Mott The Hoople – Live At The Santa Monica Civic – 1974 – Past Daily Backstage Weekend
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Mott the Hoople had been around for a while; one of the earliest signings of the then-fledgling Island Records in the UK. They were initially a hard-rock band with a good following in the UK, but not so much in the U.S. where they were licensed to Atlantic – it really wasn’t until their label change to Columbia (now-Sony) and their association with David Bowie and All The Young Dudes where the band took off and their fortunes changed dramatically.
1974 began a series of tours which firmly established the band’s reputation in the U.S. and it’s during one of those tours that Columbia Records hooked up with the then-powerhouse FM station KMET in Los Angeles to broadcast the show.
A great concert, marred by only one thing; Ian Hunter‘s voice was pretty shot from exhaustion by this time and he struggles on occasion to hit notes. But it’s one of the first concerts featuring their new guitarist Ariel Bender (aka: Luther Grosvenor) who was formerly with Spooky Tooth – replacing Mick Ralphs who went off to form Bad Company with another Island Records label mate, Paul Rogers from the newly defunct Free. More history in the making.
But it’s one of those concerts which put Mott The Hoople on the map as far as the rest of the world was concerned – and despite laryngitis, it’s a milestone. And I remember it very well.
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