Review of Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople, by Ellie Hudson-Hopton
Ian Hunter, Tavistock Wharf
HE MAY be 73 but Ian Hunter still has the physique, mop of curly hair and raspy voice of Mott the Hoople fame. He's still even wearing the shades!
Back out on the road touring his new and 20th album When I'm President in a stripped back 'unplugged' acoustic-driven style with only a small ensemble of accomplished musicians beside him, we're introduced to a beautifully crafted and arranged wide repertoire of songs which seem largely unfamiliar to the audience, although very enthusiastically received and applauded.
He didn't have to try too hard to win us over either, Mott the Hoople are still one of the most loved rock and roll bands of the Seventies and it's for when he delivers a smattering of old classics like All the Young Dudes, All the Way from Memphis, Roll Away the Stone and Once Bitten Twice Shy Boy that the crowd reserve their biggest applause.
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Ian Hunter is a truly compelling performer who banters easily with the audience while not wasting time away from the music.
He apologised for any missed notes, however, on the basis that they were all exhausted having been stuck on the M25 and M23 for 10 hours in appalling traffic snarl-ups but if there were any bum notes no-one noticed. A true pro.
After this first class performance Ian Hunter proved that while he may no longer be a Young Dude, he's still is a cool rock and roll 'dude' .