As leader of ’70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely
influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of
rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate
On September 4, 2012, Hunter will release When I’m President, his 20th album of original songs, and the latest highlight in a storied career that’s
produced immortal anthems like ‘All The Young Dudes,’ ‘All the Way From
Memphis,’ ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ and ‘Cleveland Rocks.’
The new album’s 11 Hunter originals include such infectious, personally
charged numbers as the wry, socially conscious title track, the gently
introspective ‘Fatally Flawed’ the bittersweet ballad ‘Black Tears,‘ the
chugging rocker ‘Wild Bunch,‘ the swaggering ‘I Don’t Know What You Want’
(which features a guest vocal by Hunter’s son Jesse) and the vivid, haunting
‘Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)’-all of which showcase the jagged immediacy
of Hunter’s one-of-a-kind voice and the punchy authority of his longstanding
all-star backup combo the Rant Band.
‘The songs seem to be more upbeat this time round,’ Hunter notes. ‘The last
two albums were pretty political, just because I thought the Bush years were
horrible, and thankfully that’s passed. But I don’t go looking for songs; I
have to wait for them to come to me. I had a spurt there in the summer of
2011, and that grew into this album. I’d get up every day with something
ringing in my head, so I’d try to catch it and get it down. Songwriting’s
always been a mystery to me in that way. Now and again you’re nearer the
sun, and you have to be ready to capture it.’
The qualities of musical depth and emotional honesty that distinguish When
I’m President have been constants in Ian Hunter’s expansive body of work.
Hunter was already a young veteran of London’s burgeoning rock scene when he joined Mott the Hoople in 1969, and recorded four iconoclastic albums with the quintet by the time it rode the glam-rock wave to international
superstardom with the David Bowie-produced 1972 album All the Young Dudes and its Bowie-penned title hit. The band’s artistic and commercial success continued with 1973’s Mott and 1974’s The Hoople and Mott the Hoople Live, helping to set the stage for the rise of British punk and new wave before the group disbanded in 1974.
Following 1983’s well-received All of the Good Ones Are Taken, Hunter took
an extended hiatus that kept him out of the spotlight for much the next
decade, until the 1993 death of his longtime friend and collaborator,
guitarist Mick Ronson, jolted him back into musical action.
Like such acclaimed recent Hunter releases as Rant (2001), Shrunken Heads
(2007) and Man Overboard (2009), When I’m President – his first new
recording since Mott the Hoople’s historic 2009 reunion shows at London’s
Hammersmith Odeon-ranks with Hunter’s most impassioned and insightful work.
Hunter’s creative rebirth has produced some of the best music of his lengthy
career, and When I’m President continues the remarkable resurgence of this
true believer in rock ‘n’ roll’s transformative power.
Hunter will kick of a tour of the United States and Europe on September 1.
More details will be announced shortly.
USA, European and Scandanavian Tour
01 Jul 2012 Paddock Wood, Kent England – Hop Farm Festival
01 Sep 2012 Portland OR – Aladdin Theater
02 Sep 2012 Seattle WA – Bumbershoot Festival
07 Sep 2012 Catanzaro, Italy – Settembre Al Parco Festival
13 Sep 2012 Philadelphia PA – World Cafe Live
14 Sep 2012 New York NY – Highline Ballroom
15 Sep 2012 Washington DC – The Howard Theatre
27 Sep 2012 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom
28 Sep 2012 Chicago IL – City Winery
29 Sep 2012 Chicago IL – City Winery
05 Oct 2012 Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
06 Oct 2012 Falkenberg, Sweden – Falkenhallen
07 Oct 2012 Oslo, Norway – John Dee
08 Oct 2012 Malmo, Sweden – Kulturbolaget
12 Oct 2012 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England – Tyne Journal Theatre
13 Oct 2012 Glasgow, Scotland – 02 ABC
14 Oct 2012 Holmfirth, England – Picturedrome
16 Oct 2012 Leicester, England – Y Theatre
18 Oct 2012 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz
19 Oct 2012 London, England 02 – Shepherds Bush Empire
20 Oct 2012 Birmingham, England – Town Hall
23 Oct 2012 Bath, England – Komedia
25 Oct 2012 Harrogate, England – Royal Hall
26 Oct 2012 Brighton, England – Concorde 2
27 Oct 2012 Northampton, England – The Roadmender