage Daydream but I can’t be sure. As I say, a wild show. Setlist was pretty standard except for the inclusion of Get A Job and maybe Song For Bob Dylan. Might be wrong about the second one though.

REVIEW
I was at this concert and let me tell you that it was the very best show I ever saw David and the Spiders play, and I attended about 20 shows in 1972 and 1973. My first was at the Toby Jug in Tolworth (I believe the first to be billed as DB and Spiders From Mars?) and my last was the show with Jeff Beck at Hammersmith Odeon. Great days.

Anyway, here’s a few notes why this show was so special. Firstly, the support act was the JSD Band who never made it big but really should have. They were a Scottish folk-rock band who played lots of up-tempo jigs and reels as well as songs, but did it brilliantly. David remarked at one point something along the lines that they were the best support band he’d ever had. Maybe still the case??? Anyway, they really got the place rocking and prepared the way for the Spiders to rip the place apart. I saw many shows at this fantastic venue – it was an unseated upstairs hall with a polished wooden floor that was bouncing by the end of this performance. We used to sit cross-legged on the floor for the quieter acts like the Incredible String Band by the way…

The early 1972 Spiders shows tended to be wilder and more energetic than the 1973 shows. The costume changes, lighting cues and choreographed moves of the 1973 shows rather compromised spontaneity. Kingston Poly was a very spontaneous physical performance. If you can get hold of the tiny bit of footage from Aylesbury Friars in 1972 you’ll see what I mean.

There was an absolutely deranged young woman in the audience. She had short blonde hair and I think, if memory serves me well, was wearing hot pants. It was of course Angie Bowie. She was wild! At one point she was raised aloft on someone’s lucky shoulders and goading David and the band to even greater heights. I’m pretty sure that at one point David leapt into the audience to join her. During Suffragette City maybe? It was a long time ago… Angie had been a student at Kingston Polytechnic apparently and this was a special gig for her. Mick Ronson set his Gold Les Paul to maximum feedback and passed it into the audience too. Probably during Moonage Daydream but I can’t be sure. As I say, a wild show. Setlist was pretty standard except for the inclusion of Get A Job and maybe Song For Bob Dylan. Might be wrong about the second one though.

David’s opening words are cut on this recording. They were the same words at every show in early 72: Clockwork Orange Intro faded and David would say “Hello. I’m David Bowie. These are the Spiders From Mars. And this is some of our music”. Cue Hang On To Yourself.

Thanks again. You’ve made my day. Especially after the death of Easytree.

– Robin

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