Bowie Tours & Concert Performances David circa 1970   1970 and 1971

The vast majority of David Bowie's 1970-1971 performances were played with 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
4thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
8thThe SpeakeasyLondonEngland - *
11thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
14thOld Tigers HeadLewisham, LondonEngland - *
15thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
18thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab*
22ndThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
25thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
30thJohnston Halls, UniversityAberdeenScotland

*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.

3rdMarquee ClubLondonEngland - *
5thBBC Paris CinemaLondonEngland - *
8thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
12thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
15thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
19thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - The Arts Lab
?Thomas A'Becket Public HouseLondonEngland - Rehearsals
22ndThe RoundhouseCamden, LondonEngland - Hype*
23rdStreatham ArmsLondonEngland - Harry The Butcher*
28thBasildon Arts CentreBasildonEngland - 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 Junior's 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: Hype play one gig in Streatham under the pseudonym of 'Harry The Butcher'.

*28th Feb: 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!

1stThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - Arts Lab (Hype)
3rdThe White Bear Public House (Arts Lab)HounslowEngland
5thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - Arts Lab (Solo)
6thHull UniversityHullEngland - Hype
7thRegent Street PolytechnicLondonEngland - Hype
11thThe Roundhouse (Atomic Sunrise Fest)Camden, LondonEngland - Hype
12thRoyal Albert Hall - MencapLondonEngland - Solo Performance
13thFillmore North, Locarno BallroomSunderlandEngland
14thUniversity of SurreyStag Hill, GuildfordEngland - Solo Performance
19thThe Three Tuns Public HouseBeckenhamEngland - Arts Lab/Solo Perf.
30thThe Star Hotel, Broad GreenWest CroydonEngland - David Bowie Hype

2ndThe PenthouseScarboroughEngland - Cancelled
4thPoco A Poco ClubHeaton Chapel, StockportEngland - Cancelled
12thHarrogate TheatreHarrogateEngland - Two Shows
27thPoco A Poco ClubHeaton Chapel, StockportEngland - School Union Show* (Solo Perf.)

*27th April: Stockport Schools' Union Sixth Form concert organised by Stockport Grammar School featuring David Bowie and 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.

10thTalk Of The TownLondonEngland - Ivor Novello Awards*
21stThe PenthouseScarboroughEngland

*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.

16thJesus College, Cambridge UniversityCambridgeEngland - May Ball

4thQueens Mead Recreation GroundsShortlands, BromleyEngland - Free Concert
5thThe Roundhouse (Implosion)Camden, LondonEngland
17thFickle Pickle Club (Cricketers Inn)Southend-on-SeaEngland
27thWhite HartNorth Acton, London W3England

*17th: Billed as David Bowie with Harry The Butcher.
*27th: Billed as 'Dave' Bowie.

1stThe Eastwood Free FestivalSouthend-on-SeaEngland - Rock With Shelter (Charity Show)
??Acton, London W3England

*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.

17thThe PenthouseScarboroughEngland

14th8908 Devlin Place, (Paul Fegen's house)Los AngelesUnited States Of America

29thThe RoundhouseCamden, LondonEngland

23rdGlastonbury FairWorthy Farm, PiltonEngland - 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.

21stCountry Club, Haverstock HillHampsteadEngland

1stMarquee ClubLondonEngland - DB/Mick Ronson Duo
11thCountry Club, Haverstock HillHampstead, London NW3England - DB/Mick Ronson Duo
?Beckenham Rugby Club HallBeckenhamEngland - Rehearsals

11thFriars ClubAylesburyEngland - Rearranged
25thBorough Assembly Hall (Friars Club)AylesburyEngland

*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.

4thSeymour HallSeymour Place, LondonEngland - Solo GLF Benefit

?Underhill StudiosGreenwich, SE10England - 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

Concert Performances 1958 to 1969 Top 1972 Ziggy Stardust Tours
Created: July 1997 © Paul Kinder Last Updated: 30/4/19