Ronson Rocks On Without A Worry
After musical success and show-biz stardom as arranger, co-producer, and electrifying guitarist for David Bowie, Mick Ronson began his career as a solo artist with less than overwhelming response from fans and critics alike. Yet his move to Mott the Hoople gave both Mick and Mott room to grow reliably, so it's apt that Ronson's second 'solo' album is entitled Play Don't Worry. Though mainly composed of self-penned tunes demonstrating a new lyrical self-confidence, other highlights include killer covers of Little Richard's 'The Girl Can't Help It' and Lou I 'Reed's 'White Light White Heat.' While performing on a number of instruments himself, Ronno is accompanied by Bowie bandleader, pianist Mike Garson, and former Spider, bassist Trevor Bolder.
For those who will never forget Ronson's searing solos on 'Width of a Circle' or 'Moonage Daydream', Play Don't Worry should be a welcome change from the rather limp Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. 'I'm getting back to the guitar more,' Ronno related to English interviewers. What should be especially gratifying is Mott's potential -contribution to Ronson's sessions for forthcoming solo efforts. Ronson is in the rare and valuable position of being in the good graces of two major record labels, neither of which intends to rush him into any premature recording. 'I feel I've got all the time in the world,' Mick exulted, 'I'm in no hurry.'
The normally reserved Ronson is anxious, however, to help ravers on a budget to look like stars. 'I want to open a shop, where eventually people can go and kit themselves out from top to toe as well as being able to get their hair done there.' If Ronson's stylish new D.A, hair-do and tight fitting fifties gear are any indication, his taste in haberdashery may reach the top of the pops close on the heels of his first successful solo bid.