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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.

Home in concert in the early 1970s

Home in concert in the early 1970s
home The band Home don’t get mentioned very often these days, but they were great live and on record. Home existed only for a short few years between 1970 and 1974, and toured quite a lot during that period. A few of my mates were big Wishbone Ash fans, and also got into Home around the time of their second album in 1972. I think they saw some similarities between the bands, and I think we also saw Home supporting Wishbone Ash at one point. One of them bought the new album (which was their second album) and we played and played it, trying to learn the guitar parts. Of course, we weren’t to know it at the time, but Home guitarist Laurie Wisefield was to go on to join Wishbone Ash in 1974 as replacement for Ted Turner. I saw Home in concert at least four times, and possibly more. I remember concerts at Sunderland Locarno, Sunderland Poly, and as support act for Mott the Hoople and for Wishbone Ash. Live the band had great songs written by singer and front man Mick Stubbs, strong harmonies, and exquisite guitar work from Laurie Wisefield. The programme here must have come from one of the gigs in Sunderland. Standout tracks for me at the time were: “Dreamer”; “Fancy Lady, Hollywood Child” and “Baby Friend of Mine” all of which feature on their second album. Their third and final album “The Alchemist” is often hailed as a progrock classic. From the progarchives site: “it was however the third album, “The Alchemist” which was the band’s masterpiece. This concept album is one of the forgotten gems of prog, telling a tale of supernatural events and the reaction of those placed in fear by them. Musically, the album sees the band taking an enormous leap forward.” Drummer Mick Cook went on to join the Groundhogs, and bass player Cliff Williams went on to john AC/DC and remains with them until this day. Mick Stubbs and Mick Cook have both now sadly passed away. If you get the chance listen to their second album or The Alchemist. I have the second album on vinyl; I should really set about getting a copy of their other two albums.