Mott The Hoople To Play First Shows Without Dale Giffin

09/11/2013
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(Classic Rock) Mott The Hoople keyboardist Verden Allen says the band aim to take drummer Dale 'Buffin' Giffin out for a pint because they can't have him on stage when they tour the UK in November.

It will be the first-ever shows performed by Mott without Griffin, whose Alzheimer's disease was already a problem when he appeared for part of the set during their 2009 reunion shows.

And Allen admits it was a shock seeing his old bandmate for the first time in 39 years. He tells Wales Online: "I remember him not really recognising me at first, and thinking to myself, 'Has time really been that harsh? Have I really changed that much?'"

Griffin was able to perform the band's songs "flawlessly" but Allen says: "He'd go from laying down these note-perfect renditions to not knowing where he was. Then I noticed he was struggling to assemble his drumkit each time, as though he was seeing it for the first time in his life.

"When I asked him about the first time he noticed something was wrong, he told me he didn't really know just that people were getting annoyed at him for doing odd things and he had no idea why." more on this story

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