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Mott The Hoople's Live 2013 CD and DVD set has been issued by Concert Live. The three disc set includes audio and video from Mott The Hoople's show at the O2 Apollo in Manchester from 17 November 2013.
Mott The Hoople has opened a new Online Store.
In conjunction with the recent reunion tour, Concert Live has issued a limited edition Mott The Hoople coffee table book entitled We've Got a Great Future Behind Us. The book is numbered, signed by all five original members, and comes in a presentation box with a special limited edition DVD. It is crammed with hundreds of rare photographs and images.
Mott The Hoople were honored for their Outstanding Contribution at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards at the Roundhouse in London on 14 Nov 2013.
Mott The Hoople returned to the UK in November 2013 for five dates: 11 Nov 2013 Birmingham Symphony; 13 Nov 2013 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium; 16 Nov 2013 Newcastle City Hall; 17 Nov 2013 Manchester O2 Apollo; and 18 Nov 2013 London O2 Arena. A live CD and DVD from the tour are planned.
The Ballad of Mott The Hoople documentary will be screened at the Southend On Sea Film Festival on 29 April 2011 at 8:30 PM in the Palace Theatre. Tickets are just ˙3. The screening will be introduced by co-director Chris Hall and local music writer and DJ Daryl Easlea. 'This remarkable documentary presents the story of this iconic bandĂs 2009 reunion concerts with passion and affection. Archive footage shows the band in their 70s pomp, with hits such as 'All the Young Dudes', 'Roll Away the Stone' and 'All the Way From Memphis' showing what a singular band they were.'
The Ballad of Mott The Hoople documentary will be shown at the Chicago International Music & Movies Festival (CIMM) in April 2011. It will be screened only once, on 16 April at Heaven, 1550 North Milwaukee at 4 PM.
The Ballad of Mott The Hoople documentary will be show at the Borderlines Film Festival in Hereford, England in March 2011. It will be screened twice, once on 25 March and again on 28 March at the Main House of the Courtyard Centre for the Arts.
Live In Sweden 1971 is a vinyl album from Germany (Sireena 4006) and consists of Mott The Hoople's 1971.02.16 live concert recorded at Konserthuset, Stockholm Sweden. The LP was licensed from Angel Air Records, and the tracks were all originally released on the Stockholm To Philadelphia CD.
The Ballad of Mott The Hoople, the long awaited documentary film from Start Productions, premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2010. It was screened on three dates at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London: Sat 16 Oct 21:00 (NFT1), Mon 18 Oct 15:30 (NFT1), and Tue 19 Oct 19:00 (Studio). Ian, Mick, Verden, Luther, Diane Stevens, and Jimmy Page were all in attendance.
Mott The Hoople were recognized by Nordoff Robbins with the Tartan Clef Legend Award, in a ceremony on 27 Nov 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, and Martin Chambers were there to receive the award, and performed two songs with Joe Elliott's Down n' Outz.
Mott The Hoople were recognized by Classic Rock magazine with the 2009 Comeback of the Year award. Mick Ralphs and Martin Chambers were in attendance at the event, and Ian Hunter made an appearance through a videotaped segment
ConcertLive recorded Mott The Hoople's reunion show at the Hammersmith Apollo on 01 Oct 2010, and issued it as a three-disc live CD which was available on the night as well as from the ConcertLive website. The set features a two-disc live show, plus a third bonus CD of interviews and backstage phtos and video.
Mott The Hoople at last confirmed long-standing rumors of a reunion. They played five shows at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London on 1,2,3,5 &6 October, 2009. This was the first time that the original lineup of Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, and Overend Watts had performed in over 35 years. The group also played two warmup gigs at the Blake Theater in Monmouth, Wales on 25-26 September. Martin Chambers played drums for most of the set, with Buffin only joining in for the encores due to health reasons.
Mott The Hoople were featured with a 6-page 'Comeback Special' cover story in the September issue of Classic Rock magazine (UK). 'One Of The Boys' appears on the free CD that came with the issue.
Mott The Hoople were added to the Mojo Magazine Hall of Fame at the 2009 ceremony unveiling the Mojo Honours List, held at the Brewery in London on 11 June 2009. The band were inducted by Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, one of the group's most prominent fans. In addition to Mott The Hoople, The Zombies' Odessey And Oracle took home the Classic Album Award, Phil Lynott received the Icon Award, and Yoko Ono received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
On 25 March 2009, Sony in the UK issued a Mott The Hoople 5-CD set, consisting of all five Mott The Hoople and Mott studio CDs (Dudes, Mott, The Hoople, Drive On and Shouting and Pointing).
The May 2009 issue of Mojo Magazine (UK) has a 12-page Mott The Hoople feature article, written by former fan club president and Zig Zag editor Kris Needs. The issue comes with a free CD that includes a Mott The Hoople track.
On 25 March 2009, Sony in Japan released a limited edition Blu-Spec CD of All The Young Dudes. Blu-Spec a new audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players.
Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter: The Golden Age 1969 - 1997 is a new 2009 Australian 2 CD compilation album from Raven Records (RVCD295). The first disc features 11 Mott The Hoople tracks from the Island and CBS years, and the second disc features 7 Ian Hunter tracks from Ian Hunter through Artful Dodger.
Start Productions in the UK are working on a Mott The Hoople documentary film, similar to their recent film about the band Love (Love Story). It is tentatively scheduled for a 2009 release. Click here for more information.
On 4 Aug 2008 Angel Air releases In Performance 1970-1974, a four-disc boxed set of live material with a 48 page booklet. The box is a hardcover clamshell (similar to the Sony All The Young Dudes boxed set from 1998. The booklet has liner notes by Keith Smith, and is crammed with rare photos supplied by the band members. The live material is a repackaging of three previous Angel Air releases. Disc One contains the Fairfield Halls Croydon 1970 disc, plus the Konserthuset Stockholm 1971 concert. Disc Two has the Tower Theater Philadelphia 1972 show. Discs three and four contain the Two Miles From Live Heaven, with live material 1973 and 1974, as well as various demos and live tracks dating as early as 1969. The set is limited to 2000 copies.
Shout! have scheduled a 2 CD retrospective of Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter for August 2008. Old Records Never Die is a comprehensive set covering everything from Mott The Hoople's debut to Ian Hunter's latest album, Shrunken Heads. Teh first disc is dedicated to Mott The Hoople and contains a nice overview of their Island and CBS years. The second disc is devoted to Hunter, and manages to hitevery album except . The 16 page booklet contains a few unpublished photos, and excellent liner notes by former Creem editor and current mojo correspondent Ben Edmonds. The label was started by ex-employees of Rhino Records and are known for quality releases.
A new live Mott The Hoople CD was issued by Angel Air on 1 Oct 2007. Fairfield Halls Live 1970 (UK Angel Air SJPCD 250), finally makes available the legendary 13 Sep 1970 show by Mott The Hoople at Fairfield Halls in Croydon UK, which was recorded for a live album at the time, but only one track was ever issued (Keep A' Knockin' on Wildlife). The disc is filled out with the previously-issued 16 Feb 1971 show recorded in Stockholm Sweden.
Three new Mott The Hoople compilations were issued toward the end of 2007. Super Hits is a USA re-package of the 1997 title of the same name, with a new cover. All The Young Dudes - Their Best is a single-disc compilation from Holland, with tracks culled from the A Tale of Two Cities album. Finally, All The Young Dudes - Demos and Live '71-'74 is a 12 inch red vinyl album issued by Cleopatra, containing tracks licensed from Angel Air.
The latest in the MVD Under Review series will hit stores on 24 April 2007, and includes a DVD documentary about Mott The Hoople. 'Mott The Hoople - Under Review is a 90-minute documentary film charting the career and music of one of Rock musics most influential yet all too often neglected bands. Despite being championed by many of modern cultures coolest names - from David Bowie and Morrissey to the Clash and the Sex Pistols (not forgetting Barry Manilow covering an Ian Hunter tune!) - until now, this extraordinary group has rarely had the recognition it deserves. Features review, commentary, critique and insight from: Morgan Fisher - the man behind the unique keyboard sound that the band achieved; Mick Jones - Clash guitarist/co-songwriter, and many more.'
The Journey A Retrospective of Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter is a new compilation issued by Sony UK on 13 Nov 2006. The 3xCD digipack release will include tracks covering the entire career of Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter, from Mott The Hoople's self-titled debut through Ian Hunter's 2001 album Rant. The set will inclyude three previously unreleased Ian Hunter tracks: I'm in Awe, Avalanche, and Morons (alternate version).
Ten Mott The Hoople CDs have been issued in Japan in July 2006, all featuring card sleeves and bonus tracks. Universal has issued Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife, Brain Capers, and Two Miles From Heaven. These five discs are also available as a promo box set designated Mott The Hooople Volume 1. Sony has issued All The Young Dudes, Mott, The Hoople, Live,(the 2 CD version) and Greatest Hits. These five titles are also available as a promo box set, designated Mott The Hoople Volume 2. All the bonus tracks are previously released.
A new live Mott The Hoople CD was issued by Angel Air on 3 July 2006. Live Fillmore West, San Francisco (UK Angel Air SJPCD 226), combines 1970 and 1971 recordings at the legendary venue with a previously unreleased studio track, Wreck of the Liberty Belle. Track List: Angel Of Eighth Avenue, It'll Be Me, Walkin' With A Mountain, Whiskey Woman, Darkness Darkness, No Wheels To Ride, Rock'n'Roll Queen, At The Crossroads, Keep a' Knockin', Thunderbuck Ram, Laugh At Me, You Really Got Me, and Wreck Of The Liberty Belle.
Columbia/Legacy in the USA have issued remastered versions of All The Young Dudes and Mott, each with a handful of bonus tracks. Many of the bonus tracks are new to the USA, but all have been previously issued on CD in the UK.Sony in the UK has reissued The Hoople with seven bonus tracks.
Angel Air released a new 2xCD release called Family Anthology on 4 July 2005, which despite the familiar-sounding title contains many never-released songs. The release includes the unreleased Mott The Hoople demos Can You Sing The Song That I Sing and Chosen Road, new tracks by Verden Allen, Overend Watts, and Dale Griffin, a demo by Jon Best backed by The Silence, a track by The Buddies featuring Mick Ralphs, and others.
Cleopatra / Purple Pyramid issued a Mott The Hoople compilation CD on 10 May 2005 called Concert Anthology. The disc includes four studio demos as bonus tracks. The cover is a gatefold digipack, silver-embossed on textured black leatherette. A 24 page booklet with sleeve notes by Keith Smith slips into a pocket inside the cover.
In the Horse's Mouth column on his website, Ian Hunter has indicated that Sony is working on a DVD of Mott The Hoople material. He gives no indication of what might be included, but the band's promo films (All The Young Dudes, Honaloochie Boogie, Golden Age of Rock And Roll) and TV appearances (Top of the Pops, Disco 2, Don Kirschner, Midnight Special, In Concert, Beat Club) are likely candidates.
Sony Legacy (USA) are reportedly preparing reissue CDs of All The Young Dudes, Mott, and The Hoople with bonus tracks taken from the All The Young Dudes Anthology box set.
Wounded Bird (USA) have just reissued the first three Mott The Hoople albums (Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, and Wildlife) on CD. The disc are remastered but do not incude any bonus tracks. (Wounded Bird specializes in exact reissues of albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s.)
On 27 July 2004, Snapper released a Mott The Hoople compilation called Walkin' With The Hoople, a 2xCD repackaging of tracks from various live Angel Air releases. For completists only.
On 31 May 2004, Sony issued Mott The Hoople Live - 30th Anniversary Edition, a 2xCD expanded reissue of the original album. It's remastered, contains 13 previously unreleased tracks, and has new liner notes.
Angel Air in the UK reissued the first four Mott The Hoople albums on CD, beginning in September 2003. The discs are all remastered and include bonus tracks and all-new liner notes. Angel Air also reissued Two Miles From Heaven, a 1980 compilation of unreleased tracks that has never been issued on CD before.
On 20 Sep 2003, Sony issued a Mott The Hoople compilation CD called Mojo Presents. The disc has 17 tracks from the CBS/Columbia years: All The Young Dudes , Honaloochie Boogie , All The Way From Memphis , Alice , Hymn For The Dudes , Through The Looking Glass , Violence , Crash Street Kids , Pearl 'N' Roy (England) , Ballad Of Mott The Hoople , Ready For Love / After Lights , I Wish I Was Your Mother , The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll , Roll Away The Stone , Live Medley , Marionette , Saturday Gigs.
The 20 Sep 2003 edition of The Daily Mail came with a free CD called Rock Legends, which included Mott The Hoople's version of All The Young Dudes.
BBC Radio 4 has a new pop/rock quiz show called All The Way From Memphis, which uses the Mott The Hoople song as its theme.
A new compilation called The Best of Mott The Hoople is set to be released by Sony/Legacy on 15 April 2003. It will include 12 tracks from the CBS years, with liner notes by Ben Edmonds.
On 24 January 2003, Carlton Central TV broadcast a 30-minute Mott The Hoople documentary as part of their Rock Legends series. The show was hoted by Noddy Holder and featured interviews recorded last year with Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Dale Griffin, Verden Allen and Stan Tippins. It also featured excerpts from TV appearances and rare film shot by Morgan Fisher in 1974.
On 2 September 2002, Angel Air releases a live compilation album called Hoopling: The Best of Live (UK Angel Air SJPCD121), compiling tracks from the label's four live releases by the band.
After a long delay and many near misses, Absolute Analogue has finally accepted a pressing of their 180-gram audiophile vinyl pressing of the All The Young Dudes LP. The album is a numbered, limited edition that recreates the original UK album right down to the inner sleeve and label design. The album also includes a booklet with comments from the band members.
Sony in the UK has reissued a remastered version of the All The Young Dudes album in a new digipack sleeve.
In October 2001, the Mott The Hoople Appreciation Society published the fifth issue of the official Mott The Hoople magazine, Two Miles From Heaven. This issue contains exclusive interviews and comprehensive recent news, live reviews, new releases, and your letters. Contact TMFH at PO Box 14, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1EN, England.
On 15 Oct 2001, Angel Air released a live Mott The Hoople album entitled Two Miles From Live Heaven (UK Angel Air SJPCD099). This two-CD set includes live material from US tours in 1971, 1973, and 1974. It includes a 16 page booklet with rare photos and liner notes from Keith Smith. Previously unreleased bonus tracks include The Rebel and the The Ballad of Billy Joe.
In February 2001, the Mott The Hoople Appreciation Society published the fourth issue of the official Mott The Hoople magazine, Two Miles From Heaven. This issue contains exclusive interviews and comprehensive recent news, live reviews, new releases, and your letters. Contact TMFH at PO Box 14, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1EN, England.
The Angel Air website has now posted interviews with members of Mott The Hoople. The interviews are taken from Two Miles From Heaven, the band's official magazine. Check out the site at www.angelair.co.uk.
The official souvenir video from the First Annual Mott The Hoople Convention was released on 11 December 2000 (UK Jerkin' Crocus Promotions). It includes live footage and interviews with Convention performers.
On 3 July 2000, Angel Air released a live Mott The Hoople album entitled Rock and Roll Circus (UK Angel Air SJPCD061). The disc is a live concert by Mott The Hoople recorded at Wolverhampton Civic on 6 April 1972.
Verden Allen and his band, Flat Out, headlined the First Annual Mott The Hoople Convention at the Robin 2 in Bilston (UK) on 17 April 1999. Other performers included Steve Hyams and Ray Majors, John Fiddler, and a one-off covers band called Nott The Hoople. Although he was not officially part of the convention, Ian Hunter played two gigs at the club during the same weekend. Luther Grosvenor, Joe Elliott, Blue Weaver, and Verden Allen all turned up onstage during Ian's show on the 17th.
On 16 September 1998, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, and Blue Weaver made an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in London. They signed copies of the Sony box set, and Campbel Devine's authorized biography. Virgin had advertised a live performance by Hunter, Ralphs, and Allen, but it never materialized. See the Virgin In-Store Appearance page for more details.
The long-awaited Mott The Hoople box set, All The Young Dudes - The Anthology, was finally released on 14 September 1998. This three-disc set contains dozens of rare and unreleased tracks, packaged in a beautiful box with a full-color booklet.
Campbell Devine's ambitious authorized biography of Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter, All The Young Dudes - The Biography was published in September 1998 by Cherry Red Books. The 400+ page book also includes a discography, sessionography, tour date list, and rare photographs. Special forewords were written by Joe Elliott and Brian May.