UK rockers Mott The Hoople are crossing the pond for the first time since their 1974 tour and are bringing their core line-up with them.
Dubbing this run of dates, Mott The Hoople ’74, two former members will be returning to the fold for this tour including guitarist Ariel Bender, who hasn’t played with the band since 74 and keyboardist Morgan Fisher, who didn’t perform in the band’s recent reunion tours.
The tour kicks off on 15 April in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Miller High Life Theatre and will span eight cities before wrapping up on 10 April at the Beacon Theater in New York.
Joining the band will be James Mastro on guitar, saxophone and mandolin, drummer Steve Holley, guitarist Mark Bosch, bassist Paul Page and keyboardist Dennis Dibrizzi.
Bender and Fisher were on hand this past summer when Mott The Hoople headlined The Ramblin Man’ Festival in the UK. Ahead of the shows, Ian Hunter shared his thoughts on the reunion in a statement:
“Both toured extensively with Mott and both were featured heavily of The Hoople album after Mick Ralphs and Verden Allen left the band,” Hunter said in a news release. “I know many people were disappointed when neither appeared on the 2009 and 2013 get-togethers. Hope this makes up for it!”
Later that fall, the group announced a career-spanning box set through Island records titled Mental Train, that collated all of their studio albums from 1969-1971.
Past reunion tours have seen significant changes in the band’s line-up due to a series of illnesses and personal tragedies. They toured in 2009 and 2013 but then suffered the loss of drummer Dale Griffin to Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and Pete Overend Watts in 2017. Guitarist Mick Ralphs also suffered a stroke in 2016 and hasn’t performed since.
This latest touring news offers a rare opportunity for US fans to see the band on American soil. Given their recent performance at Ramblin Man, playing everything from ‘Honaloochie Boogie’ to ‘The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and their biggest hit, a cover of David Bowie’s ‘All The Young Dudes’, expect a mix of classics and deep cuts when they hit the road this spring.
Visit the official artist page for tour details.
Mott The Hoople Tour Dates
April 1st – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
April 2nd – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 3rd –Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
April 5th – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
April 6th – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic
April 8th – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
April 9th – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
April 10th – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre