Mott the Hoople Newcastle City Hall 20 September 1972

Mott the Hoople Newcastle City Hall 20 September 1972.
mott72b1972 was the year of the miners’ strike, three day week and power cuts. I remember being at two gigs during that period where the power went and the show had to be abandoned. The first was a Free concert at the City Hall, and the second was a Mott the Hoople show at the same venue. By process of elimination, I think it must have been this gig.
By late 1972, Mott were finally getting the success they deserved. The famous story, chronicled in the Ballad of Mott describes how they split up on March 26 1972 only to be rescued by David Bowie who initially offered them Suffragette City as a single. Bowie then specially wrote All the Dudes for them and it reached No.3 later in 1972. Dudes had been in the charts by the time the guys returned to the City Hall for a concert on Wednesday, 20th September 1972. They had also released an album entitled “All the Young Dudes”, and the tour featured a lot of the new songs. Support for this tour came from the wonderful melodic rock band Home, fronted by Laurie Wisefield, who was soon to join Wishbone Ash. The Home songs “Baby Friend of Mine” and “Fancy Lady, Hollywood Child” are classics and were great favourites of mine at the time. mottsigned My recollection of this gig was that the power went a few songs into Mott’s set. The band tried to continue acoustically for a little, but the gig was eventually abandoned. They talked about returning to play the gig again, but I don’t think that happened, although they were soon back at the City Hall. The set list from the London show of the tour at the Rainbow theatre was: Jupiter Theme; Jerkin’ Crocus; Sucker; Hymn For The Dudes; Ready For Love / Afterlights; Sweet Jane; Sea Diver; Angeline; One Of The Boys; All The Young Dudes; Honky Tonk Women; Rock’n’Roll Queen; You Really Got Me. I’m pretty sure that Mott only performed the first few songs at Newcastle before the power went. This was the last time I was to see the original, and best, Mott the Hoople line-up. Verden (Phally) Allen was soon to leave, with Mick Ralphs not long also departing not long after him. I’ll blog on the next chapter of the band tomorrow. Thanks to John for the scan of his picture of the original band, which has been signed by Mick Ralphs.

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