Just Like Old Times For Hunter Ronson
by Kris Needs
'ULLO', said a white-clad Ian Hunter - and the new Hunter Ronson Band were under way, making their debut before an ecstatic Friars audience in the Borough Assembly Hall. They had especially asked to play at Aylesbury and were rewarded with a roaring welcome from the crushed crowd on Wednesday.
The band was loud. In fact, Ian said afterwards that he had been unhappy with the sound. But after a rather slow start they picked up with some powerful rock. With Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson's distinguished pasts - Hunter was with Mott the Hoople and Ronson with David Bowie - they bad plenty of material to draw from.
The early part was rather disappointing, but about halfway through something clicked and the magic flowed. Hunter sang one of his newest and best songs-the autobiographical 'Boy' - and they ploughed through some rock numbers which brought back memories of the old Mott. Ronson, also in white, blasted out some exciting guitar solos and one of the best moments was his version of the classic 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.'
The set closed with a feast for the Mott freaks, a medley of 'All The Way From Memphis' and 'The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll.' A stamping audience brought them back for an encore of 'All the Young Dudes' and 'The Girl Can't Help It.'
The audience was in form, unfurling banners and cheering wildly. Earlier they had given local heroes Warren Harry and the Yurn Yum Band a rousing reception, which was well. deserved.
Hunter and Ronson were pleased with the audience response too. Said Ian afterwards: 'We love Aylesbury. It's an amazing place. They're just a great audience.'
The group promises to return as Ian says: 'We're only finding our feet at the moment. We're just babies. But it won't be for at least a year, as after this tour the band is going to live in the States. But we'll be back!'