For years there was a local singer-songwriter named “Ian Hunter,” and we’d list his gigs, always thinking for a split second, “that Ian Hunter?” before realizing, no, it’s the nice, talented local dude with the same name as the English rock legend. Well, golly, look who’s coming to Helsinki Hudson this Saturday: that Ian Hunter, frontman-god of Mott the Hoople and, after that, author of a long and fruitful solo career.
Briefly, Mott the Hoople were the band that the 1969-75 equivalent of hipsters loved for their prepunk blend of self-mocking (but still heavy) hard-rock moves and soul-searching songwriting. Bowie, a fan, wrote and produced their biggest hit (“All the Young Dudes”); Mick Jones, pre-Clash, was president of their fan club; and Martin Scorsese featured Mott songs on his film soundtracks. After four classic albums (out of six, not a bad achievement) Mott fell apart. Ian Hunter went on to write and record albums sporting sardonic yet heartfelt anthems like “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (which you may know from Great White’s shitty version) and “Cleveland Rocks.”
So, yeah, we’re pretty excited that that Ian Hunter, accompanied by the Rant Band, is coming to the area.
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will perform Saturday (Aug. 29) at 9 PM at Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets are $65 and $45.
For more info, call the club at 828-4800.