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.
02 Oct 2017 – Downtown Blues Club, Hamburg Germany Tickets
04 Oct 2017 – Bluesgarage, Hannover Germany Tickets
05 Oct 2017 – Piano, Dortmund Germany Tickets
06 Oct 2017 – Byscenen, Trondheim Norway Tickets
09 Oct 2017 – Quasimodo, Berlin Germany Tickets
10 Oct 2017 – Harmonie, Bonn Germany Tickets
12 Oct 2017 – Rex, Bensheim Germany Tickets
13 Oct 2017 – Lehenbachhalle, Winterbach Germany Tickets
14 Oct 2017 – Hunziken Mühle, Rubigen Switzerland Tickets
16 Oct 2017 – Bloom, Mezzago Italy Tickets
Additions, corrections and further ticket information will be updated in this post.
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
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
The Friday Night Rock Show featuring Ian Hunter airs the Friday (7 Apr 2017). Vintage TV is available on Sky 369, Freeview 82, Virgin 343, Freesat 505 and BT/TalkTalk 82. For full episodes and exclusive content, download the free Vintage TV app or visit their website: www.vintage.tv.
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.
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival 2017 on 8 June 2017.
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.
Ian ‘n’ Trudi xxx
2016 Ian Hunter tour merchandise is now available for purchase directly from this website via PayPal. All stock is extremely limited! Visit the tour merchandise page to order.
My extremely eccentric, lovely mate – Peter Overend Watts – has left the building.
– Ian Hunter
“Bill Price R.I.P. – One of the greatest engineers EVER. Saved me a few times. Condolences to his family.”
– Ian Hunter