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ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/04 10:06 AM
Mick Ronson  

"He was so sharp, so full of ideas. I really dug him...There were times, though, when I hated him and he hated me. There were times, when we were together, when I thought he was such a fuckin’ prat. But that would pass and then Dave’d be fine again and I’d think he were a champion lad. You know...even when I couldn’t stand him, I were glad we were together. I wish we were together now, in a way…”

Melody Maker, April 1975 (reprinted in Uncut, October 1999)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/04 10:13 AM
Ronson on Bowie, #2 new [re: ziggfried]  

"I just wish Dave would get himself sorted fuckin’ out...He’s just totally fuckin’ confused, that lad, I know he is. What he really needs is some good friends around him....David Bowie doesn’t have a friend in the world. Not one good friend. He needs someone around him to say, ‘Fuck off, Dave, you’re fuckin’ stupid.’ He needs one person at least who won’t bow down to him. That’s his bloody problem. He believes everybody has to say, ‘Yes, sir,’ whenever he says something. He doesn’t need people like that. If there’s no one to tell him he’s wrong, he’ll just continue to believe he’s right all the time. He needs someone...He needs someone so badly, so very badly. And I really wish he was here right now so that I could tell him that. He’s such a great kid, and it’s a fuckin’ shame he’s got so fuckin’ messed up. All those people he’s got around him now, I think they’re all just wankers. Most of ’em have stuck by him because he’s the provider. He’s literally paid for all their food, he’s paid for their cab fares and their clothes. He’s even bought their fuckin’ cigarettes. That’s been his downfall. And I just wish he could be in this room, this room right now, sat here, so I could kick some sense into him.”

Melody Maker, April 1975 (reprinted in Uncut, October 1999)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/04 10:21 AM
Ronson on Bowie, #3 new [re: ziggfried]  

“He’s an amazing bloke, though, Dave...Even though he could be the biggest prat in the world. You know, he could be your biggest friend for one week, or for two weeks, then suddenly you might be with him in front of 100 people and he’d just put you down. Make you feel like such a fuckin’ fool. And you’d think, ‘I could fuckin’ stab him for that.’ He’s done it to me lots of times. But you can’t help but like him, for all that…we should never have stopped playing. We should never have stopped...The fuckin’ Master Plan...I never believed in all that. It might have seemed great as an idea - but fuck, those plans never work. I remember the first Ziggy tour, he was so happy then. He loved it all and we were having the time of our lives. And it got knocked on the head. It was such a fuckin’ shame. America affected the band so badly. On whatever level you want to talk about. I’m talking about the feeling of people within the band, about money, and the position of people in the band. It was a bad feeling....I’m going to be over there in two weeks...and I’m going to see Dave as soon as I get there...I’m going to get hold of him and smack him across the head, right across the earhole, and try to drum a bit of sense into him...”

Melody Maker, April 1975 (reprinted in Uncut, October 1999)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/04 10:29 AM
Bowie on Ronson, #1 new [re: ziggfried]  

"Mick was the perfect foil for the Ziggy character. He was very much a salt-of-the-earth type, the blunt northerner with a defiantly masculine personality, so that what you got was the old-fashioned Yin and Yang thing. As a rock duo, I thought we were every bit as good as Mick and Keith or Axl and Slash. Ziggy and Mick were the personification of that rock 'n' roll dualism."

1994

ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/04 10:35 AM
Re: Bowie on Ronson, #2 new [re: ziggfried]  

“Of all the early 70s guitarists, Mick was probably one of the most influential and profound and I miss him a lot…He provided this strong, earthy, simply-focused idea of what a song was all about. I would simply flutter around him on the edges and decorate. I was sort of the interior decorator..."

Mojo, 1997

AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
03/25/04 11:57 AM
Mick Ronson Speaking About Bowie new [re: ziggfried]  

"I was just learning so much in so little time, all at once. There was all this stuff that I had never been exposed to before that was all brand new to me. It was really enjoyable, fantastic."

"I was lucky because I was allowed to do what I wanted, which I thought was really good of David. He gave me a lot of freedom which gave me the chance to express myself as well. That was all good for me ... that was a good quality he had."

Mick Ronson, 1985, The Starzone Interviews by David Currie, Page 63

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/15/04 00:04 AM
Ronson, pre-"Slaughter" new [re: Adam]  

"I'm not the best of vocalists -- there's a lot of good vocalists around. But I'm certainly better than a lot of 'em. And I'm going to get better as I get more experience as a front man. I've been practising a lot by myself. When me and David (Bowie) sing together we sound very much alike. I'll sound like David on some parts, but at other times I'll sound like different people. But I'll be singing well, or else I wouldn't be singing at all. I don't want to be doing anything unless it's perfect. I don't want any rough edges."

Mick Ronson, NME, 6 October 1973

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/15/04 00:12 AM
Ronson, pre-Bowie new [re: ziggfried]  

"Really, [my life] was going nowhere. The only thing I saw before that was that I wanted to be a landscape gardener. I'd been playing around with groups but I left. I never had a penny and I was in debt and I just never did anything, you know. I was doing this job gardening and I was thinking I really like working, I really like this job, but then I met Dave and felt I had to take another chance."

Mick Ronson, Circus, August 1975

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/15/04 00:15 AM
Re: Ronson, pre-Bowie 2 new [re: ziggfried]  

"David didn't know what he wanted to do or what he wanted to be. He didn't know how he was going to end up when I first joined him. He was just beginning to try things, but he always liked to dress. He was the local freak, you know. He was always a bit outrageous."

Mick Ronson, Circus, August 1975

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/15/04 00:35 AM
Ronson on the split new [re: ziggfried]  

“[Before the “Retirement” show in 1973] I think there was some trouble in America and we had a big tour set up. I forget what the trouble was about. Also, David wanted to get a lot of other things together, so it was decided that that would be the last concert. And he did get a lot of things together…I never really left. David stopped working on the road and wanted to sit down for a little rest, so if I had stayed with him I would have sat down and done nothing. I didn't know how long he was gonna stop for--as far as I was concerned he was stopping, that was it. Then David got the itch and so I went back on the road with him for Diamond Dogs. Then they arranged for me to do one or two concerts and I did one or two concerts, and then it started getting good so I decided to carry on and do a bit more. When David was getting back to going on the road again, I was busy doing my own thing so I never went with him on the road again.”

Mick Ronson, Circus, August 1975


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