This page will contain latest snippets of news in the Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople camp. All of this news is second-hand, and has mostly already appeared on the mailing list; I present it here for completeness.

This page last updated 25th may 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

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

18th May 2017

European tour in the Autumn

It looks like a European tour is in the works for Autumn 2017. The following dates are confirmed so far:

  • 18th October 2017 – Teatro Circo, Murcia
  • 19th October 2017 - Teatro Lara, Madrid Spain
  • 20th October 2017 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao Spain

The following dates have been posted by fans, but are unconfirmed so far:

  • 2nd October 2017 - Event Center Landhaus Walter Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg 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

18th May 2017

Mick Ronson documentary film due in May

The long-awaited Mick Ronson documentary film is due in May. Titled Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, it will be shown in UK cinemas from 8th May 2017. It will also be broadcast on Sky Arts on Saturday 27th May 2017 as part of the Sky Arts Rocks series.

28th April 2017

USA Dates in May/June

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will be playing the following USA dates this Spring:

  • Sat 6th May 2017 - Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, Bay Shore NY
  • Sun 7th May 2017 - Havana, New Hope PA
  • Wed 10th May 2017 - The Music Box, Cleveland OH
  • Fri 12th May 2017 - Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee WI
  • Sat 13th May 2017 - Park West, Chicago IL
  • Mon 15th May 2017 - The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
  • Wed 17th May 2017 - Jergel's Rhythm Grille, Warrendale PA
  • Fri 19th May 2017 - The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ
  • Sat 20th May 2017 - FTC Stage One, Fairfield CT
  • Fri 2nd June 2017 - Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk CT
  • Sat 3rd June 2017 - City Winery, New York NY
  • Sun 4th June 2017 - City Winery, New York NY

Full details, including tickets, are available from Ian's website.

11th April 2017

UK/Europe Summer Tour

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will be playing the following dates in June 2017:

  • Thur 8th June 2017 - Sweden Rock, Solvsborg, Sweden
  • Fri 9th June 2017 - Liseberg Taubescenen, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sat 10th June 2017 - Rjukan Rock Festival, Rjukan, Norway
  • Sun 11th June 2017 - Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
  • Tue 13th June 2017 - Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, England
  • Wed 14th June 2017 - The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, England
  • Fri 16th June 2017 - Waterfront, Norwich, England
  • Sat 17th June 2017 - Cheese & Grain, Frome, England
  • Sun 18th June 2017 - Arts Centre, Bingley, England
  • Tue 20th June 2017 - Hangar 34, Liverpool, England
  • Wed 21st June 2017 - Stables, Milton Keynes, England
  • Thu 22nd June 2017 - Welly Club, Hull, England
  • Sun 25th June 2017 - Town Hall, Birmingham, England
  • Mon 26th June 2017 - Guild Hall, Preston, England
  • Wed 28th June 2017 - Student Central, London England
  • Thu 29th June 2017 - Plug, Sheffield, England
  • Fri 30th June 2017 - Engine Rooms, Southampton, England
  • Mon 3rd July 2017 - Mouth Of The Tyne Festival, Playhouse, Whitley Bay, England

Full details, including tickets, are available from Ian's website.

11th April 2017

Richie Anderson had dies

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 died

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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