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Mick Ronson received the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award from Classic Rock in a ceremony at the Landmark Hotel in London. Suzi Ronson, Lisa Ronson, Ian Hunter, and Mick Ralphs were all in attendace.
Heaven And Hull contributor Sham Morris has issued a new CD with his band SPIV UK, entitled Gigantic Inflation of the Ego. the album is available from CD Baby.
A new Mick Ronson CD entitled Hard Life is set to be issued on 31 March 2003. The album will be a retrospective of Micks career. Label and country information pending.
On 29 January 2003, Snapper Records is reissuing the Mick Ronson album Slaughter On 10th Avenue (UK Snapper SDPCD121) in a digipack gatefold sleeve, replicating the original artwork.
A Mick Ronson biography Ronson - The Spider With The Platinum Hair was issued on 27 January 2003. It is a 256 page soft-cover book published by Independent Music Press in the UK.
On 15 Oct 2001, NMC in England released a limited Mick Ronson 3xCD box set called The Burning Collection. It is a repackaging of three previous NMC releases, Showtime, Just Like This, and Indian Summer.
Spitfire Records has licensed a number of Mott The Hoople- related albums for reissue in the US. Mick Ronson's Heaven and Hull (US Spitfire 15082-2) was issued on 3 July 2001.
New Millennium in the UK have reissued the Mick Ronson Memorial Concert as a 3 CD set called The Memorial Show (UK NMC PILOT 94). The third disc is limited to 5000 copies and includes CD video of two tracks from the concert, Roger Taylor's A Kind Of Magic and Ian Hunter's All The Young Dudes.
A new Mick Ronson CD called Indian Summer was released by New Millennium (UK) on 29 September 2000. The album contains previously unreleased material, much of it instrumental and recorded in 1981. Initial copies of the disc include a bonus disc with dialog from the movie.
Charnel House Publishers (UK) will be producing a lavish signed, limited edition photo book of Mick Rock's entire Mick Ronson collection. No publication date has been announced, but more details will no doubt follow.
On 26 July 1999, New Millenium released a new Mick Ronson live compilation CD called Showtime (UK New Millenium Pilot 16X). The CD contains live material recorded in the 70s, 80s, and 90s The first 5000 numbered copies include a bonus disc.
A Mick Ronson CD entitled Just Like This (UK New Millenium PILOT50) was released in March 1999. The album contains previously unreleased 1976 sessions by The Mick Ronson Band, which featured Mick Baraken (Shane Fontayne), Jay Davis, and Bobby Chen. The initial pressings contains a bonus disc of outtakes and demos.
A CD called The Secret Sessions (USA Pet Rock PETCD60042) was released on 19 January 19 1999. The album features 1978 sessions by Corky Laing, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, and Felix Pappalardi. (Corky spoke at length about those sessions in an exclusive interview in issue #2 of my Just a Buzz fanzine.) In addition to the music, there is a bonus interactive video track of The Outsider.
Mick's hometown of Hull celebrated its 700th anniversary with a Hull 700 celebration in November 1998. A special CD called Beat Out Of Hull has been released to raise money to help unsigned bands from the Hull area. The 16 track CD includes songs by Mick Ronson and the Rats, Beautiful South, Everything But The Girl and the Fine Young Cannibals. As part of the launch ceremony for the CD, a painting of Mick Ronson was unveiled and presented to his sister Maggi Ronson.
The Angel Air (UK) label released a CD version of The Rats' Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone and the Rats From Hull (UK Angel Air SJCD022) in June 1998. Previously available only as a limited edition vinyl LP from Tenth Planet Records, this album contains all the original Rats' singles, previously unreleased recordings featuring Mick Ronson on guitar, and three bonus tracks recorded especially for this CD.
A four page Mick Ronson article appears in the December 1997 issue of Total Guitar magazine. The issue also includes a free CD, which contains Ian Hunter's live version of Michael Picasso from the 1994 Mick Ronson Memorial Concert.
The October 1997 issue of Mojo (UK) has a nice Mick Ronson cover story and some rare photographs. There is also a page of photographs taken by Ian Hunter at the 1997 Mick Ronson Memorial II concert.
Snapper Music (UK) has reissued Mick Ronson's two 1970s solo albums, this time as separate releases with the original artwork. The discs contain the same bonus tracks that appear on the Only After Dark compilation, plus a number of other previously unreleased songs. They are both UK releases on the Snapper Original Masters label.
The 1997 Mick Ronson Memorial Concert and Stage Dedication were held in Hull over the weekend of 9 August 1997. The Memorial Concert II was held on the evening of the 9th, and featured performances by Michael Chapman, The Rats, Glen Matlock and Mustard, John Shuttleworth, Mick Jones and BAD, The Yellow Monkey, Colin Lloyd Tucker, Steve Harley, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, and The Spiders From Mars. The stage dedication was a day long event on the 10th. Bands played all day, including appearances by Casablanca Boys, MG Greaves, The Grip, Glen Matlock and Mustard, Mick Jones and BAD, Eddie and the Hot Rods (Geoff Appleby guested), The Rats, The Yellow Monkey (Maggie Ronson guested), Rich Pilot, Joel Rayburn, Jim Spader, and Joe Elliott and Phil Collen.
In a unanimous verdict by the Hull City Council Technical Services Committee in November 1994, a new road in a development at Greatfield Estate will be called Ronson Close. The road is in the same estate where Mick grew up.