Handmade For Fans #5.
Recorded at the Robin 2 club, Bilston UK on 17th April 1999 except 1 recorded 16th April.
Ian played two dates at the Robin 2 club in Bilston, Wolverhampton in April 1999. The second date coincided with the first-ever Mott The Hoople fan convention, so it was inevitable that one of these shows would show up sooner or later.
And what an excellent set this is. OK so it's on CD-R but who cares - its the quality of the music that counts, and here it is excellent. It's an audience recording, but don't let that put you off - it seems these guys have got audience recording down to a 't'. Audience chatter someties intrudes, but the band are crisp and clear, with no noticeable distortion or compression.
If you were there then I don't need to tell you what a fabulous two nights these were. If you weren't... then this set will demonstrate just what you missed. Joe Elliott (of Def Leppard) makes an early appearance for Memphis, and a little while later Ian calls out "Phally! Get up here!", but its the encores where the fun really starts.
Up stepped Phally at last and then a well-oiled Ariel Bender for the old Mott showcase Walkin' With A Mountain. The fun wasn't over yet, as Joe Elliott again took on vocal duties for Boy (ably assisted by the audience) before Dudes (this time with Blue Weaver on keyboards) brought the house down.
All the excitement is here on these two discs, together with bonus tracks from the Friday night's performance that didn't make it to Saturday. Highly recommended.