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British group Mott the Hoople, led by Ian Hunter, announced new dates in the United States for their ongoing 1974 reunion tour.
The group performed several dates in the United States in the spring and will return in the fall with nearly a dozen new shows. Scroll down for the full route.
The lineup, made up of Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, will band together for a set based on the 1974 albums. The hoop and Live, as well as the biggest hits outside the album.
An advertisement for an earlier set of UK reunion dates, which appeared on Hunter’s personal website, stated: “From 1969 to 1973 Mott the Hoople was a two-headed beast, with tasks of handwriting shared between Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, as well as the odd notable exception of Verden Allen. By the end of 1973, Mick and Verden had both left the group to see what else was for them. This left Ian Hunter as his sole songwriter, with the notable exception of Overend Watts fan favorite, “Born Late ’58”.
“With Hunter now free rein, the years 1974 The hoop explored ideas and concepts that are now widely recognized as having influenced everyone from the punk movement to Queen, the latter supporting the group and cited by Brian May as the only group Queen has ever supported. 1974 was also arguably Mott’s most intensely creative period with the studio album, four hit singles — ‘Roll Away The Stone’, ‘The Golden Age of Rock’ n ‘Roll’, ‘Foxy Foxy’ and ‘Saturday Gigs’ — plus a live album, half of which was taken from their weeklong stay at the Uris Theater on Broadway.
The live album showcased the talents of Mick and Verden’s substitutes – Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher respectively – who breathed new life into classics and audience favorites: ‘All The Young Dudes’,’ All The Way From Memphis’, ‘Honaloochie Boogie,’ ‘Rose’, ‘Rest In Peace’ and ‘Walking With A Mountain’ form the core of the live album.
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In 2009 and 2013, the 1969-1973 program carried out two very successful reunion tours. At the time, many fans wondered if it would ever be possible to see the “Class of 74” – Hunter, Bender and Fisher – together again.
The initial announcement said: “As it would have been impossible to try to replace the rhythm section of Mott, Overend Watts and Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin, both of whom sadly passed away and with Mick Ralphs having suffered from health issues which would keep it from appearing, the time seemed right to try something a little different.
To concern the group performs “All the Way From Memphis” during the UK leg of the tour
Hunter, Bender and Fisher will be completed by James Mastro (guitar, saxophone, mandolin), Steve Holley (drums, backing vocals), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards, backing vocals).
Tickets are available here and here.
Fall 2019 Tour Dates – Mott The Hoople Class of ’74
21 OCT, The Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY
October 22, Warner Theater, Washington, DC
24 OCT, Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia
October 26, War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN
28 OCT, Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas
OCT 29, ACL Live @ Moody Theater, Austin, TX
October 31, Talking Stick Resort Ballroom, Scottsdale, AZ
NOV 1, Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, California
NOV 3, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
NOV 5, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
NOVEMBER 6, The Moore Theater, Seattle, WA
To concern a personal video made by Morgan Fisher of Mott during the 1974 tour