David Bowie, Hammersmith Odeon - 3rd July 1973
David Bowie in character as one his androgynous stage personas.
Ziggy and Roxy at the Rainbow
On the 19 August 1972 David Bowie entered the second leg of his Ziggy Stardust tour with two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre. Supporting him were Roxy Music, whose single "Virginia Plain" was riding high in the charts. Bowie spent two weeks in rehearsal for the concerts, which were massively elaborate affairs featuring dancers known as The Astronettes, choreographed by Lindsay Kemp. The audience were understandably gobsmacked by the costume changes and dry ice but some were less taken with the blatant theatricality. Elton John declared it "too camp"; Bryan Ferry felt it was "eight years out of date and rather embarrassing". Chris Welch wrote in Melody Maker, "Whether all this fol de rol can survive the summer remains to be seen, but by God it has brought a little glamour into all our lives, and Amen to that."