MOTT THE HOOPLE - LONDON 2009

October 15, 2009 – 12:21 pm

DALE ‘BUFFIN’ GRIFFIN R.I.P. 1948-2016

Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died from Alzheimers on January 17, 2016. He was 67. He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes. The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track. Formed in 1969, they had built up a cult following (a raucous gig at the Royal Albert Hall led to the venue banning rock acts) but had to struggle to sell records and were on the verge of breaking up in 1972, until Bowie stepped in and persuaded them to stay together, placing them under the care of his manager Tony De Fries. He also offered them the song Suffragette City - but they wanted Drive-In Saturday instead. Bowie refused to give it up, but wrote them the anthemic All The Young Dudes instead. - wikipedia/BBC

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MOTT THE HOOPLE
London 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 2, 2009. Good-to-very good audience recording; vocals a bit distant.

Fans have waited 35 years for this reunion of the classic lineup, and they were not disappointed. It’s hard to imagine vocalist Ian Hunter to be singing All The Young Dudes when he is 70 but there he is, as some would say, cocky as ever.

In The Independent, Andy Gill wrote: “Unlike other reunion shows, Mott’s audience stays stood up from the moment the band step onstage, causing Hunter to observe that it was the first time they’d had a standing ovation for the entirety of their set.”

When it was announced in January 2009 that the band was reuniting for a gig in October at the Hammersmith Apollo, no one expected tickets for the originally-proposed two shows to be quickly snapped up. All together, the band played five shows.

Mind you the performance is not perfect. They probably had to change the key or reconfigure Bad Company’s Ready For Love with Mick Ralphs doing the vocals; and there was even a false start when they played All The Way From Memphis the following night.

But then again, that’s probably the charm of Mott The Hoople, as they quote Queen’s Brian May on their homepage: “They appeared as an agglomeration of bright colours, bizarre shapes, scarves, leather, sunglasses, velvet, huge boots, fags, battered guitar cases covered with stickers and swagger. They looked lived in. They exuded attitude and easy humour and the utter confidence born of knowing you are good.”

Reviewing the opening night’s show in the Guardian, Alexis Petridis wrote: “There’s something slightly chaotic about the reformed band’s sound… But the lack of slickness somehow just adds to the appeal, as does the sight of the band’s members gradually loosening up on stage, transforming from slightly self-conscious gentlemen of a certain age to posturing, shape-throwing rock stars.”

Mott The Hoople might have proudly worn their “glam” personas once upon a time yet they seem to adhere (and quite strictly too by the sound of things) to what late producer Guy Stevens said when he formed the band - he wanted to create a group that sounded like Dylan being backed by the Stones. And now that their voices are all gravelly and gritty, and with a strong keyboards, Mott The Hoople sound more like the E Street Band than Dylan! One can easily imagine Clarence Clemons bringing on the sax on Angeline and waiting for Bruce Springsteen to jump in.

And after all the fun, fans will probably agree with what Petridis said: “At more than two hours, the gig might be a little too much of a good thing – pinned to an amplifier at the back of the stage, the set list goes on and on like the credits of a Hollywood blockbuster – but as they roll out the hits, all the old dudes in the audience sing delightedly along.”

Thanks to gobolino who recorded and shared the tracks on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 01. Intro (2.4MB)
Track 02. Hymn For The Dudes (7.0MB)
Track 03. Rock And Roll Queen (6.4MB)
Track 04. Sweet Jane (6.6MB)
Track 05. One Of The Boys (8.9MB)
Track 06. Sucker (6.8MB)
Track 07. The Moon Upstairs (9.6MB)
Track 08. The Original Mixed-Up Kid (6.2MB)
Track 09. I Wish I Was Your Mother (8.6MB)
Track 10. Ready For Love (11.3MB)
Track 11. Born Late ‘58 (6.5MB)
Track 12. The Ballad Of Mott (8.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 13. Angeline (6.7MB)
Track 14. Walking With A Mountain (6.4MB)
Track 15. The Journey (9.9MB)
Track 16. The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll (5.1MB)
Track 17. Honaloochie Boogie (4.0MB)
Track 18. All The Way From Memphis (11.4MB)
Track 19. Roll Away The Stone (4.7MB)
Track 20. All The Young Dudes (6.1MB)
Track 21. Keep A-Knockin’ (9.1MB)
Track 22. Saturday Gigs (8.9MB)

Lineup:
Ian Hunter - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Mick Ralphs - guitar
Pete Overend Watts - bass
Verden Allen - keyboards
Martin Chambers (of The Pretenders) - drums
Dale Griffin - drums (on Keep A-Knockin’ and Saturday Gigs)

Click here to order Mott The Hoople’s opening show (October 1) at the Hammersmith Apollo.

  1. 12 Responses to “MOTT THE HOOPLE - LONDON 2009”

  2. OMG OMG OMG! BigO keeps astonishing! WOW!

    By Walter on Oct 15, 2009

  3. Wow - - really rocking at that age reminds on John Mayall and other daddies . .

    thank you, Big O.

    may your days be sunny : Bill.Bo (europe)

    By Bill.Bo on Oct 15, 2009

  4. A legend band from all time!
    Many thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Oct 15, 2009

  5. This is a nice bonus for us on the wrong side of the pond! No doubt an official DVD/CD of some sort will be coming down the pike soon enough…

    By Jeremy Shatan on Oct 16, 2009

  6. Speechless ! Ummmm ??? Wow !! Just bought the original Mott Live 40th anniversary double album (CD) One of if not the best live album ever ! And now I get to hear this so soon after the actual show !!! Thanks so much to all @ Big O ! I’ve got to send this off to my brother —>>> You Rule !!!

    By Revolutionarybum on Oct 16, 2009

  7. I’ll never forget the absolutely fabulous chaotic party that was the Mott The Hoople / Slade show at the Palace Concert Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island over 35 years ago. It was one crazy night of onstage heavy drinking,full frontal nudity and the best damn raw and rowdy music I ever heard. When I heard they were reuniting, I was hoping BigO would pull some more magic out of his bag of tricks. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    By TheFantome on Oct 16, 2009

  8. “Ready For Love” was a Mott The Hoople song before it was a BadCo song. Was on the All The Young Dudes album, in fact.

    By Rockin Rich on Oct 16, 2009

  9. They sound as awesome now as before. Having Mick Ralphs back is like a dream. Recording is a little under par but still fine. Thank you very much. Unfortunately when you hit your late fiftys and sixty’s not to mention 70s it doesn’t come ’round too often so be grateful and if we hear from them again it is a total gift form GOD bro!

    By lanzarishi on Oct 17, 2009

  10. Begin my friday with the MOTT-Album, search as every friday on your site and see, with tears in my eyes, the old bunch reunite.
    Loading, hearing, cryin….
    Big O yours the great, thank you so very much

    George

    By George on Oct 17, 2009

  11. unfortunately this is not a band in its prime nor is the sound quality really good. But thanks anyway foor this document of the Mott rebirth.
    You guys at bigozine are STILL the best!!!
    cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Oct 22, 2009

  12. I listened to most of Disc 1. I was glad to give for the opportunity to try it, but realized this is not something I’d remotely turn to when I want to hear Mott. It sounds like it was recorded by the same guy who recorded “The Velvet Underground at Max’s Kansas City”. Interesting for fanatics and completists only, I suppose. Thanks nevertheless for the post.

    By Dave C. on Oct 30, 2009

  13. Wasn’t able to get to the gig, health problems, so thanks ever so much for this. Mott, the most undderated band of all time

    By Rhiannon on Oct 7, 2010

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