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Ian Hunter & the Rant Band Tyne Theatre 11 Oct 2010

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band Newcastle Tyne Theatre 11 Oct 2010
The Tyne Theatre was pretty full downstairs for Ian Hunter, with the circle around half full. Most of the audience seemed long time fans, sporting t-shirts from his many tours, with many Mott the Hoople at Hammersmith shirts on show.
Most of the set was Ian Hunter solo stuff, some of which I sort of recognised. But as we got to the end we got the real favourites: Walking with a Mountain, Sweet Jane, All the Way from Memphis, Roll Away the Stone, Saturday Gigs (we all sang along) and All the Young Dudes.
Setlist (something like): Sea Diver; Life After Death; Cleveland Rocks; Dancing on the Moon; Shallow Crystals; Irene Wilde; Arms and Legs; Flowers; Rain; River of Tears; Man Overboard; Wash Us Away; Walking With a Mountain; Michael Picasso; Sweet Jane
Encore: Somewhere; All the Way From Memphis; Boy
Encore 2: Roll Away the Stone; The Saturday Gigs ; All the Young Dudes

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Mott the Hoople Hammersmith Apollo Friday 2 October

Mott the Hoople London Hammersmith Apollo Friday 2 October 2009

Its 7am and I’m on the train back to Newcastle, still not quite over how good last night was.

So there I was in Hammersmith, along with fellow fans who have come from all over the world to see something that we all thought we would never see; the original Mott the Hoople on stage together again. I’ve waited a long time for this; its 35 years since I stood in a muddy field in Buxton and watched them headline the first night of a pretty grim festival, and play what was to be one of their last UK gigs. Last night I was in a somewhat more comfortable spot in the fifth row of the stalls; waiting to see a band who gave me some great nights in my youth.

Mott don’t get the respect they deserve. When I told people that I was going to see the reunion; most could only recall All the Young Dudes. But in their day there was much much more to Mott than that. Before they had the hits and became some sort of pop glam band, they were one of THE live acts on the circuit. Mott the Hoople in the early 70s were wild, heavy, funny and loud and Ian Hunter and the rest of the band had a rapport and bond with the audience that was like no other. The 5 or 6 times I saw them are fast becoming faint memories, but I do remember just how good they were. So when tickets went on sale earlier this year for this show, I just knew that I had to go along. I’ve been waiting ever since to see just how the band would rise to the challenge.

The support act was Gemma Ray who put up a fair show to a pretty empy hall. Everyone was waiting for the main act, and the bars and foyer were crammed with fans high in expectation. At around 8.45 a voice told us that “Mott the Hoople are in the house” and everyone was up on their feet from the very start. The lights went down and the band took the stage; this was the original early 70s line-up of the band: Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, (Pete) Overend Watts, and Verden Allen. Buffen, the original drummer, is not too well these days and his drum stool was covered by Martin Chambers (of the Pretenders and a long time friend of the band) during the main set with Buffin joining for the first encores.

The set was a mixture of album tracks from the first few lps and the hits. I’d read reports from the night before that the band weren’t fully together. Well last night they were on top form. Ian is amazing for a guy who is around 70 years old. His voice was strong and he sounded the same as ever, belting out the vocals and haveing some cheeky crack with the crowd. Pete Watts was clearly loving every minute of being back on stage, coming down to the front and playing to the crowd. Mick Raphs played well, although his voice was somewhat starined on Ready For Love. Verden’s keyboard sounded great; the swirling Leslie effect just the same as it was all those years ago. Martin Chambers couldn’t have done a better job at filling Buffin’s drum seat.

The crowd loved it. Everyone seemed to know every word of every song. Mick Jones of the Clash was in the row in front of me along with his mate Tony James; he had a big smile on his face. Last night was clearly bringing back some memories for him. Ian told us that Jimmy Page was also in the hall.

The moment that Buffin took the stage alongside Martin for Roll Away the Stone, Dudes and Keep a Knocking’ was particularly touching. He was clearly weak and was helped up into his kit. Once there however, he played well and the smiles across his face told us that he was delighted to be up there. After all it seems it was he and Verden who were behind making the reunion happen. Its wonderful how the band have handled Buffin’s health issues and made him part of the show.

Highlights for me were Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen, Wish I was your Mother, Mountain, Roll Away the Stone and All the Young Dudes. Actually all of the hits were great and we all sang our hearts out. It was all over too soon and I thought the crowd were never going to stop singing “Goodbuy” (or leave) after Saturday Gigs.

Hymn For The Dudes
Rock’n’Roll Queen
Sweet Jane
One Of The Boys
The Moon Upstairs
The Original Mixed Up Kid (Sit-down, acoustic)
I Wish I Was Your Mother (Sit-down, acoustic)
Ready For Love (Mick, lead vocal)
Born Late ’58 (Pete, lead vocal/lead guitar, Ian on bass)
Ballad Of Mott
Walking With A Mountain
The Journey (Ian takes to piano)
Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll (Stan, Tracie etc… on backing vox)
Honaloochie Boogie
All The Way From Memphis

Roll Away The Stone
All The Young Dudes
Keep A Knockin’

Saturday Gigs

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