Mott The Hoople: Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender, Morgan Fisher

Mott The Hoople will reunite for three shows in the summer of 2018 with a lineup featuring Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher. This trio were members of the band at the height of their commercial success, including “The Hoople” and “Live” LPs as well as the band’s legendary week of shows on Broadway in May 1974.

The band will appear at the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain on 23 June, the Ramblin’ Man Fair in the UK on 30 June, and at a headlining show at Dalhalla in Sweden on 2 July.

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City Winery Boston – Feb 10 & 11

The City Winery in Boston is now open, and Ian Hunter has been rescheduled for two shows in February:

Sat 10 Feb 2018 – City Winery, Boston MA – Tickets
Sun 11 Feb 2018 – City Winery, Boston MA – Tickets

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The Reviews Are Coming In …

NJ Arts: Outpost in the Burbs turns up the volume for Ian Hunter
Montclair NJ
3SongsBonn: Reliving the Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll with Ian Hunter
Bonn Germany
Mescalina IT: Ian Hunter And The Rant Band: Mezzago / Bloom
Mezzago, Italy
Insonoro: Ian Hunter – Bilbao
Bilbao Spain
Dirty Rock: Ian Hunter – Leyenda Viva Del Rock En Madrid
Madrid Spain
Rock Culture: Ian Hunter and The Rant Band en el Teatro Circo Murcia
Murcia Spain
Martinez Tribune: Ian Hunter Rocks and Rolls Away the Stone at The Fillmore
San Francisco CA
Ross Halfin: September 2017
San Juan Capistrano CA

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New Hampshire Rocks!

Tupelo Music Hall, Derry NH (Dennis DiBrizzi photo)

Tupelo Music Hall, Derry NH (Dennis DiBrizzi photo)

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‘Fingers Crossed’ is out now!

IAN HUNTER
‘Fingers Crossed’ (Proper Records)
New album released September 16 2016

Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download:

Amazon USA (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon USA (Download)
iTunes USA (download)
Proper Music UK (CD or Vinyl)
iTunes UK (download)

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Ian Hunter’s latest studio album, Fingers Crossed unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.

As leader of ‘70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and the voice of such landmark albums as, “All The Young Dudes”, “Mott”, “Ian Hunter” and “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.

The compositions on Fingers Crossed see Hunter covering typically wide-ranging subject matter. ‘Dandy’, his fond tribute to David Bowie reflects on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott’s album All the Young Dudes and provided its hit title track. “I think ‘Dandy’ might be my favourite track on the album,” Ian admits “I like the line – ‘and then we took the last bus home’. David was an incredible artist with an insatiable curiosity for everything.”

‘Ghosts’ was inspired by a November 2014 visit to Union Avenue in Memphis where Ian and the Rant Band were invited to jam in rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studio. Title track ‘Fingers Crossed’ is a 1750’s sea-faring tale of impressment, when men were taken into the Navy by compulsion and forced recruitment.

“’Fingers Crossed’ was not inspired by a book” Ian comments, “actually it wasn’t inspired by anything material. I’ve no idea where it came from as I simply woke up one day with the line – ‘I was pressed into service, through no fault of my own’ – and from there the song took its own course. It could only go one way. It’s great when you get a strong opening line!”

‘White House’ injects a fun element, based on real-life … and a real beaver … while ‘Bow Street Runners’ tells the 18th Century tale of the Fielding Brothers. Hunter explains: “In the 1700s half-a-million people lived in London and there were no cops, so crime was rampant. It was crazy. One of the Fielding brothers was known as Blind Beak – he couldn’t see but he could smell crime and recognized thousands of criminals by the sound of their voices – so the story goes. The brothers Henry and John Fielding formed the Bow Street Runners … Britain’s first Bobbies!”

‘Morpheus’ is framed around the Ancient Greek god who had the ability to mimic human form and shape people’s dreams and has proved “the instant favourite of many people who have heard the album,” Hunter reveals. “I’m delighted with ‘Fingers Crossed’,” he adds; a sentiment sure to be shared by fans far and wide!

Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download:

Amazon USA (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon USA (Download)
iTunes USA (download)
Proper Music UK (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon UK (Download)
iTunes UK (download)

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The Contents of Stranded in Reality

You will all have been excited by the extraordinary content of the CDs and DVDs in the monumental Stranded In Reality set – tracks viewable at www.propermusic.com

Now, let us tell you about some of the other enticing extras that will be revealed when you open the box.
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An 88-page “album sized” hard back book containing:

  • Show me what you got now … Stranded in Reality explained
  • The journey … the Ian Hunter story, penned by Ian Hunter biographer Campbell Devine, with quotes from Ian and his musical sidekicks along the way.
  • Down the tracks … Ian reflects on over 200 tracks with fascinating insights from the man himself.
  • Go tell the superstar … reflections and testimonials from rock ‘n’ roll luminaries

All illustrated with stunning artwork, several rare and previously unseen images, many donated by Ian from his personal collection, record sleeves, promo material and memorabilia.

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A 20-page 70s facsimile music paper containing historic press features, reviews and ads – plus a Hunter Ronson double-page Tour Poster – sequentially re-constructed from Sounds, Record Mirror, DISC and Melody Maker, and completely dedicated to Ian’s solo career (1975 to 2015)

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An unissued archive black and white reproduction print, taken at the 1976 All-American Alien Boy sessions for Philip Hays’ album artwork, personally signed by Ian Hunter.

Click the image below to view some example pages from the book.
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The limited edition boxset is available now on www.propermusic.com.

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The Horse’ Mouth

Ian answers questions in his monthly column The Horse’s Mouth. This forum gives fans a chance to send a question directly to Ian, many of which he will answer in the next edition. The Horse’s Mouth for July 2017 has just been posted here.

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Ian Hunter & The Rant Band new single ‘Ghosts’

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band new single, ‘Ghosts’ and June/July UK tour.

Following on from last year’s fond tribute to David Bowie, ‘Dandy,’ Ian Hunter releases a second cut from his widely acclaimed new solo album, ‘Fingers Crossed.’ A vivacious stomper, recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, ‘Ghosts’ was inspired by a 2014 visit to Union Avenue in Memphis where Ian and the Rant Band were invited to jam in rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studio.

“I’m like some kid in a candy store – always been a fan
It’s all still here – the atmosphere – it’s where it all began”

As leader of ‘70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and the voice of such landmark albums as, “All The Young Dudes”, “Mott”, “Ian Hunter” and “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.

‘Ghosts’ will be released on 9th June 2017 on Proper Records. Audio stream here

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Praise for ‘Fingers Crossed’ :

“On this evidence, nothing’s going to touch him in these golden years”
– 9/10, Classic Rock

“Each time Ian Hunter releases a new album it’s hailed as a late period classic”
– 4 stars, Record Collector

“Fingers Crossed continues Hunter’s chain of excellent 21st-century albums”
– 4 stars, Q

“Hunter is still firing on all cylinders”
– 4 stars, Sunday Express

“Every song has a soaring melody”
– 4 stars, MOJO

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Record Store Day 2017 – Dandy 7″

This Record Store Day, which takes place on the 22nd April, Proper Records will be releasing a limited edition exclusive 7″ gold vinyl single of Dandy taken from the latest album Fingers Crossed. Dandy is Hunter’s fond tribute to David Bowie which reflects on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott’s album All the Young Dudes and provided its hit title track.

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Richie Anderson

RIP Richie Anderson, Mott the Hoople’s original one and only road tech (back in the day they were called roadies).

At the beginning, all we had was Richie; he kept turning help down, until, eventually, Phil John appeared and Richie grudgingly relented. Richie was a rock – up with the best – and became quite the well turned out gent in later years. When Mott split he joined Queen and Brian May was his best man.

Nobody better. Sadly gone, but not forgotten. Sleep easy mate.

Love,
Ian ‘n’ Trudi xxx

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