Ian Hunter & The Rant Band
At 77, his days as a ‘young dude’ may now be long behind him, but nonetheless the sensational driving force of Mott The Hoople: Ian Hunter is back with a fire in his belly and plenty to get off his chest as he and his rollicking new outfit The Rant Band head to Norwich Waterfront for the Friday 16th June.
Following the release of his latest acclaimed solo album, 2016’s Fingers Crossed, Ian will be embarking on a short run of UK dates this Summer to perform tracks from the album, plus gems from his extensive back catalogue.
As leader of ‘70’s British rock legends Mott The Hoople and a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most compelling performers, as well as one of it’s most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, All The Way From Memphis, Once Bitten, Twice Shy and Cleveland Rocks and the voice of such landmark albums as, All The Young Dudes, Mott, Ian Hunter and You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.
Whilst his achievements during his first decade as a recording artist would have been more than enough to ensure his iconic status, Hunter has never been one to coast on past glories. Indeed, in the past dozen years, he’s made a series of riveting albums that stand with his best and most resonant work, while making a decisive return to touring, delivering incendiary live performances that show his fire to be burning as brightly as ever.
Recent long-player Fingers Crossed (out now on JJM Records) saw Ian unveil ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record also features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s rapturously received When I’m President.
As always, whilst proud of his past achievements, Ian would prefer to focus on the future. He said,
“To me, music is holy” Hunter asserts, adding “For the first fifteen years of my life, I had no idea what I was here for. But then Elvis came out and it was, “Oh, that’s what I am here for”. Rock ‘n’ roll got me out and gave me a great life and I don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s all I know and my identity is all tied up with it”.
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Ian Hunter & The Rant Band comes to Norwich Waterfront on Friday 16th June. For more information, visit: www.thewaterfront.ticketabc.com [/box]