Hunter: I don’t get why people are still so passionate about Mott
It worked once, but is it a gamble to lay the band’s legacy on the line for a second time?
Musically I’m confident that it’ll be good enough, but I understand why you ask the question. The first [reunion] was the magic one; it was what people had wanted for all those years. I hope this one isn’t anticlimactic, but the truth is that we’re doing it purely for selfish reasons. We had such a good time [in 2009], not only at the gigs but during rehearsals. Doing it again gives us the chance to be together again for three weeks. We have an absolute scream. The money is nice but [the camaraderie] is better than any holiday I’ve ever been on.
Perhaps it’s silly to ask, but do you expect these shows to be the last?
Who the hell knows? I was totally convinced that that last time would be a farewell. In age terms we’re getting up there, so I will keep my big mouth shut.
We’re talking a week away from the tour’s opening night in Birmingham. How will the new show differ from the previous one?
It’s just better. This time we’ve got a head start. Last time it started with the five us – including Buffin [aka Dale Griffin] involved, but Martin [Chambers] is our full-time drummer so he knows what his role is. From the first day we were better than the first five of the last [rehearsals].
The core of the set-list will remain the same?
Yeah, with other songs added. You’ve got to do certain ones or the regulars moan but there are also all these new people coming in that only want to hear the hits.
At the 02 you were originally to be supported by Marillion, who bailed and passed the opportunity to their ex-singer Fish. What were the former’s “problems with the promoter”?
I don’t know anything about that, but like I said earlier there have been two sets of promoters involved so it becomes pretty complicated.
And what do you know of special guests, Thunder, except that they put bums on seats?
Nothing really, but time permitting I’ll take a look at them. I did call Jeff Tweedy [singer of the band Wilco] about doing it but it’s expensive [for American bands] to come over. These guys are nearer, they were keen and, as you say, they’re popular.