In February Bowie started out on an extensive tour of the UK. He played in tiny halls at first,mainly colleges,but his audience grew at a dazzling rate thanks to the Ziggy Stardust character he produced. He had declared himself bisexual,which had increased interest in Ziggy still further,along with some more of his eccentric utterances. Ziggy,with orange hair,make-up,dressed in tight jumpsuits,radiating sexuality,presented a sensational act with some 10 costume changes which attracted ever growing numbers of – especially British – youngsters , When the Ziggy Stardust album came out in June that meant Bowie’s great break-through. The audience and the media agreed that a rare talent was born
THE ZIGGY STARDUST TOUR
In February Bowie started out on an extensive tour of the UK. He played in tiny halls at first,mainly colleges,but his audience grew at a dazzling rate thanks to the Ziggy Stardust character he produced. He had declared himself bisexual,which had increased interest in Ziggy still further,along with some more of his eccentric utterances. Ziggy,with orange hair,make-up,dressed in tight jumpsuits,radiating sexuality,presented a sensational act with some 10 costume changes which attracted ever growing numbers of – especially British – youngsters , When the Ziggy Stardust album came out in June that meant Bowie’s great break-through. The audience and the media agreed that a rare talent was born. Mean while the UK tour proceeded,and since the colleges and universities had become too small,a series of larger halls were booked from May onward. Most of those concerts were booked not more than one third,but those who did come to the concerts out of interest were bound to become constant fans.Bowie proved his immense powers as a performer. In June and Juny the bigger halls started to fill up as well, and by August , September the Ziggy-mania had taken on such proportions that the demand amply outran the supply. Ziggy grew and grew and grew,as well as the number of Ziggy-clones who went about dressing extravagantly,with make-up and all that. Apart from all the rest there was also this mysterious atmosphere maintained with respect to Ziggy that contributed to his success. “Is he from Mars?”,”What is this red-haired creature?”; such were the queslions asked,and when a reporter wanted to interview him to get the answers to those questions he would be refused admittance. Two body-guards by his side kept Ziggy unapproachable,which enchanced the mystery,and the interest still further.
Ziggy was accompanied by the spiders from Mars
After his long and successful tour of the UK Bowie crossed the ocean on the Queen Elisabeth II for his first tour of the USA. Mike Garson,piano,had been added to the Spiders,and the group Fumble had been hired for the support acts. The original idea was for the theatrical show performed by Bowie in the Rainbow Theatre to be maintained throughout the tour,but this was made impossible by the excessive cost. Anyway,the tour was an overwhelming success; sellout concert almost everywhere; 17 additional concerts were inserted.Bowie got a chance to take a good look at America,and from what he experienced during this tour he drew the inspiration for the songs which were later to appear on the Aladdin Sane album.
THE ALADDIN SANE TOUR
After the successful first tour of the USA and a short tour of the UK,Bowie started out in February on his 2nd US tour. During the first tour Bowie had taken a look at the inside of the New York luxury theatre Radio City Music Hall, and had declared “One day I’ll be playing here” – that wish came true on 14 February,when in New York City the tour began wjth one of the most spectacular of all Ziggy shows. The band had been enlarged with,among others,guitarists,so that Bowie need not play so much himself,but could con centrate on the singing.
THE 1973 UK TOUR
On 12th May 1973, after having swept through Japan wi th nine concerts and left it completely bedazzled,Bowie started off on a long tour of no less than sixty concerts through the UK. In Japan Bowie had met with the fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto again,who designed a completely new stage outfit for him consisting of nine beautiful costumes which he amply used during the present tour.All the shows,from the disastrous first to the drama-stricken last,were sold out way in advance.
Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust Tour. Tour by David Bowie Start date 29 January 1972 End date 3 July 1973 Legs 6 Shows 182
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, harmonica Mick Ronson – guitar, vocals Trevor Bolder – bass Mick “Woody” Woodmansey – drums Matthew Fisher – piano (20/04/72 – 27/05/72) Robin Lumley – piano (2/06/72 – 15/07/72) Nicky Graham – piano (1/08/72 – 7/09/72) Mike Garson – piano, mellotron, organ (22/09/72 – end of tour) John Hutchinson – rhythm guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar (8/04/73 – 20/04/73) Aynsley Dunbar – additional drums (8/04/73 – 20/04/73) Geoffrey A. MacCormack – backing vocals, percussion (19/01/73 – end of tour) Ken Fordham – saxophone (19/01/73 – end of tour) Brian Wilshaw – saxophone, flute (19/01/73 – end of tour)
Europe 29 January 1972 Aylesbury,England,Borough Assembly Hall 10 February 1972 London,Tolworth, Toby Jug 12 February 1972 Imperial College 14 February 1972 Brighton Dome, 18 February 1972 SheffieldUniversity Rag 23 February 1972 Chichester,Chichester College 24 February 1972 London,Wallington, Public Hall 25 February 1972 Eltham, Avery Hill College 26 February 1972Sutton ,Coldfield,Belfry Hotel 01 March 1972 Bristol,University 04 March 1972 Portsmouth,Southsea Pier Pavilion 07 March 1972 Yeovil,Yeovil College 11 March 1972 Southampton,Guild Hall 14 March 1972 Bournemouth,Chelsea Village 18 March 1972 Birmingham,Town Hall 24 March 1972 Newcastle upon Tyne,Mayfair Ballroom 20 april 1972 HarlowT,he Playhouse 21 april 1972 Manchester,Free Trade Hall 30 april 1972 Plymouth,Guild Hall 03 May 1972 Aberystwyth,Wales,University 06 May 1972 London,England,Kingston Polytechnic 07 May 1972 Hemel Hempstead,Pavilion 11 May 1972 Worthing,Assembly Hall 12 May 1972 London,Polytechnic of Central London 13 May 1972 SloughTechnical College 19 May 1972 Oxford,Polytechni 25 May 1972 Bournemouth,Chelsea Village 27 May 1972 Epsom,Ebbisham 02 June 1972 Newcastle upon Tyne,City Hall 03 June 1972 Liverpool,Stadium 04 June 1972 Preston,Public Hall 06 June 1972 Bradford,St George’s Hall 07 June 1972 Sheffield,City Hall 08 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 Croydo,nGreyhound 01 July 1972 Weston-super-MareWinter Gardens Pavilion 02 July 1972 Torquay,Rainbow Pavilion 08 July 1972 London,Royal Festival Hall 15 July 1972 Aylesbury ,Friars Borough Hall 18 July 1972 Aylesbury ,Friars Borough Hall 19 august 1972 Londo,Rainbow Theatre 20 august 1972 Londo,Rainbow Theatre 27 august 1972 Bristol,Locarno Electric Village 30 august 1972 London,Rainbow Theatre 31 august 1972 Boscombe,Royal Ballroom 01 september 1972 Doncaster,Top Rank Suite 02 september 1972 Manchester,Hard Rock 30 september 1972 Manchester,Hard Rock 04 september 1972 Liverpool,Top Rank Suite 05 september 1972 Sunderland,Top Rank Suite 06 september 1972 Sheffield,Top Rank Suite 07 september 1972 Hanley, Staffordshire T,op Rank Suite 22 september 1972 Cleveland, Ohio,United States,Music Hall 24 september 1972 Memphis, Tennessee,Ellis Auditorium 28 september 1972 New York City, New York,Carnegie Hall 01 October 1972 Boston, Massachusetts, Music Hall1 07 October 1972 Chicago, Illinois, Auditorium Theater 08 October 1972 Detroit, Michigan ,Fisher Theater 11 October 1972 St. Louis, Missouri,Kiel Auditorium 15 October 1972 Kansas City, Kansas Memory Hall 20 October 1972 Los Angeles, CA ,Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 21 October 1972 Los Angeles, CA ,Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 27 October 1972 San Francisco, California ,Winterland Auditorium 28 October 1972 Los Angeles, CA ,Santa Monica Civic 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 Miami, Florida,Jai Alai Fronton 20 november 1972 Nashville, Tennessee,The Municipal Auditorium 22 november 1972 New Orleans, Louisiana,The 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, Pennsylvani,aTower Theater 01 december 1972 Philadelphia, Pennsylvani,aTower Theater 02 december 1972 Philadelphia, Pennsylvani,aTower Theater
Europe 23 december 1972 London,England,Rainbow Theatre 24 december 1972 London,England,Rainbow Theatre 28 december 1972 Manchester,Hard Rock 29 december 1972 Manchester,Hard Rock 05 January 1973 Glasgow,Scotland,Green’s Playhouse 06 January 1973 Edinburgh,Empire Theatre 07 January 1973 Newcastle, upon Tyne,EnglandCity Hall 09 January 1973 Preston,Guild Hall 14 February 1973 Cleveland, Ohio,Public Auditorium 15 February 1973 Cleveland, Ohio,Public Auditorium 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 01 March 1973 Detroit, Michigan,Masonic Temple 02 March 1973 Michigan,Masonic Temple 10 March 1973 Los Angeles, California,Long Beach Arena 12 March 1973 Hollywood, Palladium
Asia 08 april 1973 Tokyo,Shinjuku, Koseinenkin KaikanJapan 10 april 1973 Tokyo,Shinjuku, Koseinenkin KaikanJapan 11 april 1973 Tokyo,Shinjuku, Koseinenkin KaikanJapan 12 april 1973 Nagoya,Kokaido 14 april 1973 Hiroshima,Yubin Chokin Kaikan 16 april 19 73 KobeKobe Kokusai Kaikan 17 april 1973 Osaka,Koseinenkin Kaikan 18 april 19 73 Tokyo,Shibuya Kokaido 20 april 1973 Tokyo,Shibuya Kokaido
Europe 12 May 1973 London,England,Earl’s Court 16 May 1973 Aberdeen,Scotland,Music Hall 17 May 1973 Dundee,aird Hall 18 May 1973 Glasgow,Green’s Playhouse 2 shows 19 May 1973 Edinburgh,Theatre 21 May 1973 Norwich,England,Theatre Royal 2 shows 22 May 1973 Romford,Odeon Theatre 23 May 1973 Brighton Dome
24 May 1973 Lewisham Odeon 25 May 1973 Bourn emouth Winter Gardens 27 May 1973 Guildford Civic Hall 2 shows 28 May 1973Wolverhampton 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 TorquayTown Hall 2 shows 18 June 1973 Bristol Colston Hall 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 Lincoln Boston Gilderdrome 24 June 1973 Croydon Fairfield Hall 2 shows 25 June 1973 Oxford New Theatre 2 shows 26 June 1973 Oxford New Theatre 27 June 1973 Doncaster Top Rank 28 June 1973 Bridlington Spa Ballroom 29 June 1973 Leeds Rolarena 1st show at 5:30 29 June 1973 Leeds Rolarena 2nd show at 5:30 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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He did neither mainland Europe nor Australia, in his Ziggy tours, which is unfortunate considering his rising popularity and worldwide interest in him and his band. Music is the 60’s and 70’s was simply phenomenal. For example, where the Beatles left off, he took over with technology, such as ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Starman’ and ‘Ziggy and the Spider’s from Mars’. A truly one of a kind performer and creative talent. And he came out of the closet decades before it was fashionable or commonplace. He redefined genres in multiple aspects of society: music, fashion and the alternative gender possibilities.
I Wil You give one gig , tell my which you want ?
I live in Arizona USA. I would like to be able to listen to the shows but have nothing to trade. I would gladly purchase but not sure if that is allowed. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you,