"I could make it all worthwhile as a rock n roll star"... Ziggy early '72 by Mick Rock.
It was 28 years ago to this very day that the first Ziggy Stardust tour kicked off in the UK. Although Ziggy had performed publicly twice before, the shows were considered warm-ups for the official tour opener of February 10th 1972 at the Toby Jug in Tolworth, Kinston upon Thames. The first of the two warm-up shows took place on January 28th at the Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury and was itself considered a warm-up for an appearance on February 3rd at the Lancaster Arts Festival.
Those of you that regularly visit this site will know that I was not fortunate enough to catch David Bowie live before 1976, and will no doubt be relieved that I can therefore not relate to you my own first-hand account of Ziggy in action. And even though reviews of shows from mid '72 onwards are easy to find, accounts of these early shows are rare indeed. About the most accurate of these is a wonderful review of the Toby Jug appearance by one Stephen King, no, not the 17-year-old Ste K from up north who lurks in the chat room and got into Bowie in 1997, but a man of an age to have seen enough good music at the time to know his eggs. Stephen's account can be found at Mike Harvey's quite brilliant 'The Ziggy Stardust Companion' site. Well done on another exclusive Mike, excellent work. (Be in touch soon btw.)
You can also read an account of the Borough Assembly Hall gig of January 28th by clicking on the book jacket above. This very first Ziggy performance was witnessed by DJ Kris Needs whose autobiography, Needs Must, contains many accounts of his encounters with the fledgling superstar. Go here to read his version of this historical show complete with annotations from the former Ziggy Stardust himself!
Total Blam Blam - (European Correspondent)