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I goofed and may have missed the opportunity of seeing them in Chicago tonight. We flew up to New York for the Play It Loud exhibit at the MET. Managed to get the dates mixed up thinking they played Chicago this weekend.
The clips I saw were fantastic.
Palace Revolution 2000
I love Mott.
I was so hoping to see them do "Foxy Foxy".In the current set, I don't know why, but after Song 3 every song started to sound like the other. And I realized that nowadays Ian Hunter is better solo.
Not worth getting into a whole discussion about it because it should be a celebration thread of Mott but I think in the grand scheme of things obviously the Hall Of Fame is total shit but in a true Hall, Mott The Hoople are a fun band but not at the recognition level that the upper echelon get. Which again, isn't a criticism. I just think its what separates the really good bands from the truly great ones. I think a band like say Rush has a more impressive career than a band like Mott The Hoople and that counts for something. Ian Hunter is phenomenal and I don't think there's anyone like him. I'd argue the "only one maintaining besides Dylan" point, cause there are others at that advanced age that still do well, but yes, his solo work is excellent and the man is a rock legend through and through.
Yes, I thought the same thing seeing this show that its nothing like seeing the original band with Ralphs and Watts and Allen and Buffin. I mean THAT is Mott The Hoople, this so really isn't. But its what got brought to America so its what you have to settle with. I'd argue this is actually more FUN than the original band could muster, which is probably what America would prefer, but that obviously the original band is more authentic. They're the ones who wrote all that music. With this being the only real option at this point, I'm not disappointed, and I considered it "Mott The Hoople". But I know that in truth the only real Mott shows since the breakup were the England ones in 09 then 13 or whatever the two years were.