British glam rockers Mott The Hoople come to America for the first time since their 1974 tour in support The Hoop. They use the nickname Mott The Hoople ’74 to mark the return of guitarist Ariel Bender, who hasn’t played with the band since 1974. Keyboardist Morgan Fisher, who wasn’t on Mott The’s other reunion tours Hoople over the past decade.
“Both have toured extensively with Mott and both were featured extensively on The Hoople album after Mick Ralphs and Verden Allen left the band,” Mott The Hoople frontman Ian Hunter said in a commentary. release last year. “I know a lot of people were disappointed when neither of the two appeared in the 2009 and 2013 meetups. Hope that makes up for it!” The eight-city tour begins April 1 at the Miller High Life Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ends April 10 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
Mott The Hoople is best known in America for their 1972 cover of “All The Young Dudes” by David Bowie, but they had much more success in their native England where they scored hits with “Honaloochie Boogie”, “All The Way From Memphis “and” The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. ” Ian Hunter left the group in 1975 and they limped briefly under the name Mott before leaving it in 1980.
The band reunited in 2009 with much of the “All The Young Dudes” lineup still intact, although drummer Dale Griffin suffered from early Alzheimer’s disease and was only able to perform during callbacks. They toured again in 2013, but since then have faced a string of tragedies including Griffin’s death in 2016 and the death of bassist Pete Overend Watts in 2017. Guitarist Mick Ralphs is still alive, but in 2016, it suffered a stroke and has been out of service ever since.
These devastating losses forced Ian Hunter to recruit Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher when he decided to reform Mott The Hoople last year. They will be joined for the American tour by James Mastro (guitar, saxophone, mandolin), Steve Holley (drums, backing vocals), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards, backing vocals). If the 2018 shows are any indication, expect to hear all the classics in addition to many songs from The Hoople like “Alice” and “Marionette”.
Mott The Hoople Tour Dates
April 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theater
April 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 3 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
April 5 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
April 6 – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic
April 8 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theater
April 9 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
April 10 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater