PUT SIMPLY, IAN HUNTER IS A MAN WHO’S BEEN THERE, SEEN IT, DONE IT – AND GOT THE OBLIGATORY BEEN THERE, SEEN IT, DONE IT T-SHIRT. PROBABLY A DRAWER FULL OF THEM.
As frontman for much loved Mott The Hoople between 1969 and 1974, Shrewsbury-born Hunter has come to be regarded as one of the most influential figures in rock – one of the few who needs very little introduction. Preparing to tour the UK, he continues to defy his 75 years.
Solo since 1974, his most recent album (2012’s WHEN I’M PRESIDENT) is as fiery and funny as his first – no mean feat for a septuagenarian. The title track, written from the point of view of a jaded “guy in a bar”, takes scathing pot-shots at the American political system and the shady fat cat billionaire figures who control it. In these strange times it seems particularly apposite for anyone in a western country. In this warm new edition of The Mouthcast, with Hunter speaking on the telephone from his home in Connecticut, he discusses the song and gives an overview of his fifty years in music.
Fri 19 Sept PORTSMOUTH Pyramids BUY
Sat 20 Sept LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly Hall BUY
Sun 21 Sept LINCOLN Drill Hall BUY
Tues 23 Sept ABERDEEN Lemon Tree BUY
Weds 24 Sept GLASGOW The Garage BUY
Fri 26 Sept HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome BUY
Sat 27 Sept MANCHESTER RCNM BUY
Sun 28 Sept GATESHEAD The Sage BUY
Tues 30 Sept MILTON KEYNES The Stables BUY
Thurs 2 Oct SHEFFIELD City Hall BUY
Fri 3 Oct BRIGHTON Concorde 2 BUY
Sat 4 Oct LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire BUY