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Is Ronson Joining Mott?

NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS
September 21, 1974

As ARIEL BENDER this week officially confirmed that he is leaving Mott The Hoople, mystery surrounded the identity of his replacement in the band, pending an official reception on Wednesday (after the music papers had closed for press), at which his name was to be revealed. But it was learned on Monday, from sources both in New York and London, that Mick Ronson is a strong contender for the vacancy.

Mott's publicist Tony Brainsby denied that Ronson was joining the band, adding: 'It was on the cards at one time, but negotiations appear to have fallen through.' Even so, it is known that--as late as last weekend--Ronson was in favor of forsaking his strictly solo career in exchange for a major roled with Mott The Hoople.

The deal offered to Ronson was apparently that he would feature three of his own numbers on stage with Mott, and would share vocals with Ian Hunter. He would remain under contract to MainMan [see the article 'Ronson: how long with MainMan' which appeared in the same issue of NME], and would continue a parallel career as a solo recording artist. A source close to Mott's New York office told NME this week: 'Yes, Ronson is joining, but London have been instructed to deny it until the press conference announcement on Wednesday.'

Ronson, former leader of David Bowie's backing band, embarked on a solo career earlier this year by way of a London Rainbow concerted followed by a British tour. Although out of the public eye subsequently, he has been spending most of the summer recording a new solo album.

Ariel Bender is leaving Mott to pursue a solo career. During the past three months he has been writing material for a solo album, which he begins recording later this month. He is currently choosing musicians to work with him in the studio, and is planning an American tour for January. He will continue to be handled by MainMan's managers.


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