The Spiders From Mars

The Spiders From Mars were an English hard-rock band that initially formed in 1971 to provide instrumental backup for David Bowie. Guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick “Woody” Woodmansey backed the singer on the 1969/70 albums Man of Words, Man of Music and The Man Who Sold the World. With the addition of bassist Trevor Bolder, they played on the 1971–73 albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and Aladdin Sane.

Without warning, Bowie disbanded the group on stage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on the closing night of the 1973 Ziggy tour. However, Bolder and Woodmansey resurrected the Spiders from Mars nameplate in 1975 with vocalist Pete McDonald and Kestrel guitarist Dave Black. Under this iteration, the band released a self-titled album on Pye in 1976.

Members: Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, vocals, 1971-73), Mick Woodmansey (drums), Trevor Bolder (bass, trumpet), Pete McDonald (vocals, 1975-76), Dave Black (guitar, 1975-76)

Woodmansey subsequently formed Woody Woodmansey’s U-Boat for a self-titled album on Bronze in 1977. Bolder immediately joined Uriah Heep on a permanent basis, save for a three-year stint in Wishbone Ash during the early 1980s. Ronson became a sessionist/producer, working both sides of the console on albums by Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Annette Peacock, the Rich Kids, Payola$, Dalbello, One the Juggler, and numerous others.


  • Spiders From Mars (1976)

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