Formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and most influential rock groups of all time. Their string of hits started with the David Bowie-penned 'All The Young Dudes', after which the band’s legend was written with original classics such as 'All the Way From Memphis', 'Roll Away The Stone', 'Saturday Gigs' and 'The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll'.
The band, whose fame was established initially by their incandescent live shows, reformed to celebrate their legacy in 2009, which saw them play a series of critically and commercially successful live dates to mark their 40th anniversary. The gigs, including a 5-night, sold-out stint at London's Hammersmith Apollo, were the first time the original line-up of Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verdan Allen, Dale Griffin and Overend Watts had played together in over 35 years, and brought a tear to many a fan's eye.
In 2018, the trio of Hunter, Bender and Fisher, augmented by Ian’s long-term backing band, The Rant Band, played three festivals, their first live shows since 2013. It’s fair to say that the festival performances took people by surprise, the band showing a renewed energy and spirit and the press claiming their songs to be “the soundtrack to a genera-tion” and still sounding “as fresh as they did back in the day” , whilst describing Ian Hunter as “the epitome of rock and roll cool, and one of the great singer-songwriters of our time.” (National Rock Review, 2018)
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