Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

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This page last updated 19th February 2024.


Defiance Part 2 due in April 2024

Ian Hunter's next album, Defiance Part 2: Fiction will be released on 19th April on the Sun Records label. It will feature 10 songs and be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats. There will also be a limited-edition 2-LP version featuring three bonus tracks available exclusively on Record Store Day on Saturday 20th April.

The track listing is as follows:

  1. People
  2. Fiction
  3. The 3rd Rail
  4. This Ain't Rock And Roll
  5. Precious
  6. Weed
  7. Kettle Of Fish
  8. What Would I Do Without You
  9. Everybody's Crazy But Me
  10. Hope
  11. Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon As Possible
  12. Needle Park
  13. How'd Ya Like To Meet Henry

The track Precious is now available on YouTube

The musicians, as on Defiance Part 1, read like a who's who of the rock world and feature some on the last recordings by Taylor Hawkins and Jeff Beck:


  • Dane Clark: Drums
  • Tom Petersson: Bass
  • Robin Zander: Keyboard, Background Vocals
  • Robin-Sailor, RTZ: Background Vocals
  • Rick Nielsen: Electric Rhythm and Lead Guitars
  • Mark Bosch: Electric Guitar
  • Joe Elliott: Background Vocals
  • Ian Hunter: Piano


  • Dane Clark: Drums, China Cymbal
  • Steve Holley: Tambourine, Toms, Cymbal Swell
  • David Mansfield: Strings and String Arrangement
  • Morgan Fisher: Piano Solo and Organ
  • Andy York: Bass, 12-String, Baritone and Electric Guitar
  • Ian Hunter: Piano

The 3rd Rail

  • Dane Clark: Drums
  • Tony Shanahan: Bass
  • Jeff Beck - Lead Guitar
  • Johnny Depp: Acoustic and Electric Rhythm Guitar
  • Ian Hunter: Piano
  • (Dedicated to Jeff)

This Ain't Rock And Roll

  • Dane Clark: Drums
  • Tony Shanahan: Bass
  • Phil Collen: Background Vocals
  • Andy York: Slide and Electric Guitar
  • Ian Hunter: Piano


  • Taylor Hawkins: Drums
  • Brian May: Electric Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Bass
  • Joe Elliott: Background Vocals
  • James Mastro: Sax Abuse
  • Ian Hunter: Piano


  • Eric Kretz: Drums
  • Robert De Leo: Bass
  • Dean DeLeo: Electric Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Slide Guitar
  • Andy Burton: Organ
  • Dennis DiBrizzi: Background Vocals
  • Ian Hunter: Piano

Kettle Of Fish

  • Taylor Hawkins: Drums
  • Dane Clark: Drums and Snare Section
  • Tom Petersson: Bass
  • Robin Zander: Background Vocal
  • Rick Nielsen: Electric Rhythm and Lead Guitars
  • Steve Holley: Tambourine
  • Tommy Mandel: Organ
  • Andy York: Baritone Guitar, Background Vocal
  • Ian Hunter: Electric Guitar

What Would I Do Without You

  • Dane Clark: Drums
  • Lucinda Williams: Lead and Background Vocals
  • Benmont Tench: Organ
  • Tony Shanahan: Bass
  • Andy Burton: Electric Piano
  • Andy York: Baritone Guitar
  • Ian Hunter: Piano

Everybody's Crazy But Me

  • Taylor Hawkins: Drums
  • Waddy Wachtel: Electric Rhythm and Lead Guitars
  • Benmont Tench: Organ
  • Steve Holley: Maracas, Tambourine
  • Paul Page: Bass
  • James Mastro: Electric Guitar
  • Dennis DiBrizzi, Andy York: Background Vocals
  • Ian Hunter: Piano


  • Taylor Hawkins: Drums, Bass
  • Lucinda Williams: Harmony Vocal
  • Billy Bob Thornton: Background Vocals
  • Benmont Tench: Synth
  • Steve Holley: Maracas, Tambourine
  • J.D. Andrew: Electric Guitar
  • Andy York: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
  • Ian Hunter: Piano

Normal Service Will Be Resumed As Soon As Possible

  • Kevin Hupp: Drums, Percussion
  • Frank Gagliardi: Bass
  • Rick Tedesco: Electric Guitars, 12-String Acoustic, Background Vocals
  • John Liguori, Michael Tedesco: Background Vocals
  • Ian Hunter: Acoustic Guitars

Needle Park

  • Dane Clark: Drums
  • Rich Robinson: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Chris Robinson: Background Vocals, Harmonica
  • Tony Shanahan: Bass
  • Mark Bosch: Electric Guitar, Solo
  • Steve Holley: Shaker
  • Ian Hunter: Piano

How'd Ya Like To Meet Henry

  • Matt Cameron: Drums, Percussion
  • Mike McCready: Electric Guitar
  • Joe Elliott: Background Vocals
  • Mark Bosch: Electric Guitar
  • James Mastro: Resonator Guitar
  • Andy York: Bass
  • Ian Hunter: Piano

19th February 2024

All The Young Dudes album reissued in 2-LP format

Mott's breakthrough album from 1972 was reissued as a 2-LP set on the Burning Shed label on 8th December 2023. The first LP features the "remastered" album, while the second LP features bonus tracks of early versions and outtakes.

Side 1

  1. Sweet Jane
  2. Momma's Little Jewel
  3. All The Young Dudes
  4. Sucker
  5. Jerkin' Crocus

Side 2

  1. One Of The Boys
  2. Soft Ground
  3. Ready For Love/After Lights
  4. Sea Diver

Side 3

  1. One Of The Boys (1980 mix of Island track)
  2. Black Scorpio (1980 mix of Island track)
  3. Movin' On (1980 mix of Island track)
  4. Ride On The Sun (1980 mix of Island track)
  5. All The Young Dudes (1998 morph of Bowie vocal with finished version)

Side 4

  1. One Of The Boys (edited version)
  2. Sweet Jane (US single version)
  3. Shakin' All Over (session outtake with Stan Tippins)
  4. Please Don't Touch (session outtake with Stan Tippins)
  5. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (session outtake with Stan Tippins)
  6. One Of The Boys (US single version)

There was also a super-deluxe issue, which as well as the above 2-LP set, includes two CDs and a 12-inch vinyl single featuring the "unlocked cars" version of All The Young Dudes and the b-side version of One Of The Boys. In addition, there is a 72-page hardback book, 3 art prints, two posters, a 'Sea Divers' membership card and an individually-numbered certificate. Expect to pay £125 for this whopper.

The two CDs mirror the content of the two LPs (but not the 12-inch single). The bonus tracks have all been released before on either the Mental Train box set or All The Young Dudes - The Anthology. Only the "unlocked cars" version of All The Young Dudes has not been previously released (it was for BBC radio use only). The b-side version of One Of The Boys has not been previously released on any compilation or CD (despite what some sleeve notes mat say).

24th November 2023

British Lions debut reissued with bonus live disc

British Lions debut album has been reissued together with a bonus live disc. The first disc contains the original album (with the original running order restored), together with the bonus tracks we saw on the Angel Air disc save for the BBC tracks for which the rights are not available. It is on the Think Like A Key label.

The second disc contains a live concert recorded at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco and previously released as Live At The Old Waldorf, San Francisco 1978. This disc omits the (studio) bonus tracks of the Angel Air release.

24th November 2023

Mick Ralphs 4-CD boxset due in November 2023

A 4-CD box set of Mick Ralphs' solo work is due in November. Released on Cherry Red Records, it features his solo albums Take This!, It's All Good, That's Life - Can't Get Enough and a live album from the Mick Ralphs Blues Band Should Know Better.

27th August 2023

Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture reissued on Blu-Ray and 2CD

David Bowie's famous "retirement" show from 1973 has been reissued on Blu-Ray/2CD. We finally get all the encores, including The Jean Genie/Love Me Do and Round And Round which both feature Jeff Beck. Picture quality is much improved compared with previously releases.

27th August 2023

Dirty Laundry reissued on CD and vinyl

Ian's 1995 solo album, Dirty Laundry, has been reissued on CD and blue vinyl. Remastered by the engineer who worked on the original album it has new sleeve notes. The vinyl omits two tracks, Good Girls and Never Trust A Blonde.

27th August 2023

New Ian Hunter album released April 2023

Ian's latest album was released on 21st April 2023. Titled >Defiance Part 1, it features the following tracks:

  1. Defiance
  2. Bed of Roses
  3. No Hard Feelings
  4. Pavlov's Dog
  5. Don't Tread on Me
  6. Guernica
  7. I Hate Hate
  8. Angel
  9. Kiss n' Make Up
  10. This Is What I'm Here For
  11. I Hate Hate (alternate version)

The list of musicians that have collaborated on this album reads like a who's who of rock music: Jeff Beck, Johnny Depp, Joe Elliott (from Def Leppard), Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top), Taylor Hawkins (from the Foo Fighters), Duff McKagan and Slash (from Guns 'n' Roses), Todd Rundgren, Jeff Tweedy (from Wilco), Robert Trujillo (from Metallica), Waddy Wachtel (Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards), Brad Whitford (from Aerosmith), Dane Clark (John Mellencamp), Billy Bob Thornton and J.D.Andrew (from the Boxmasters), and Dean Delo, Robert de Leo and Eric Kretz (from Stone Temple Pilots).

It is on the Sun label in North America and UK. Initial reports it would be on a different label in the UK now seem to be wide of the mark.

24th April 2023