Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

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

This page last updated 13th October 2022.

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New Ian Hunter album due early 2023

It looks like Ian's latest album will be released early in 2023, having been put back from mid-November. Titled Defiance Part 1, it will feature the following tracks:

  1. Defiance
  2. Bed of Roses
  3. No Hard Feelings
  4. Pavlov's Dog
  5. Don't Tread on Me
  6. Guernica
  7. I Hate Hate
  8. Angel
  9. Kiss n' Make Up
  10. This Is What I'm Here For

Early reports that it was a vinyl-only release are wide of the mark - it will be available in "all formats" (which presumably means CD, vinyl and download).

13th October 2022

New Mick Ronson Biography published September

A new Mick Ronson biography was published mid-September 2022. Titled Turn and Face The Strange - The Mick Ronson Story it is written by Rupert Creed and Garry Burnett, with forewords by Midge Ure and former Hull MP Alan Johnson.

13th October 2022

Ray Majors has passed away

Guitarist Ray Majors has passed away together with his partner Sandy Dillon. Ray played guitar with Hackensack before playing with MOTT from 1975 to 1976 and British Lions from 1977 to 1978. My thoughts are with Ray's and Sandy's families at this difficult time.

10th August 2022

Suzi Ronson book

Suzi Ronson (Mick's widow) is writing a book. "Me And Mr Jones" will be published by Faber Books promises to be a fascinating read from Bowie's stylist. The book is scheduled for publication in 2023. More info when I get it.

19th April 2022

2-LP Ian Hunter compilation due June

A 2-LP compilation of Ian Hunter tracks is due for release in June. Once Bitten - The CBS Collection will comprise material Ian recorded for CBS between 1975 and 1983, and is aimed at vinyl completists. The tracks are:

Side 1

  1. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  2. Lounge Lizard
  3. Who Do You Love
  4. 3000 Miles From Here
  5. The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin' But The Truth

Side 2

  1. It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off
  2. All-American Alien Boy
  3. You Nearly Did Me In
  4. Letter To Britannia From The Union Jack
  5. Irene Wilde

Side 3

  1. Apathy 83
  2. Justice Of The Peace
  3. (Miss) Silver Dime
  4. Shallow Crystals
  5. Broadway
  6. England Rocks

Side 4

  1. Wild 'n' Free
  2. The Ballad Of Little Star
  3. All Of The Good Ones Are Taken
  4. Death 'n' Glory Boys
  5. Seeing Double
  6. Traitor

Sleeve notes will be by Mott biographer Campbell Devine.

19th April 2022

Kris Gray's memoirs

Kris Gray, who was Ian Hunter's manager in the late 1990's, is writing his memoirs. He hopes to have them published by the end of the year, despite describing it as "a mammoth task"!

16th January 2022

Darrell Bath has passed away

Guitarist Darrell Bath has passed away. He played guitar in Ian Hunter's band from 1995 to 2000, and played on the Dirty Laundry and Artful Dodger albums. He passed away peacefully in his sleep 27/28th September. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

29th September 2021

Audiophile release of CBS-era albums

Mott's three CBS-era albums, All The Young Dudes, Mott and The Hoople have been released in SACD format. These will play on a normal CD player, but also on SACD players which will give listeners audiophile sound quality. More significantly, however, is the fact that The Hoople is available in quadrophonic sound (again, for listeners with suitable audio gear). This is the first time it has been available in this format in the digital age.

16th February 2021

Mick Bolton has passed away

2021 starts with the sad news that Mick Bolton has passed away. Mick played organ with Mott the Hoople in the second half of 1973 and can be heard on the Hammersmith side of the Live album. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

1st January 2021

3-CD Gold compilation of Mott and Ian due January

A new 3-CD compilation of Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter tracks is due in January 2021. Called Gold, it will be released on the Crimson label and will feature the following tracks:

Disc 1

  1. All The Young Dudes
  2. One Of The Boys
  3. Momma's Little Jewel
  4. Sweet Jane
  5. Jerkin' Crocus
  6. Sea Diver
  7. Honaloochie Boogie
  8. Rose
  9. Drivin' Sister
  10. All The Way From Memphis
  11. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople
  12. Hymn For The Dudes
  13. Whizz Kid
  14. Violence
  15. I Wish I Was Your Mother
  16. Roll Away The Stone
  17. Where Do You All Come From

Disc 2

  1. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  2. Rest In Peace
  3. Alice
  4. Crash Street Kidds
  5. Marionette
  6. Pearl 'n' Roy (England)
  7. Foxy Foxy
  8. Trudi's Song
  9. Saturday Gigs
  10. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  11. 3,000 Miles From Here
  12. Lounge Lizard
  13. It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off
  14. The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin' But The Truth
  15. Who Do You Love
  16. I Get So Excited

Disc 3

  1. All American Alien Boy
  2. God (Take 1)
  3. You Nearly Did Me In
  4. Letter To Britannia From The Union Jack
  5. Irene Wilde
  6. Apathy '83
  7. Justice Of The Peace
  8. (Miss) Silver Dime
  9. Shallow Crystals
  10. Broadway
  11. Overnight Angels
  12. England Rocks
  13. Wild 'n' Free
  14. All Of The Good Ones Are Taken
  15. Death 'n' Glory Boys
  16. Traitor
  17. Seeing Double

Price is a quite reasonable £5.99. You can pre-order it from Amazon.

29th November 2020

Signed edition of Ian biog announced

Omnibus Press have announced the availability of a limited-edition signed copy of Part 2 of Rock n Roll Sweepstakes, which is the authorised Ian Hunter biography by Campbell Devine. Part 2 covers Ian's solo career, from when he left Mott The Hoople in December 1974 to the present day.

As well as a signed hard-back copy of the book, the package contains:

  • Mott the Hoople 'Like a Rolling Stone' CD – "lost" 1971 BBC Radio session recording
  • 4 Ian Hunter tour passes
  • 5 Mott/Hunter postcards
  • Sixties Hurricane Henry and the Shriekers business card
  • Mott the Hoople Sea Divers fan club membership card
  • Hunter’s handwritten 'Violence' lyrics from the Mott sessions
  • CBS Canada 1976 promotional biography

The cost is £100. You can pre-order this from the Omnibus Press website now.

12th November 2020

Iron City Houserockers album reissued

The 1980 album by Iron City Houserockers Have A Good Time... But Get Out Alive! has been reissued on Cleveland International. Mick Ronson produced the album, and Ian Hunter also produced, arranged and contributed to two tracks. The reissue comes with a bonus CD containing 16 unreleased demos and outtakes. Details are on Cleveland International's website.

10th June 2020

Ian Hunter determined to carry on

Ian Hunter has made clear that he has every intention of carrying on (with both live and recorded work) despite his recent bout of tinnitus. Ian was struck down in September 2019 and it forced the cancellation of Mott's October/November 2019 tour. In his Horse's Mouth column (February 2020) Ian says "Let me make myself clear here. I've no intention of stopping. I just have to find a way around this – and it's difficult. Working on it."

3rd March 2020

Verden Allen recovering well

Verden Allen, Mott's organist from 1969 to early 1973, has been taken seriously ill. He suffered a heart attack early in December but has now had a heart bypass procedure and is recovering well at home. I wish him and his family all th best for the future.

3rd March 2020

Ian Hunter biog published

An Ian Hunter biography was published in mid-November, having been put back from mid-October. Titled Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes: The Official Biography of Ian Hunter (Volume 1) it runs to 528 pages and was published by Omnibus Press on 14th November 2019. The press release is as follows:

Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes is a frank and comprehensive biography of a remarkable man, amazing life and an incredible body of work. It covers Ian's youth and formative rock 'n' roll years in the Sixties, Mott the Hoople's formation, David Bowie's intervention as "a fan" of the band and Mott's rise to international stardom. Echoing Ian's acclaimed book 'Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star', this biography shines a 'light' on the highs and lows of stardom and the music business lifestyle. It also tells how Ian, at Mott's peak, found a friction with fame and jettisoned what he had achieved with a "Sod showbiz and schmoozing" attitude and an "I'll do my own thing" manifesto. Biographer Campbell Devine has had unlimited personal access to Ian Hunter, all of Mott the Hoople and their personnel, members of Queen, Roxy Music, Def Leppard and dozens of other significant groups, performers and celebrity fans including Gene Simmons, John Taylor and Ellen Foley. Containing candid first-hand revealing accounts, unseen images and in-depth interviews, this is the ultimate biography of one of rock's greatest writers, performers and influencers. Ian has fully authorised and cooperated with this biography and is happy to be involved in its promotion.

You can order it from Amazon.co.uk now.

Meanwhile Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes: The Official Biography of Ian Hunter (Volume 2) will cover Ian solo career (1975 to the present day). It runs to 464 pages, and will be published by Omnibus Press in February 2021 (having been put back from mid-November). The promotional blurb reads as follows:

Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes is a frank and comprehensive biography of a remarkable man, his amazing life and his incredible body of work, that of Ian Hunter. In Volume Two, Campbell Devine, regarded as the authority on Mott's music and Hunter's history, reveals the highs and lows of Ian's 40+ year solo career post the break-up of the original Mott The Hoople.

You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk now.

4th August 2020

2-LP compilation of CBS-era Mott The Hoople released November

A compilation of 1972-74 era Mott The Hoople was released on vinyl in November. Called The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll, this 2-LP set features all the UK singles plus some choice album tracks. The track listing is as follows:

Side 1

  1. All The Young Dudes (UK Single Version) (3:29)
  2. Jerkin' Crocus (3:59)
  3. One Of The Boys (UK Single Version) (4:19)
  4. Sweet Jane (4:21)
  5. Sea Diver (2:53)

Side 2

  1. Honaloochie Boogie (UK Single Version) (2:43)
  2. Rose (3:55)
  3. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (26th March 1972, Zurich) (5:23)
  4. I Wish I Was Your Mother (4:49)
  5. All The Way From Memphis (3:25)

Side 3

  1. Hymn For The Dudes (5:23)
  2. Whizz Kid (3:25)
  3. Violence (4:47)
  4. Roll Away The Stone (UK Single Version) (3:01)
  5. The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll (3:23)

Side 4

  1. Marionette (5:01)
  2. Crash Street Kidds (4:29)
  3. Rest In Peace (3:53 )
  4. Foxy, Foxy (UK Single Version) (3:30)
  5. Saturday Gigs (UK Single Version) (4:20)

It comes in gatefold packaging, with printed inner sleeves featuring original artwork from the LPs All The Young Dudes, Mott and The Hoople and liner notes written by Mott biographer Campbell Devine.

29th November 2019

Mott's 1973 Hammersmith show issued on 180g vinyl

Mott The Hoople's legendary show at London's Hammersmith Odeon in December 1973 has been issued on 180g vinyl. The 2-LP set comprises (almost) the full set from the night, together with photos, a printed inner bag, liner notes written by Mott authority Campbell Devine and a replica tour poster. The track listing is as follows:

Side 1

  1. Intro (Jupiter from 'The Planets' suite)
  2. Drivin' Sister
  3. Sucker
  4. Sweet Jane

Side 2

  1. Sweet Angeline
  2. Rose
  3. Roll Away The Stone

Side 3

  1. All The Young Dudes
  2. Medley: Jerkin' Crocus, One Of The Boys, Rock 'n' Roll Queen, Get Back, Whole Lotta Shakin', Violence

Side 4

  1. Walkin' With A Mountain
  2. Medley: Jerkin' Crocus, Sucker, Violence (B-side to 'Saturday Gigs')

The short live medley that closes side 4 was the b-side to Mott's final single Saturday Gigs. The price is expected to be around £25.

16th October 2019

Mott The Hoople '74 USA Tour Cancelled

Mott the Hoople ’74 are disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of their fall 2019 U.S. tour. The group’s singer and guitarist Ian Hunter has recently developed a severe case of tinnitus and has been advised by his doctors to discontinue performing until this condition subsides.

Tickets purchased for these dates can be refunded at point of sale.

Ian has issued the following statement on his website:

Hey Kids,

I’m afraid I’m not very well.

It happened out of the blue three weeks ago; I got hit heavily by tinnitus. It’s unrelenting and on doctors orders, I’ve had to cancel everything for the time being.

I’ve had it on and off for years, but it’s always slid away. This time it’s stayed – it knocks the stuffing and the confidence out of you.

You lot know I love to tour – been doing it for 50 years. I hate to let everybody down, but I’m stuck and I can’t even go to the post box at the moment never mind a tour. Unhappy is not the word for it. I’ve had tests – no tumors, but it’s loud and incessant and frankly scary. I know this puts people out – believe me, I know. I just hope you’ll understand. You’re great fans and I’ll always appreciate you following me – I’m not everybody’s cup of tea!! Obviously the Ranters are bummed out as is Morgan ’n’ the Great Ariel Bender, to say nothing of the crew and business people involved. Thank you, Mike and Frank for your understanding.

Where do we go from here – I’ve no idea kids. I’m just hoping it gets fed up with me eventually!! Don’t feel sorry for me – it’s been a great run if, indeed, it stays with me, and I have to stop now. Maybe it will sod off at some point – I just don’t know.

I’ll keep you updated via my website. Once again, sorry to you all.

Love ’n’ kisses

IH

I wish Ian and his family all the best, and hope he gets better soon.

1st October 2019

First four Mott The Hoople albums reissued on 180g vinyl

The first four Mott The Hoople albums have been reissued on 180g vinyl. Mott The Hoople (1969), Mad Shadows (1970), Wildlife (1971) and Brain Capers (1971) were issued by Universal (except in the USA) on 13th September 2019. They are cut from the Andy Pearce masters that were used for the Mental Train box set and the artwork faithfullys reproduce the original LP sleeves, right down to the 'zorro' mask included with Brain Capers. Although the word "audiophile" is not used, 180g vinyl tends to be used for such releases so sound quality should be very good indeed.

You can order them from UDiscoverMusic.com and probably elsewhere as well.

1st October 2019

Nigel Benjamin has passed away

Former MOTT vocalist Nigel Benjamin has passed away. He was a member of the band from early 1975 to late 1976 and was effectively Ian Hunter's replacement. He featured on the two albums Drive On and Shouting And Pointing. The cause of his passing is not yet known, but I understand he had heart problems in the last few years.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

2nd August 2019

Ian Gibbons has passed away

Former Kinks and Ian Hunter Band keyboard player Ian Gibbons has passed away after a short illness. He was a member of Ian's touring band from 1997 to the mid-2000's and featured on the Astoria live DVD (Just Another Night) and CD (The Truth...). I understand he had been suffering from bladder cancer.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

2nd August 2019

6-CD box set of Island-era material released

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 "Diary..." republished in October 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