David Bowie 1973-02-14 New York ,Radio City Music Hall – Wha Happen? – SQ 6,5

David Bowie 1973-02-14 New York ,Radio City Music Hall - Wha Happen? - SQ 6,5

David Bowie 1973-02-14 New York ,Radio City Music Hall – Wha Happen? –
Sound Quality Rating

101. Intro.flac
102. Hang Onto Yourself.flac
103. Ziggy Stardust.flac
104. Changes.flac
105. Soul Love.flac
106. John, I’m Only Dancing.flac
107. Moonage Daydream.flac
108. Five Years.flac
109. Space Oddity.flac
110. My Death.flac
201. Watch That Man.flac
202. Drive-In Saturday.flac
203. Aladdin Sane.flac
204. Panic In Detroit.flac
205. Cracked Actor.flac
206. Width Of A Circle.flac
207. Time.flac
208. The Prettiest Star.flac
209. Let’s Spend The Night Together .flac
210. The Jean Genie.flac
211. Suffragette City.flac
212. Rock N’Roll Suicide.flac

Label: No label
Audio Source: audience
Lineage: Low gen cassette > Nakamichi Tapedeck
Total running time: 1:33:26
Sound Quality : Not good ,much Noise ,very dull
Attendance: 5.884 Sold out
Artwork: by AP
Re-worked version :Yes

This is the recording of the show where David fainted at the end, shocking the audience.
One thing that is particularly interesting, to me anyway, is the leap in quality on reaching side 2
of the tape here – Aladdin Sane onwards. Often there are small differences in fidelity upon turning
over tapes – for example, sometimes one side will have more hiss than the other, as somewhere in the
copying someone has switched the dolby off or on. The difference here is more pronounced than that.

Prettiest Star is a highlight here!

Rock and Roll Suicide had to be combined from two sources of this recording…but then this does have the long ending with the audience’s reaction to David’s fainting.

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This is Bowie’s big breakthrough in the US.
The show was becoming even more outrageous with many new costume changes and more bizarre make-up. Both shows are a sell-out of 6,200 people each. Attending celebrities include Truman Capote, Salvador Dali (a fan who has attended other Bowie performances), Johnny Winter and Todd Rundgren. Bowie faints on stage after a fan leaps on the stage during “Rock n Roll Suicide” and embraces him. He is diagnosed by an attending nurse as suffering from exhaustion (blocked pores from the makeup is also blamed) and sleeps 12 hours straight the next day. Rumours suggest that gunshots rang out before Bowie collapsed but audience tapes do not support this fanciful theory.

“The giant auditorium was filled with Walter Carlos’ recorded cybernetic music from Clockwork Orange, as several layers of curtains parted to reveal a giant screen on which was projected an animated film of the cosmos rushing at light speed at the viewer. A single spotlight opened up on a set of large concentric spheres welded into a cage and suspended 50 feet above the floor of the stage, in the middle of which was standing a stern and staring Bowie clad in a black silver silk garment, the first of what would be five different costumes that night. It was truly an amazing sight: Bowie the noted acrophobe, who won’t fly in planes or ascend above a certain level in buildings, coolly gazing at his adoring fans, while his band, The Spiders From Mars, augmented by six additional musicians on horns and percussion, cranked into “Hang Onto Yourself”…. At times Bowie acted out his role as a straight pop singer, a sort of hyperthyroid Anthony Newley; at others he would change into a progressively more skimpy costume and whip his arse around, a campy gamine leg-throw here, a cute barefoot pirouette there. Those songs dealing with Bowie’s starkly paranoid themes of rock-star death, impending planetary doom and coming suicide were treated as little theater pieces, playlets recited and acted rather than sung and played.” – Stephen Davis – Rolling Stone Magazine.

The Concert Tapes:
This is the famous concert in which Bowiee descended on the stage in a cage hanging 17 meters above the stage. A spectacu­lar opening of this concert which was given on Valentine’s Day and was also the first concert of the short US Tour II. It was a full house. The group Fumble was to do the first part of the programme,but for some reason it was cancelled.

“They can’t see,sit down!” some one cries out after Hang on to Yourself. After Ziggy Stardust Bowie says: “It’s nice to come down to New York again”.
Although the band was reinforced with additional saxophone players,Bowie did the sax solo in Soul Love himself. This tape and that of the second evening in NY are the only 1973 tapes which include this number.

After My Death a screen was raised at the back of the stage displaying a cartoon in which the cosmos seems to bear down upon the spectators at the speed of light.

This is a very long concert by the way: no fewer than 21 numbers,including all numbers but one of the entire LP Aladdin Sane which at the time had not yet appeared. After Watch That Man Bowie says: “In case you’d like to know,we’ve made a new album,that was the first,it’s called Watch That Man. As you might know,we brought some new people with us tonight,a very quick one is Ken Fordham who’s very quick but a little bit tired,Geoffrey and Hutch and you may know Mike Garson from my last tour. This is a track from the new album anyway,this one is called Drive in Saturday which was written between Phoenix and Seattle”.
The audience respond well to the new numbers but when Crac­ked Actor is over no one applauds,probably because the audien­ce are not sure whether it is really over or may yet go on. “That was called Cracked Actor Bowie says,and then the audi­ence starts applauding.
Bowie announces Width of a Circle and the long guitar solo in the number he used to change costume again,which that night he did as many as seven times! After the number Bowie introdu­ces the band,but not the additional musicians whom he had al­ ready introduced to the audience.
From Jean Genie onward the tape is considerably inferior(SQ 6!). During Rock & Roll Suicide something happened of which a good description can be found in Stephen Davis’ review of this concert in the Rolling Stone of 29-3-1973:

“During Suffragette City Bowie’s maraca broke and a piece of it lodged in his eye,which he was rubbing as the band left the stage. The crowd demanded more and was kept waiting five ~as restored. He came back on in six-inch stacked heels for a beltin& torchy Rock & Roll Suicide. Bowie played the edge of the stage,inciting the droolers to lurch at him. One man actually ~ade it and,grabbing Bowie in a hug,planted a big wet kiss on his desiccated cheeks.
The man was hurled back into the mealstrom in front of the stage and Bowie re­ sponded to the assault by crumpling like a pansy in a monsoon,a fainting heroine in an old French play – Ca­ mille – “Ah,mon amour, j’etouffe!”. With the star recumbent and unconscious on the floor, the house lights went off and he was carried off. When the house lights came on,the stage was empty. Rock & roll sui­cide and the kiss of death”.

The immense tension to which he had been exposed during the preparations of the tour had made too high demands upon his system which was the reason of his fainting. He immediately went to sleep and slept for no less than twelve hours!

Obviously a rather excep­ tional tape,but it’s a pity that Bowie’s voice sounds rather far off. Of the pis­tol cracks which are suppo­sed to be heard on this tape there is not a trace. One does hear all sorts of grum­bling sounds and the audien­ce cry “No,I can’t believe this,no!”.


David Bowie Tour Band – The Ziggy Stardust Tour
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Mick Ronsonguitar, vocals
Trevor Bolderbass
Mick “Woody” Woodmanseydrums
Matthew Fisherpiano (20 Apr 1972 – 27 May 1972)
Robin Lumleypiano (2 Jun 1972 – 15 Jul 1972)
Nicky Grahampiano (1 Aug 1972 – 7 Sep 1972)
Mike Garsonpiano, mellotron, organ (22 September 1972 – end of tour)
John Hutchinsonrhythm guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar (8 Apr 1973 – 20 Apr 1973 – 3 July 1973)
Aynsley Dunbaradditional drums (8 Apr 1973 – 20 Apr 1973)
Geoffrey A. MacCormackbacking vocals, percussion (19 January 1973 – end of tour)
Ken Fordham – saxophone (19 January 1973 – end of tour)
Brian Wilshawsaxophone, 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


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4 thoughts on “David Bowie 1973-02-14 New York ,Radio City Music Hall – Wha Happen? – SQ 6,5”

  1. I remember the February 14th 1973 show! I was 15 years old and my friends and I waited on line for over 12 hours to get a general admission floor seat. We finally ended up in the second row just right of center stage. It was probably the most exciting and memorable concert I’ve ever been too!!! Bowie was phenomenal descending from the sky in a metal orb and the show just kept getting better. The costume and makeup changes were amazing! Bowie just belted them out all night, Ronson was just tearing it up and the rest of the band was totally in control. I’m fortunate to have been at this one! It’s a fantastic memory!

  2. I have two copies of the whole show taped from different sides of the arena.
    Both have the collapse scene well documented by peoples sadness and curiosity, the dialogue goes as follows at the ‘faint’ scene, What happened? Oh he collapsed.. he collapsed, What did that kid do, that kid, no he’s okay, are you sure man, I dunno, what do ya think part of the show?

    I am the Bowie genius, no one can touch what I have in my collection.

  3. I’ve seen David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York on November 3, 1973 but I do not see any confirmation of this anywhere, I know I’m not wrong. Can anyone confirm this date.

  4. I was at this show – the entrance with Bowie descending down from the sky in the birdcage was incredible – it was like no other concerns I had ever seen or would ever see – Ronson and the rest of the band was incredible – the floor sears were GA so I got there very early in the day and waited on line for hours to secure my tenth row center seat.

    This was Ziggy tour with new Aladdin Sane music as well , mixed with My Death and Width of A Circle – there were no gun shots during Rock n Roll Suicide – an excited fan rushed the stage and Bowie was knocked to the ground accidentally – apparently knocked unconscious and carried offstage by his handlers – a crazy ending to a show that was surreal from beginning to end

    I knew then that I was watching history and with every passing year , the show seems even more special than it did that day !

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