This page will contain latest news in the Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople camp.
This page last updated 20th April 2018.
Ian's 1972 tour "diary" is to be republished in August 2018 by Omnibus Books. 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. It can be pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk
20th April 2017
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 2017
Mott The Hoople will be playing some European festivals in the summer. They will be playing the Rambin' Man Fair on 30th June 2018. There is also the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain on 23rd June (when Mott will be special guests to Van Morrison) and the Dalhalla festival in Sweden on 2nd July. These will be Mott's only gigs of the summer. I understand there will be no "warm-up" gigs or other live activity.
This time the band will feature Ian Hunter (natch), Morgan Fisher on keyboards and Ariel Bender on guitar. The band will also feature Paul Page (bass) and Steve Holley (drums) from the Rant Band - I'm not sure if the other Ranters will be included.
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