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Mott the Hoople, with Ian Hunter with his instantly recognizable shades and locks.
Mott the Hoople, with Ian Hunter with his instantly recognizable shades and locks.

A good time to be a Mott the Hoople fan in Milwaukee

It's a good time to be a Mott the Hoople fan in Milwaukee.

On Friday, the landmark British band's front man, Ian Hunter, plays at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. with his Rant Band. Tickets for the show are $39 and $49.

Hunter's latest solo set is 2009's "Man Overboard."

Once you catch a performance by a guy that influenced The Clash and others, you can either revel in the familiarity of – or get the backstory by – watching "The Ballad of Mott the Hoople," a feature-length rockumentary about the band, which also featured Mick Ronson, Mick Ralphs and other '70s era notables, and was one of the stalwarts of the glam era.

Using rare and unseen archival footage and interviews with Hunter and many of his bandmates, the 101-minute "The Ballad of Mott the Hoople" – directed by Chris Hall and Mike Kerry – tells the story from the group's early days in 1969 until it imploded in 1974 at the height of its success.

The film is released on DVD in the U.K. in October and here in the States on Nov. 15. The booklet includes liner notes written by notable Mott fan Morrissey and the disc has more than an hour of bonus stuff, including footage from Mott the Hoople's reunion a couple years ago.

Watch the trailer here.

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High_Life_Man | Sept. 21, 2011 at 5:57 p.m. (report)

Saw John Hiatt and the Combo at the SM PAC last week. Great venue!

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Blaine | Sept. 21, 2011 at 5:19 p.m. (report)

According to legend, Overend Watts purchased his iconic white Gibson Thunderbird bass at Steins Music/Pawn in MKE

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