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Mott the Hoople: Rock on Broadway

Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, 20 June 1974

NEW YORK — The hall had long since emptied. The only light on the stage was cast by a bare light bulb atop a scrawny arrangement of metal poles that looked like Gyro Gearloose's little assistant suddenly grown tall. Frail Blue Weaver, Mott the Hoople's new organist, sat at the piano and weaved a stately Scott Joplin rag with the chapel-like silence while maniacal guitarist Ariel Bender glided in and out of the bulb's glow like an ice skater. Ian Hunter, Mott's lead singer, chief writer and rhythm guitarist, paused on his way to the exit and surveyed the scene through his ever-present sunglasses. "We're getting kind of used to it here," he said. "It's beginning to feel like home."

 

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