Live: Royal Festival Hall, London

David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 8 July 1972.

It was the 45th date of the Ziggy Stardust Tour, which had begun on 29 January.

This was a benefit show for Friends Of The Earth. Tickets were priced from 50 pence to £2, with proceeds going to the charity’s Save the Whale campaign.

The support acts were Marmalade and the JSD Band, and the compere was Kenny Everett. The main talking point, however, was when Lou Reed joined Bowie onstage to perform the Velvet Underground songs ‘White Light/White Heat’, ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’, and ‘Sweet Jane’.

Bowie performed 16 songs: ‘Hang On to Yourself’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Life On Mars?’, ‘The Supermen’, ‘Starman’, ‘Changes’, ‘Five Years’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Andy Warhol’, ‘Amsterdam’, ‘I Feel Free’, ‘Moonage Daydream’, ‘White Light/White Heat’, ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’, ‘Sweet Jane’, and ‘Suffragette City’.

Bowie returned to the Royal Festival Hall on 29 June 2002 during the Heathen Tour, for a performance at the Meltdown Festival.

Last updated: 29 November 2023
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