David Bowie: Manchester Hardrock

NME

28th December 1972

IT’S THE big return and Bowie’s out there suggesting ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, though his offer is more innocent than the sinister sexuality of Mick Jagger’s version. There’s our lad in glitter jacket and tight, tight, red knee-length pants, yelling out something about schoolkids and urging “I believe in education – educate me!” before thrusting into ‘Spiders From Mars’, ‘Superman’ and ‘Changes’, all effort and little subtlety, with Mick Ronson playing guitar much as a Dowager Duchess might play with her beads, good twiddles here, mucho padding there.

But Bowie’s pleased to be back, anxious to be adored, and he delivers the rest of the set with a zest that actually drains onlookers and it’s the crowd who finally stagger out into the street feeling knackered but ready to face ’73.

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