The Mountain of Mott the Hoople ‘74 (aka MTH74) gave all the dudes and dudettes what they wanted…. and then some…. on April 1 in Milwaukee and April 3 in Chicago.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARTY PEREZ
For MTH74’s eight date run, The Rant Band helped Ian Hunter make this, the first US Mott the Hoople get together, a true special event. The tour’s been welcomed with open arms and hearts by many faithful Mott fans (a most loyal lot, by the way.)
Many of these fans are back to see Mott because they’d sold their tickets after Queen, the 1974 opener, left the tour—either disappointed at the thought of Aerosmith and Kansas as openers, dates being changed, or figured they’d catch Mott on their next go around.
Ian’s Rant Band of James Mastro, Steve Holly, Mark Bosch, Paul Page, and Dennis Dibrizzi made this outing possible, having backed Ian since 2015. They’re the solid foundation which allows the three original ’74 veteran Hooples—Hunter, Morgan Fisher, and the mad wiz kid, Aerial Bender—to color and embellish the ’74 repertoire to its fullest potential.
Impeccable song selection and presentation kept show energetic, buoyant, and seemingly spontaneous.
To all: thanks for getting the band back onto the bus and back on the road; it meant a lot to us dudes and dudettes…