This page will contain latest news in the Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople camp.
This page last updated 24th January 2019.
A 'secret' warm-up gig for the UK has been announced, for the 17th April at The Assembly, Leamington Spa. The announcement reads as follows:
Mott were always a people's band, a tradition proudly carried on by Ian Hunter to this day.
At Ian's instructions, a limited number of tickets to their hush hush, last minute warm up show at The Assembly, Leamington Spa on the 17th April, are being made available exclusively to the Mott faithful ahead of their release to the general public.
To access your advance tickets and see the band in an intimate venue, please click this link:
24th January 2019
Mott The Hoople have announced a series of dates in the USA. The press release reads as follows:
This April, Mott The Hoople '74 will tour the U.S. for the first time in 45 years. The tour, featuring core '74 members Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, celebrates the 45th anniversary of their famous 1974 U.S. tour, as well as the original release of The Hoople and Live, the final albums of the classic Mott The Hoople era. The eight-date run of theatre performances begins April 1 and concludes at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 25.
Mott The Hoople '74 is Ian Hunter (vocals and guitar), Ariel Bender (guitar) and Morgan Fisher (keyboards) joined by James Mastro (guitar, saxophone, mandolin), Steve Holley (drums, backing vocals), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards, backing vocals).
In 1974, the last time Mott The Hoople performed in the U.S., they played theatres and arenas across the country in support of The Hoople, an album that features Mott classics like The Golden Age of Rock n’ Roll and Roll Away The Stone, both Top 20 hits in the UK. The groundbreaking band, with Top 15 UK singles All the Way From Memphis and Honaloochie Boogie and whose big US hit was the Bowie-penned All the Young Dudes, became the first rock group to play on Broadway in NYC, with a sold-out week at Uris Theatre. They recorded a set at the Uris, too, which yielded their Live album. At the height of their popularity, they brought along their protégés, Queen, to make their U.S. debut. This was also the year that front man Ian Hunter published "Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star," his 1974 tour memoir that Q Magazine has called, "the greatest music book ever written."
In this pivotal year, Mott The Hoople established themselves as one of rock's most beloved bands. Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen both credit them and the '74 tour for helping inspire Queen's theatrical stage show. A young Aerosmith earned national exposure when they opened a handful of shows on the '74 tour as well. The Clash, Cheap Trick, Kiss, Def Leppard, Primal Scream and more have championed Mott's genre-bending transformation of rock. Writing for Creem Magazine, Lester Bangs called another of the group's albums, 1973's Mott, "an unqualified rock 'n' roll masterpiece," and Rolling Stone around this time called them "the most productive band of the last three years, with only the Rolling Stones... in the same category."
Mott The Hoople recently reunited in Summer 2018 to headline the Ramblin' Man Fair in the U.K. In its five-star review of their set, Classic Rock magazine cited Sweet Jane, Honaloochie Boogie and their epic encore of Saturday Gigs as monumental moments: "Mott the Hoople are simply brilliant. Their energy, passion and obvious skills are a joy to behold…a band at the top of their game."
Mott The Hoople '74 U.S. Tour dates – tickets on sale at these links Friday, January 25
23rd January 2019
Mott The Hoople have announced a UK tour for April 2019. Dates are as follows:
Tickets go on sale 10am Friday 16th November. I understand USA dates will follow. The press release reads as follows:
Mott The Hoople have announced a UK tour for April 2019. With a set based around the 1974 albums The Hoople and Live, plus the non-album greatest hits, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the "Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll", as Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, regroup once more for seven shows across the UK.
From 1969 to 1973, Mott The Hoople were a two-headed beast, with songwriting duties split between Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, as well as the odd notable exception from Verden Allen. By the end of 1973, Mick and Verden had both left the band to see what else was out there for them. This left Ian Hunter as the sole songwriter, with the notable exception of Overend Watts fan favourite, Born Late '58.
With Hunter now given free reign, 1974's "The Hoople" explored ideas and concepts that are now widely credited as having influenced everyone from the punk movement to Queen, with the latter supporting the band and cited by Brian May as the only band that Queen ever supported. 1974 was also arguably Mott's most intensely creative period with the studio album, four hit singles – Roll Away The Stone, The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll, Foxy Foxy and Saturday Gigs – plus a live album, half of which was taken from their week long stint at the Uris Theatre, Broadway.
The live album highlighted the talents of Mick and Verden's replacements – Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher respectively, who breathed new life into classics and crowd favourites alike, All The Young Dudes, All The Way From Memphis, Honaloochie Boogie, Rose, Rest In Peace and Walking With A Mountain forming the core of the live album.
In 2009 and 2013, the 1969 / 1973 line up completed two highly successful reunion tours. At the time, many fans asked whether it would ever be possible to see the "Class Of '74" – Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher – back together again.
As it would have been impossible to try and replace Mott's rhythm section, Overend Watts and Dale 'Buffin' Griffin, who are both now sadly deceased and with Mick Ralphs having suffered health issues which would preclude him appearing, the time seemed right to try something a little different.
In 2018, the trio of Hunter, Bender and Fisher, augmented by Ian’s long-term backing band, The Rant Band, played three festivals, their first live shows since 2013. It's fair to say that the festival performances took people by surprise, the band showing a renewed energy and spirit and the press claiming their songs to be "the soundtrack to a generation" and still sounding "as fresh as they did back in the day" , whilst describing Ian Hunter as "the epitome of rock and roll cool, and one of the great singer-songwriters of our time." (National Rock Review, 2018)
14th November 2018
A 6-CD box set of Island-era material (ie 1969-1971) was released in November 2018. It comprises the four albums Mott recorded for Island, a fifth disc of ballads and a sixth disc of live material, together with many rare or previously-unreleased tracks. Mental Train - The Island Years 1969-1971 also contains an excellent book (written by Kris Needs) chonicling this era in Mott's career.
7th November 2018
Ian's 1972 tour "diary" was republished on 11th October 2018 by Omnibus Press. Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star has been out of print for some 20 years, despite being one of the best on-the-road books ever written.
This new edition contains an introduction by Johnny Depp, a new chapter by Mott biographer Campbell Devine explaining the background to the 'diary', new photos, Ian's 2015 Japan 'diary' (previously published in Mojo magazine) and an afterword by Ian Hunter.
It can be ordered from amazon.co.uk
7th November 2018
In his Horse's Mouth column, Ian Hunter has hinted at much Rant Band tour activity being lined up for 2019. I have no further details at the moment, but expect major UK, Europe and USA tours.
20th April 2018
Mott bassist Overend Watts' long-awaited solo album was released on 1st September 2017 on Angel Air. In keeping with his sense of humour he stipulated that it only be released posthumously and that it be called He's Real Gone. Tracks are as follows:
The album includes Overend's original demo for Born Late 58 (which he sang on The Hoople in 1974). Catalogue number is SJPCD050.
14th September 2017
The long-awaited 30-disc Ian Hunter box set was released on 21st October 2016. Called Stranded In Reality it covers Ian's solo output from 1975 to 2015 (ie no Mott content or any of his pre-Mott career).
There are 17 original albums on 19 CDs, and 2 DVDs and 9CDs of rare, live and unreleased material. It also includes an 88-page book with track-by-track info and a signed Alien Boy lithograph. Price is £250 (OK, £249.99, about $300).
Further details are on Proper's Stranded In Reality page. A seven-track sampler, Sampling In Reality, is available now at a slightly more reasonable £7 (about $10). Further details are on Proper's Sampling In Reality page.
27th October 2016
Ian Hunter's latest album, titled Fingers Crossed, was released on September 16th. The track listing is as follows:
Initial orders received a free mp3 download of the non-album track Seein' Red.
22nd November 2016