June 19th 1973 (II)

“david Bowie – Guildhall”

If there was ANY concert I really wish I could remember anything about, it would be this Bowie concert at the Guildhall.

This was his infamous Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars tour, to promote the classic album of the same name.

Bowie would mean SO much more to me later on, but tonight – in June 1973 – he represented “just another gig”

I tell ‘kids’ these days that ‘when I was their age’ I saw the likes of the Clash, Bob Marley, Beefheart or Kate Bush in concert. But nothing impresses like saying I saw Bowie on the original Ziggy tour, his rise to fame in the interim assuring him of icon status for the rest of history.

As captured in DA Pennebaker’s 1983 documentary film “Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture“, a few weeks after this Southampton show, Bowie announced his ‘retirement’ from the stage

I’ve watched that film several times over the year, sadly nothing about the performance reminding about the night I spent watching Bowie, Mick Ronson & co go through their historical paces.

Memory’s a REAL bitch sometimes. I think what is especially galling is the fact that I never saw Bowie in concert ever again, even when he became one of my premier musical idols.


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