Live: Top Rank Suite, Liverpool

David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars performed at Liverpool’s Top Rank Suite on 4 September 1972.

This was the 55th date of the Ziggy Stardust tour, which had begun on 29 January 1972. On this occasion the support act was Lindisfarne.

Straight after the show, I rang my mum to see if she could pick us up and she asked what group we had seen.

At the time, she was managing a well-known women’s fashion store in Manchester and, when I told her it was David Bowie, she said: ‘That’s a coincidence. He was in my shop today buying ladies jumpers. While you’re waiting, look out for a big black Mercedes because that’s what dropped him off and collected him.

Bernie and I walked to the back door of the Top Rank, a black Merc pulled up and, as Bowie got into the car, we shouted out to him.

I can’t honestly remember what we said, but he beckoned us over and we sat in the car until the rest of the crew arrived.

He couldn’t have been more friendly and was genuinely over the moon that we were so blown away with the concert.

Even then, I figured he was going to be huge, but it worried me a bit about the jumpers – they were very different days.

Simon Archer
Liverpool Echo, 2016
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