A discarded master tape from this date shows that THE RISE AND FALL OF
ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) is now largely finished.
Side One: Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Round and Round / It Ain't Easy
Side Two: Lady Stardust / Star / Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette
City / Rock n Roll Suicide
However, the track listing still has "Round and Round" in
place of "Starman" (which will eventually replace it). The album itself will not
be released for another five months due to HUNKY DORY's recent release.
Feb 3rd 1972
Concert: Lancaster Arts Festival, Coventry. - Did David Bowie
really appear at this Sunday festival as commonly reported? - see below:
"David Bowie, a late addition to the Sunday
evening concert, became a last minute withdrawal, due, according to organiser Ted Little,
to his management having second thoughts about his suitability for a bill topped by Roland
Kirk.....David Bowie at Lancaster: first it's Sunday, then its Monday, then not at all;
must have had a hairdressing dress-fitting appointment... - Press Clippings
Postscript: Bowie confirmed in 2002 that he did not
attend this festival.
Final master takes of Starman, Suffragette City
and Rock n Roll Suicide recorded at Trident, completing the
recording of Bowies fourth LP.
The BBC's Sounds of The Seventies radio show
(with Bob Harris) broadcasts specially recorded versions of "Five Years",
"Hang Onto Yourself", "Ziggy Stardust" and "Queen Bitch."
The show also features an exclusive interview with Bowie. While a version of
"Waiting For The Man" was recorded for this show, it was not broadcast.
The BBC TV's Old Grey Whistle Test broadcasts
Bowie and The Spiders From Mars to the UK public with them performing "Five
Years" and "Queen Bitch." The song "Oh! You Pretty Things"
was also performed and recorded for this programme but was not broadcast. Bowie and the
band watch the show at home in Beckenham.
Songs performed: Space
Oddity, The Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud, The Width of a Circle, The Supermen, Changes,
Life on Mars?, Oh You Pretty Things, Andy Warhol, Song for Bob Dylan, Queen Bitch, John,
I'm Only Dancing, Five Years, Moonage
Daydream, Starman, Lady Stardust (19
August only), Hang Onto Yourself, Ziggy Stardust,
Suffragette City & Rock n Roll Suicide.
Other artists songs: Port
of Amsterdam (Jacques Brel), My Death (Jacques Brel), Sweet Jane (Lou Reed - 8 July 1972
only), Gotta Get a Job (James Brown), Hot (James Brown), Waiting for The Man (Lou Reed),
White Light/White Heat (Lou Reed), I Can't Explain (Pete Townshend), Round and Round
(Chuck Berry), This Boy (McCartney-Lennon - 27 August 1972 only) & I Feel Free (Cream)
Set lists: At the beginning of the tour the setlist was
split evenly between Hunky Dory and Ziggy album material, with only a few songs from his
early career performed. Many cover versions, however, were performed. As the tour
progressed more and more Ziggy songs were brought into live performance. The
concerts usually opened with Hang Onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / The Supermen / Queen
Bitch - with an acoustic set of Space Oddity / Andy Warhol and Port of Amsterdam performed
next. The finale was usually of Suffragette City / White Light White Heat / Waiting
for the Man / Rock n Roll Suicide. Bowie changed things slightly for The Rainbow Concert - opening with Lady Stardust and swapping Port
of Amsterdam with My Death. "The Width of a Circle" became the Spiders
show-piece song replacing Cream's "I Feel Free". "John, I'm Only
Dancing" was added at the end of the tour to promote it as a single.
KEY CONCERT: Toby Jug, Tolworth, London. The first gig of
the Ziggy Stardust UK Tour began at a humble pub, which unfortunately is now no more. This
was the last pub gig that Bowie would play. Most subsequent venues at this stage are small
with seating capacity rarely exceeding 1,000.
"Things moved quite fast in those days, but Ziggy was
a case of small beginnings. I remember when we had no more than twenty or thirty fans at
the most. They'd be down at the front and the rest of the audience was indifferent. And it
feels so special, because you and the audience kid yourselves that you're in on this big
secret. It's that English elitism and you feel kind of cool. It all gets so dissipated
when you get bigger." - Bowie (1997)
* Fan review of the concert
Concert: High Wycombe Town Hall, Bucks.
Concert: Great Hall, Imperial College, London: Bowie attempts to
walk out across his audience's shoulders in imitation of Iggy Pop (see below), but because
the audience is spread too thin, slides to the floor.
David Bowie live at Great Hall, Imperial
College, London (February 1972)
"You know I never do anything by half. The
costumes for the act are outrageous. I've had twelve, fifteen, any number but not just for
myself - for the group too. I like to keep my band always well dressed, not
like some other people I could mention! They are rather like astral "West Side
Story" outfits, with sequins and short battle dress jackets, and long patent leather
boots. I've also had my hair chopped off and I feel very butch now. I'm out all the time
to entertain, not just to get upon a stage and knock out a few songs. I couldn't live with
myself if I did that. I'm the last person to pretend that I'm a radio. I'd rather go out
and be a colour television set. Actually I'm a bit worried about the way that the band
have fallen into it so easily! Remember they were into hard blues, but now they enjoy the
costume bit." -Bowie
* Melody Maker review of the concert
Concert: Chichester College, Chichester.
Concert: Wallington Public Hall, Wallington.
Concert: Avery Hill College, Eltham, London.
Concert: Mayfair Suite, Belfry Hall, Sutton, Coldfield.
Concert: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.
Concert: Locarno, Sunderland. At this concert six fans in
wheelchairs spring to their feet to greet Bowie and the Spiders and remain standing
throughout the concert! (in honour of the leper messiah?).