‘Otherwise I’m a real miserable chap’: Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter isn’t about to start slowing down

Fresh off the release of a tough, politically charged album called When I’m President, Ian Hunter continues a fast-paced solo career in the wake of his early successes with Mott the Hoople.

Up next is an European acoustic tour, set to begin next week. Hunter will be joined by guitarist Andy York (John Mellencamp), bassist David Roe (Johnny Cash) and special guest Jason Ringenberg (Jason and the Scorchers). Complete tour dates and stops are included below.

Hunter is also confirmed for an appearance on the Isle of Wight Festival’s main stage this June.

The 73-year-old led Mott the Hoople from its founding in 1969 through 1974, when the band split. He also was there for a celebrated 2009 reunion. The band, which also included future Bad Company co-founder Mick Ralphs, is best known for “All The Young Dudes,” which went to No. 3 in the UK.

As a solo artist, often working with David Bowie sideman Mick Ronson, Hunter produced “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (subsequently a hit for Great White) and “Cleveland Rocks” (which became the theme song for the Drew Carey Show).

More recently, Hunter toured with Ringo Starr’s 2001 edition of the All-Starrs, along with Greg Lake, Roger Hodgson and others. In all, he’s released 20 solo albums, after working on 10 with Mott.

When I’m President, the title track of which is streaming here, focuses on several key moments in American history, including the country’s outlaw Western days to the bloody conflict of the Civil War.

“The only thing that keeps me happy is the constant creative process,” Hunter tells Radio.com in the attached video. “Without that, I’m an extremely miserable person. So I enjoy that. What I do is I work the record, but when I get home and I’m off the road, I have to start to writing, otherwise I’m a real miserable chap.”

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Ian Hunter’s Spring 2013 acoustic tour …

2013 March 05 – Teatro Miela, Trieste Italy
2013 March 06 – Club Retrò, Vicenza Italy
2013 March 07 – Cineteatro Parrocchiale, Cologne Italy
2013 March 09 – Muhle Hunziken, Rubigen Switzerland
2013 March 10 – Spirit Of ’66, Verviers Belguim
2013 March 12 – Wharf, Tavistock England
2013 March 13 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea England
2013 March 15 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton England
2013 March 16 – Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford England
2013 March 17 – Corn Exchange, Stamford England
2013 March 19 – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale England
2013 March 20 – Memorial Hall, Sheffield England
2013 March 22 – Green Hotel, Kinross Scotland
2013 March 23 – Green Hotel, Kinross Scotland
2013 March 24 – Liquid Room, Edinburgh Scotland
2013 March 26 – Arc, Stockton England
2013 March 27 – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds England
2013 March 29 – Stables, Wavendon England
2013 March 30 – Bloomsbury Theater, London England

More tour information can be found here: http://ianhunter.com/main/2013-01-20_at.shtml

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