Ziggy Stardust (LP) is released in Japan.
'Walk On The Wild Side'/'Perfect Day' released by Lou Reed, produced by
David and Mick Ronson. The single becomes Reeds biggest selling record to-date.
Bowie remixes Iggy Pop and the Stooge's album RAW POWER (1973) after
Iggy had mixed most of the instruments into one channel, and the vocals into the other.
Concert: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona. The first debut of
"Drive in Saturday"!
"After hearing a promotional EP with "It
Ain't Easy" and needing a place to take a date, I picked up tickets that night. There
were only approximately 200 people there, mostly drag queens and my date and I. So few,
they didn't rotate the stage (being a theatre in the round). They just asked everyone to
move to one side.... Anyway, Bowie DID play "Drive In Saturday" that night, he
said, for the the first time. As I was not familiar with any of the songs, and as he asked
the audience to "turn off your tape recorders", I made a mental note. Later,
after finally hearing the bootleg of Santa Monica 72, I realised that Drive In Saturday
was played [at the Celebrity Theatre] instead of "My Death"" - Paul
Concert: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona cancelled.
Entourage stay in Arizona for 10 days.
Bowie appears on the cover of the November issue of Rolling Stone -
the article titled "David Bowie in America."
Concert: Majestic Theatre, Dallas. Cancelled. Adverts for the
reissues of the albums Space Oddity (1969) and The Man Who Sold The World (1970) appear
with the advice "Make Room for 2 Bowie Albums"
"Two new old albums by the overnight
superstar whose been doing it for five years and nobody knew it until now except a small
loyal following in America, the entire population of the British Isles, and his visionary
record company who now presents you with "Space Oddity" and "The Man Who
Sold The World" to make it a total of four albums in the collected works of David
Bowie who is now touring this country playing to trendy, crazed and sellout audiences and
that's the truth." - RCA RECORDS & TAPES
Concert: The Music Hall, Houston. Cancelled.
Concerts: Oklahoma City - probably cancelled.
Concert: Loyola University, New Orleans.
Concert: Pirate's World Amusement Park, Dania - south of Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. Accepted folklore has it that Bowie performs "Drive in
Saturday" for the first time on acoustic guitar at this concert. However, see
the entry for November 4th above!
Images and reviews here Pirates
World, Dania Concert - 17 November 1972
"I remember fondly the days of my youth, after high
school graduation. I got a job and bought my first car, a used Datsun 510 loaded with a
non-factory equipped a/c and an 8 track tape player!!!! I had a ho-hum 9-5 job during the
week as a secretary/bookkeeper at a television parts warehouse. Therefore, I lived for the
weekends so I could get up and go driving around Fort Lauderdale, and listen to Ziggy play
guitar on my 8 track tape player. It was the only tape I played for months.....Freak out
in a Moonage daydream, oh yehhh.... It was the first time I saw him in concert. Ahhh, the
days of Ziggy and the Spiders from Mars. It seems like another lifetime ago and
unfortunately I do not remember much except that he was mesmerizing. And if I had the
time, money etc. I would have become a groupie." - Bowie fan
Nov-18 or 19th 1972
Concert: Municipal Auditorium, Nashville. There is a pre-concert
demonstration against Bowie because of Cherry Vanillas over-hyping him as the new
Concert: The Warehouse, New Orleans.
"The Jean Genie" 7" single from Aladdin Sane (1973) is
released. Produced by Ken Scott and David Bowie.
"The Jean Genie/Ziggy Stardust" RCA 2302 UK. Highest chart
position = #2
"The Jean Genie/Hang Onto Yourself" RCA 74-0838 US in picture
sleeve. Highest chart position = #71
"The Jean Genie/John, I'm Only Dancing" RCA 552235 Japan in
Re-release of Bowie's first album (DAVID BOWIE) now re-titled SPACE
ODDITY (1969) RCA LSP 4813 with a new "Ziggy" photo on the cover. This
re-release went to #17 in the UK and #16 in the US.
Re-release of THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (1971) RCA LSP 4816 with a new
"Ziggy" photo on the cover. This re-release went to #26 in the UK and #105 in
Concert: Public Hall, Cleveland - Capacity 9,500. 10,000 attend.
Such is Bowie's popularity now that the Cleveland Public Hall is used for these two
concerts rather than the smaller capacity Music Hall, which was used for the first
Cleveland concert. Both the Music Hall and Public Hall shared the same back-to-back
stage. Both halls are still being used today.
Concert: Public Hall, Cleveland. 10,000 attend.
Concert: The Stanley Theatre (or Syria Mosque?), Pittsburgh.
On Tony DeFries recommendation Mott the Hoople play the Tower Theatre in
Philadelphia and are introduced by Bowie who joins them in singing "All the Young
Dudes" and an encore of "Honky Tonk Woman." Because they were not well
known in the US DeFries agreed to cover all expenses and allowed the Tower to bill the
show as "David Bowie Presents" and have him personally introduce the act.
Bowie however missed the train and had to travel seven hours (cost = US$200) by cab to
make the Mott the Hoople show.
Mott the Hoople: Review of Live Dudes (Music Club) by Wilson Neate
(PopMatters Music Critic)
The material on Live Dudes derives from two concerts: one at the Konserthuset in Stockholm
in February 1971 and the other at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia in November 1972....
As Rock Trivia item #304 goes, David Bowie talked the members of Mott into sticking
together, gave them the song "All the Young Dudes" to jump-start their career,
hooked them up with his management company, MainMan, and produced their
"comeback" album, All the Young Dudes. Subsequently, Mott the Hoople embarked on
the most commercially rewarding phase of their career....once a youthful sounding David
Bowie has introduced the band, the concert then begins with Mott's version of "Sweet
Jane". Although the Philadelphia concert includes renditions of more
introspective, down-tempo fare such as "Sea Diver" and the poignant "Hymn
for the Dudes", which center on Hunter's vocal performance, much of the set is given
over to the self-assured, guitar-driven rock and roll that showcases a band at the height
of its powers. Particularly noteworthy are "One of the Boys" and
"Sucker", which saw the group venturing into the realm of glam.... The high
point of the set, however, is the anthemic "All the Young Dudes", for which
Bowie joins the band on-stage adding a distinctive vocal element to the track. On the
otherwise outstanding "Sweet Angeline" from Brain Capers there's a moment of
cringe-inducing interaction with the crowd (courtesy of Ian Hunter) concerning the, ahem,
ladies. And, in addition to overstaying its welcome somewhat, the raucous cover of
"Honky Tonk Women" is marred by its incorporation of some communal singing,
complete with solo audience cameos immortalized for posterity in all their horror. OK, a
good time was clearly had by all and the chemistry between Mott and their audience is
plain to hear, but during these fleeting instants the proceedings lapse into Spinal
Tap-dom and sound embarrassingly dated.
Concert: Tower Theatre, Philadelphia. Bowie is mobbed like the
Beatles in Philadelphia.