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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:

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.

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.

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.

Ian Hunter to headline Skånevik Blues Festival – 5 Jul 2013

Ian and the Rant Band will headline the main stage of the Skånevik Blues Festival on 5 Jul 2013. Details and ticket information are available at the festival website.

Isle of Wight Festival 2013

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are now confirmed for the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival on 15 June 2013. Highlights of the set will be broadcast on British national TV. They will play two warmup gigs prior to the Isle Of Wight Festival: 13 Jun 2013 at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth, and 14 Jun 2013 at the Assembly in Leamington Spa.

Mott The Hoople Announce UK Tour Dates – November 2013
The legends reform for historic UK tour

“Now people realise that we were innovators. When you work as hard as we did, you appreciate that” – Ian Hunter

“On tour as support to Mott The Hoople (the only time Queen ever supported anyone), I was always conscious that we were in the presence of something great, something highly evolved, close to the centre of the Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll, something to breathe in and learn from.” – Brian May

“I was into Mott The Hoople then The Clash came and I got into them, because one’s prepared you for the other” – Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream

“I followed Mott The Hoople up and down the country. I’d go to Liverpool or Newcastle or somewhere—sleep on the Town Hall steps, and bunk the fares on the trains, hide in the toilet when the ticket inspector came around. I’d jump off just before the train got to the station and climb over the fence. It was great times, and I always knew I wanted to be in a band and play guitar. That was it for me.” – Mick Jones, The Clash

“My favourite ever band, there’s not one dud on here, but there are some great tunes with very insightful lyrics and the ultimate pop song in “Honaloochie Boogie”. Joe Elliott of Def Leppard on the ‘Mott’ album

Formed in 1969, Mott The Hoople went on to become one of the best loved and most influential rock groups of all time. Their string of hits started with the David Bowie-penned “All The Young Dudes”, after which the band’s legend was written with original classics such as “All the Way From Memphis”, “Roll Away The Stone”, “Saturday Gigs” and “The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll”.

The band, whose fame was established initially by their incandescent live shows, reformed to celebrate their legacy in 2009, which saw them play a series of critically and commercially successful live dates to mark their 40th anniversary. The gigs, including a 5-night, sold-out stint at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, were the first time the original lineup had played together in over 35 years, and brought a tear to many a fan’s eye. The universally lavish praise for them included a 5/5 Daily Telegraph review that declared “Mott The Hoople storm back to London for a dazzling night at the Hammersmith Apollo.”

The band will be returning to the UK in November 2013 for five dates only:

Mon 11th Nov Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wed 13th Nov Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sat 16th Nov Newcastle City Hall
Sun 17th Nov Manchester O2 Apollo
Mon 18th Nov London The O2

The shows will feature original members Verden Allen (keyboards/vocals), Ian Hunter (vocals/guitar / piano), Mick Ralphs (guitar/vocals) and Overend Watts (bass/vocals). Due to ill health, original drummer Dale Griffin will be substituted by Martin Chambers (The Pretenders).

All tickets are priced £40, except London, which is £45 – subject to booking fee and available through Tickets go on sale at 9am GMT Friday 26th April 2013.