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The Hardrock Manchester

Hard Rock Club, Greatstone Road, Stretford, Manchester, UK on 28 December 1972



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Source: Audience Sound Quality: C Art Work: CCC

You are advised to disregard the information on the cover art.  It claims this recording is 2 Sep 72 but, my good friend at Savage Jaw is spot-on.  What we have here is a copy of the 28 Dec 72 show Manchester 1972.  There may well be a tape of this show in circulation but as yet I do not have it.


The intro says 'just back from successful tour of USA'.  The US Leg didn't start until late September.

Also, the book, "The Concert Tapes" has Bowie saying at the end of Let's Spend the Night Together, just before "Let's do it, let's make love" Bowie says: "When I saw you come, come, coming down the street. What sign are you? What sign are you, are you a Leo or are you a Capricorn? Are you still at school? I've always believed in education. Educate me."  Or something very similar.

Track Listing


Let's Spend The Night Together

Hang On To Yourself

Ziggy Stardust

The Supermen


Life On Mars?

Five Years

The Width Of A Circle

John, I'm Only Dancing

Moonage Daydream

The Jean Genie

Suffragette City

Rock'n'Roll Suicide


New Musical Express - 28th December 1972


Concert Reviews

IT'S THE big return and Bowie's out there suggesting 'Let's Spend The Night Together', though his offer is more innocent than the sinister sexuality of Mick Jagger's version. There's our lad in glitter jacket and tight, tight, red knee-length pants, yelling out something about schoolkids and urging "I believe in education - educate me!" before thrusting into 'Spiders From Mars', 'Superman' and 'Changes', all effort and little subtlety, with Mick Ronson playing guitar much as a Dowager Duchess might play with her beads, good twiddles here, mucho padding there.

But Bowie's pleased to be back, anxious to be adored, and he delivers the rest of the set with a zest that actually drains onlookers and it's the crowd who finally stagger out into the street feeling knackered but ready to face '73.