One of the most beloved rock bands of the 1970s, Mott the Hoople, reformed a few times over the past 10 years to play their native UK, but American fans had to buy a ticket. plane overseas to see Ian Hunter reunite with his former bandmates. American fans will finally get their chance, however, with a Mott setup performing in the United States in April for the first time since 1974.
The current lineup is, in fact, billed as Mott The Hoople ’74, since the two members joining Hunter for this tour are guitarist Ariel Bender, who only joined in time for their final studio album, the 1974 classic. “The Hoople,” and keyboardist Morgan Fisher, who came on board an album earlier.
The band’s US tour is scheduled for just eight dates (none on the West Coast), beginning April 1 in Milwaukee, followed shortly by Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland (which Hunter hailed in his solo years with “Cleveland Rocks”), Glenside, PA, Boston and, finally, New York’s Beacon on April 10. Tickets will go on sale January 25.
The band’s 1974 tour included Queen as the opening act – something often alluded to in the wake of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, though obscured in film – and Brian May continued to tout their influence over the years, describing Mott as “raw, fun, angry, glorious and jagged.
In 2009, the original five members who were in the band from 1969 to 1973 reunited for half a dozen gigs, although drummer Dale Griffin was in poor enough health to only be able to sit out for encores. Griffin subsequently died, as did Overend Watts; original guitarist Mick Ralphs (who formed Bad Company after leaving Mott) hasn’t performed publicly since suffering a stroke in 2016. Bender, however, was a hot commodity in his own right among fans de Mott who were eager to see him get back with Hunter too, despite his short tenure in the group.
The 2019 lineup includes James Mastro (guitar, saxophone, mandolin), former Wings member – and longtime Hunter solo band player – Steve Holley (drums), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards).
Mott the Hoople‘s music has barely gone unnoticed on American stages in recent years, as Hunter, still firmly on stage at 79, has continued to tour America and sprinkle in a fair amount of Mott classics like ” All the Young Dudes” and “All the Way from Memphis” in his sets.
After finishing in the US, Mott the Hoople ’74 will head straight to England for a series of dates beginning April 19 in Manchester and ending with a pair of shows at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on April 26 and 27. April.
Mott the Hoople ’74 US Tour Dates:
4/1 – Milwaukee, WI, Miller High Life Theater
4/2 – Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/3 – Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
4/5 – Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
4/6 – Cleveland, OH, Masonic
4/8 – Glenside, PA, Keswick Theater
4/9 – Boston, MA, Orpheum Theater
4/10 – New York, New York, Beacon Theater