Category: Mott the Hoople

All things Mott

Pete Woverand Oats

Anyone that knew Pete will understand the title of my post…I realised this morning that I never saw Pete get angry. A very much ‘Unsung Hero’ of mine…

Posthumous Album By Mott The Hoople Co-Founder Pete Overend Watts

Ballad of Mott the Hoople@NFT

Just went to see this new ‘Documottary’ at the National Film Festival in London, great work by all. Chris Hall and Mike Kerry present the story with the passion and affection of genuine fans….Makes me realise I played a small part in one of the worlds greatest rock bands. See it if you can…




3 EVENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOTT THE HOOPLE REUNION CONCERTS (to be held at Hammersmith Apollo, first week of October)



After organist Verden Allen departed Mott the Hoople in 1973, Morgan Fisher was drafted in as a sideman, soon to become a full member, playing organ, piano and synthesizer on The Hoople and Mott the Hoople Live albums. Also playing organ onstage with the band was Mick Bolton (later with Dexy’s Midnight Runners) followed by Blue Weaver (from Amen Corner, The Strawbs, and later with The Bee Gees).

The three keyboard men, still very active in music, have decided to put on their own events to tie in with the Mott the Hoople reunion concerts. The two afternoon events (in a venue just a short walk from Hammersmith Apollo) will feature:

* MOTT IN AMERICA – A first time showing of the full 40-minute 8mm film shot by Morgan Fisher on Mott the Hoople’s 1974 US tour, with a soundtrack recently created by Morgan.
* PERFORMANCES by all three members – and at least one surprise guest!
* QUESTION & ANSWER session (prepare your questions!)
* Signed numbered limited-edition DVD’s of the tour film and personal photos of Mott the Hoople on tour by Morgan Fisher will be on sale.

This was a great success and many thanks to all that attended….

see photos in the gallery

Morgans Super 8 film of Mott 1974 USA tour

Just looking through biog’s of Mott and I do get a bit ‘pissed off’ when I’m not even mentioned playing with them even if I wasn’t a so-called full member and only guesting, sadly this happens to a lot of musicians during their lifetime. I did, however, participate in a very succesful and important part of their carreer and later on the Hunter Ronson tour where I played all keyboards. Anyway that’s life and there is now video evidence (and a handful of photo’s) that I was there as well as the thousands of people that saw the amazing shows in the US and especially Broadway just ask Brian May what it was like.

Morgan (wara’ bloke!) kindly gives me a mention here…
Wara’ bloke is what Ariel always used to say about Morgan usually with the knuckle of his first finger between his teeth.

Visit Morgans site…

July 1975
by Ron Ross

“Filling out the Hunter-Ronson lineup are a first-rate keyboardist, Peter Arnesen, and Geoff Appleby on bass, from the Rats, an old band of Ronno’s. Since Arneson had to go into the hospi tal for an operation before Hunter and Ronson began their British tour, they borrowed the Bee Gees’ Blue Weaver temporarily. Weaver had previously worked with Mott on one of their American tours.”

Mick Ronson – Old Grey Whistle Test

I completely forgot about this will search for more info…

Mick on OGWTMick appeared on the April 11 airing of the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test television program. While he performed three solo numbers including Play Don’t Worry and Angel No. 9, backed by John Turnbull on guitar, Geoff Appleby on bass, Blue Weaver on keyboards and Jim Toomey on drums, the slot was originally booked to promote the Hunter – Ronson collaboration about to kick of in the United States. Ronson filled in as a solo artist when Hunter found it necessary to return to the US before the scheduled appearance.