The Spiders from Mars

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The Spiders from Mars
Genres Rock, glam rock, hard rock
Years active 1970–1973, 1975–1976
Labels Castle Music Ltd.
Associated acts David Bowie
Past members Mick Ronson
Trevor Bolder
Mick Woodmansey
Mike Garson
Dave Black
Pete McDonald

The Spiders from Mars were rock singer David Bowie's backing band in the early 1970s, and consisted of Mick Ronson on guitars, Trevor Bolder on bass guitar, and Mick Woodmansey on drums.

The group had its origins in Bowie's earlier backing outfit Hype, which featured Ronson and Woodmansey, but Tony Visconti on bass. They were briefly signed as a band on its own, known as Ronno. With Bolder taking over bass, they were subsequently named via the landmark 1972 Bowie concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and were billed as such on the accompanying large-scale Ziggy Stardust Tour. They were present again on Bowie's 1973 album Aladdin Sane. Another leg of the tour followed that year, with the final show captured in the film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The group joined Bowie in the theatrical style of the material's presentation. Ronson's guitar and arranging during the Spiders from Mars era not only fit into this style, but also provided much of the underpinning for later punk rock musicians.[1]

In 1975 Bolder and Woodmansey reformed the band without Ronson, and were joined in this lineup by Mike Garson, Dave Black, Pete McDonald. Their self-titled album, released in 1976, was their only album before the group disbanded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A to X of Alternative Music - Google Books. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2011.