IAN HUNTER (AND THE RANT BAND)

Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present

IAN HUNTER (AND THE RANT BAND)

WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY

Wed, November 5, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

Charlotte, NC

This event is all ages

IAN HUNTER (AND THE RANT BAND)
IAN HUNTER (AND THE RANT BAND)
As leader of ‘70’s British rock legends Mott The Hoople and a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most compelling performers, as well as one of it’s most articulate songwriters. As author of such immortal anthems as, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and the voice of such landmark albums as, “All The Young Dudes”, “Mott”, “Ian Hunter” and “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.

Whilst his achievements during his first decade as a recording artist would have been more than enough to ensure his iconic status, Hunter has never been one to coast on past glories. Indeed, in the past dozen years, he’s made a series of riveting albums that stand with his best and most resonant work, while making a decisive return to touring, delivering incendiary live performances that show his fire to be burning as brightly as ever.

He was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined Mott The Hoople in 1969. With Mott, he recorded four iconoclastic albums – “Mott The Hoople”, “Mad Shadows”, “Wildlife” and “Brain Capers” by the time they hit international stardom with the glam-rock anthem for a generation, the David Bowie penned, “All The Young Dudes”. The band’s artistic and commercial success continued with “Mott” and “The Hoople”, between them, containing the hits, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Honaloochie Boogie”, “Roll Away The Stone” and “The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. On their final tour, they took out a then little known band, Queen, who would have a hit single with a song about their experiences, “Now I’m Here”. It would be the only time Queen would open for anyone and the band members would stay long term friends with Ian, contributing backing vocals to his “All American Alien Boy” album. Mott have also been credited by John Lydon (Sex Pistols) and Mick Jones (The Clash) as being one of the pioneers and inspirations behind the burgeoning punk / new wave movement. Later on, Ian would go on to produce Generation X’s “Valley Of The Dolls” album and The Clash would play on Ian’s “Short Back ‘n’ Sides” release. Not many, if any, other artists could claim to have influenced bands as diverse as Queen and the Sex Pistols.

Mott disbanded in 1974 and Ian moved to New York, segueing into a celebrated solo career and quickly building a formidable body of solo work. The albums, “Ian Hunter”, “All American Alien Boy”, Overnight Angels”, “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, “Short Back ‘n’ Sides” and “All Of The Good Ones Are Taken” between them featuring such diverse talents as the aforementioned Queen and The Clash, Mick Ronson, the then unknown jazz sensation, Jaco Pastorious and The E Street Band, of Bruce Springsteen fame.

Barry Manilow took one of Ian’s most personal songs, “Ships” into the charts and Great White had a international hit with their cover of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.

Ian took time out to produce in the ‘80’s, returning in 1993, prompted by the death of his long time collaborator, Mick Ronson.

Since then, Ian has produced what many critics feel to be his best work to date, “The Artful Dodger”, “Rant”, “Shrunken Heads”, Man Overboard” and “When I’m President”. There are now a new generation of artists name-checking Ian as an influence; Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) to name but three.

Mott The Hoople have reformed twice and played two hugely successful tours. If anyone had any doubts as to the long lasting appeal and influence of Ian’s music, you would only have needed to peak at the scene’s in Mott The Hoople’s dressing room after their London show where they were joined by; Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Mick Jones (The Clash), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) and John Squire (The Stone Roses), probably four of the most influential artists of all time.

But, as always, whilst proud of his past achievements, Ian would prefer to focus on the future. “To me, music is holy” Hunter asserts, adding “For the first fifteen years of my life, I had no idea what I was here for. But then Elvis came out and it was, “Oh, that’s what I am here for”. Rock ‘n’ roll got me out and gave me a great life and I don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s all I know and my identity is all tied up with it”.
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY
WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby have been performing and recording together since 2006, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums and touring the US, UK and Europe. He is the British pop genius of Stiff Records' fame whose classic "Whole Wide World" is covered in basements and stadiums around the world; she a long-time NYC songwriter and musician best known for her album "Diary Of A Mod Housewife" and Underground Garage favorite "Dancing With Joey Ramone."

Eric & Amy's latest album, "A Working Museum," came out in late 2012 on their own Southern Domestic label.

The eleven original tunes on A Working Museum, written separately and together by Eric & Amy, were recorded during their epic relocation from Europe to America last year. The stories and the sounds on the disc pile up in layers – improvisations, personal histories, psychedelic interludes, the threat of disco, Amy playing a dodgy Crumar Insta-Piano, Eric manipulating the sound as it went down, the past tumbling out of a box in a storage space, amplifiers in the kitchen, guitar shredding, singing, silly dancing, sombreros, age and innocence.

“We could be a diorama in the Museum Of Natural History, only instead of laying out blankets and cooking over a fire, or fighting off wild animals, we’re making records and fueling up the van, coiling guitar cables and trying to get clubs to spell our name right. We’ve called the album A Working Museum because, after a combined seventy years in the music business, that’s what we are. It's better than being referred to as “a Heritage Act “- heritage acts present themselves as the embalmed remnants of a bygone era. We try to keep moving."

“There's something unnatural (though hopefully not undignified) about people our age making pop music and hacking round the club circuit, but that's what we do. We both started out during the punk era and continue to embrace the DIY ethic. As with our other two records, we recorded this album in our own studio, and played all the instruments ourselves. Except that this time we had some help from Chris Butler (The Waitresses) who played drums on several tracks.”
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205
http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/