Hunter: I don’t get why people are still so passionate about Mott
Can we assume there will be a live album, and/or DVD of the tour?
Yes, you can. It looks like the CD will be done in Manchester and London. The DVD… we’re right in the middle of figuring that out.
Have you talked about the possibility of doing a new Mott The Hoople studio album?
Now you’re getting back to the management thing again.
Well, surely if the band wanted to do it then that’s between you all?
Er… yeah. [Chuckling ruefully]: But when you’re dealing with illogicality then the normal rules don’t apply. I gave up on that years ago and so did Mick, I think. But if someone came to us and said: “Okay, we want to you make a record. Nobody will get in the way, just write the music the way you always did and go in and record it” and nobody tried to dictate which label it would be on then I wouldn’t mind it. I have a gas with these guys, I really, genuinely do. It’s all the other bullshit that I cannot be bothered with. I’ve got my own thing; the Rant band has been together for 13 years and we don’t have those problems.
There’s also a new Mott coffee table book called We’ve Got A Great Future Behind Us. Did you have much involvement in its collation?
No, but I had to sign a thousand of the buggers. They landed outside my front door in Connecticut and I couldn’t even lift them. It contains a load of stuff that you’ll never have seen or heard before taken from the archives of the band members.
Your former MainMan Management stable-mate Lou Reed died last week, were you a particular fan?
Lou was the master of a one-two chord song. As any songwriter will tell you, those type of songs are the most difficult to write. Ray Davis was a past master of that. Lou wasn’t blessed with the greatest voice in the world – just as I wasn’t – but he made great use of it.