Hype Concert at the Roundhouse
The Hype marked the first meeting of David Bowie and Mick Ronson. Bowie's drummer John Cambridge had played with Ronson in Hull band The Rats, and was keen to get him in Bowie's outfit. Their first engagement was a John Peel session on 5 February 1970, which was followed on the 22nd by an appearance at The Roundhouse supporting Noel Redding's Fat Matress. The group dressed up in superhero costumes, with Bowie as Rainbowman, bassist Tony Visconti as Hypeman, Ronson as Gangsterman, and Cambridge as Cowboyman; their special powers remain a mystery, but arguably this gig marks the birth of glam.