David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars performed at Salisbury’s City Hall on 14 June 1973.
It was the 138th date of the Ziggy Stardust Tour, which had begun on 29 January 1972.
The show almost ended in disaster when Bowie landed badly after jumping from a speaker stack. He performed the final song, ‘Round And Round’, seated in a chair, telling the audience: “I think I’ve broken my ankle. Not really, but it hurts a bit.”
David made an impossible leap, from the top of a speaker on to the stage-floor, and he twisted his ankle badly. He continued with the song and finished the gig, much of it sitting on a chair, and we didn’t know how bad his injury was until the following evening, when David used chairs and microphone stands as supports throughout the gig. David was always the totally committed professional, and even in the old days with David Bowie and The Buzz he had put his performance before any other consideration. He was always a hard worker, and the show went on.
Bowie & Hutch
- ‘Hang On To Yourself’
- ‘Ziggy Stardust’
- ‘Watch That Man’
- ‘Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud’
- ‘All The Young Dudes’
- ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’
- ‘Moonage Daydream’
- ‘Space Oddity’
- ‘The Jean Genie’
- ‘The Width Of A Circle’
- ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’
- ‘Suffragette City’
- ‘White Light/White Heat’
- ‘Round And Round’
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