David Bowie Played a 14-Song Set Christmas Eve in 1972

Not many artists play so close to the holidays, but on Christmas Eve in 1972, David Bowie gave the gift of a 14-song set to fans at The Rainbow Theater in London. This was the second show of a short European leg of the Ziggy Stardust tour, which kicked off in January of that year.

During that run of shows Bowie was opening the set with a cover of The Rolling Stones 1967 track "Let's Spend The Night Together." The next two songs came from his recent rock opera album, Ziggy Stardust (full moniker - "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"), which would account for half of the setlist. A taste of Hunky Dory came next, "Changes" and "Life on Mars?" sandwiching his nod-to-Nietzsche song "The Supermen."

Ziggy tracks "Five Years" and "Lady Stardust" were wedged mid-set, before "The Width of a Circle" and "John I'm Only Dancing," a single considered too risqué for a U.S. release at the time.

"Moonage Daydream" rolled into "The Jean Genie," the only Aladdin Sane track of the evening and what would eventually become his second most-performed song to date.

He closed this show the same way he closed the Ziggy album - "Suffragette City" followed by "Rock N Roll Suicide."

See the full setlist:

David Bowie setlist

Check out some fan-cobbled footage of the tour:

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Last updated: 4 Feb 2023, 10:34 Etc/UTC