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NEWS - May 2013
Mott The Hoople Announce UK Tour Dates in November 2013!
The band will be returning to the UK in November 2013 for five dates only:
Mon 11th Nov 2013 – Birmingham, England – Symphony
Wed 13th Nov 2013 – Glasgow, Scotland – Clyde Auditorium
Sat 16th Nov 2013 – Newcastle, England – City Hall
Sun 17th Nov 2013 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
Mon 18th Nov 2013 – London, England – The O2
The shows will feature original members Verden Allen (keyboards/vocals), Ian Hunter (vocals/guitar / piano), Mick Ralphs (guitar/vocals) and Overend Watts (bass/vocals). Due to ill health, original drummer Dale Griffin will be substituted by Martin Chambers (The Pretenders).
All tickets are priced £40, except London, which is £45 – subject to booking fee and available through www.aeglive.co.uk. Tickets go on sale at 9am GMT Friday 26th April 2013.
More information at www.mottthehoople.com
NEWS - March 2013
THE GASOLINERS - "Walkin' With A Mountain"
A really cool version of "Walkin' With A Mountain" by the German band The Gasoliners was released in 2006. About halfweay the song seques into "Rock And Roll Queen". More info
MONTY WARREN & THE FRIGGING WHATEVERS - "Jerkin' Crocus"
Monty Warren's cover of "Jerkin' Crocus" was released in December 2012. He is backed by his band the Frigging Whatevers. Great name! More info
U.K.SUBS - "Angel Of Eight Avenue"
Still going strong, U.K.Subs released their 24th album on 06 February 2013. "XXIV" contains 14 killer electric tracks plus a bonus CD with 12 acoustic tracks, one of which is a cover of "Angel Of Eight Avenue". More info
ALGEBRA SUICIDE - "All The Young Dudes"
Algebra Suicide's live CD "Summer Virus Night" includes a version of "All The Young Dudes". The album was recorded in 1990 but not released until 2009. More info
NEWS - December 2012
GISLE BØRGE STYVE TRIO - "Irene Wilde"
"Irene Wilde" is one of nine cover versions on the new album "Here Right Now" by the Gisle Børge Trio from Norway, released in November 2012. More info
LIV MARIT WEDVIK - "All Of The Good Ones Are Taken"
Norwegian country-rock artist Liv Marit Wedvik recorded "All Of The Good Ones Are Taken" for her fifth album "Solid Ground", released in 2010. More info
MICKEY - "All The Young Dudes"
A 1972 cover version of "All The Young Dudes" by Mickey from Argentina has recently surfaced, bringing the total of ATYD cover versions to 77! More info
NEWS - October 2012
CASINO STEEL - "Past The Point Of No Return" - new CD and magazine!
The October 2012 edition of Norway Rock Magazine is dedicated to Casino Steel who is celebrating 40 years as an artist.
The magazine also comes with a free 19 track compilation CD (pictured right) covering Casino Steel's career from 1973 - 2012, including collaborations with Ian Hunter ("My Revolution") and Mick Ronson ("Heroine").
WILLE AHNBERG - "3000 Miles From Here"
For his second solo album "Ett Uns Nåd", released in May 2012, long time Ian Hunter fan Wille Ahnberg has recorded a Swedish language version of "3000 Miles From Here" entitled "Tre Ljusår Härifrån". The album was produced by Sven Lindvall. More info
JULIANA HATFIELD - "Ready For Love"
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield recorded "Ready For Love" on her new covers album, "Juliana Hatfield" in August 2012. More info
Classic Rock Magazine with free CD featuring "When I'm President" by Ian Hunter!
The "Fresh Fruit" covermount CD included with the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, dated October 2012 (available in the UK from 12 September 2012), features "When I'm President" from Ian's latest album. The 15 track album also includes new material from Rival Sons, Dinosaur Jr, Richie Sambora and others. More info
NEWS - September 2012
IAN HUNTER - "When I'm President" - new CD!
Ian Hunter's new album "When I'm President" was released on 3 Sep 2012 by Proper Records in England/EU, Slimstyle in USA and Universal in Norway. According to the press release, the new album has eleven Hunter originals include such infectious, personally charged numbers as the wry, socially conscious title track, the gently introspective 'Fatally Flawed' the bittersweet ballad 'Black Tears,' the chugging rocker 'Wild Bunch,' the swaggering 'I Don't Know What You Want' (which features a guest vocal by Hunter's son Jesse) and the vivid, haunting 'Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)' — all of which showcase the jagged immediacy of Hunter's one-of-a-kind voice and the punchy authority of his longstanding all-star backup combo the Rant Band. More info
IAN HUNTER - "From the Knees of My Heart - The Chrysalis Years 1979-1981" - new box set!
Due for release on 22 Oct 2012 by EMI/Chrysalis is this 4CD box set which documents Ian's time with Chrysalis label from 1979 to 1981. As well as the three Chrysalis albums "Your Never Alone With A schizophrenic", "Short Back 'n Sides" and "Welcome To The Club", there's some previously unreleased stuff - some outtakes, live at Dr Pepper, plus some tracks from the "Long Odds and Outtakes" CD. Definitely not one to be missed! More info
NEWS - May 2012
MEDICINE HEAD - new CD re-issues!
"Heavy On The Drum" and "Dark Side Of The Moon", the second and third Medicine Head albums respectively, have been re-issued by Talking Elephant Records in UK. They have previously only been available as Japanese imports. More info
STEVE HOGARTH - "All The Young Dudes"
Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth recorded a live version of "All The Young Dudes" in Gibraltar back in 2006. The complete Gibraltar show was released three years later, available as mp3 and FLAC downloads from his website. More info
NEWS - April 2012
TRACIE HUNTER - "3000 Miles From Here"
Tracie's version of "3000 Miles From Here" are included on her new album "Vasilisa". A pre-release edition was first sold at gigs in September 2011, and is now available to order from Tracie's website. The album also includes "Junkman", a duet with Joe Elliott (plus Ian Hunter on backing vocals). More info
STEVE HOGARTH - "All The Young Dudes"
Marillion frontman Steve Hogarth recorded a live version of "All The Young Dudes" in Gibraltar back in 2006. The complete Gibraltar show was released three years later, as mp3 and FLAC downloads from his website. More info
NEWS - July 2011
LUTHER GROSVENOR - "If You Dare" - new album!
Angel Air released Luther's third solo album "If You Dare" in June 2011 (Angel Air SJPCD360). This time around Luther has recorded the album with his mates in the Ariel Bender Band. More info
TRACIE HUNTER - "Junkman" - new mp3 single featuring Ian Hunter!
Tracie Hunter has recorded "Junkman" as a duet with Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, plus Ian Hunter on backing vocals. The song was originally recorded by Genya Ravan and Ian Hunter in 1979. "Junkman" is the first (digital) single from Tracie's forthcoming album "Vasilia" and it also features Phil Collen on guitar. More info
BAD COMPANY - "Live At Wembley" - new CD/DVD/Blu-Ray!
Bad Company's concert at London's Wembley Arena from April 2010 is now available on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray. Three of Bad Company's 2010 UK shows and eight from USA are also available as official bootlegs from 'Concert Live' and 'Abbey Road Live', respectively. More info DVD | More info CDs
'Concert Live' still have the Hammersmith Apollo shows by Mott The Hoople (October 2009) and Paul Rodgers with Mick Ralphs (November 2009) available.
SIMON KIRKE - "Filling The Void" - new CD featuring Mick Ralphs!
Simon Kirke invited Mick Ralphs and other friends to play on his first studio album proper, "Filling The Void", released by Megaforce Records on 21 Jun 2011. More info
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - "All The Young Dudes"
A covers band called 'Saturday Night At The Movies' have recorded versions of songs from two Ricky Gervais movies, "The Invention Of Lying" and "Cemetary Junction". The latter movie originally featured David Bowie's version of "All The Young Dudes". More info
THE WINTER OLYMPICS - "The Great Outdoors" - mp3 only single!
Luther Grosvenor plays lead guitar on "The Great Outdoors", the third mp3 only single by The Winter Olympics. The band has also made a video of the song available on YouTube, filmed in the studio when Luther recorded his solo! More info
NEWS - March 2011
BOX OF FROGS - re-issue CDs with bonus tracks!
Cherry Red specialist label Esoteric Recordings issued remastered editions "Box Of Frogs" (Esoteric ECLEC2253) and "Strange Land" (Esoteric ECLEC2254) on 28 Feb 2011. The band comprised former Yardbirds members Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith and Jim McCarty who were joined by former Medicine Head and British Lions guitarist and vocalist John Fiddler. Three single B-sides have been added as bonus tracks: "X-Tracks", "Nine Lives" and "I Keep Calling". Sadly "20/20 Vision" which is only available on the USA cassette etition of "Strange Land" are not included. More info
HUGO & LUIGI - "Rockabilly Party" inspired "Roll Away The Stone"!
The spoken dialogue found in "Roll Away The Stone" was first used in the song "Rockabilly Party", recorded by Hugo (Peretti) & Luigi (Creatore) in 1957. The first verse of the song has the boy/girl dialogue of 'Theres a Rockabilly party on saturday night / are you gonna be there, etc etc', and the second verse is just a listing of all the artists they plan to play at the party. Ian Hunter's spoken word lyric is almost word for word identical to Hugo & Luigi's version! More info
NIGEL BENJAMIN - "In The Absence Of God" - new solo album!
Nigel Benjamin has finally completed his new solo album "In The Absence Of God" after nearly two years in the making. I don't know when a CD edition will be available, but Nigel has made the full album available for online streaming. More info
MEDICINE HEAD - more 70s BBC transcrition discs discovered!
The following radio shows LPs have been added to the archive: "Pick Of The Pops For Your DJ #341" (1971), Pick Of The Pops For Your DJ #363" (1971), "Top Of The Pops #459" (1973) and "Top Of The Pops #532" (1975). More info
ROBERT HART: XBAD COMPANY - "Live In Concert at Hampton Beach" - mp3 only album!
A previously unreleased Bad Company live recording from 21 July 1995 have just been released as a digital only download. But the concert from the "Company Of Strangers" tour is wrongly credited to Robert Hart's XBad Company, and "...was recorded in August 2007, giving all fans the chance to hear XBad Company rock their way through a set full of Bad Company classics". More info
NEWS - January 2011
WAVEGROUP | BETTY BLUE - "All The Young Dudes"
Betty Blue from Holland covered "All The Young Dudes" for a live album in 1997 and WaveGroup supplied the version that features on the "Guitar Hero : Aerosmith" music video game from 2008, now available for download from iTunes and Amazon. More info
IAN HUNTER - "Long Odds & Out-Takes" - mp3 only album!
The bonus CD from the 1994 re-issue of Ian Hunter's 1981 album "Short Back N' Sides" was made available as a digital download album in June 2006. What's more, it is still available for download! More info
GEORGA - "Roll Away The Stone"
The Swedish one-man band Georga released a 2CD set called "Primary Rock Street" on his own label in June 2009 and "Roll Away The Stone" is one of many covers included. Georga aka George Gustafsson was a former member of the punk-popers 23Till. More info
SISTERS EUCLID feat. Sandy Dillon & Ray Majors - "96 Tears" CD!
Sisters Euclid from Toronto recorded an album with support by Sandy Dillon and Ray Majors in Bremen in late November 2006, but it's release was delayed until 2010, when German label Tradition & Moderne finally issued it! The album is called "96 Tears" and both Ray and Sandy are credited on the cover, and rightly so, because they both feature heavily on the album. More info
MEDICINE HEAD transcription disc update!
I have added 15 transcription discs featuring Medicine Head songs. I still need copies of most of them for my collection. Get in touch if you can help out. Some have sold for more than £200 on eBay! More info
JOHN FIDDLER - "You Can Be In My Dream" - new CD!
Released in October 2010, "You Can Be In My Dream" is a limited edition of 100 signed copies exclusive to the www.john-fiddler.com website. The 10-track CD has a recording of a show John played 06 June 2009 at a place called "Fiddler's Dream" in Phoenix, Arizona. More info
NEWS - December 2010
"All The Young Dudes" cover version update!
I have completely revamped the "All The Young Dudes" cover version discography, and added 25 or so newly discovered covers! The index now have details of 72 different versions released on vinyl, compact disc, or available only as digital mp3 downloads from official band websites. The latest version was released on 25 December 2010 by Italian glam rockers ZAP. More info
KRELL - "Ready For Love"
Two new cover versions of "Ready For Love" have been discovered. Krell from Los Angeles recorded the song in 2001 and the Austrian band Dr. Kurt Ostbahn und Die Chefpartie released a German language version in 1993. More info
LES GOSSES - "Thunderbuck Ram"
A 1971 recording of "Thunderbuck Ram" by Holland band Les Gosses probably qualify as the first ever Mott The Hoople cover version, and also one of the rarest. Their self titled album (pictured right) was only sold at concerts in 1971 and apparently no more than 270 copies were pressed!
Two other covers of "Thunderbuck Ram" have also turned up, by Iron Maiden (recorded 1972) and Temple Lock (recorded 2007). More info
MOTT THE HOOPLE - "Live In Sweden 1971" - new LP!
Sireena Records in Germany have just released the Mott The Hoople vinyl only album "Live In Stockholm 1971". The album includes six songs from the bands concert in Stockholm, Sweden on 16 February 1971, previously available on numerous Angel Air releases. More info
EUGENE - "Waterlow"
Italian artist Eugene recorded a cover of Nomadi's 1971 composition "Suoni" for an Italian only compilation CD in 2007. "Suoni" and "Waterlow" share the same melody and structure, they were both released in 1971, so to me it is obvious one is copying the other - but I don't know who! More info
LONDON - 1980 demos featuring Nigel Benjamin!
Nigel Benjamin recorded some demos with the band London in Los Angeles in 1980. They were released on the 1999 album "London Daze" by Spiders & Snakes (now deleted), but they have since been added to the Japanese edition of Spiders & Snakes' "Hollywood Ghosts" CD from 2006! More info
JOE ELLIOTT'S DOWN 'N OUTZ - exclusive 14 track digital download editions!
"ReGeneration", the Ian Hunter - Mott - British Lions covers album by Joe Elliott's Down 'n Outz is available from Amazon with a live version of "Shouting And Pointing" (Mott) which is not available on the CD editions. On iTunes, the extra bonus track is a live version of "Golden Opportunity" (Ian Hunter). More info
NEWS - November 2010
MOTT THE HOOPLE - "The Collection" - new CD!
Camden Records released the 17 track Mott The Hoople compilation "The Collection" on 22 October 2010. The title is a bit misleading since four Mott tracks are included ("Stiff Upper Lip", "Monte Carlo", "Good Times", and "Storm") - the rest are a fine mix of album and single cuts. More info
MOTT THE HOOPLE - four new digital download only albums!
Mainman have licenced their Mott The Hoople catalogue to online vedors such as iTunes, Amazon, and others - and four 'new' download only albums have recently been released in their 'Legit Bootleg Series': "In Concert", "An Introduction", "Philadelphia Featuring David Bowie", and "Stockholm" (pictured right). They may look like new releases, but the material on these digital albums are still available on CDs released by Angel Air, with different titles and artwork. More info
JOHN PHILLIPS - "Many Mamas, Many Papas" - new CD featuring Mick Ronson!
The latest album in 'Papa John Phillips Presents' series of releases on Varese Sarabande, "Many Mamas, Many Papas" has the four previously unreleased studio recordings featuring Mick Ronson from the then newly reformed 'The Mamas And The Papas' circa 1981 included in the set. More info
"The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll" - two new cover versions added!
Details of a 1983 live recording by former Bay City Rollers members Ian Mitchell and Pat McGlynn (from their album "Live in Yokohama"), and Def Leppard's 2006 studio version from their "Yeah!" album have been added. More info
Other cover versions recently added to the Mott Archive:
- Cobra Verde - Rock And Roll Queen (2005)
- Taboo Blue - Walking With A Mountain (1998)
- Swedish Erotica - Roll Away The Stone (2005)
- South Filthy - The Original Mixed-Up Kid (2006)
- The Tennessee Tearjerkers - The Original Mixed-Up Kid (2006)
- Buffalo - Roll Away The Stone (1980)
- Phillips & Driver - Ready For Love (2003
- Damien Youth - Trudi's Song (2000)
- Mott - Rock And Roll Queen / Violence / All The Way From Memphis (1975)
- Phil Hendriks - Momma's Little Jewel (2005)
MOTT THE HOOPLE - "Honaloochie Boogie / Rose" art sleeve!
A Mott The Hoople fan has transformed photographer Sally Mann's 1989 portrait "Candy cigarette" into a great 2010 style picture sleeve, capturing the essence of the song "Rose". He concludes that "Let's have a thought for all the Rose throughout the world and the decades that lost their youth and their life in this awful dope cul-de-sac". The original print (without any text) is available from various art dealers on the internet.
BRIAN HOWE - "Circus Bar" - new CD!
Former Bad Company vocalist Brian Howe has just released his third solo album. "Circus Bar" (Frontier Records FR CD 450) contains 13 tracks, including remakes of two of his biggest Bad Company hits, "How About That" and "Holy Water".
BRITISH LIONS - "Live At The Old Waldorf, San Francisco 1978" - new CD!
Angel Air have just released a new live album by British Lions. Their concert at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco in 1978 was recorded shortly before the band returned to the UK to start working on their second album "Trouble With Women". More info
NEWS - October 2010
DOLLY MIXTURE - "Foxy Foxy" update!
On 05 July 2010, Rough Trade Records released a 3CD Dolly Mixture box set called "Everything And More". The 56 song set includes the "Demonstration Tapes" album from 1984, all singles A and B sides plus a disc of previously unreleased demos and live recordings from 1978-1984. Credible sources have stated for years that their demo of "Foxy Foxy" was included on the aforementioned "Demonstration Tapes" album, a limited low budget release issued on the band's own label. Having searched for this album for years to no avail myself, now this new box set comes along to tell me that "Foxy Foxy" never was on the "Demonstration Tapes" album in the first place! At least I saved some money!
"The Trybe Play Mott The Hoople And Others" - mp3 only albums!
Two new mp3 download albums have recently popped up at online vendors - "The Trybe Play Mott The Hoople And Others" (pictured right) and "The Trybe Perform Mott The Hoople". These recordings were first released by K-Tel in 1996, who wrongly claimed that they were new recordings made by Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, recorded shortly before Mick's death! More info
Recent updates to the Mott Archive:
- added the Japanese Mott The Hoople tribute album "Moth Poet Hotel" from 1996. More info
- updated the index of budget cover versions albums from the early 70s. More info
"Rock And Roll Queen" - four new cover versions added!
Details of covers by The...Vers, The Glorias, Trash Mavericks and Survivor have been added along with the following new cover versions:
- "The Original Mix-Up Kid" by Harvest and Carbon/Silicon
- "All The Way From Memphis" by Nada Surf and Shark Island
- "One Of The Boys" by Paul Westerberg, The Replacements, TKO
- "I Wish I Was Your Mother" by Surf Guitar Villains
- "Ready For Love" by Gunhill and Pat Travers
- "Roll Away The Stone" by Zero
MEDICINE HEAD - "Radio Sessions 1971 - 1977" - new CD!
Angel Air Records released "Radio Sessions 1971 - 1977" back in March 2010. This 17 track album was compiled by John Fiddler and comes from numerous radio sessions and different band line-ups in the period 1971 to 1977. More info
Other Medicine Head news! John Fiddler has written, performed, recorded and produced a new song called "Free" which is available now to download from all download stores including iTunes, Amazon, Emusic etc! The song is credited to Medicine Head and is only available digitally. More info