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If You Dare is the third solo album from Luther Grosvenor, a.k.a. Ariel Bender. It will be issued on 20 June 2011 in the UK (Angel Air SJPCD360) and wasd recorded with Mike Triggs, Mark Eden, and Jim Houghton. Tracks include 'Dusty Track', 'If You Dare', 'Say Never', 'Emis Song', 'Fire And Water', 'Tears Run Dry', 'Kids', 'Heroes', 'Nobody Knows', 'If You Dare' (version 2).
Luther attended the premiere of the Mott The Hoople documentary The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople at the British Film Institute's London Film Festival in October 2010.
Luther Grosvenor make a guest appearance on the new single by The Winter Olympics, entitled 'The Great Outdoors'. The group has shot a video that shows Luther in the studio playing the guitar solo. The song has been released to iTunes and will be on the band's next album, due out at the end of the year.
The Ariel Bender Band played 26 Nov 2006 at the Brentwood Centre, Essex UK. The gig was being billed as Ariel Bender's Mott the Hoople along with Mud, T Rex, Steve Harley, Slade, and Sweet. The also played The Springhead in Hull (24 Feb 2007), Butlin's Skegness (02 Mar 2007), Butlin's Minehead (03 Mar 2007), The Big Bash in Ipswich (25 Mar 2007), the Classic Rock Festival in Sandnes, Norway (18 May 2007) and the Colne Rock and Blues Festival (26 Aug 2007).
Ariel Bender's Mott The Hoople topped the bill in South Shields, UK On 3 June 2006. The set list included Roll Away The Stone, Sunshine Help Me, Better By You Better Than Me, Wrong Time, Evil Woman, Floodgates, Such A Shame, Pin A Rose On Me, Saturday Gigs, All The Young Dudes, Cathy, The Golden Age of Rock and Roll. Paul Nicholls, a member of Widowmaker, depped on drums for the gig.
The Ariel Bender Band appeared at the Rock and Blues Festival at Butlins, Skegness UK on Saturday 28 January 2006. They played an hour-long set, featuring songs from Spooky Tooth (Better By You Better Than Me, Evil Woman), Widowmaker, his solo albums, and Mott The Hoople (Roll Away The Stone, Saturday Gigs, All
The Young Dudes, Golden Age of Rock and Roll).
The Ariel Bender Band made their debut live appearance at the Marrs Bar, Worcester UK on 24 Sep 2005. Ariel and his band played material spanning his entire career. The lineup was Mark Eden (vocals), Luther Grosvenor (guitar, vocals), Jim Houghton (bass, vocals), Mick Triggs (keyboards), Paul Walsham (drums).
The Ariel Bender Band recorded a demo version of Roll Away The Stone, which now appears on the Angel Air 2xCD release Family Anthology (released 4 July 2005). The albums also includes unreleased Mott The Hoople demos (Can You Sing The Song That I Sing and Chosen Road), new tracks by Overend Watts, Verden Allen and Dale Griffin, a demo of Silence backing vocalist Jon Best, a track by The Buddies featuring Mick Ralphs, and more.
Luther Grosvenor's solo album Under Open Skies was reissued on CD in 2005 (UK GOTT CD019 ). Originally scheduled for 12 Dec 2004, the disc was eventually released in early 2005 and features two non-LP bonus tracks (All The People and Heavy Day) and liner notes by Campbell Devine.
Luther Grosvenor appeared at the Greg Ridley Memorial at Carling Academy in London UK on 20 Nov 2004. Luther played four songs (Sunshine Help Me; Better By You, Better Than Me; Evil Woman; Rock Me Baby) in a band that also featured Spooky Tooth drummer Mike Kellie and Ariel Bender Band voclaist Mark Eden.
Luther Grosvenor has been working to put together a new Ariel Bender Band. In September 2004, the group settled on a lineup of Luther Grosvenor (guitar and vocals), Mark Eden (vocals), Jim Houghton (bass), Mick Kirton (drums), Mick Trigg (keyboards), and Gary Oswell (guitar).
Sanctuary has released a Widowmker compilation called Straight-Faced Fighters. This two-disc set includes the bands' debut LP, a 1976 live BBC In Concert recording, and select tracks from their second LP.
Phil Holbrook spoke with Luther Grosvenor recently. you can read Phil's interview with Luther online at the Pleasure Doing Business With You website.
Luther Grosvenor sat in with Darrell Bath on 19 January 2002 at Taylor's in Streatham UK. He didn't play guitar, but did sing a couple songs including Dust My Broom.
Luther Grosvenor appeared on the 28 January episode of the UK TV show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Luther was in the identity round, where contestants saw vintage video clips and tried to pick him from a lineup.
Luther's Widowmaker bandmate Huw Lloyd-Langton reissued three of his Lloyd-Langton Group albums on CD in June. Night Air, Time Space and ..., and Like An Arrow are released through Voiceprint and can be ordered directly from the LLG website at www.huwlloyd-langton.co.uk.
Luther Grosvenor sat in with The Raiders at The Windsor Castle, Pound Street, Carshalton UK on Monday 2 April 2001. Luther performed Crossroads and Further Down The Road at the show.
The UK Angel Air label released a Luther Grosvenor release called The Floodgates Anthology (UK Angel Air SJPCD 088) on 21 May 2001. The album combines the entire Floodgates album with bonus tracks. Added to the disc are three 1999 Spooky Tooth reunion tracks, an unreleased Deep Feeling track, two songs Luther recorded with Jess Roden for the Peter Green tribute album, and Mott The Hoople's live version of Here Comes The Queen.
Luther has decided not to record his third solo album, If You Dare, after all. Following his performance at the Steve Dolan benefit, Luther decided to hang up his guitar and retire once again from the music business.
On 14 September 2000, Luther Grosvenor played a benefit concert for the family of Steve Dolan, who passed away in May from throat cancer. The show was held at the Marrs Bar in Worcester UK, and Luther closed the show with a 20 minute set.
Luther Grosvenor is preparing to record a new solo album in June 2000, tentatively titled If You Dare. He's already recorded the demos, and is lining up the musicians who will record it with him. Names that have been mentioned include Huw Lloyd Langton (guitar), Steve Dolan (bass), Max Middleton (piano), and Simon Cooper (drums).
Luther made an appearance at the first annual Mott The Hoople Convention in Bilston (UK) on 17 April 1999, still looking every inch the Rock Star. He signed autographs for fans, and that evening he joined Ian Hunter onstage for an over-the-top performance of Walkin' With A Mountain.
After almost a year of reunion rumours, Spooky Tooth fans were finally treated to a new album. Cross Purpose (USA Brilliant/Ruf 51416 1445) was released on 23 February 23 1999, and features original members Luther Grosvenor, Mike Harrison, Greg Ridley, and Mike Kellie. It is a fantastic mix of new songs and remakes of a few early classics.
A couple of artists have covered an old Widowmaker track written by Luther Grosvenor, Bob Daisley, and Steve Ellis. Pin A Rose On Me has been recently recorded by Nikki Sudden, who plans to put it on an album of cover versions some day. A Swiss band called Foolhouse have also covered the song. They have released five CDs in Europe, which also include covers of Once Bitten Twice Shy and Roll Away The Stone.
Former Mott The Hoople, Spooky Tooth, and Widowmaker guitarist Luther Grosvenor released a new album Floodgates (USA Brilliant RBCD 1007) in August 1996. This CD, his first new release in over 20 years, follows on the heels of his acclaimed work on last year's Peter Green tribute album Rattlesnake Guitar. The band behind Luther includes Mike Kellie (drums), Dave Moore (keyboards), and Steve Dolan (bass). Guest appearances include Jim Capaldi, Mick Dolan, and Jess Roden (who sings lead on I Wanna Be Free and Fire Down Below).
Luther contributed the two tracks Merry Go Round and Crying Won't Bring You Back to the 1995 Peter Green tribute CD Rattlesnake Guitar (UK Coast To Coast CTC 0205). The tracks feature Jess Roden on vocals and are credited to Luther, Jess, and Mike Kellie. The tracks also appear on separate promotional CD samplers released in the USA on the Viceroy label.