by Peter Aaron
Hunter is best known as the lead singer of British glam rock legends Mott the Hoople, who began in 1969 and hit worldwide in 1972 with the David Bowie-penned “All the Young Dudes” and across Europe and the UK with the same decade’s “All the Way from Memphis,” “Honaloochie Boogie,” “Roll Away the Stone,” “The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and others. The band’s blistering live shows and alternately poignant and bone-crushing albums Mott the Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife, Brain Capers, Mott, and The Hoople influenced bands as diverse as their contemporaries Queen, the Clash and other UK punks, and much of the hard rock acts that followed. As a solo artist, Hunter kept the fire up with more artistically successful albums and the singles “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (remade by Great White) and “Cleveland Rocks.” I saw him play last year and he was fantastic.
Here’s Hunter and his Rant Band doing “Honaloochie Boogie” the week of his birthday in 2015:
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on August 29 at 9pm. Tickets are $45 and $65. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/theclub.html.