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StageOne, Fairfield CT – 05 Sep 2014

IAN HUNTER AND THE RANT BAND
Stage One, Fairfield CT
Friday, 05 Sep 2014

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The Bell House, Brooklyn NY – 06 Sep 2014

IAN HUNTER AND THE RANT BAND
The Bell House, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, 06 Sep 2014
support from Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby

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The Further Adventures of … DOWN ‘n’ OUTZ

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DEF LEPPARD’S JOE ELLIOTT FRONTED PROJECT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF… ON APRIL 22nd (APRIL 21st UK)

Down ‘n’ Outz are pleased to announce the release of a brand new album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople.

The project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople reformed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) to get involved. Joe formed the Down ‘n’ Outz with The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Phil Martini (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience.

In 2009 Down ‘n’ Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of the band’s five Hammersmith Apollo shows, which garnered much interest with fans. The fan demand eventually led to the band looking to create an album. 2011 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut My Re-Generation through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). My Re-Generation included the singles “England Rocks” and “Overnight Angels,” that reached No 4 and No 1 respectively on the US Media Base Rock chart -keeping Eric Clapton’s new single off the top of the chart for 2 weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called “Live At Hammersmith Apollo.” The new album The Further Adventures of… picks up where the live DVD left off and features the driving groove of album opener – and first single – “Rock And Roll Queen”(pre-order the album HERE and get “Rock And Roll Queen” instantly). The collection also includes the good time of rock-n-roll tune “One Of The Boys,” and ballad “The Journey,” plus the drum heavy song “Violence.” This LP is set to bring out a rich and much loved seam of British songwriting to a whole new audience. The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage.

Joe Elliott says, “These songs make up a huge portion of who I am and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to record them and hopefully give them a new lease of life, which, quite frankly, is long overdue.”

Morgan Fisher (keyboardist Mott The Hoople 1973/1974 and also Mott and British Lions) expresses, “It’s like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott’s finest songs!”

Ian Hunter says, “I’m blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on ‘The Journey’ is one of the best I’ve heard. These songs really suit Joe’s voice also. It’s a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!”

After supporting Mott The Hoople in 2009, Down ‘n’ Outz played the main stage of inaugural High Voltage festival at Victoria Park, London during the Summer of 2010. Following this memorable performance, they toured the UK as main support to Paul Rogers in 2011. The band is currently working on live dates for 2014/2015.

Tracklisting is as follows …

Rock And Roll Queen
Stiff Upper Lip
Marionette
One Of The Boys
Whizz Kid
Violence
The Journey
Drivin’ Sister
The Original Mixed-Up Kid
Crash Street Kidds
Broadside Outcasts
The Revenge Of The Shipwrecked Hedgehog
Sea Diver (iTunes Bonus Track)
One Of The Boys – radio edit – (iTunes Bonus Track)

Ian Hunter 2014 UK Tour Dates

Ian Hunter and the Rant band will tour the UK in autumn 2014. Venues should be announcing tickets starting this Friday, March 07 2014. Support on all UK dates will be from Federal Charm.

Fri 19 Sep 2014 – The Pyramid Centre, PORTSMOUTH
Sat 20 Sep 2014 – The Assembly, LEAMINGTON SPA
Sun 21 Sep 2014 – Drill Hall, LINCOLN
Tue 23 Sep 2014 – Lemon Tree, ABERDEEN
Wed 24 Sep 2014 – The Garage, GLASGOW
Fri 26 Sep 2014 – The Picturedrome, HOLMFIRTH
Sat 27 Sep 2014 – RCNM, MANCHESTER
Sun 28 Sep 2014 – The Sage 2, GATESHEAD
Tue 30 Sep 2014 – The Stables, MILTON KEYNES
Thu 02 Oct 2014 – City Hall (Memorial Hall) SHEFFIELD
Fri 03 Oct 2014 – Concorde 2, BRIGHTON
Sat 04 Oct 2014 – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, LONDON

Freddie ‘Fingers’ Lee

I’m so sorry.

Fred, Miller Anderson, Pete Phillips and I had some great times back in the day. Fred was a character. He told me he started with Sutch on ten bob a week AND he had to drive the van. We starved together in Germany – van broken down – club owner not paying us – but we got to play for hours every night and that was the buzz. Somehow disasters were averted and we’d make it back.

I always felt bad for Fred. He was – quite naturally – Jerry Lee Lewis’s twin. Same range, same power on the keyboards, same arrogance and he could be really funny – same love of American Country music – he would often sail into a song the band had never heard of. Fred loved the raw original beginnings of Rock ‘n’ Roll and remained staunchly loyal to it during a long, successful career. He had a lot of fans in Europe and never seemed to stop working – music was his life.

We all went off and did different things, but I’ll always be grateful to Fred for giving me a little hope at a time when I thought the factory was my only future.

I’ll always remember him saying to me “You’re a good songwriter – but don’t ever try to sing.” He was probably right!!!

Rest In Peace, Freddie.

Condolences to all.

Ian Hunter
January 13, 2014
Connecticut, USA

The Road Crew Speaks!

Long-time Mott The Hoople road crew Richie Anderson and Phil John have announced three gigs to complement and coincide with our UK shows in November. As well as talking about their time on the road with Mott they’ll be screening the Ballad of Mott movie in some plush cinemas, with full screen and Dolby Digital Sound:

- Hereford (Mott’s hometown) on the evening of Sunday 10 November
- Birmingham on Monday 11 November (in the afternoon before our gig)
- London at the O2 on Monday 18 November (in the afternoon before our gig)

The chaps have their own Facebook page with details and how to buy tickets –

Facebook page link is: facebook.com/mottroadcrew

Mott The Hoople Announce Special Guests Thunder and support from Fish (formerly of Marillion) at London The 02 date

Mott The Hoople are pleased to announce that Thunder will join them as Special Guests on their 02 show in London on Monday 18th November 2013. Thunder are one of the UK’s best loved rock acts, having had 18 top 40 UK hits since 1989, and the 02 date provides a rare opportunity to see them live in London in 2013. www.thunderonline.com

Support also comes from the legendary Fish (formerly of Marillion). He will be performing hits from throughout his career and also songs from his forthcoming new album “A Feast of Consequences”. As with Thunder, Fish will only be appearing at The O2 show. www.fishheadsclub.com

See the entire press release by clicking here

Upcoming USA Live Dates

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are making a number of live appearances this fall. The dates confirmed thus far are:


  • City Winery, New York NY – 20 September 2013
  • City Winery, New York NY – 21 September 2013
  • City Winery, Chicago IL – 01 October 2013
  • City Winery, Chicago IL – 02 October 2013
  • Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee WI – 03 October 2013
  • Kent Stage, Kent OH – 05 October 2013

Ian Hunter: Isle of Wight Highlights

New York and Chicago City Winery Shows

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will play the City Winery in City Winery in New York on 20 & 21 September 2013, and the City Winery in Chicago on 01 & 02 October 2013.