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ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/15/04 00:42 AM
Ronson on Bowie's bisexuality new [re: ziggfried]  

“I took [Bowie’s bisexuality] quite seriously because he wasn't kidding. I didn't like it at first, but then you get used to it. You got used to so many people around being bisexual that you got used to it for yourself. But it shook me up. I felt 'wow, what are people going to say?' My mother was saying to me like, ‘Michael, I'm a bit worried about you, are you sure you know what you're doing?' And 'People are talking about you these days.' And people would say to my sister, 'You know that Michael Ronson, he's a queer.'”

Mick Ronson, Circus, August 1975

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/16/04 10:57 AM
Ronson on the first meeting new [re: ziggfried]  

“[I first met Bowie] in his flat, we just sat around in his flat. I picked up a guitar and jammed with him. He said: 'Hey, do you wanna come down to do this radio show and play with me?' So, we went down to this radio show and I played along with him. After that he said: 'Well, how about coming along and playing with me all the time?' So I agreed, and that was pretty much straight after the show. He said something like, 'How about going back to Hull, packing your bags and coming down to work with me?' That was about it. So I did and I came down to live in Haddon Hall…We had our own room for a long while. When the house was being decorated and things like that we had to sleep on the landing, but that was alright, a bed’s a bed isn't it?”

Mick Ronson, Starzone, 1984

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/16/04 11:05 AM
Ronson on Bowie's antiques new [re: ziggfried]  

“[Bowie] used to say, 'Let's go out and look at some antique shops,' which didn't really interest me. I was never interested in antiques myself. He never used to do all that too much, just now and again shop for them. He used to come back and say, 'Look at this I've just bought it, isn't it wonderful?' I used to think that it all looked like a piece of garbage to me, all black and rusty. I don't appreciate antiques too much myself.”

Mick Ronson, Starzone, 1984

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/16/04 11:11 AM
Ronson on the early Bowie years new [re: ziggfried]  

“[Being with Bowie] was all very important to me, it was what I wanted to do. It was a really interesting period for me. I was just learning so much in so little time, all at once. There was all this stuff that I 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, Starzone, 1984

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/16/04 11:16 AM
Ronson on the 1983 reunion new [re: ziggfried]  

“I was working in Toronto at the time and I found out that David was playing there. I just called up Corinne Schwab and got some tickets and went along to the show. David said to me, 'Why don't you play?' So I said, no, no I can't play. I don't want to do that. So, later on, after the show he said, 'Why you don't you come and play tomorrow night?' I said I couldn't because I was working, I was in the studio. Anyway, the following night came along and we had been working all afternoon and I thought, sod it, let's go down to the show. So we all went down to the show and he said, 'Well, are you going to play tonight?' and I said, alright, I'll play. We did 'Jean Genie' I think. I did enjoy it, it was great. I was playing through an amp I didn't know though and the stage was very big. I was playing Slick's guitar and I couldn't hear where my sound was coming from. I had heard Slick play solos all night so I decided not to play solos and I just went out and thrashed the guitar..I really thrashed the guitar, I was waving the guitar above my head and all sorts of things. It was funny afterwards because David said, (talking about Earl Slick) 'You should have his face...' meaning he looked petrified. I had his prize guitar and I was swinging it around my head and Slick's going 'Waaaa....watch my guitar', you know. I was banging into it, and it was going round my head. Poor Slick. I mean, I didn't know it was his special guitar, I just thought it was a guitar, a lump of wood with 6 strings. Later on I found it was his special guitar. I didn't damage it or anything, I didn't even damage a string...it was very funny at the time…Anyway, we had a good chat, it was the first time I had seen him for a real long time.”

Mick Ronson, Starzone, 1984

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/23/04 10:48 AM
Bowie on the first meeting new [re: ziggfried]  

"When I first heard [Mick Ronson] play I thought, 'That's my Jeff Beck! He is fantastic! This kid is great!' And so I sort of hoodwinked him into working with me. I didn't quite have to tell him in the beginning that he would have to wear makeup and all that...Mick came from Hull. Very down-to-earth. As was the rest of the Spiders: 'What do you mean, makeup??' I reverted to things like 'You looked very green tonight onstage...I think if you wore makeup you'd look a little more natural-looking,' and sort of lies like this, and gradually got them into areas of costume and theatre. Actually, when they realised how many girls they could pull when they looked so sort of outlandish, they took to it like a fish to water."

David Bowie, Dancing In The Streets, BBC Television, 1996

SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
11/26/04 06:08 PM
Extraordinary new [re: ziggfried]  

Q: And you've teamed up again with Mick Ronson, the original guitarist in the Spiders From Mars.

DB: This project is the first time in we've worked together in almost twenty years - it's been a long, long time. We sort of kept track of each other through the years: every time I go on tour, Mick turns up somewhere along the line and guests on my show [Sys's note: every tour? ]. It was just synchronistic that we happened to be in the same city at the same time. I asked him if he'd come and work on a song we both liked very much, which was Cream's "I Feel Free". He said he'd be delighted and he turned up and played his usual breathtaking solo. Extraordinary man, extraordinary guitar-player.

Bowie on Ronson,
Interview in Record Collector, May 1993


ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/21/06 05:43 AM
Re: new [re: K]  

"I didn't bother (getting in touch with Bowie in America). I didn't think it was worth it. I didn't really feel like listening to him making a lot of excuses. I didn't see the point."

Mick Ronson, January 1976, cited in Uncut #105, February 2006



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/14/07 06:52 AM
Re: new [re: ziggfried]  

"It was left up in the air when we split...I had particular ideas that I wanted to expand upon, and it wasn't stuff that Mick would be terribly happy to follow in. It was getting harder all the time to get Mick to move along into the possibility of where we could go. His two role models were Jeff Beck and Free. If Mick had been more open to widening that which he already knew, we may have lasted as a partnership."

David Bowie, Mojo, 1997



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/15/07 04:36 AM
Re: new [re: ziggfried]  

"[I was tyrannical] - although in a slightly different way - around Ziggy Stardust. There was just no room for anything else. I had too - at least in my mind I had to - hum a lot of (Mick) Ronson's solos to him. It got to the point where every single note and every part of the song had to be exactly as I heard it in my head...that's not true of say, Man Who Sold The World which was very much Ronson. But say the more melodic solos that Ronson did, an auwful lot of that was just me telling him what notes I wanted. But that was cool. He's very laid-back and he'd just go along with it. He was happy to be playing. I didn't know any other way anyway. No...I did. That is what I had to do. I knew what I wanted, you know? They didn't know what I wanted."

David Bowie, Q magazine, June 1989




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