This page will contain latest snippets of news in the Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople camp. All of this news is second-hand, and has mostly already appeared on the mailing list; I present it here for completeness.
This page last updated 12th July 2015.
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will be supporting the J Geils Band on their US tour in August and September. For details, go to Ian's website.
12th July 2015
Ian will headline the Giants Of Rock at Butlin's in Minehead, Somerset UK on 31st January 2016. There will also be two warm-up gigs in Coventry and Wrexham on 29th and 30th January. For details, go to Ian's website. I understand that whilst an accommodation package is available at Butlin's this is for the whole three days of the Giants Of Rock festival, not just for a single night. Bear this in mind if you're not interested in the other nights or hope to see the warm-up gigs as well.
6th June 2015
Ian has said (on his website) that Proper (who put out When I'm President in 2012) are working on a box set containing "everything I've ever done". Details are sparse at the moment - more when I get it!
22nd January 2015
A new Ian Hunter live album has been released. Called Live In The UK 2010, it was recorded when Ian toured the UK with the Rant Band and a string quartet.
17th September 2014
Ian's 1997 album Artful Dodger was reissued in early July, having been unavailable for many years. It includes the non-album B-side F*ck It Up as a bonus track.
19th August 2014
Two of the recent Mott The Hoople shows were recorded for release. Originally it was planned that the Manchester gig was to be issued on DVD with the London O2 gig released on CD. The Manchester recording has turned out to be much superior, so both the DVD and CD are from the Manchester gig. Full review here.
27th April 2014
A new Mott The Hoople book has been published. Called We've Got A Great Future Behind Us, it is published by Concert Live (the same company that recorded the first of the Hammersmith shows in 2009).
It is a limited edition (1000 copies worldwide) luxury coffee-table book with each copy individually numbered and featuring never-before-seen photos from the archives of all band members and a centre-fold spread signed by each member of the band (except Dale Griffin - due to ill-health, his will be a reproduction). It also includes an exclusive DVD featuring footage from Mott's 1974 US tour (shot by Morgan with his 8mm hand-held camera).
21st December 2013
Overend Watts' book about his walk on the South-West Coast Path was published in November. Called The Man Who Hated Walking, it is published by Wymer UK.
Excerpts have already been published in the magazine Two Miles From Heaven. The book is about 300 pages long and is an excellent (and funny) read.
21st December 2013
Widowmaker's debut album from 1976 has been reissued on Angel Air, complete with three live (BBC) tracks. Full review coming soon!
30th March 2013
A live CD and DVD of the 1980 German concert featuring Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson has been released. This is the first Hunter show featuring Mick Ronson to be released on DVD. My CD review is here and the DVD review here.
23rd January 2012
Press reviews of the MTH reunion gigs in October 2009 were overwhelmingly favourable. The Independent said "I've seen a few reunion shows in recent years, including the Cream and Zep shows, and I can honestly say that none elicited quite the genuine waves of joy - as opposed to reverence or awe - as Mott did tonight". They also featured Joe Elliott interviewing Ian Hunter.
Meanwhile, The Times said that Mott The Hoople still rock after 35 years. The Guardian said that there's something slightly chaotic about the sound, but that somehow adds to the appeal. The Daily Telegraph says that the rocking went on, "unrestrainable, deafening, totally life-affirming". Meanwhile, Last.fm calls Mott "England's greatest-ever rock 'n' roll band", adding "There's no-one to touch 'em!". Praise indeed!
Classic Rock magazine says "Hunter retains form... [and] with the original Hoople line-up at his back he's invincible". Mojo meanwhile is positively gushing, saying "This was the best reunion concert, and arguably one of the best concerts in its own right, ever." Uncut magazine is more measured, saying that Mott The Hoople returned triumphant, adding "By the time [Saturday Gigs] has finished, grown men are clearing their throats, no-one in a hurry to leave, a lot of them hanging on as long as possible to the triumph the night has turned into".
14th November 2009
ConcertLive recorded the band at the Hammersmith Apollo on the 1st October to create an instant CD for fans to take home straight after the show.
This limited edition live CD is the ONLY recording of the Mott The Hoople reunion show. Presented in bespoke artwork, this is an exclusive 3 CD set featuring songs from their classic albums. Concert Live recorded the band's show on the 1st October, and sold this live CD directly at the show and at the following 4 dates the band played at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Visit the Concert Live website for ordering information.
11th October 2009
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