Mott The Hoople ’74, the configuration of the classic British band featuring Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, have been forced to cancel their autumn US tour. Usually irrepressible frontman Hunter, who turned 80 in June, has announced that he has developed a severe case of tinnitus. His doctors have advised him to stop performing until his condition improves.
The reunited line-up have been playing to huge acclaim and affection from original Mott fans and new converts alike, including on an April tour of the UK. Hunter posted the following message on his website: “Hey Kids, I’m afraid I’m not very well. It happened out of the blue three weeks ago; I got hit heavily by tinnitus. It’s unrelenting and on doctors orders, I’ve had to cancel everything for the time being.
“I’ve had it on and off for years, but it’s always slid away. This time it’s stayed — it knocks the stuffing and the confidence out of you. You lot know I love to tour — been doing it for 50 years. I hate to let everybody down, but I’m stuck and I can’t even go to the post box at the moment never mind a tour. Unhappy is not the word for it. I’ve had tests — no tumors, but it’s loud and incessant and frankly scary.
“I know this puts people out – believe me, I know. I just hope you’ll understand. You’re great fans and I’ll always appreciate you following me – I’m not everybody’s cup of tea!! Obviously the Ranters are bummed out as is Morgan ’n’ the Great Ariel Bender, to say nothing of the crew and business people involved. Thank you, Mike and Frank for your understanding.
“Where do we go from here – I’ve no idea kids. I’m just hoping it gets fed up with me eventually!! Don’t feel sorry for me – it’s been a great run if, indeed, it stays with me, and I have to stop now. Maybe it will sod off at some point – I just don’t know. I’ll keep you updated via my website. Once again, sorry to you all. Love ’n’ kisses, IH.”
Mott The Hoople’s early albums for Island — Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife and Brain Capers — are out now on 180 gram vinyl. Buy them here.