Gloryoski! We just got the word that a second leg of Mott ’74 US tour dates has been announced for this fall with another ten dates taking the band down the East Coast, through the Southwest, and up the West Coast in October-November. As earlier, the emphasis will be on the 1974 setlist, with “The Hoople” album figuring prominently along with as many Mott classics as they can fit into a comfy 1:45 show. It’s a real treat having the band share this legacy of excellent rock music with us 45 years after their last US tour of 1974.
I tend to devalue “rock music,” but Ian Hunter has always been a writer at the head of the pack with both a surplus of empathy and an incisive artistic vision that has not dated. I was unexpectedly moved by the strains of hearing “All The Way To Memphis” live and that’s not even my favorite Mott song. Though Ian turned 80 on June 3rd, he’s still fully capable of holding a rock show in the palm of his hand. If you’ve ever enjoyed Mott The Hoople, by all means make the effort. I guarantee it won’t be happening again in another 45 years.
MOTT THE HOOPLE | Mott The Hoople ’74 | US Tour 2019 – Leg 2
21 Oct — Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
22 Oct — Washington DC @ Warner Theatre
24 Oct — Atlanta @ Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
26 Oct — Nashville @ War Memorial Auditorium
28 Oct — Dallas @ Majestic Theatre
29 Oct — Austin @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
31 Oct — Scottsdale, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
01 Nov — Los Angeles @ Orpheum Theatre
03 Nov — Oakland @ Fox Theater
05 Nov — Portland @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06 Nov — Seattle @ Moore Theatre
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I just bought my ticket for the Portland show. This is dream come true time for me! Much as I love the Mott album, I have always preferred The Hoople, so this just couldn’t get any better.
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Mark Moerman – I thought of you when I saw those dates, laddie. You will have a spectacular time! I’m with you there, on the power of “The Hoople.” I wonder who the opening act will be? Hopefully, you might enjoy yours. Man, I wish The Suburbs had opened for their whole spring tour!
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Mott will be the opening act. HAH!
Mark Moerman – I was just thinking of you getting to see Mott The Hoople ’74 and day now and I ambled order ianhunter.com to read about the dates and saw the terrible news. In September, Ian Hunter had developed tinnitus and his doctors absolutely forbade and performance, so the entire tour was scuttled. Ian is unsure whether it will go away as it had in the past [so far it hasn’t], but it’s stuck around for much longer than any previous bouts with less than 80 year old ears. His last performance to date was his 80th birthday residency in June at his local City Winery, and he’s coming to grips with the notion of those as his curtain call if it came to that. Phew! Well, he had a great run if it’s over. I can’t believe that I managed to finally see him [in a Mott set!] so close to the end of his performing career if that’s the end of it. I’m bummed out that you are missing this great tour but I’m guessing that even if it did recede that playing shows would still be a bad idea.