Other artists songs: White Light/White Heat
(Lou Reed), Waiting for The Man (Lou Reed) & My Death (Jacques Brel), Round &
Round (Chuck Berry).
Set lists: The setlist for the 1st American Tour was very much like the
1st UK Tour - split evenly between Hunky Dory and Ziggy albums, with few earlier career
songs performed but a number of cover versions still featuring. Bowie introduced
"The Jean Genie" to the setlist and premiered "Drive In Saturday" -
solo on acoustic guitar on the 4th November at Phoenix.
Support musicians: Mike Garson is introduced to Bowie by Annette Peacock
and becomes the tour pianist for the US Tour and all subsequent Ziggy Tours.
This tour was originally planned for only eight concerts but was so
successful that it was extended by another eight weeks. It was also very unusual because
Bowie was only the second act to come to the US from England as a headliner; the first
being the Beatles, and at a time when Bowie was little known in the US.
Bowie and Angie take the cruise boat Queen Elizabeth II to
America (one week ahead of The Spiders From Mars who arrive in New York on September 18th)
due to Bowie's well documented fear of flying.
The QE2 docks at New York on Sunday 17th September. Bowie and
entourage travel by chartered Greyhound bus to Cleveland from New York.
BBC Radio One broadcasts "John, I'm Only
Dancing", "Star" and "Lady Stardust", the songs being introduced
by the DJ as special recordings. Although it is hard to detect any difference between the
official versions of "Lady Stardust" and "John I'm Only Dancing" these
are slightly different mixes and were recorded at Maida Vale for a BBC Transcription disc.
Of the three songs "Star" has a completely different lead vocal and is missing
the "just watch me now" lyric at the end.
KEY CONCERT:Music Hall, Cleveland - capacity 3,500. This
is the first US Ziggy Stardust concert. American jazz pianist and music teacher Mike
Garson joins the Ziggy Stardust concert line-up in order to better reproduce the album
sound. He is hired after a short audition (playing a jazzed up version of
"Changes" which Bowie liked). Pre-concert there is a row over the piano size and
De Fries threatens to cancel the show. A new piano is borrowed from the Citys
symphony orchestra. Garson plays with cotton wool in his ears as the music is so
loud. 10 minute ovation results! Support is Fumble - with Sean Mayes - later to be Bowie
keyboards player in the late seventies who died of Aids. A post concert party is
held that night at the Hollenden House Hotel.
"David Bowies "Ziggy Stardust" show
with the Spiders From Mars at Music Hall on Sept. 22, 1972, was his first in the United
States. He sailed over; he wont fly, his wife said. Orange-haired Bowie, one of the
most important figures of 70s rock, seemed a little awkward at an earlier press
conference, but after his smash show, he eluded his security guards and was eager to talk
about coming shows. We reporters sensed that a star was born that night. Later I saw him
backstage in another setting, his Broadway dressing room after his highly acclaimed
performance in "The Elephant Man." - from Rock was stayin alive
--- and knocking em dead by Jane Scott
Bowie begins writing the ALADDIN SANE (1973)
album, basing a number of the songs on his impressions of the US from the chartered
Greyhound bus. "The Jean Genie" is developed from an impromptu bus jam.
Concert: Ellis Auditorium, Memphis.
"They loved it. They screamed. They
yelled. They danced on their seats and begged for more.." - John E Dove
(1972) - Memphis Commercial Appeal
KEY CONCERT:Carnegie Hall, New York.
It is Bowie's debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, a sell-out and very successful
despite Bowie suffering from the flu. The slogan on the Carnegie Hall marquee simply reads
"Fall in Love with David Bowie." There is a very large press
turnout (400 applications were made for 100 places) and a who's who of celebrities attend
including Andy Warhol, Albert Grossman, Todd Rundgren, Tony Perkins, Alan Bates, Lee
Radziwill and the New York Dolls. Ticket scalpers are able to get $50 for the $6 tickets
outside the theatre. A rock journalist reports overhearing a member of the audience
say "The 60's are over, well and truly over". A live version of "My
Death" from this concert is included on RARESTONEBOWIE (1995).
Due to the concert's success RCA add another 8 weeks of concerts to the tour. Bowie
is interviewed for Rolling Stone at the Plaza Hotel and also features in Timeand
Newsweek.RCA recorded this concert for the aborted Ziggy
Stardust live album. Other shows recorded included Boston and Santa Monica.
David Bowie: Future Rock
"When David Bowie made his Carnegie Hall
debut last fall everybody from Albert Goldman to Andy Warhol was there plus a gaggle of
weirdo's expecting some kind of a British Alice Cooper. That's not what they
got. The concert opened as Bowie, in clockwork orange hair, came onstage amid
flashing strobe lights, to the Mooged up strains of Beethoven's Ninth. From there,
except for a simulated sex act with silver haired guitarist Mick Ronson, it was a matter
of music, ranging from hard rock laid down by Bowie's band, the Spiders From Mars, to a
Jacques Brel song with guitar accompaniment..." - PLAYBOY
Concert: Kennedy Centre, Washington DC.
Concert: Music Hall, Boston. RCA recorded this concert for the
aborted Ziggy Stardust live album. Other shows recorded included Carnegie Hall and Santa
Monica. However, three tracks from this concert can be found on the SOUND
+ VISION PLUS (1989) CD Video namely: "John, I'm Only Dancing",
"Changes" and "The Supermen."
The Bowie entourage returns to New York for three days. Bowie records
his own version of "All The Yong Dudes" which is later remixed by Bowie &
Ken Scott at Trident Studios in London.
'The Jean Genie' recorded in New York and quickly released on November
24. Bowie has said that this song was written one evening in New York for
Cyrinda Foxes's enjoyment.
Concert: Chicago Auditorium, Chicago. "The Jean Genie"
performed for the first time.
Concert: Fisher Theatre, Detroit.
Concert: St Louis. The St. Louis gig is notable for being an
11,000 seat hall but only about 180 people attend as Bowie is not well known in this area.
Bowie gathers everyone into the orchestra pit, chats to them and gives an intimate and
Concert: Kansas City.
At one stage this was a proposed date for the Philadelphia Tower Theatre
shows but were rescheduled for November when Bowie refused to play a concert on Friday
Concert: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Salt Lake City.
Concert: Cancelled in Chicago. The 46 strong Bowie entourage
arrives in Los Angeles for four days relaxation staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
"Cracked Actor" is written after Bowie toured Hollywood Boulevard. Mick
Rock photographs Bowie at the Hotel.
"We did the shoot just before going to see the
premier of Andy Warhol's 'Heat'. David's clothes were a tryout for the "Jean
Genie" promo (we didn't call them videos then) that I shot and directed in San
Francisco" - Mick Rock
RCA recorded this concert for the aborted Ziggy Stardust live album.
Other shows recorded included Carnegie Hall and Boston. The concert is also broadcast live
on FM radio and quickly becomes a popular high quality bootleg. The FM recording is
eventually released as an official album in 1994 as SANTA MONICA '72
Concert: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles. The second
show added due to demand and the tour extended. Bowie attends a party given by disc-jockey
Oct-24 & 25th 1972
Bowie & Iggy Pop remix Raw Power at Western Sound Studios in
Hollywood. "Panic in Detroit" is written around this time after night on the
town with Iggy. Leee Childers is left in LA by DeFries to rent a house for Iggy and
establish MainMan West. Bowie's friends - the Underwoods and publicist Davies fly home to
Concert: Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco. It is at this
venue that Tony DeFries forced promoter Billy Graham to build a wall from the back of the
auditorium to the stage (no doubt at enormous expense) so that Bowie would be unseen until
he appeared on stage. DeFries threatened cancellation unless this was done.
Concert: Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco.
THE JEAN GENIE promotional video shot in San
Francisco around this time.
Concert: Paramount Theatre, Seattle. Only 400 in audience.
"What a show. I went down with my older
brother and two of his buddies in a old VW bug and got tuned up for some English heavy
metal and became part of an "experience". The Spiders tour was something truly
special. Years ahead of what I was listening to and it had a whole culture associated with
it. Driving down from Everett, a paper mill town that was just adjusting to the
introduction of aerospace with the construction of the Boeing plant for 747's in 68, it
seemed like these guys were from another world. I wasn't sure if all the
"costumes" were because it was Halloween or did these freaks always dress this
way? Pretty weird stuff for a high school sophomore that was still into the Stones and
Grand Funk." - Brad
Bowie writes "Drive in Saturday" on the train between Seattle
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!
"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, Pittsburgh
(Confirmed - thanks to Bill Haduch).
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.
and sings on "All The Young Dudes" Video credit:
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.
The 1972 compilation album 20 FANTASTIC HITS (Arcade) is released in
this month and features an alternate mix of "The Jean Genie."
Concert: The Tower Theatre, Philadelphia.
Concert: The Tower Theatre, Philadelphia. 3rd show added after
1st two sell out. It also sold out.
"I have seen hundreds, if not a thousand or two
concerts in the past 31 years (I have been a music critic since September 1974). The
single greatest opening was "Beethoven's 9th/Hang on to Youself" on the first
two US tours. To be perfectly honest though, my first ziggy show was at
Philadelphia's Tower Theater on 2/12/72; it was the last show of the tour, and instead of
opening with "Hang Onto Yourself", he played solo piano and sang "Lady
Stardust"!- Chuck Darrow
Arrives New York where RCA reception party is held in Studio C.