Mott The Hoople has taken its second death hit in a year.
Bassist and co-founder Pete Overend Watts died from throat cancer on Sunday (January 22) at the age of 69; He follows drummer Dale "Buffin" Griffin, who died in January 2016
Watts founded Mott during the mid-60 with guitarist Mick Ralphs as the Buddies, later changing its name to the Doc Thomas Group and Silence before settling in on Mott The Hoople in 1969. Watts' stage name Overend was the invention of Mott manager (and original singer) Guy Stevens. Watts stayed with the band, as Mott, after frontman Ian Hunter left in 1974. He was also part of British Lions with Griffin and other former Mott members.
Longtime Mott frontman Ian Hunter tweeted "Oh dear. My extremely eccentric, lovely mate -- Peter Overend Watts -- has left the building. Devastated."
Oh dear My extremely eccentric, lovely mate - Peter Overend Watts - has left the building. Devastated. Ian Hunter
Hunter recently told us, however, that he's at peace with the idea of starting to lose bandmates:
"I don't get all that upset for some reason. You survive or you don't. I can't let it get to me. The British are not so emotional as Americans. We don't go overboard. Obviously you feel it, but you don't let it get you down, 'cause there's other stuff going on."
Ralphs is also suffering health issues after a stroke last fall that prevented him from touring Europe with Bad Company.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.