Ian Hunter brings the group together, as Mott the Hoople prepares to headline a massive UK festival. He will be joined by guitarist Ariel Bender and keyboardist Morgan Fisher, who were members of the band during the 1970s era.
“Both have toured extensively with Mott and both have been featured extensively The hoop album after Mick Ralphs and Verden Allen left the band, ”Hunter said in a press release. “I know a lot of people were disappointed when neither of them appeared in the 2009 and 2013 fixtures. Hope that makes up for it!”
Fisher was with the band from 1973 to 1980, while Bender initially replaced Mick Ralphs. Ongoing health issues prevent Mott’s co-founding guitarist from traveling, but Ralphs is said to have given his blessing to the reunion. Mott the Hoople’s current lineup also includes drummer Steve Holley, a former member of the Wings who recently toured with Hunter’s solo band.
This kind of reunion is rare for Mott the Hoople, who did not play together at all between 1980 and 2009. Hunter was then joined by all of Mott’s original lineup. Bassist Pete Overend Watts and drummer Dale “Buffin” Griffin have since died. Martin Chambers of the Pretenders took over the drums for Mott’s next reunion in 2013.
“You know, you tour too much and it gets boring,” Hunter told the Boston Globe this week. “That’s why I never wanted to do it all the time. It’s not a smart idea to do it the way I do, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else – but that’s the way. which I like to do. “