David Bowie 1972-07-08 London ,Royal Festival Hall – (Friends of the earth save the Whale Benefit) (Lineage Unknown).
Sound Quality Rating
201. Ode to Joy.flac
202. Hang On To Yourself.flac
203. Ziggy Stardust.flac
204. Life on Mars.flac
205. The Supermen.flac
208. Five Years.flac
209. Space Oddity.flac
210. Andy Warhol.flac
212. I Feel Free.flac
213. Moonage Daydream.flac
214. White Light White Heat.flac
215. Waiting For The Man.flac
216. Sweet Jane.flac
217. Suffragette City.flac
Label: No label
Audio Source: audience >
Total running time: 1:11:25
Sound Quality: Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
This concert was organised by The Friends of Earth in order to raise funds to save the whale from extinction.
Bowie was the main act of the show; he was preceded by Marmelade and the jSD Band. The latter had had some sound trouble and when Bowie started this had not yet been resolved completely. On coming on Bowie says: “I’m David Bowie and these are the Spiders from Mars,we can have a wonderful system in a minute but this is something about you” and Ronson bursts into Hang on to Yourself.
Bowie introduces the majority of the numbers in extenso ,but most of what he says is unintelligible. Andy Warhol he introduces with a long story about Andy Warhol being a New York painter,and on Amsterdam. he explains that a Belgian wrote the song and an American translated it into English. The audience listen to Bowie’s words with great attention and in complete silence. There is a surprise after Moonage daydream when Bowie announces Lou Reed: “He’s still playing and he’s now in England.and this is his very .very,very first apperance anywhere in England.ladies and gentlemen:Lou Reed”
received with enthusiasm.and White light,White Heat,Waiting for the Man and Sweet Jane,All the three sung by Lou Reed,are given a big hand; yet the audience do not fotget it was Bowie the have come for.As a matter of act ,Reeds singing is difficult to hear.
Suffragette City is played as extra and at the end of the concert the audience were presented with promotion posters and photographs.
This was a great concert and it got lots of reviews. All quite positive!
The magazine Disc wrote: “David Bowie oust be coming up for the ‘Most Reviewed Act In The Shortest Time’ award.
Each reviewer feels he or she has discovered something newtand probably has.
Bowie and the Spiders cause compulsive penscraping”. Melody Maker:.
David Bowie Tour Band – The Ziggy Stardust Tour
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 – 3 July 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)
Robin Mayhew ,Will Palin ,Mick Hince ,Dean Heiser – Sound ,Ground Control ,Front of House Engineer ,Stage hands
Nigel Olliff, Nick Gilbey, Paul Normand and crew – Lights ,1972 Heavy Light ,1973 See Factor Industries NY Bob See ,Steve Hurston ,Mick Fussey
Peter Hunsley – Stage Equipment
Suzi Fussey – Wardrobe, Makeup and Hair