[Most embarrassing misspelling on a bootleg cover ever? And they couldn’t even be bothered to find a cover shot that was perhaps more accurate in showing how David looked in ’72. Not the height of bootleg cover design, this…]
A reissue of the TMOQ double “Live At Santa Monica Civic” (TMOQ 72013):
The introduction by Steve Martin for the FM radio broadcast went as follows:
“Steve Martin here, backstage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It’s a cool night in Los Angeles, and as you may know or not know, the Santa Monica Civic is about a hundred yards from the beach so we have a cool breeze blowing off the ocean through the stage at our backs. The auditorium is packed, as a matter of fact, for the first David Bowie concert in the Los Angeles area. There will be one more tomorrow night, this is the concert tonight which will be recorded by RCA for the next David Bowie album and we expect to hear some new material by this British superstar. David and his group, the Spiders From Mars will enter from the other side of the stage. The auditorium is completely blacked out except for flashing strobe lights. Now the entrance music will be the Ode, or should I say the Ode To Joy which is featured in the movie Clockwork Orange and the house lights are starting to dim… here’s David Bowie.”
“It was like walking into the future,” says DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, dean of the Hollywood rock-scene, recalling Bowie’s two sellout shows on October 20th and 21st at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. “When that strobe light started going, it seemed like everything was black, white and silver – except for his red hair.” According to Bingenheimer, when Bowie braked halfway through the show for a brief acoustic set featuring “Space Oddity” and a haunting performance of Jacque Brel’s “My Death,” people were stunned. “Everyone became real quiet,” he says. “It was like seeing music from the future.” Robert Hilburn, in his Los Angeles Times review of the Santa Monica spectacle, was no less gushing, hailing Bowie, as “a certified, genuine, guaranteed, blue-ribbon star.” – from Live! 20 Greatest Performances: David Bowie & the Spiders From Mars (Rolling Stone – 4 June 1987)
Image from actual concert taken with a concealed camera, one of only 4 surviving shots – taken by Jon Levicke. Which also shows that the print by Mick Rock that’s offered on the net for thousands of $$$ and claimed to have been taken at this show, clearly wasn’t as David looks very different in that shot.