Mott the Hoople 74 – First Avenue – Minneapolis MN – April 2nd 2019

89.3 The Current and First Avenue present Mott the Hoople 74.

The last time Mott the Hoople was here was at the Guthrie Theater in 1971. I was 2 years old. Obviously I was not at this show, but I was tonight.

The Suburbs had a short set to open the show playing some new songs from their latest release Hey Muse. We are used to a full rocking dancing set from these guys, but I’m sure they were stoked to open for Mott. I am sure there will be a headlining set soon enough. They had the packed First Avenue

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Mott the Hoople announced their first tour in 45 years. There were only 8 dates in the states and we get one, and only 6 in the UK. So this is a special treat tonight.

Ian came out and started to sing American Pie, as he got to The Day the music Died he just said, Or did it and went right into The Golden age of Rock N Roll. This is what tonight is all about the golden age of rock n roll. I have not been to a show that packed in a long time. This was an old school crowd. People talking about the Burbs, about the history of First Ave and when they first were here. I heard someone talk about how they were there when Joe Cocker played on opening night when it was The Depot. The night was just filled with history. A friend’s older brother did not get to go in 71 and was more than happy to be there. The merch booth had 2 long lines to get posters or shirts. The bars were packed. The atmosphere was fantastic.

The band had Ian Hunter on guitars and vocals( of course),Ariel Bender was ripping it up on guitar. He ran around like a 20 year old. His real name is Luther Grosvenor and has been with MOtt, Spooky Tooth, Stealers Wheel and Widowmaker. Morgan Fisher on keyboard was the last remaining original member on stage. We also had Paul Page on bass and Steve Holey on Drums. Also had sax but missed the guys name, sorry.  They played a set for the ages, Alice, Honaloochie Boogie, I Wish I was Your Mother, Velvet Underground’s Sweet Jane, All the Way From Memphis was a fan favorite, and a huge medly before the encore. The last song of course was All the Young Dudes. As I reflected on the show that’s what was on stage, All the Young Dudes.

It was a true celebration rock n roll tonight.

Review and photos by Kyle Hansen