Fife's greatest gigs: No 11. David Bowie, Adam, Smith Halls

David Bowie, Adam Smith Hall, Kirkcaldy, 1969

Friday, 24th March 2017, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 27th March 2017, 1:18 pm
David Bowie advert for Kirkcaldy gig - Glenrothes Gazette NOV 1969  (for use in the Gazetteer section GG 21/11/2012 edition)
David Bowie advert for Kirkcaldy gig - Glenrothes Gazette NOV 1969 (for use in the Gazetteer section GG 21/11/2012 edition)

David Bowie’s appearance in the Lang Toun on November 14, 1969, was as part of a small Scottish tour – his first as a solo artist.

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The sparsely-attended Kirkcaldy gig, came shortly after his first hit single ‘Space Oddity’ made the UK top 10, and was one of two he played that day, rushing through to Edinburgh to play a midnight set at Frisco’s on the Royal Mile. Bowie’s music was firmly entrenched in the folk-rock genre at that stage and unfortunately, didn’t go down too well.

“The whole spitting, cigarette-flicking abuse thing started long before the punks of 1977 in my own frame of reference,” he later said.

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