Livin Out Rock n Roll (the trailer) - YouTube

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Before music became his life Mott The Hoople’s legendary frontman had no career ambitions.  „I did everything, Goods in, Goods out, lathe-turner, milkman…“  Ian Hunter told me in a pre-show interview.  Bonn Harmonie was the place to see what he did best though – sing Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Seventy eight years young, there’s still an energy about Hunter’s performance, and the voice, thankfully, is as gloriously, raspingly, eloquent as ever.

Outside the hall before the show I meet a man who’s still recovering from a late night in Düsseldorf seeing the Rolling Stones for 500 Euros.  An Ian Hunter lyric (from ‘Saturday Gig’ ) flickers into my mind: “Tickets for the fairytale were twelve and six a time” and now, to update the next line, it seems the kids pay five hundred quid cos they need it just the same – it’s all a game.  A grown-up game.  Except you can see and hear great Rock music for a fraction of that, and the man coming out of the rehearsal room just now is proof of that.

His trademark blonde curly hair is whiter than it was on Top of the Pops but the big dark glasses are an instant give-away and before he can find the way to the dressing room Ian Hunter is surrounded by a small sea of photo/camera wielding fans.  “Okay, just the one autograph” becomes two, then three…  and “Just the one photo” becomes two, then three…  Once a rock star always a rock star…

Remember high school and how you either wanted to be in a rock band yourself or knew someone who wanted to be in a rock band someday?

Well, I actually do know someone in a rock band and it is so cool to be his groupie! His name is Mike Isbister, he plays in a band called D2UR and we both attended John Taylor Collegiate. He played hockey for Sturgeon Creek (an amazing goalie) and fondly (well, maybe not so much) recalls freezing his ‘toes’ off while playing outside at Silver Heights rinks.

Looking back, his dream began with playing guitar in high school; he was self-taught and spent three years reading books on theory. He played five years before hooking up with his band partner and now wife, Diane, who is an amazing singer and guitar player and perfect to front the band with her smoky good looks. She is also a St. James girl, with roots in Crestview!

Before music became his life Mott The Hoople’s legendary frontman had no career ambitions.  „I did everything, Goods in, Goods out, lathe-turner, milkman…“  Ian Hunter told me in a pre-show interview.  Bonn Harmonie was the place to see what he did best though – sing Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Seventy eight years young, there’s still an energy about Hunter’s performance, and the voice, thankfully, is as gloriously, raspingly, eloquent as ever.

Outside the hall before the show I meet a man who’s still recovering from a late night in Düsseldorf seeing the Rolling Stones for 500 Euros.  An Ian Hunter lyric (from ‘Saturday Gig’ ) flickers into my mind: “Tickets for the fairytale were twelve and six a time” and now, to update the next line, it seems the kids pay five hundred quid cos they need it just the same – it’s all a game.  A grown-up game.  Except you can see and hear great Rock music for a fraction of that, and the man coming out of the rehearsal room just now is proof of that.

His trademark blonde curly hair is whiter than it was on Top of the Pops but the big dark glasses are an instant give-away and before he can find the way to the dressing room Ian Hunter is surrounded by a small sea of photo/camera wielding fans.  “Okay, just the one autograph” becomes two, then three…  and “Just the one photo” becomes two, then three…  Once a rock star always a rock star…


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