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Hunter ill - Hoople's dates hit

November 16, 1974

MOTT THE HOOPLE were forecasted to cancel the first four scheduled dates in their British concerttour this week, following the collapse of Ian Hunter. The gigs affected were all in Scotland--Glasgow (Sunday), Edinburgh (Monday), Dundee (Tuesday) and Aberdeen (Wednesday)--and the tour is now opening in Leeds tomorrow (Friday).

Promoter Mel Bush has acted swiftly to re-schedule the cancelled gigs, and revised dates have already been set to tack on to the end of Mott's itinerary. They now play Edinburgh Leith Hall on December 16 followed by Dundee Caird Hall (17), Aberdeen Music Hall (18 or 19) and Glasgow Apollo Centre (20). Existing tickets will be valid for the new dates.

Ian Hunter flew to America last week for a brief private visit. It was while he was having dinner with his U. S. manager Fred Heller that he collapsed. He was taken to hospital, where he was found to be suffering from physical exhaustion, and was being detained for five days' complete rest.

A report in the National press this week, suggesting that Mott The Hoople may move to America, was denied by the band's spokesman. 'Ian Hunter is looking for a house in the States, mainly because he has an American wife, and it is likely that he will spend much of his time there in future. But it doesn't alter the fact that Mott themselves will continue to be based in Britain.'

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