Mick Ralphs News
Mott The Hoople Announce UK Tour Dates in Nov 2013
'On tour as support to Mott The Hoople (the only time Queen ever supported anyone), I was always conscious that we were in the presence of something great, something highly evolved, close to the centre of the Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll, something to breathe in and learn from.'
'I was into Mott The Hoople then The Clash came and I got into them, because one's prepared you for the other'
I followed Mott The Hoople up and down the country. I’d go to Liverpool or Newcastle or somewhere—sleep on the Town Hall steps, and bunk the fares on the trains, hide in the toilet when the ticket inspector came around. I’d jump off just before the train got to the station and climb over the fence. It was great times, and I always knew I wanted to be in a band and play guitar. That was it for me.'
'My favourite ever band, there's not one dud on here, but there are some great tunes with very insightful lyrics and the ultimate pop song in "Honaloochie Boogie'
Formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and most influential rock groups of all time. Their string of hits started with the David Bowie-penned 'All The Young Dudes', after which the band’s legend was written with original classics such as 'All the Way From Memphis', 'Roll Away The Stone', 'Saturday Gigs' and 'The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll'.
The band, whose fame was established initially by their incandescent live shows, reformed to celebrate their legacy in 2009, which saw them play a series of critically and commercially successful live dates to mark their 40th anniversary. The gigs, including a 5-night, sold-out stint at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, were the first time the original lineup had played together in over 35 years, and brought a tear to many a fan’s eye. The universally lavish praise for them included a 5/5 Daily Telegraph review that declared 'Mott The Hoople storm back to London for a dazzling night at the Hammersmith Apollo.'
The band will be returning to the UK in November 2013 for five dates only:
The shows will feature original members Verden Allen (keyboards/vocals), Ian Hunter (vocals/guitar / piano), Mick Ralphs (guitar/vocals) and Overend Watts (bass/vocals). Due to ill health, original drummer Dale Griffin will be substituted by Martin Chambers (The Pretenders).
All tickets are priced £40, except London, which is £45 – subject to booking fee and available through www.aeglive.co.uk. Tickets go on sale at 9am GMT Friday 26th April 2013.
Bad Company 2013 USA Tour
(Mar 2013) Mick Ralphs will tour the USA with Bad Company in the summer of 2013, co-headlining with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Mick Ralphs Blues Band in 2013
(Feb 2013) The Mick Ralphs Blues Band has added a few dates for 2013: The Junction Club, Landudno UK (April 10, 2013); The Borderline, London UK (12 April 2013); The Musician, Leicester UK (13 April 2013).
Chesterfield added for 2013
New Blues Band Website
(Sep 2012) The Mick Ralphs Blues Band has its own new website! Be sure to visit them at www.mickralphsbluesband.co.uk
Mick Ralphs Blues Band - New 2012 Dates
(Sep 2012) The Mick Ralphs Blues band have added a number of dates to their 2012 schedule. Below is a summary of their upcoming dates:
Mick Ralphs Blues Band - 2012 Past Dates
Here is a quick list of recent dates for the Blues Band.
(Jul 2012) The Photos Page has been updated with pictures from Mick's recent 2012 appearances with Ian Hunter, Bad COmpany, and the Mick Ralphs BLues Band.
Bad Company In Sweden
(May 2012) The original line-up of Bad Company has canceled their run of Germany festival dates, but the Sweden Rock Festival date is still on!
Cambridge Rock Festival - Rained off
(23 Apr 2012) This weekend's Cambridge Rock Festival - Spring Edition, has been rained off. The organisers have had to cancel the festival due to severe adverse weather. Fans of the Mick Ralphs Blues Band should keep an eye on the August Festival line up, where the promoters are hoping to re-schedule the band.
Bad Company Dates on the Continent in 2012
(Mar 2012) The original line-up of Bad Company has announced a short run of European festival dates for this summer. Bad Company is Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke. This excursion marks the first time that Bad Company has performed on the European continent together in 37 years (outside of the UK).
Blues In The Bay Festival 12 Oct 2012
(Mar 2012) The Mick Ralphs Blues Band will headline the Blues In The Bay Festival, which will be held at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth UK on 12 Oct 2012. Tickets will be available from Seetickets.
A genuinely amazing offer for our genuine fans!
(Mar 2012) People signed up on the mailing lists of the Mott The Hoople 'family of bands' are a loyal group of fans and give the band members the joy of true support! It is a great pleasure to offer something back to the people who have been so constant in their support of the band over the years.
The band have teamed up with the organisers of Cambridge Rock Festival's Spring Edition and are able to offer a free ticket to the event! Yes free gratis entry is on offer, (normally £28 for Saturday or Sunday or between £49-£69 for all 3 days) here is a chance for the band to give something back to you our gratest asset - our fans! Just use the email address below to make your claim, state your name and address + contact phone no. and which tickets you require IE 2 x Sat or 2 x full festival etc. Maximum of 4 tickets per email address, though special cases will be considered on application.
Tickets will be sent out as soon as we can turn around the email and post on a first come first served basis, with a limit of 500 tickets overall. Email versions of tickets may be supplied nearer the festival, but for now printed ones will be used. Please respect this unique gesture and do not offer for resale on Ebay and such sites. To request free tickets email offertkt @ cambridgerockfestival.co.uk with your request.
Cambridge Rock Festival 27-29 Apr 2012
(Feb 2012) The Mick Ralphs Blues Band *and* Verden Allen and Soft Ground will both appear at the Spring Edition of the Cambridge Rock Festival on the weekend of 27-29 April 2012.
Discover why the readers of Classic Rock presents Prog voted the Cambridge Rock Festival 7th best event of 2011 (just behind Roger Waters tour of "The Wall"). The festival incorporates the Rockinbeerfest with around 20 real ales and several farmhouse ciders on cask so please consider camping overnight. The camping and caravan pitches are available and entirely optional, but have to be purchased in advance if required at £25 per tent (any size) for the full three days.
The Reviews Are In ...
(Dec 2011) On the Tape To Tape website, Peter Makowski offers an interview and a review of the Mick Ralphs Blues Band at their Jazz Cafe gig. He was in the company of Jimmy Page and acclaimed rock photographer Ross Halfin, who took photos and wrote about the show in his online Diary.
... And So Are The YouTube Clips
Jagz, Ascot: Just a Little Bit
Mick Ralphs Blues Band - Live Dates
(Jul 2011) The Mick Ralphs Blues Band have announced the first of a slate of dates for 2011.
Pre-sale tickets for the Jazz Cafe gig will be on sale starting on 8 July 2011 at 10 AM GMT. Mick Ralphs fans must use this pre-order link in order to get early access to the best restaurant seats in the venue. After next Thursday, tickets will go on general sale. The club's capacity is small (350 or so) so be quick!
Knaresborough Festival - 25 Aug 2011
(Jul 2011) We are thrilled to announce that Mick Ralphs, founder member of both Mott The Hoople and Bad Company will be appearing at the 127-seater intimate Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough on 25 August 2011 in an exclusive concert to preview his new band The Mick Ralphs Blues Band. This is a special event ahead of his UK Tour later in November 2011 and a major coup for Kula Productions.
We are giving our subscribers first bite of the ticket cherry – this secret link will enable you to purchase tickets immediately. Tickets will go on sale at PEAR in Knaresborough on Friday 22nd July – don't miss out – BUY NOW!
The Mick Ralphs Blues Band
A blues-rock legend keeping great company
(Jun 2011) Mick Ralphs, a founder of two iconic rock bands and still touring with both, takes time out to explore his blues, soul and funk roots. The Bad Company and Mott The Hoople guitarist is joined by some of the best-known names on the current blues scene to play blues and R'n'B favourites - from B.B. King and Otis Rush to Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson - alongside fresh interpretations of some of Mick's own classic songs.
Sam Kelly – drums
Son Maxwell – vocals and harmonica
Jim Maving – guitar and vocals
Dicky Baldwin – bass
The Mick Ralphs Blues Band blayed its first gig at Jagz on 8 June 2011, and it looks there will be a lot more to come. You can check out the band's own site at http://www.unrulysun.net/mickralphs/. Plans are underway for a full slate of gigs, and more information will be posted soon.
Mick Ralphs - June 2011
(May 2011) - Mick Ralphs will be playing a couple live dates in the UK next month. Mick Ralphs & Co. is a blues band featuring Sam Kelly on drums, and will play on 8 June 2011 at Jagz in Ascot. Mick Ralphs and the Fabulous Morons is a covers band, and will play Rugfest Beer *& Music Festival in Wallingford on 24 June 2011.
UPDATE: New Bad Company Date in CA
(Sep 2010) - Bad Company have just added one more date in Lincoln CA (outside Sacramento) on 01 October 2010.
Bad Company 2010 Tour Extended
(Aug 2010) - Bad Company have extended their 2010 Tour, adding October 2010 dates in the USA and Japan.
Bad Company articles & reviews from 2010 USA Tour
Bad Company Concerts Live CDs Available
(May 2010) - Three of the recent UK concerts by Bad Company were recorded and made available on the night by the Concerts Live service. Bad Company have announced that the CD releases have been extended to make them availabel to more fans.
Due to unprecedented demand for the exclusive live CDs of the recent UK tour, Bad Company has decided to do an extended re-press so fans who still want them don’t miss out. The uptake both at the shows and online was phenomenal and, as a result, the run of CDs has been extended. If you were at the gigs, they’re the perfect reminder of a fantastic evening and if you weren't able to get there, they’re the next best thing – the ultimate Bad Co collector’s items!
These releases are all three-disc deluxe digipak collectors sets. You can choose from the 01 Apr 2010 gig in Birmingham, the 02 Apr 2010 gig in Manchester, or the 11 Apr 2010 gig at Wembley Arena. Get your copies now at the Concerts Live Website.
Bad Company Announce 2010 UK Tour
(Nov 2009) - Bad Company have announced an eight-date UK tour in April 2010, with the Joe Perry Project playing support.
Bad Company Hard Rock Live DVD
(Nov 2009) - The previously-announced Bad Company live DVD, Hard Rock Live, has been rescheduled for a February 2010 release. It features a live DVD and bonus CD, and was recorded at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida on 8 August 2008.
Tartan Clef Awards
(Nov 2009) - Mott The Hoople were recognized by Nordoff Robbins with the Tartan Clef Legend Award, in a ceremony on 27 Nov 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, and Martin Chambers were there to receive the award, and performed two songs with Joe Elliott's Down n' Outz.
Classic Rock Awards
(Nov 2009) - Mott The Hoople were recognized by Classic Rock magazine with the 2009 Comeback of the Year award. Mick Ralphs and Martin Chambers were in attendance at the event, and Ian Hunter also made an appearance via a videotaped segment.
Exclusive Mott The Hoople Live CD
(Oct 2009) - This is your exclusive opportunity to order the live CD of the reunion gig of the year! October 1, 2009 saw the live return of one of the best loved Rock & Roll bands of all time: Mott The Hoople. It has been 40 years since this highly influential band formed in 1969, and over 35 years since the original line-up played together. It is with great pleasure that we announce that we have recorded the band at the Hammersmith Apollo on the 1st October and created an instant CD for fans to take home. This limited edition live CD is the ONLY recording of the Mott The Hoople reunion show. Presented in bespoke artwork, this is an exclusive 3 CD set featuring songs from their classic albums. Order now to avoid disappointment! Visit the Concert Live website for ordering information.
Mott The Hoople Reunion
Oct 2009 – Mott The Hoople reunited for seven shows in October 2009, playing tweo warmup gigs at the Blake Theater in Monmouth, Wales and five nights at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London. The shows featured the original lineup of Mott The Hoople - Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter, Verden Allen, Overend Watts, and Dale Griffin.
Classic Rock Cover Story
(Sep 2009) - Mott The Hoople are featured with a 6-page 'Comeback Special' cover story in the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine (UK), which is available on newstands now. 'One Of The Boys' appears on the free CD that comes with the issue.
The Sunday Times
(Aug 2009) - An interview with Mick Ralphs in the Sunday Times on 9 Aug 2009 was the highlight of an article about the upcoming Mott The Hoople reunion shows. You can find a link to the story here: The Times Online
Bad Company Reunion
(Jun 2009) - The original members of Bad Company have announced they will reunite for a series of 10 exclusive concerts in the U.S. this summer. The opening show will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL on June 17 with select dates on the tour featuring The Doobie Brothers. Previously, founding members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke (original member Boz Burrell passed away in 2006) performed a one-off concert at the very same venue on August 8, 2008, recording a live concert DVD before a sold-out crowd. The DVD, titled Bad Company – Hard Rock Live will be available exclusively at shows during the concert run and is tentatively set for official release on 8 Aug 2009 via Image Entertainment.
Mott The Hoople added to Mojo Hall of Fame
(Jun 2009) - Mott The Hoople were added to the Mojo Magazine Hall of Fame at the 2009 ceremony unveiling the Mojo Honours List, held at the Brewery in London on 11 June 2009. The band were inducted by Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, one of the group's most prominent fans. In addition to Mott The Hoople, The Zombies' Odessey And Oracle took home the Classic Album Award, Phil Lynott received the Icon Award, and Yoko Ono received the Lifetime Achievement Award. You can see Mojo's YouTube video of the induction event below.
Original Bad Company Reunion
Aug 2008 - Bad Company, featuring Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke, reunited for a one-off gig on August 8, 2008 at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It was the group's first performance since their 1999 reunion tour. Paul Rodgers: 'By doing this one-night stand with Bad Company, we will be cementing our right to the trademark Bad Company for touring, and anyone who attempts to challenge us and tour mis-using our trademark and mislead the fans will be liable to legal action.'
An Introduction To Mick Ralphs
Jul 2007 - Varese Sarabande (USA) has issued a new compilation album called An Introduction To Mick Ralphs, featuring tracks from Mick's three Angel Air solo albums. The 12 tracks include All It Takes, When The Revolution Comes, Rock Fever, On The Run, Rock N Roller, All Across The Nile, Hideaway, S.E.X., Don't Need Money, Can't Get Enough (demo), That's Life, Ready For Love.
Other Recent News
Nov 2006 - We have added a new MessageBoard to the Mick Ralphs website. Click Here to check it out!
Nov 2006 - We are sad to report that Bad Company bass player Boz Burrell died on 21 Sep 2006 at his home in Spain. Boz was born in Holbeach, England in 1946, and worked with Tea Time Four, The Boz People, The Sidewinders, and Feel For Soul before joining King Crimson in 1970 and then becoming a founding member of Bad Company in 1974.
Nov 2006 - Sony UK is issuing a new Mott The Hoople/Ian Hunter compilation on 13 Nov 2006 called The Journey. This 3 CD digipack release contains 54 tracks spanning the entire career of both Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter.
May 2006 - A new live Mott The Hoople CD is due from Angel Air in July 2006. Live Fillmore West, San Francisco (UK Angel Air SJPCD 226), combines 1970 and 1971 recordings at the legendary venue with a previously unreleased studio track, Wreck of the Liberty Belle.
Aug 2006 - The Live In Albuquerque 1976 from Angel Air has been withdrawn due to licensing issues. No word if or when it might be put back on sale.
Feb 2006 - Sony Legacy in the USA have issued remastered versions of All The Young Dudes and Mott, with several bonus tracks on each. All The Young Dudes features liner notes by Ben Edmonds and seven bonus tracks: One of the Boys (demo), Black Scorpio (demo), Ride On The Sun (demo), One of the Boys (UK single version), All The Young Dudes (Bowie vocal), Sucker (live from Hammersmith Dec '73), and Sweet Jane (live from Hammersmith Dec '73). Mott features liner notes by Keith Smith and four bonus tracks: Rose (B side), Honaloochie Boogie (demo), Nightmare (demo), and Drivin' Sister (live from Hammersmith Dec '73).
Apr 2005 - A new Ian Hunter live DVD, Just Another Night, has been issued in the UK by Secret Records. The show was recorded live at the Astoria in London in 2004 with Mick Ralphs on guitar, and features a guest appearance by Brian May of Queen. See the Secret Records website for a preview clip.
Jul 2005 - The soundtrack to the live DVD has also been issued as a 2 CD set by Secret Records, under the title The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothin' But The Truth. See the Secret Records website for more information.
May 2005 - Mick Ralphs made a guest appearance with Ian Hunter at The Astoria In London on 27 May 2005, appearing with the American version of The Rant Band (Mark Bosch - guitar; James mastro - guitar; Graham Maby - bass; Andy Burton - keyboards; Steve Holley - drums). Some picture are posted in the Photo Gallery.
May 2005 - Wounded Bird Records (USA) have just reissued the first three Mott The Hoople albums ('Mott The Hoople', 'Mad Shadows', and 'Wildlife') on CD. The disc are remastered but do not incude any bonus tracks. (Wounded Bird specializes in exact reissues of albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s.)
Jun 2004 - Mick Ralphs completed tour with Ian Hunter and his Rant Band, playing a month of gigs in the UK and Europe from May-June 2004. The Rant Band included Andy York (John Mellencamp), Gus Goad (The Look), Ian Gibbons (The Kinks), and Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John, Joe Cocker). Once again the tour manager was The Sinatra of Beat himself, Hereford United supporter and Stormraisers vocalist Stan Tippins.
May 2004 - Angel Air's live CD/DVD release from the 2002 Ian Hunter Taking the Mick tour, documenting the first Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs collaboration in almost 20 years, has unfortunately been canceled due to technical problems with the recording. However, a DVD from the 2004 tour is imminent.
Jan 2003 - Mick Ralphs' third solo album, That's Life (UK Angel Air SJPCD136), was released on 13 January 2003. The album includes eleven tracks written and sung by Mick, plus two unreleased bonus tracks from the Seventies. See the Mick Ralphs Discography page for more information.
Sep 2002 - Mick Ralphs made a couple guest appearances at shows in the UK in September. On 20 September, he appeared onstage with Bad Company at the Hammersmith Apollo. The next night, he guested with Mike Hurst in Henley-on-Thames UK.
May 2002 - Mick Ralphs was reunited with Ian Hunter for the first time in almost 20 years when he joined Ian's 2002 UK tour. Ian and Mick played 15 gigs over a 16 day span on the Taking The Mick Tour, from May 7 to May 22. Another old Mott cohort, Stan Tippins, acted as tour manager.
Oct 2001 - Mick Ralphs' second solo album is entitled It's All Good (UK Angel Air SJPCD052), and includes eleven new studio instrumental tracks. The disc also includes the bonus track Hideaway, recorded on a recent Bad Company tour. Mick plays all the instruments on the studio tracks. See the Mick Ralphs Discography page for more information.