Mott The Hoople To Play First Shows Without Dale Giffin
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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