Today In Classic Rock History: Bowie Begins First US Tour At Cleveland’s Music Hall

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(Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

[photogallerylink id=44816 align=left]One week after the 8 year anniversary of [mp3com-artist]the Beatles[/mp3com-artist] playing Public Hall, another Brit invaded Cleveland. [mp3com-artist]David Bowie[/mp3com-artist] and his Spiders from Mars landed at Cleveland’s Music Hall on September 22, 1972 as their first stop on their first US tour.

American jazz pianist Mike Garson would join Bowie’s lineup to help better reproduce the sounds of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  A post concert party was held at the Hollenden House Hotel.

Bowie would return to Cleveland’s Public Auditorium in November of 1972 for two shows.

Said rock critic Jane Scott:
“David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” show with the Spiders From Mars at Music Hall on Sept. 22, 1972, was his first in the United States. He sailed over; he won’t fly, his wife said. Orange-haired Bowie, one of the most important figures of ’70s rock, seemed a little awkward at an earlier press conference, but after his smash show, he eluded his security guards and was eager to talk about coming shows. We reporters sensed that a star was born that night. Later I saw him backstage in another setting, his Broadway dressing room after his highly acclaimed performance in “The Elephant Man.”


8mm Footage from Cleveland’s Music Hall

Suffragette City Audio from Cleveland 1972

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