Review: Mott the Hoople, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Mott the Hoople on stage at Symphony Hall. Photo: Phil Ellis

Ian Hunter’s band took to the stage at Symphony Hall to the sound of Gustav Holst’s I Vow to Thee My Country before embarking on a version of Don McLean’s American Pie that served as an introduction to the Mott L classic. ‘Golden Age of Rock’ N ‘Roll.

Hunter, born in Oswestry, denied being 79 while conducting an eight-track version of Mott in a tour de force of songs from the 1974 album The Hoople and the classic live album from the same year.

In his signature sunglasses and still with healthy hair – albeit gray – Hunter was in top form energetic with his voice that withstood a long and demanding ensemble.

The singles Honaloochie Boogie and Roll Away the Stone were the highlights of a great night with delighted fans singing along with them.

There was also a superb cover of Sweet Jane from the Velvet Underground to savor.

The group – comprising Luther Grosvenor, 72, aka Ariel Bender, still delivering his guitar solos with enthusiasm, and keyboardist Morgan Fisher, 69, brilliant at the piano – delivered in style throughout a set that didn’t. never lost rhythm despite some early sounds. problems.

Songs from the album like Lounge Lizard, Rest in Peace, Walking With a Mountain and Marionette were all greeted with enthusiasm and Motf ended the main set with a fantastic mix of their own songs including One of the Boys and Crash Street. Kids with rock ‘n’ roll. Favorites like Whole Lotta Shakin ‘Goin’ On, Mean Woman Blues and Johnny B Goode.

Morgan Fisher, Ian Hunter and Luther Grosvenor

Mott the Hoople returned to deliver a fantastic three song encore with Morgan Fisher teasing the intro to Memphis’ fantastic All the Way until the entire group took the stage. A thrilling take on Saturday Gigs followed before the band put the icing on the cake of the evening with the song everyone wanted to hear – David Bowie‘s All the Young Dudes, which Mott the Hoople made their own there is. long time.

Previous support group Tax the Heat from Bristol delivered a loud, rocky set featuring many songs from the Change Your Position album. The track and All That Medicine as well as Highway Home stood out with singer and guitarist Alex Veale and Brummie lead guitarist JP Jacyshyn.

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