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 5th February 2017.
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band will be touring the UK in June. Date are as follows:
Full details, including tickets, are available from Ian's website.
5th February 2017
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band play the City Winery NYC on 6th and 7th February. Full details, including tickets, are available from Ian's website.
29th January 2017
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band will be playing the Sweden Rock Festival on 8th June 2017. I don't think tickets are available yet, but further details are on Ian's website.
29th January 2017
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
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
Ian Hunter will be playing three dates in Sweden and two in Norway in November. He will be playing the following venues:
Tickets go on sale on 23rd May
19th June 2016
Ian Hunter will be playing three shows at The City Winery in New York City in June. Billed as "Ian Hunter's Summer Residency", the dates are Saturday 11th June, Saturday 18th June and Saturday 25th June. He will also be playing the Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA on 19th June. For details, tickets, etc, please go to Ian's website.
Tickets are already on sale.
2nd May 2016
Dates for Ian Hunter's UK tour this autumn have been announced. He will be playing the following venues:
Tickets are already on sale.
25th March 2016
Mott's drummer, who has been ill with dementia for some time, has passed away. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Dale was instrumental in keeping the Mott flame alive for many years. He was responsible for the Two Miles From Heaven album of rare/unreleased tracks, and worked on the 3-CD box set Sony put out in 1998. In more recent years he worked closely with Angel Air to secure the release of much archive Mott material on CD.
7th February 2016
A new Ian Hunter live album has been released. Called Live In The UK 2010, it was recorded when Ian toured the UK with the Rant Band and a string quartet.
17th September 2014
Ian's 1997 album Artful Dodger was reissued in early July, having been unavailable for many years. It includes the non-album B-side F*ck It Up as a bonus track.
19th August 2014
Two of the 2013 Mott The Hoople shows were recorded for release. Originally it was planned that the Manchester gig was to be issued on DVD with the London O2 gig released on CD. The Manchester recording has turned out to be much superior, so both the DVD and CD are from the Manchester gig. The set is called Live 2013.
27th April 2014
A new Mott The Hoople book has been published. Called We've Got A Great Future Behind Us, it is published by Concert Live (the same company that recorded the first of the Hammersmith shows in 2009).
It is a limited edition (1000 copies worldwide) luxury coffee-table book with each copy individually numbered and featuring never-before-seen photos from the archives of all band members and a centre-fold spread signed by each member of the band (except Dale Griffin - due to ill-health, his will be a reproduction). It also includes an exclusive DVD featuring footage from Mott's 1974 US tour (shot by Morgan with his 8mm hand-held camera).
The price is a whopping £200. I understand it has now sold out.
21st December 2013
Overend Watts' book about his walk on the South-West Coast Path was published in November. Called The Man Who Hated Walking, it is published by Wymer UK.
Excerpts have already been published in the magazine Two Miles From Heaven. The book is about 300 pages long and is an excellent (and funny) read.
First editions are signed by Overend and can be ordered from Wymer's website.
21st December 2013
Widowmaker's debut album from 1976 has been reissued on Angel Air, complete with three live (BBC) tracks. Full review coming soon!
30th March 2013
A live CD and DVD of the 1980 German concert featuring Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson has been released. This is the first Hunter show featuring Mick Ronson to be released on DVD. I have reviewed both the Rockpalast CD and the Rockpalast DVD.
23rd January 2012
Press reviews of the MTH reunion gigs in October 2009 were overwhelmingly favourable. The Independent said "I've seen a few reunion shows in recent years, including the Cream and Zep shows, and I can honestly say that none elicited quite the genuine waves of joy - as opposed to reverence or awe - as Mott did tonight". They also featured Joe Elliott interviewing Ian Hunter.
Meanwhile, The Times said that Mott The Hoople still rock after 35 years. The Guardian said that there's something slightly chaotic about the sound, but that somehow adds to the appeal. The Daily Telegraph says that the rocking went on, "unrestrainable, deafening, totally life-affirming". Meanwhile, Last.fm calls Mott "England's greatest-ever rock 'n' roll band", adding "There's no-one to touch 'em!". Praise indeed!
Classic Rock magazine says "Hunter retains form... [and] with the original Hoople line-up at his back he's invincible". Mojo meanwhile is positively gushing, saying "This was the best reunion concert, and arguably one of the best concerts in its own right, ever." Uncut magazine is more measured, saying that Mott The Hoople returned triumphant, adding "By the time [Saturday Gigs] has finished, grown men are clearing their throats, no-one in a hurry to leave, a lot of them hanging on as long as possible to the triumph the night has turned into".
14th November 2009