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MOTT THE HOOPLE
Hammersmith Apollo, London 3 October 2009
connoisseur rock fans this has to be the most anticipated gig since Led
Zeppelin's reformation spectacular at the O2. A gig that I was lucky
enough to attend and the same has to be said about tonight.
couple of warm up gigs in Monmouth, Mott The Hoople are back in town for a
five night stint after an absence of some 37 years. The question on
everyone's lips was will they be able to put in a performance that will
stand up against those of their heyday. The answer to that is an
travelled from all parts of the UK, Europe, USA and as far as Australia,
some here for all five nights for this once in a lifetime occasion to see
the original line up perform one last time, although drummer Dale Griffin
is too ill to do a whole set and only appeared for a couple of encores.
His vacant drum stool seat was filled in by Martin Chambers of the
Pretenders who did an amicable job.
frontman Ian Hunter is now in his seventies and looks and sings like a man
twenty years younger. Bassist Pete 'Overend' Watts is still the
towering monster although the platform boots have been left behind in the
back of his cupboard.
seems happy to be back on a big stage again and that especially goes for
keyboardist Terence 'Verden' Allen who didn't have any success after
leaving Hoople, but was feeling proud and most probably still pinching
himself for getting Hoople back together after suggesting it to Hunter
after one of his solo gigs.
This was a
seated concert but everyone was up on their feet throughout the gig
straight from the opening bars of 'Hymn For The Dudes' and the dudes in
the audience sang along to every track. Everything you wanted to hear was
intriguing to hear 'Ready For Love' and the riff to 'One Of The Boys', two
tracks that Mick Ralphs would take with him for the first 'Bad Company' LP
(Just listen to Can't Get Enough' and compare the two).
It was a
nice touch to see family members doing the backing vocals on songs towards
the end of the set including Tracie Hunter and also the daughter of Mick
Ronson who later worked with Hunter.
a mighty long way down rocknroll
As your name gets hot so your heart grows cold
And you gotta stay young man, you can never be old
All the way from Memphis
'All The Way From Memphis' have never seemed more apt. Def Leppard's
Joe Elliott was out to sing along to 'All The Young Dudes' but he wasn't
ended with' Saturday Gigs' and this was one Saturday gig I won't forget in
a hurry. I walked home all the way from Hammerphis. Great night out.
Hymn For The Dudes / Rock 'n' Roll Queen / Sweet Jane / One Of The
Boys / Sucker / Knockin' on Heavens Door / The Moon Upstairs / The
Original Mixed Up Kid / I Wish I Was Your Mother / Ready For Love / Born
Late '58 / Ballad Of Mott/ Angeline/ Walking With A Mountain / Jumping
Jack Flash / The Golden Age Of Rock'N'Roll / Honaloochie Baby / All The
Way From Memphis
Roll Away The Stone / All The Young Dudes / Saturday Gigs
by Mark Taylor
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