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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.

On 21 March 2013, Proper Music in the UK issued Ian’s latest album When I’m President as a limited-edition 180-gram vinyl album. See the Proper Music website for details.

BBC Inheritance Tracks

Ian Hunter recently appeared on a BBC 4 program called Inheritance Tracks, where he discusses the song ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’. The segment is available as a podcast HERE.

2013 Acoustic Tour Dates Finalized

The Ian Hunter Acoustic Trio dates have been finalized. The special guest at all gigs will be Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. For the tour, Ian will be joined by guitarist Andy York (Ian’s producer and guitarist for John Mellencamp) and bass player David Roe (Johnny Cash). Tickets for all dates are on sale now – see the Tour Dates page for details.

2013 March 05 – Teatro Miela, Trieste Italy
2013 March 06 – Club Retrò, Vicenza Italy
2013 March 07 – Cineteatro Parrocchiale, Cologne Italy
2013 March 09 – Muhle Hunziken, Rubigen Switzerland
2013 March 10 – Spirit Of ’66, Verviers Belguim
2013 March 12 – Wharf, Tavistock England
2013 March 13 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea England
2013 March 15 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton England
2013 March 16 – Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford England
2013 March 17 – Corn Exchange, Stamford England
2013 March 19 – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale England
2013 March 20 – Memorial Hall, Sheffield England
2013 March 22 – Green Hotel, Kinross Scotland
2013 March 23 – Green Hotel, Kinross Scotland
2013 March 24 – Liquid Room, Edinburgh Scotland
2013 March 26 – Arc, Stockton England
2013 March 27 – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds England
2013 March 29 – Stables, Wavendon England
2013 March 30 – Bloomsbury Theater, London England

The Ian Hunter show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT that was scheduled for Friday, Feb 8th has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb 13th. All Friday tickets will be valid on Wednesday, and ticket purchasers should be receiving an email with information about refunds for those who cannot make the rescheduled show.

UK Acoustic Additions

More dates have been added to the Ian Hunter Acoustic Tour in Europe:

12 Mar 2013 – The Wharf, Tavistock England
24 Mar 2013 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh Scotland
30 Mar 2013 – The Bloomsbury Theatre, London England

Ian Hunter will make a guest appearance at the Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert by the Rockers In Recovery All Star Band on Friday January 25, 2013 at The Cutting Room in New York NY. Other guests include Gary US Bonds, Simon Kirke, Michael Des Barres, Billy J Kramer, LaLa Brooks, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Gene Cornish, Peppy Castro, Mark Bosch, and Ross The Boss. Ian will perform a couple songs with Ricky Byrd and his band – Ricky Byrd, Liberty Devito, Richie Supa, Kasim Sultom, Christine Ohlman, Mark Stein. Tickets Available Here.

Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT: Feb 8, 2013

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will play Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT on Feb 8, 2013. Tickets are on sale now!