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Best of 2013: Mott the Hoople Reunite in London

Ian Hunter shows he’s still got it at Mott the Hoople‘s 02 Arena Show


In the fall of 2013, UK audiences were gifted a chance to see one of rock’s great underrated bands back in action for the first time in more than a decade as Mott the Hoople regrouped for a handful of shows.


Formed in the late ’60s, Mott were a rowdy band of pub rockers whose career was on the verge of collapse when David Bowie gifted them a hit with “All the Young Dudes” in 1972.


The song was indeed a massive hit and it propelled Mott the Hoople to the top of the glam rock scene where they enjoyed a couple years in the limelight before lead guitarist Mick Ralphs left to join Bad Company.


Singer/songwriter Ian Hunter left an album or two later to launch a solo career with Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars guitar hero Mick Ronson; enjoying a string of hits including the original “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”


After struggling on as “Mott” for a time, the group disbanded in the late 1970s.


They’ve reunited a few times since then over the decades. And this fall, as the band undertook their first UK tour in years, Ian Hunter showed he still has it, cutting a lean figure that still just about measures up to the swaggering, rock god image he established in the band’s heyday.


The rest of Mott the Hoople have not quite fared as well in terms of maintaining their former rock god looks. But they still play and sound deadly, with Ralphs in particular showing he’s still got the chops in this anthemic rendition of “Ballad of Mott the Hoople” from their London 02 Arena show in November.


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