by Geoff Baker / Birmingham Evening Post
6th June 1983
DAVID BOWIE came on stage in Birmingham last night to a standing ovation and left to the sound of thunder – as 11,000 Midlanders yelled for more.
What could be the rock event of the decade went off without a hitch as Bowie gave what many said afterwards was the most faultless performance of his career.
Touts were out in force at the National Exhibition Centre, asking up to £100 for tickets that cost £9.80 at the box office.
The touts had travelled up from London for the show. But they did not make a killing.
Fans gave them the cold shoulder and shortly before the show begun, the price of some black market tickets had fallen to £20.
“Our only problem last night was controlling the touts. There were more of them than usual and we were keen to stop them buying extras tickets,” said a spokesman for the NEC.
Around 100 extra tickets went on sale a few hours before the concert and about the same number will be available from the box office for Bowie’s concert tonight.