That Record Collector piece is nothing new to me, I've bought the magazine every month for many years, including that issue. By Spedding's own admission, he did NOT audition for the Stones. Someone (he doesn't say who) asked him about his availability, that's all. He wasn't available. He did not audition. It's clear that you don't know the meaning of the word "audition", so I suggest you educate yourself a little better. Furthermore, for future reference, click-bait titles for articles (THE MAN WHO TURNED DOWN THE STONES) aren't generally the most reliable sources of information.