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By Steve Newton

I graduated from high school in 1975, and, holy crap, was that ever a great year for rock music!

Lizzy‘s Fighting, Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here, Zep’s Physical Graffiti, Neil‘s Zuma, Beck‘s Blow By Blow, Seger‘s Beautiful Loser–the list of killer albums went on and on.

But none of them thrilled me more than Ian Hunter’s self-titled solo debut, with the one-and-only Mick Ronson on guitar.

And the opening track, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, was four minutes and forty-four seconds of pure rockin’ bliss, featuring what is probably the greatest guitar solo of all time.

I was fortune enough to have interviewed Mick Ronson a couple of times, in 1988 and ’89, when he had reunited with Hunter to record and tour behind the awesome YUI Orta album.

Four months before I did my second…

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By Steve Newton

On December 19, 1989, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson played the 86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver.

For me, it didn’t get any better than that. I’d been a huge fan of Hunter ever since I first heard his old band, Mott the Hoople, and Ronson…well, if you liked David Bowie in the ’70s you liked him.

Hunter and Ronson had been collaborating for years, starting with Hunter’s self-titled 1975 solo album, the one with that awesome version of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (not to be confused with Great White‘s version, referred to below).

When they came to Van they were touring behind the YUI Orta album, which I really loved, especially the track “Women’s Intuition”.

I was fortunate enough to score a phone interview with Ronson. Here’s the ensuing story, which was published in the Georgia Straight‘s Dec. 15-22 issue under the unwieldy headline:…

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