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Regent Street Polytechnic, London,
UK on 7 Mar 1970
Disc and Music Echo -
12th March 1970
By Gavin Petrie
DAVID BOWIE, in ten-league boots and groovy gear, presented his new
backing group line up Hype, at London's Regent Street Polytechnic on Saturday. He needs an
expert on sound balance who should effectively solve the teething problems of the new line
David had much more confidence and stage presence with this backing
group, and as his songs are suitable for grooving to as well as just listening to, the
brightest hope could well change categories.
This show was a disaster. The volume on Mick Ronson's lead guitar was so
high that not only did he block out David's singing but also completely overpowered John
Cambridge's drums. The volume also cleared the seats in a direct line with his speaker.
That magic that makes for greatness is there but suppressed, sometimes
even hidden. If my ears ever recover I expect to see David plus Hype in a few months
time... shining through.