Mott The Hoople ’74 canceled their upcoming US tour after singer Ian Hunter was diagnosed with a severe case of tinnitus.
In a statement posted on the Mott The Hoople Facebook page, Hunter said, “I’m afraid I’m not doing very well.
“It happened out of the blue three weeks ago; I was severely affected by tinnitus. It’s relentless and by order of the doctors, I had to cancel everything for now.
“I’ve turned it on and off for years, but it still slipped. This time it stuck – it makes you lose confidence.
“You know a lot that I love touring – I’ve been doing it for 50 years. I hate letting everyone down, but I’m stuck and I can’t even get to the mailbox right now, no matter what a tour. Unfortunate isn’t I did tests – no tumors, but it’s loud and incessant and downright scary.
“I know it kicks people out – trust me, I know. I just hope you understand. You are huge fans and I will always appreciate you following me – I’m not the cup of tea for everything the world !! Obviously the Ranters are disappointed, as is Morgan ‘n’ the Great Ariel Bender, not to mention the crew and business people involved. Thank you, Mike and Frank for your understanding.
“Where do we go from here – I have no idea, kids. I just hope this gets fed up with me !! Don’t feel sorry for me – it’s been a great race if, indeed, it stays with me, and I have to stop now.Maybe it will go out at some point – I don’t know.
“I’ll keep you posted through my website. Once again, sorry to all of you.”
The ’74 lineup played six UK concerts in April this year, focusing on the band’s material The hoop and Live albums.
Refunds for canceled shows can be obtained from the point of sale.
Mott The Hoople ’74: Canceled Shows
October 21: Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theater
October 22: Washington, DC @ The Warner Theater
October 24: Atlanta, GA @ The Coca Cola Roxy Theater
October 26: Nashville, TN @ The War Memorial Auditorium
October 28: Dallas, Texas @ The Majestic Theater
October 29: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
October 31: Scottsdale, AZ @ The Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
November 01: Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum Theater
November 03: Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
November 05: Portland, OR @ The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
November 06: Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theater