Photo by: Lew Elliott/Tucson Citizen.
David Bowie made his Tucson debut Sept. 13, 1974 at the Tucson Community Center as part of his Diamond Dogs Tour, named after his eighth studio album that was released earlier that year.
The TCC was set up for 9,500, but only sold tickets to 4,032 fans, many of whom were teens and young adults said to have been decked out in feather boas, glitter, bright makeup, capes, and flashy leotards.
The late British rock and pop star, known for bringing sexuality, flashiness, and androgyny to his performances, received less-than-favorable critiques after his show. One Tucson Citizen review said his lyrics were not deep or meaningful.
That didn't stop the thousands of young Tucsonans who showed up on a rainy Friday the 13th and paid $5.50 to $7.50 a ticket to see Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust, aka Major Tom, aka The Thin White Duke... the man had a lot of alter egos and nicknames...