Live: David Bowie and the Lower Third, 100 Club, London

David Bowie and the Lower Third’s fifth show at the 100 Club in London took place on Tuesday 14 September.

It was the last of three shows at the club on consecutive Tuesday, each supporting R&B group the Artwoods, and was also the first performance for which Bowie was billed under his new name.

Ricky Gervais: Do you think art has a social responsibility?

David Bowie: Not as far as Paul Simon is concerned. But there was another Art much nearer to my heart. Art Wood. And yes, he was Ronnie’s older brother. He was one of the first London musicians to popularise R&B. He worked for a while with Alexis Korner and would play clubs like Hampstead’s Klooks Kleek (say that fast). He eventually formed his own band called logically The Artwoods. You wouldn’t know it now but they were probably one of the most popular live bands in London, right up there with the Yardbirds, Zoot Money and John Mayall. But, for fun, there was no beating Red Hoffman and the Measles. One of the great unsung R&B bands of the mid-sixties. I was always finding myself on the same bill as ‘Red’ or Stan as he became after a few drinks. We’d kick a football around on the floor of the club before the audience came in. Just two boys, jackets as goal posts, Mum calls, ‘Your tea’s ready’. An enduring image.

The Observer, 21 September 2003

The 100 Club opened in 1942 in the basement at 100 Oxford Street in central London. Originally a jazz venue, it later became a key part of the mod scene in the 1960s, and the punk rock movement in the following decade.

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