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Earl's Court Disaster Vol 1

Part of the show at Earl's Court Arena, London, UK on 12 May 1973

 

   

Covers Available

 

Source: Audience Sound Quality: CCC Art Work: CCCC

Maybe the cover art is not over-informative but it features some beautiful pictures

 

Track Listing

 

Ziggy Stardust

Watch That Man

The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud/All the Young Dudes/Oh! You Pretty Things

The Prettiest Star

Cracked Actor

Moonage Daydream

Changes

Space Oddity

Intermission

The Jean Genie

Time

The Width Of A Circle

Let's Spend The Night Together

Drive-In Saturday

 

This show has great historical value: this was the beginning of a long tour through the UK and it was a downright disaster.  Since it was a ground level stage, most people were unable to see Bowie and the Spiders come on.  While Bowie was playing people were getting up from their seats and pressing forward, trying to secure a spot with a better view.   This resulted in quite a stampede, with people being trampled under foot and fights breaking out.  From the galleries one had a slightly better view, but the sound was rotten too: only nearby could the music be heard.  At the back of the galleries it was not much more than a vague rumbling.  All this upset Bowie, and after a couple of numbers he left the stage.  A member of the road crew came out and tried to calm down the audience.