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This page last updated 2nd August 2019.

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First four Mott The Hoople albums to be reissued on 180g vinyl

The first four Mott The Hoople albums are to be reissued on 180g vinyl. Mott The Hoople (1969), Mad Shadows (1970), Wildlife (1971) and Brain Capers (1971) will be issued by Universal (except in the USA) on 13th September 2019. They will be cut from the Andy Pearce masters that were used for the Mental Train box set and the artwork will faithfully 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 pre-order them from UDiscoverMusic.com and probably elsewhere as well (as of 2nd August there is no mention yet on Amazon).

2nd August 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

Mott The Hoople '74 USA Tour

The surviving members of the '1974' Mott The Hoople lineup will be touring the USA in October/November 2019. The following dates have been announced:

  • 21st October 2019 - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester NY
  • 22nd October 2019 - The Warner Theatre - Washington DC
  • 24th October 2019 - The Coca Cola Roxy Theatre - Atlanta GA
  • 26th October 2019 - The War Memorial Auditorium - Nashville TN
  • 28th October 2019 - The Majestic Theatre - Dallas TX
  • 29th October 2019 - ACL Live at The Moody Theater - Austin TX
  • 31st October 2019 - The Talking Stick Resort Ballroom - Scottsdale AZ
  • 1st November 2019 - The Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles CA
  • 3rd November 2019 - The Fox Theater - Oakland CA
  • 5th November 2019 - The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland OR
  • 6th November 2019 - The Moore Theatre - Seattle WA

Please visit www.mottthehoople-74.com for links to venues (for tickets, etc). Where appropriate, enter the code youngdudes for priority tickets.

No news (yet) of any Japan or Australia dates, although these are rumoured...

29th July 2019

Ian Hunter biog due October/November

An Ian Hunter biography is due for publication in October. Titled Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes: The Official Biography of Ian Hunter (Volume 1) it runs to 528 pages and will be published by Omnibus Press on 24th October 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 pre-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 on 7th November 2019. 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.

1st May 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

Ian touring in 2019

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

Overend Watts solo album released September 2017

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:

  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.

14th September 2017

Massive 30-disc box released October 2016

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 2016

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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