This page will contain latest snippets of news in the Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople camp.

This page last updated 10th August 2017.


Japan dates in September

Ian Hunter and The Rant Band will play three dates in Japan in September:

  • 19th September 2017 - Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo Japan
  • 20th September 2017 - Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo Japan
  • 21st September 2017 - Shinsaibashi Muse Hall, Osaka Japan

10th August 2017

West Coast USA dates in the Autumn

Some West Coast dates have been announced for September 2017:

  • 12th September 2017 – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
  • 13th September 2017 - The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano CA
  • 15th September 2017 - The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
  • 17th November 2017 - Outpost in the Burbs, First Congregational Church, Montclair NJ
  • 18th November 2017 - City Winery, Boston MA
  • 24th November 2017 - Stage One, Fairfield CT
  • 25th November 2017 - Tupelo Music hall, Gerry NH

10th August 2017

Overend Watts solo album due September

Mott bassist Overend Watts' long-awaited solo album will finally be released on 1st September 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:

  1. She’s Real Gone
  2. The Dinosaw Market
  3. Caribbean Hate Song
  4. He’d Be A Diamond
  5. The Legend Of Redmire Pool
  6. Prawn Fire On Uncle Sheep Funnel
  7. Belle Of The Boot
  8. There's Berkeley Power Station
  9. The Magic Garden
  10. Endless Night
  11. Rise Up
  12. The Search
  13. Miss Kingston
  14. Born Late 58 (demo)

The album includes Overend's original demo for Born Late 58 (which he sang on The Hoople in 1974). Catalogue number is SJPCD050.

3rd August 2017

European tour in the Autumn

There will be a European tour in Autumn 2017. The following dates are confirmed so far:

  • 2nd October 2017 - Event Center Landhaus Walter Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg Germany
  • 4th October 2017 - Bluesgarage, Hannover Germany
  • 5th October 2017 - Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund Germany
  • 9th October 2017 - Quasimodo, Berlin Germany
  • 10th October 2017 - Harmonie, Bonn Germany
  • 12th October 2017 - Musiktheater Rex, Kulturdenkmal Güterhalle, Fabrikstrasse, Bensheim Germany
  • 13th October 2017 - Lehenbachhalle Winterbach, Schulstrasse, Winterbach Germany
  • 14th October 2017 - Hunziken Muhle, Rubigen Switzerland
  • 16th October 2017 - Bloom, Mezzago Italy
  • 18th October 2017 – Teatro Circo, Murcia
  • 19th October 2017 - Teatro Lara, Madrid Spain
  • 20th October 2017 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao Spain

12th June 2017

Japan dates in September?

In his May 2017 Horse's Mouth column, Ian says "...we have to go to Japan". In the same column, a fan says "I have finally got the tickets for your September concerts in Japan." No dates have been announced officially, but September dates would make sense given that Ian is playing the West Coast as well.

25th May 2017

Richie Anderson has passed away

Mott The Hoople's original roadie, Richie Anderson, has passed away. He was with the band from the beginning (before even Philip John joined) and was with them until the end. After Mott split he joined Queen's road crew. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

10th March 2017

Overend Watts has passed away

Mott's bass player, Overend Watts has passed away aged 69 after a long battle with throat cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 22nd January. He is survived by his sister Jane. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

23rd January 2017

Massive 30-disc box released

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

New album released September

Ian Hunter's latest album, titled Fingers Crossed, was released on September 16th. The track listing is as follows:

  1. That's When The Trouble Starts
  2. Dandy
  3. Ghosts
  4. Fingers Crossed
  5. White House
  6. Bow Street Runners
  7. Morpheus
  8. Stranded In Reality
  9. You Can't Live In the Past
  10. Long Time

Initial orders received a free mp3 download of the non-album track Seein' Red.

The first single from the album was Ian's tribute to David Bowie, Dandy. There are links to audio for this on Proper's website and on Ian's website.

22nd November 2016

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