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Ronson Sets His Fans Alight

April 1974
by Tim Davey

Colston Hall, Bristol: Mick Ronson In Concert

Any progressive music fans who missed this concert should kick themselves, for it ranked as the most outstanding this year.

Ronson, the man whose lead guitar backed David Bowie throughout his meteoric rise to fame, is now having a go himself. And if last night's wild scenes are anything to go by, Mick Ronson's wait for the showbiz highspots won't be prolonged.

Much of the material for this Bristol show came from 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue', his recent debut LP.

It's hard to define what course the songs take, but they seem to veer from a brassy soul sound to the quavering vocals that Bowie first created.

That's not to say Mick Ronson has set out to copy Bowie, far from it. Each number and arrangement had some highly original touches, especially his treatment of Presley's classic 'Love Me Tender', He made one concession to his past master by playing "Moonage Daydream'.

That number was to signal the start of fan hysteria which had been bubbling, under all night, They went wild - and so did Ronson, along with his girlie vocal trio and nine-piece band. Only the ushers, trying hopelessly to deter the fans, seemed out of it.

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