A planned Mott the Hoople ’74 tour, which was to see Ian Hunter and his band tour the United States for two weeks in the coming months, has been scrapped as Hunter deals with the ramifications of a diagnosis of “severe” tinnitus.
The news was announced Monday morning on Hunter’s social media channels, with a message that reads:
Mott the Hoople ’74 are disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of their Fall 2019 U.S. tour. Ian Hunter has recently developed a severe case of tinnitus and has been advised by his doctors to discontinue performing until this condition subsides.
Tickets purchased for these dates can be refunded at point of sale. The below message is from Ian:
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
Mott the Hoople '74 are disappointed to have to announce the cancellation of their Fall 2019 U.S. tour. Ian Hunter has…
For this tour, Hunter was to be joined by guitarist Ariel Bender and keyboardist Morgan Fisher, both of whom are involved in Hunter’s ongoing project, The Rant Band.
Tinnitus isn’t fun, so here’s wishing Ian Hunter the best in his efforts to handle it!