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Interview:
Ian Hunter puts Mott the Hoople in the past again
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Ian Hunter cautions against those holding out hope for the next Mott the Hoople reunion.



The British rockers, who had hits during the í70s with the David Bowie-written ďAll the Young DudesĒ and ďAll the Way From Memphis,Ē got back together in October of 2009 for some well-received shows in the U.K. Thereís a clamor for more, but Hunter ó the groupís frontman and a solo artist since he quit in 1974 ó isnít feeling like more is in the offing.



ďNot for me ó Iíve got too much work to do,Ē says the 72-year-old artist. ďItís great playing with them, rehearsing with them. Itís lovely, the band thing. The business end of it stinks. I said I wouldnít do it if itís complicated, and it is, so Iím not interested.Ē



He declines to be specific, however.



ďI canít talk about it,Ē says Hunter, who resides in Connecticut. ďPut it like this; our situation makes Pink Floyd look like bosom pals ó and it has nothing to do with the band.Ē



Hunter has new music of his own coming now, however. He and his Rant Band plan to enter the studio on Jan. 9, with material he predicts Mott fans will find easy to embrace.



ďItís very strange; after all these years of being a sort of singer-songwriter, this is very much a band album. This is a rock íní roll record,Ē Hunter says. ďAnd it came to me. I didnít go looking for it. Iíve had the Rant Band now for 10 years, and plays like a band now, not like me and a band.



ďIíve always been a band guy, so I like this. Or maybe Iím just bored with being a singer-songwriter. ...Ē



Ian Hunter & the Rant Band and Catfish Mafia perform Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodard Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.



Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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