If you were anywhere close to being young in the 1970s the chances are that you have heard of Mott the Hoople. If you haven’t heard of them well let us enlighten you. Mott the Hoople was a much-loved British rock n roll band in the early to mid-1970s. The band was best known for their song “All the Young Dudes,” which was written for them by David Bowie.
This English rock n roll group with strong R&B roots released three albums but due to their third album diving were on the point of splitting up shortly after its release. David Bowie had long been a fan of Mott the Hoople and hearing of the band’s imminent split the Glam Rock megastar offered them his song “All the Young Dudes”. Mott the Hoople recorded and released the iconic track to great acclaim and success.
Following tours of America the popular band did eventually split in the mid-seventies when lead singer, Ian Hunter, decided to go solo, working alongside Bowie’s guitarist Mick Ronson for a while. Bowie, Ronson and Hunter played together on stage at the Queen Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992 and did a superb rendition of “All the Young Dudes”. Sadly Ian Ronson had been plainly ill during the tour with Bowie and Ronson and died the following year.
Mott the Hoople finally reunited in 2009 and played the Hammersmith Apollo in London as a celebratory back together gig. Demand for tickets to see this legendary band was so great that all five nights at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out – a feat that most modern bands would be hard pushed to achieve.
Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin, the original drummer in the band sadly has Alzheimer’s and is too ill to play. Filling “Buffin’s” iconic drumming shoes is Martin Chambers of the Pretenders, who will be drumming for the band as they return for five dates only in 2013.
One of these highly anticipated dates will be on November 18 when Mott the Hoople play at London’s 02 Arena. For a band that was established initially by their luminous live shows, if you want to see rock n roll history repeat itself in London this November then be sure to book a ticket to see one of the best loved and most influential rock bands light up a stage once again.
Tickets can be bought from the O2 Arena website.