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*** FIRST GIG ATTENDED ***

#1973

So we come to my first ever *proper* gig attended - me and my mates would often 'latch onto' certain local yokel groups and follow them around the halls of Wiltshire and Somerset to watch them play - none of them ever made the big time, however. As ever too short of money to seriously consider getting some bread together to watch a bona fide star group or artist at a well-appointed venue, we were also victims of the backwood setting of our county - there was the Bath Theatre Royal, the Corn Exchange Devizes, the City Hall at Salisbury and that was about it.

However, fresh on the back of buying my FIRST VINYL ALBUM, and seeing Mr Bowie on BBC "Top of the Pops" (as mentioned previously), I felt I had to find out where they were playing over the next few months, as I was now building up steam enough to want to experience the man himself 'live'. A quick look in a music paper (not sure which one) revealed that the only venue near enough to suit both me and my friends (they were mostly drivers, and I was not!) was the Salisbury City Hall - and that was not until June the following year! Still - patience is a virtue.....

Another thing I don't remember is which one of us it was that rang up to enquire about the gig and posted away the cheque for the tickets. I know it wasn't me! Luckily for my conscience, though, by the time the gig came around I had paid back the lender of the ticket money in full (by June 1973, I was in full-time employment, and enjoying the fruits of that!). And there were a lot of tickets too. In all, I think about six of our circle of other friends went with us.

Very excited while queuing outside, I do recall! A lot of the concert-goers were speaking in non-West Country accents, and some were done up to the nines in Bowie hairstyle and Bowie make-up ("Culture shock for local yokel boy!"). Strangely invigorating company, despite that.

Difficult now to recall much minutae of the concert itself. Two things stand out in my memory though, and are an instant recall to this day. One: During their rendition of the fairly new song "Watch That Man", my friend John started shoving me in the back shouting "He was looking at ME when he pointed this way while singing the chorus line 'Watch that man!'". Yeah right ... maybe so, maybe not - though John WAS a very attractive guy, and was no doubt the 'glue' that held our tight band of mates together. And Bowie HAD pointed in roughly our direction just before that.

Two: Shortly before the mid-gig interval (and I forget which number they were playing), silly sod Bowie decided to climb a speaker stack and jump off at a critical point in the chorus. Bad idea. When he came out for the second half, he was limping and had a white bandage round an ankle. Oops - not very 'glam'.

In all, more than memorable then - it was the confirmation of my fanhood from that point, and I was back in Salisbury the following week getting the famous long crewcut hairstyle from a hairdresser who knew how to do it (he had been inundated following the concert, apparently).

Here's the setlist from that night: http://www.setlist.fm/widgets/setlist-image-v1?id=33d09c55
And Dave Mulley's own impression of the gig: http://www.5years.com/davemulley.htm (which doesn't quite tally with my memory of his hurt ankle!)
1973 - RCA Victor - United Kingdom - Gig attended at Salisbury City Hall, June 1973, though the song is from "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" studio album a year earlier.
Posted: 10th November 2017
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Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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