Ian Hunter's 1997 Tour - Dublin 4th June 1997

Whelan's Bar, Dublin

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The venue was quite small, but "intimate" as one guy in the queue described it. It held approx 200 people, most of them knowledgeable about Ian and Mott The Hoople. As we were there early we got seats right at the front, about 6 feet from the man himself.

The band was tight, the sound was excellent, Ian was on form, and I can only describe the show as one of the best, if not THE best, I've ever seen. The crowd really enjoyed it even though most of them hadn't heard the new album yet. The set was as follows, with rough quotes from IH :

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We managed to get backstage and meet Ian for the first time. He signed a few things and we had a chat. He's a really nice guy and had a lot of time for those who bothered to go in and see him. As he signed my yellowed dog-eared copy of his diary he asked "You know this has been re-issued?" I know my copy's a bit tattered, Ian, but it's personal. :-) I discussed the net and the people here among other things.

A great night for me that will live long in my memory.

Jim Madden

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Report and photos copyright © 1997 Jim Maddden; Everything else copyright © 1997 Adrian Perkins