Live: Brighton Dome, Brighton

David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust Tour returned to the Brighton Dome for two shows on 23 May 1973.

It was the 119th date of the Ziggy Stardust Tour, which had begun on 29 January 1972. The tour had also called at the venue on 14 February 1972.

A matinee was added at The Dome in Brighton, but our hotel for a change seemed to be a good one, it was The Bedford and it was right on the seafront, so I felt right at home and went for a walk on the beach and had a paddle in the sea.

The evening show at The Dome was a particularly lively one, a film crew was at work and that added to the excitement, and we were all up for it in Brighton, both on-stage and off. There was again apparently some damage to seating at the gig, the crowd was just a little too wild for the management of The Dome, and they announced immediately after the gig had ended that David Bowie was henceforth banned from ever appearing at the venue again.

David and his MainMan management team would have been delighted at the press publicity that the ban generated, and certainly David himself did not appear in the least concerned. David could not have told us, but he had obviously already decided that he would very soon be breaking up the band and would not be looking for gigs on the UK circuit again in any case – for some time to come.

John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
Bowie & Hutch

Bowie had previously performed at the Brighton Dome on 8 March, 11 October, and 19 November 1969.

Matinee setlist

Evening setlist

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