David Bowie 1972-11-17 Diana, Pirate’s Cove (blackout)
Sound Quality Rating Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
01 ODE TO JOY.flac
02 HANG ON TO YOURSELF.flac
03 ZIGGY STARDUST.flac
05 THE SUPERMAN.flac
06 LIFE ON MARS.flac
07 FIVE YEARS.flac
08 SPACE ODDITY.flac
09 ANDY WARHOL.flac
10 DRIVE IN SATURDAY.flac
11 WIDTH OF A CIRCLE.flac
12 JOHN, I’M ONLY DANCING.flac
13 QUEEN BITCH.flac
14 MOONAGE DAYDREAM.flac
15 WAITING FOR THE MAN.flac
16 THE JEAN GENIE.flac
17 SUFFRAGETTE CITTY.flac
18 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE.flac
Label: No label
Audio Source: audience > Unknown Generation cassette Lineage:
Total running time: 1:21:38
Note: Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
A historic gig amongst the Bowie community, the Pirate’s Cove show from 1972 showcases the first ever performance of a newly written Drive In Saturday, which is performed solo by Bowie on acoustic. This is one of the better quality existing Ziggy era tapes, and although the tape itself is a bit overmodulated, the sound is full. There are very few tapes that exist from the first American leg of the Ziggy tour.
I received this recording as part of a batch in the mid 80’s so perhaps it is lower generation, there is not a lot of tape hiss.
After Hang on to Yourself Bowie says: “Good evening,my name’s David Bowie and these are the Spiders from Mars” to which some from the audience responds “Hi dave!” .The Spiders start tuning their instruments and Bowie does the announcement: This song called Ziggy Stardust“. After the number is finished there follows another round of tuning .and Bowie’s explanation “Ah,let me tell you that we’re all totally out of tune.Ha!. But we’re gonna play” is answered by someone from the audience calling “OK,allright,no problem!”.
It is a fine concert,the backup singing in Five Years is good and the rest of the songs are also played very well. The audience are reasonably enthusiastic,they recognise most of the songs and listen with interest when after Space Oddity
Bowie dwells upon the following number.Andy Warhol: “Thank you. When we got to New York we had a painter who had painted K. Bowles and Manlyn Monroe…” – the rest is not very intelligible. After Andy Worhol Bowie introduces a new song: “I’ve a now song for you I’d like to do very much. I wrote it on the tram from L.A to Chicago before I came down here and I tried to write it on the tram journey from Chicago to here. l’m not quite sure if I’ve learnt it yet ,so we’ll see won’t we”. The audiencee laugh and applauds. “l’ll tell you what it’s about because I didn’t understand it when I wrote it” Bowie goes on and the attentive audience laugh again. “This takes place in – probably in the year two thousand and thirty three witch is a good year,and in that time it was after a catastrophic time of war and many people didn’t know how to make love, and they learn to make love by watching the video film of the era of the nineteen seventies and the nineteen eighties”. Again the audience applauded,and Bowie start to sing Drive in Saturday with his own guitar as sole accomparument. This was the first time this number was played live,and Bowie turns out a splendid version. It is also quite special because it is acoustic.As likely as not Bowie played it more than once during this US tour,but this is the only tape of the tour that contains it. “Thank you” Bowie says after the number is over,and gets thunders of applause.
“This is a number that was written by a band…..this is a New York band’s number and the band was called the Velvet Underground” Bowie says ,referring to Waiting For The Man,a cert in the ’72 US tour repertory.
Somewhere during the show a tiny,sharp object got into Bowie’s boot. In Cut deeper into his flesh with every movement,but he wouldn’t interrupt the show and kept on singing and swinging. He gave no inkling of his pain,and after Sufragette City he disappeared so that at last he could get rid of the thing in his boot; there was a bloody,fleshy mess in his boot.It took some time before Bowie and the spiders returned for an encore.but in the end they gave way to the yells for more. “Thank you very much. If we can manage it” Bowie says,not quitLe certain whether he would be able to do another number with his painful foot “this is is from Ziggy Stardust,its called Rock & Roll Suicide“. It’s a good performance,and after the number Bowie calls out “Thank you”,and the Ode to Joy tape is played ,witch brings us to the end of this concert
David Bowie – Vocals, Guitar
Mick Ronson – Lead Guitar
Mick “Woody” Woodmansey – Drums
Trevor Bolder – Bass Guitar
Mike Garson – Piano
James Roos – Miami Herald (18 November 1972)
Review of Pirates World, Dania Concert – 17 November 1972
The first thing you notice about David Bowie is his, er unusual attire. When he
stepped onto the stage at Pirates World Friday Night, lights flashed, Beethoven
blared a la “Clockwork Orange” and there he stood – the incarnation of “gay rock”.
Yes, this is the latest fad in rock’s theatrical bag of weird tricks, blatantly
homosexual mannerism, with costumes to match. So David Bowie wears his hair
frizzed red, his face blanched white like a harlequin, his slender frame zipped
into a red pantsuit. What a sight.
What a voice. For whatever his attempt at theatrics, David Bowie’s music is
better than his show. At least, this time it was. All the effeminate gestures
and swivelling of hips were just so much affection added to basically good
That voice is a hard one to pin down in words, so conclusive is its quality.
It is not quite sultry, yet sensuous. It is tinged with cabaret style, the
smoothness of the balladeer. It can turn raunchy when the music so demands.
Most of the time it has an original timbre, so far as rock is concerned, though
it derives from the Beatles and possibly Johnny Mathis.
Regardless, Bowie’s songs are enjoyable, his band rarely too loud. He can give
you “Space Oddity” the song that put him into rock star orbit, with chordal
electric guitar textures that beautifully set off his voice.
He knows how to use the guitar’s resources, to detune it for effects. He can
blend with his partner in mellifluous duet, adding the Elvis Presley “Come on,
come on” with compelling intent.
There was a new song, something about “Put you arms around my head and lets go
to bed” which meandered without shape to guide it. And there were his
standards, like “Changes” and “Five Years” which the small Pirates World
audience soaked up with delight.
Ginger (Nitzfinger), the epitome of the loud, unimaginative hard rock band,
was endured as prelude to Bowie’s appearance. This group seems to think overloaded
bass guitar and a few screams are all there is to rock music. Two minutes of
them would have been the same as 20; 45 minutes were absurd.
As a step in the right rock direction, the promoters searched all ticket holders
for drugs at the gates, which held up the evening’s music, but may be a way
of beginning to clean up the dope and drugs which taint the reputation of rock
concerts. For a while I thought this was an altruistic step on the part of rock
promoter Leas Campbell, especially when Capt. James Cooper of the Broward
County sheriff’s office told me that the police were just on hand to make
arrests, and that the promoters were doing the searching.
However, Campbell walked on stage to clear up any misconceptions about his
No he didn’t like this search any more than the audience. It was supposed
to have been for bottles, which have been thrown on stage in the past.
Perhaps. But Campbell is a clever man. He wouldn’t want to alienate his
audience. And after all, this was his first concert at Pirates World, which
is but little changed despite much ballyhoo about improving the facility.
Postscript from a reader:
“With regards to the David Bowie At Pirates World, Dania….I was working sound
for the opening band, Ginger, who replaced Nitzfinger due to scheduling conflict.
The [negative] review of Ginger portion of the show review is accurate with
regards to the bass sound. We were using Clair Brothers Audio and the bass
was way too loud and they would not turn it down due to Bowie’s sound check
establishing the initial mix…..the tribulations of the opening act !! An
interesting aside is the drummer for Ginger was Frankie Banali……later of