"Now people realise that we were innovators.
When you work as hard as we did, you appreciate that" - Ian Hunter
"On tour as support to Mott The Hoople (the only time Queen ever supported
anyone), I was always conscious that we were in the presence of something great,
something highly evolved, close to the centre of the Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll,
something to breathe in and learn from." - Brian May
"I was into Mott The Hoople then The Clash came and I got into them, because
one's prepared you for the other" - Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream
"I followed Mott The Hoople up and down the country. I'd go to Liverpool or
Newcastle or somewhere - sleep on the Town Hall steps, and bunk the fares on the
trains, hide in the toilet when the ticket inspector came around. I'd jump off
just before the train got to the station and climb over the fence. It was great
times, and I always knew I wanted to be in a band and play guitar. That was it
for me." - Mick Jones, The Clash
"My favourite ever band, there's not one dud on here, but there are some
great tunes with very insightful lyrics and the ultimate pop song in "Honaloochie
Boogie". Joe Elliott of Def Leppard on the 'Mott' album
Formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and most
influential rock groups of all time. Their string of hits started with the David
Bowie-penned "All The Young Dudes", after which the band's legend was written
with original classics such as "All the Way From Memphis", "Roll Away The
Stone", "Saturday Gigs" and "The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll".
The band, whose fame was established initially by their incandescent live shows,
reformed to celebrate their legacy in 2009, which saw them play a series of
critically and commercially successful live dates to mark their 40th
anniversary. The gigs, including a 5-night, sold-out stint at London's
Hammersmith Apollo, were the first time the original lineup had played together
in over 35 years, and brought a tear to many a fan's eye. The universally lavish
praise for them included a 5/5 Daily Telegraph review that declared "Mott The
Hoople storm back to London for a dazzling night at the Hammersmith Apollo."
The band will be returning to the UK in November 2013 for five dates only:
Mon 11th Nov Birmingham Symphony
Wed 13th Nov Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sat 16th Nov Newcastle City Hall
Sun 17th Nov Manchester O2 Apollo
Mon 18th Nov London The O2
The shows will feature original members Verden Allen (keyboards/vocals),
Ian Hunter (vocals/guitar / piano), Mick Ralphs (guitar/vocals)
and Overend Watts (bass/vocals). Due to ill health, original drummer
Dale Griffin will be substituted by Martin Chambers (The Pretenders).
All tickets are priced £40, except London, which is £45 - subject to booking
fee and available through
Tickets go on sale at 9am GMT Friday 26th April 2013.
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The musical life of Jon
This book takes you on
the roller-coaster ride that is the life of Jon Hiseman - one of
Britain’s top drummers. It’s a personal journey through one of the most
intriguing and fascinating periods in rock and pop history, telling in
detail of the forces, the
personalities, the triumphs and disappointments that make up a life spent at
the centre of modern music...and all set against the background of how, in
the second half of the 20th century, the British music industry reached
dizzying heights...until the advent of new technology brought it back to
earth with a bump! More...
EDITION of 500 copies
edition 4CD Box Set lovingly compiled by Buffin provides an
important historic and compelling live historic document of Mott
The Hoople's much loved but short lived career.
Accompanied by a 48
page book written by KEITH SMITH, Editor of MTH fanzine “Two
Miles From Heaven”, this limited edition release of only 2,000
copies is released on 4 August.
Rare unseen photos
being supplied from the personal archives of Verden Allen, Dale
Griffin, Mick Ralphs and Overend Watts