Hunter: I don’t get why people are still so passionate about Mott
You are three years Lou’s senior. Does losing him, and Buffin’s illness, make you more conscious of your own mortality?
Not really. To me, your body’s like an engine. I was never an especially bad lad, just as I was never particularly good. Sometimes what looks very romantic catches up on you. I was never a populariser or a purveyor of heavy drugs or excessive boozing. Featuring it in my material was a lame idea. Kids are very impressed by stuff like that but the reality is pretty fucking dismal.
You certainly don’t look 74 years old.
Well, I didn’t do what a lot of other people did. I was a vicar [guffaws]. I wasn’t invited to a lot of parties.
You’ve already mentioned how the Rant Band keeps you busy. Is retirement even a consideration?
No. Music gave me everything; my self-worth and identity. I wouldn’t know what to do without it. I took a few years off during the late-’80s and early-’90s and it made me miserable. So this is it, I’m afraid – you’re lumbered with me till death do us part.
* Mott The Hoople concert tickets can be bought via: www.aeglive.co.uk/artists/mott-the-hoople
- Mon 11th Nov 2013 – Birmingham, England – Symphony
- Wed 13th Nov 2013 – Glasgow, Scotland – Clyde Auditorium
- Sat 16th Nov 2013 – Newcastle, England – City Hall
- Sun 17th Nov 2013 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
- Mon 18th Nov 2013 – London, England – The O2
* We’ve Got A Great Future Behind Us is available from: www.concertlive.co.uk/books/mth/index.php