The Bowie Concert Tape Files: London’s Rainbow Theatre – August 20 1972

The second night of Bowie’s legendary Rainbow Theatre concert in the summer of 1972 was captured in a high quality recording that has only seen the light of day as of 2009.  That’s almost 40 years before this fine recording appeared for the masses to enjoy.  It’s a shame on one hand yet the old adage of better late than never also springs to mind.


The history of this recording seems to reveal that a friend of Bowie’s then drummer, Woody Woodmansy had been given the green light to record the show and this is quite possibly feasible given the high quality of the recording which sits alongside Joe Maloney’s recording of the Boston show from the same tour.  It’s hard to fathom how this recording stayed under wraps for so long?

The beauty of these Rainbow Shows is that Bowie employed Lindsey Kemp and four members of  his dance troupe to perform a theatrical spectacular for both nights as a great deal of Britain’s print media were invited by Bowie’s manager, Tony Defries.  It was said that Bowie wanted to take the dance troupe out on his upcoming American tour but the costs were deemed too expensive so the idea was canned shortly after conception.


With a small cut during Width Of A Circle being the only real blemish on this recording, it shows that these two Rainbow Theatre concerts in the summer of 1972 captured a man at the height of his game.  And this recording from August 20 is a must own for any bootleg collector.


Ode To Joy/Lady Stardust/Hang Onto Yourself/Ziggy Stardust/Life On Mars?/The Supermen/Changes/Five Years/Space Oddity/Andy Warhol/My Death/Width Of A Circle/Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud/Starman/Moonage Daydream/Queen Bitch/Suffragette City/White Light, White Heat/Waiting For The Man

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Born and raised in Sydney. Well travelled. I have a deep love for live theatre, music and the arts. Ohh, I may also have a deep love for Liverpool Football Club!

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