Mott the Hoople / Live 2013

Overend Watts quit the music biz circa 1980: “I got tired of being a mug…” he told me. Yet he was in top form for Mott’s London 02 finale. Rocking mightily on his signature Gibson T-Bird (and commandeering a one-string replete with an executioner’s blade and mask for “Violence”) Pete’s farewell gig was a grand testimony the band’s enduring legacy.

For Pete’s sake, Ian Hunter, who commenced his career as a bassist, took up the instrument for “Born Late ‘58” whilst Watts strummed a six-string and crooned his ditty about a timeworn motorcar.