Mott the Hoople canceled the fall leg of his first North American tour in 45 years after frontman Ian Hunter developed a severe case of tinnitus. The fall tour was scheduled to begin October 21 in Port Chester, New York, and end November 6 in Seattle, Washington.
According to a statement, his doctors have advised Hunter to stop performing live until his condition improves. While tickets for the Mott the Hoople fall tour will be refunded at time of purchase, the group has not indicated when, or if, they will postpone shows.
Mott the Hoople embarked on their first North American tour in 45 years this spring, using the moniker Mott the Hoople ’74 to mark the return of guitarist Ariel Bender – who had not performed with the band since 1974 – and keyboardist Morgan Fisher, who had not been on previous reunion tours. The British glam rockers reunited before in 2009 with much of their early ’70s lineup still intact, although drummer Dale Griffin suffered from early Alzheimer’s disease and was only able to perform a few shows. There was another tour in 2013, but Griffin passed away in 2016 and bassist Pete Overend Watts passed away in 2017.
Mott the Hoople is best known in the United States for his song “All the Young Dudes”, which appeared on their 1972 album of the same name. The track was written by David Bowie. In 1973 and 1974, the group released two semi-eponymous records, Mott and The hoop, which featured several British hits, including “Honaloochie Boogie”, “All the Way from Memphis” and “Roll Away the Stone”.
Ahead of Mott the Hoople’s spring tour, Hunter spoke with Rolling stone to want to keep the meeting concise. “I don’t want to drop it down the tubes,” he said. “It was an X factor in Mott. We [were] that thing, and you can’t repeat it. It’s either there or it’s not. Mott were hilarious people, and the camaraderie has always been more important to me than anything else. I’m not doing this tour for money. I want fun.