1970 and 1971
The vast majority of David Bowie's 1970-1971 performances were played with The Hype, who consisted of: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, electric piano), Mick Ronson (lead guitar), Tony Visconti (bass guitar) and John Cambridge (drums). Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey would eventually replace John Cambridge on drums on 30th March 1970.
1970 - JANUARY
|4th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|8th||The Speakeasy||London||England - *|
|11th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|14th||Old Tigers Head||Lewisham, London||England - *|
|15th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|18th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab*|
|22nd||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|25th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|30th||Johnston Halls, University||Aberdeen||Scotland|
*8th Jan: David performs a late night spot on his 23rd birthday. The Speakeasy performance had Tony Visconti (bass guitar), Tim Renwick (guitar) and John Cambridge (drums) as David's backing. The set included songs from his current album and also 'Port Of Amsterdam', 'Buzz The Fuzz', 'Fill Your Heart' plus a few Mason Williams poems.
*14th Jan: The Old Downham Folk Club merged with the South East London Tech Folk Club to form this new venue. David made a guest appearance alongside The Gasworks, Ralph McTell and Marc Ellington.
*18th Jan: David's interest in the Arts Lab around this time was beginning to wane. Some of his performances do exist on tape. Chas Lippeatt, who handled the Arts Lab PA system and film unit used to tape record the evenings music for a free lending library sponsored by the Lab.
|3rd||Marquee Club||London||England - *|
|5th||BBC Paris Cinema||London||England - *|
|8th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|12th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|15th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|19th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - The Arts Lab|
|?||Thomas A'Becket Public House||London||England - Rehearsals|
|22nd||The Roundhouse||Camden, London||England - The Hype*|
|23rd||Streatham Arms||London||England - Harry The Butcher*|
|28th||Basildon Arts Centre||Basildon||England - The Hype*|
*3rd Feb: The Marquee Club performance had Tony Visconti (bass guitar), John Cambridge (drums) and Tim Renwick (guitar) as David's backing band. Support band Juniors Eyes, who Renwick and Cambridge were part of, make their final appearance before splitting up. Special guests that evening were The Time Box.
*5th Feb: Mick Ronson's debut performance with David. Along with Tony Visconti and John Cambridge, they record four songs for John Peel's radio show 'Sunday Show' Concert, which was broadcast on the 8th, except the final number 'Memory Of A Free Festival'.
*22nd Feb: The Roundhouse Spring Festival opened on the Sunday with David Bowie on the bill, along with Bachdenkel, Groundhog and Caravan. In reality this was the first live performance of David's new band Hype. This performance was filmed and recorded.
*23rd Feb: The Hype play one gig in Streatham under the pseudonym of 'Harry The Butcher'.
*28th Feb: The Hype are billed as 'David Bowie's New Electric Band' at the Basildon Art Labs experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex. Also on the bill were High Tide, Overson and Iron Maiden. Strawbs were due to perform but were replaced with the first live appearance of David Bowie's New Electric Band - so new they haven't got a name yet!
|1st||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - Arts Lab (Hype)|
|3rd||The White Bear Public House (Arts Lab)||Hounslow||England|
|5th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - Arts Lab (Solo)|
|6th||Hull University||Hull||England - The Hype|
|7th||Regent Street Polytechnic||London||England - The Hype|
|11th||The Roundhouse (Atomic Sunrise Fest)||Camden, London||England - The Hype|
|12th||Royal Albert Hall - Mencap||London||England - Solo Performance|
|13th||Fillmore North, Locarno Ballroom||Sunderland||England|
|14th||University of Surrey||Stag Hill, Guildford||England - Solo Performance|
|19th||The Three Tuns Public House||Beckenham||England - Arts Lab/Solo Perf.|
|30th||The Star Hotel, Broad Green||West Croydon||England - David Bowie Hype|
|2nd||The Penthouse||Scarborough||England - Cancelled|
|4th||Poco A Poco Club||Heaton Chapel, Stockport||England - Cancelled|
|12th||Harrogate Theatre||Harrogate||England - Two Shows|
|27th||Poco A Poco Club||Heaton Chapel, Stockport||England - School Union Show* (Solo Perf.)|
*27th April: Stockport Schools' Union Sixth Form concert organised by Stockport Grammar School featuring David Bowie and The Hype, Barclay James Harvest, High Tide and The Purple Gang.
David ended up performing this gig solo as drummer Woody Woodmansey had injured his finger. David asked The Purple Gang to back him, but they bottled out. David unfortunately missed the last train back to Euston after this gig, and ended up sleeping in Stockport Railway Station.
|10th||Talk Of The Town||London||England - Ivor Novello Awards*|
*10th May: David was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song 'Space Oddity', which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to over 60 closed-circuit outlets in America, including New York's Carnegie Hall. It was also seen in France, Spain, Australia, Holland and Venezuela, but not Britain, where it was broadcast live on Radio 1 and 2 at 10pm-11.30pm.
|16th||Jesus College, Cambridge University||Cambridge||England - May Ball|
|4th||Queens Mead Recreation Grounds||Shortlands, Bromley||England - Free Concert|
|5th||The Roundhouse (Implosion)||Camden, London||England|
|17th||Fickle Pickle Club (Cricketers Inn)||Southend-on-Sea||England|
|27th||White Hart||North Acton, London W3||England|
*17th: Billed as David Bowie with Harry The Butcher.
*27th: Billed as 'Dave' Bowie.
|1st||The Eastwood Free Festival||Southend-on-Sea||England - Rock With Shelter (Charity Show)|
|?||?||Acton, London W3||England|
*1st: The Eastwood Free Festival held on Eastwoodbury Lane, was organised by Blackhill Benefit for Release. Artists included: Edgar Broughton Band, Michael Chapman Band, David Bowie, Surly Bird, Roger Ruskin Spear and Formerly Fat Harry.
1971 - JANUARY
|?||?||Washington, DC||United States Of America|
|?||?||New York City||United States Of America|
|?||Quiet Knight Club||Chicago||United States Of America|
|?||?||Philadelphia||United States Of America|
|?||?||Texas||United States Of America|
|?||?||San Francisco||United States Of America|
|14th||Paul Feign party||Los Angeles||United States Of America|
|29th||The Roundhouse||Camden, London||England|
|23rd||Glastonbury Fair||Worthy Farm, Pilton||England - Festival*|
*20th-24th June Glastonbury Fair: David was scheduled to play on Tuesday 22nd between 7.30pm and 8-30pm but there was an over-run by the preceding bands. David finally took to the stage at dawn. His set was 'Oh You Pretty Things', 'Kooks', 'Changes', 'Amsterdam', 'The Supermen', 'Memory Of A Free Festival' and 'Song For Bob Dylan'. After David's performance 'Accrington Stanley' were the next act.
|21st||Country Club, Haverstock Hill||Hampstead||England|
|1st||Marquee Club||London||England - DB/Mick Ronson Duo|
|11th||Country Club, Haverstock Hill||Hampstead, London NW3||England - DB/Mick Ronson Duo|
|?||Beckenham Rugby Club Hall||Beckenham||England - Rehearsals|
*25th September Aylesbury: David performs for the first time with all three Spiders: Mick Ronson, Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder. Also Tom Parker (ex The Animals) joins the band on piano. Support band America cancelled. Read the transcription of the show.
|4th||Seymour Hall||Seymour Place, London||England - Solo GLF Benefit|
|?||Underhill Studios||Greenwich, SE10||England - Rehearsals*|
*During November, David and his new band, later to be named The Spiders start rehearsals at the Underhill Studios, 1-3 Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, South East London SE10 8PB.
Concert Performances 1958 to 1969 | Concert Performances 1970 to 1971
1972 Ziggy Stardust Tours | 1973 Ziggy Stardust Tours
1974 Diamond Dogs & Philly Dogs Tour | 1976 On Stage! World Tour | 1977 The Idiot Tour
1978 World Tour | 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour | 1987 The Glass Spider Tour
1989 Tin Machine Tour | 1990 Sound + Vision Tour | 1991-1992 Tin Machine "It's My Life" Tour
1995-1996 Outside Tour and Festivals | 1997 Earthling Tour and Festivals
Other Mini Tours and Concert Performances
Created: July 1997 © Paul Kinder
Last Updated: 29/9/15