OCTOBER’S MOTT THE HOOPLE shows were the most rapturously received reunion gigs in recent memory. Grown men wept in the aisles of the Hammersmith Apollo as the grizzled team – originals Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Pete “Overend” Watts, Verden “Phally” Allen and Dale “Buffin” Griffin augmented by auxiliary drummer Martin Chambers – delivered the signature Mott cocktail of wide-eyed rocking, phlegmatic cool and sartorial eccentricity. The boogaloo dudes carried the news and, as MOJO’s Kris Needs observed, they let no-one down.
For Hunter it was the culmination, he says, of “a year of bullshit”. There are warm words for each of his Mott confreres, but he’s also irked by the Byzantine politics of the reunion, recently revisited as news leaked of a Mott reprise at July’s High Voltage festival, only for fans’ hopes to be quickly dashed. Meanwhile, the singer keeps busy, with solo shows at Edinburgh Picture House on May 1 and London’s Barbican on May 2, affording him the opportunity to play music from his overlooked 2009 album, Man Overboard.
The legendary singer and songwriter, now 70, spared time for MOJO’s Danny Eccleston to cover all of this, Read the rest of this entry »