IAN HUNTER & THE RANT BAND
Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.
Ian Hunter was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined Mott The Hoople in 1969. With Mott, he had recorded four iconoclastic albums (Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife and Brain Capers) by the time they hit international stardom with the glam-rock anthem, the David Bowie penned, “All The Young Dudes.”
The band’s success continued with hits, “All The Way From Memphis,” “Honaloochie Boogie,” “Roll Away The Stone” and “The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
In 1974 Ian moved to New York and segued into a celebrated solo career, quickly building a formidable body of work. The albums: Ian Hunter, All American Alien Boy, Overnight Angels, You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic, Short Back ‘n’ Sides and All Of The Good Ones Are Taken feature between them such diverse talents as Queen and The Clash, Mick Ronson, the then unknown jazz sensation Jaco Pastorious and The E Street Band, of Bruce Springsteen fame.
Ian took time out to produce in the ’80s, returning in 1993, prompted by the death of his long time collaborator, Mick Ronson. Since then, Ian has produced what many critics feel to be his best work, The Artful Dodger, Rant, Shrunken Heads, Man Overboard and When I’m President.
There are now a new generation of artists name-checking Ian as an influence; Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), to name but three.
But, as always, while proud of his past achievements, Ian would prefer to focus on the future. “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”.
Ian Hunter’s latest studio album, Fingers Crossed unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie, “Dandy.” The record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.
This will be quite a year for Mr. Hunter.