‘I’m Sorry, Mr ’Unter!’ Luther Grosvenor Apologises For Touring Under The Mott The Hoople Name
One-time Mott The Hoople guitarist Luther Grosvenor – also known as Ariel Bender – has blamed tour promoters for billing his solo concerts under the Mott name.
Grosvenor also says he is hopeful of being asked to participate in Mott’s forthcoming 40th anniversary reunion gigs at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in October.
Grosvenor – who joined Mott in 1973 from Spooky Tooth, following Mick Ralphs’s departure from Mott to join Bad Company – says the billing mistakes arose because it was all about promoters “getting bums on seats”.
Speaking to Classic Rock’s Rob Hughes, Grosvenor stated:
“We’ve got a band together now called The Ariel Bender Band and I’ve had a few problems over the last few years with the people who run Mott The Hoople.
“We’ve turned up at certain shows and it’s been billed as Ariel Bender’s Mott The Hoople. And that’s never been the case for me, personally. It’s down to promoters and getting bums on seats.
“So I’d like to send an apology to all the Mott The Hoople guys, Ian Hunter especially, to say that was all nothing to do with Luther.”
Grosvenor added: “I never had any intention of going out there as Ariel Bender’s Mott The Hoople. It was the promoters’ idea.
“And I’ll make one thing clear about the Mott reunion, which I’ve known about for the last 12 months. To be perfectly honest, they’ve not asked me, but I think they will. You cannot do it without the great man being there!”
Grosvenor continued: “The Ariel Bender band is very healthy at the moment. We do a couple of Spooky Tooth songs, a couple from my solo album Floodgates, which I recorded in ’96, two Widowmaker songs, and finish off with a Mott The Hoople set: All The Way From Memphis, All The Young Dudes, Roll Away The Stone, Saturday Gigs. It’s really a celebration of what I’ve done in my life.
“Also our keyboard player Mike Triggs and I have just finished writing a fucking great album. We’ve got nine tracks and it’s all in the bag in demo form. So we’re looking at a couple of situations where we can go and record it this year. It’ll be called If You Dare. Good title, isn’t it?”
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