Mott the Hoople, the revered 1970s band who had recently resumed touring America after a 45-year lull, have canceled their fall US tour
Singer-songwriter Ian Hunter, 80, said in a statement that he “recently developed a severe case of tinnitus and his doctors have advised him to stop playing until this condition clears”.
Wrote Hunter in a message to fans: “Hey kids, I’m afraid I’m not doing very well. It happened out of the blue three weeks ago; I was strongly affected by tinnitus. It’s relentless and on doctor’s orders, I had to call everything off for the time being. I wore it on and off for years, but it always slipped. This time it stuck – it breaks your prank and confidence. You know very well that I like to tour — I’ve been doing it for 50 years. I hate to let everyone down, but I’m stuck and can’t even get to the mailbox right now, let alone visit. Unhappy is not the word. I’ve had tests – no tumors, but it’s loud and incessant and downright scary.
“I know that puts people off – trust me, I know,” he continued. “I just hope you understand. You are huge fans and I will always appreciate you following me – I’m not everyone’s cup of tea!! Obviously, the Ranters are disappointed, as is Morgan ‘n’ the Great Ariel Bender, not to mention the crew and businessmen involved. Thank you, Mike and Frank for your understanding. Where do we go from here – I have no idea, kids. I just hope he gets tired of it!! Don’t feel sorry for me – it was a great ride if indeed it stays with me, and I have to stop now. Maybe it will stop at some point – I just don’t know. I will keep you posted via my website. Once again, sorry for all of you. Love ‘n’ kisses, IH.
The band had done a few dates in the United States in the spring, mostly in the northeast. Based on the positive reaction and demand from fans in other parts of the country, Mott had announced an 11-city follow-up that would have taken them to the West Coast and South as well. The fall tour was scheduled to begin Oct. 11 at the Capitol Theater in New York City and include their first dates in cities including Los Angeles, Nashville, Dallas and Seattle since breaking up in the mid-’70s.
Writing about the band’s northeast spring dates, Variety called the tour “rock’s great resurrection of 2019” and said, “If you’ve seen Mott’s recently completed brief reunion tour of the Northeast – their first US tour since splitting in 1975 – you came away believing in the regeneration and resurrection of rock ‘n’ roll, against all odds.
This tour found many fans from other parts of the country flying in for a handful of gigs. After Mott the Hoople‘s first stint across the United States ended, Hunter resumed his scheduled solo tour dates with his longtime backing band, the Rant Band, which lasted until early June.
Refunds for October and November dates can be made at the point of sale.