The original programme/poster for Bowie at the RFH
on July 8th 1972, and the original Ziggy press advert.
White Light makes me sound like Lou Reed...
As you know, today sees the EMI release of 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' 30th Anniversary Special Edition double CD, for which we set a competition last week. (07/03/02 NEWS: ZIGGY 30TH PROMO WINNERS AND NEW COMPETITION) This was the poser we set: "The version of 'Moonage Daydream' on this CD was mixed especially for a TV/cinema ad...what was that advert?" ...and I don't think anybody answered anything but "Dunlop Tyres", which is the correct answer.
Unfortunately, only five of you get to win a copy, and TRS? has decreed that these five BowieNetters should be the winners of this very special item:
If the five winners could please send your address to me at TotalBlamBlam@DavidBowie.com with a subject line of "Ziggy Stardust 30th Anniversary CD winner", we'll send you your prize as soon as the live European madness is over.
July 8th 1972
As David pointed out when he brought The Dandy Warhols onstage to join in on 'White Light/White Heat' at Meltdown last week, thirty years ago today is the day that he performed as the headline act for a "Friends of the Earth/Save the Whale Benefit Concert" at the Royal Festival Hall. This was the show that introduced Britain to Lou Reed who joined Bowie on-stage for 'White Light/White Heat', 'Sweet Jane' and 'Waiting For The Man.'
Support that night came in the shape of The Marmalade and The JSD Band, and David was introduced by DJ Kenny Everett thus: "..here is the second greatest thing...next to God...David Bowie!"
The item on the left in the picture above is the original programme that folded out into a big poster with David superimposed, rather bizarrely, on a what looks to me like a whale harpoon! I guess it was the glam equivalent of a flower in the barrel of a rifle. The advert on the right appeared in music publications to advertise both the release of the 'Ziggy Stardust' album and the show at the RFH. There is a clearer version of this ad in the excellent packaging for the Ziggy re-issue.
You can read more on this particular performance by nipping over to the
"A Star is Born! - When a shooting star is heading for the peak, there is usually one concert at which its possible to declare - That's it - he's made it." - Melody Maker
"David Bowie will soon become the greatest entertainer Britain has ever known." - Music Week