The Arc, Stockton
Support came in the form of Jason Jason Ringenberg (of Jason and the Scorchers). His solo set was very energetic and entertaining.
Initially, Ian's voice sounded strained and thin. It did improve as the evening wore on, but hitting the higher notes remained a problem. Being acoustic, and heavy on the harmonica, gave the evening a folk feel at times.
The power was mainly in the songs themselves. His most recent CD - When I'm President - continues to receive rave reviews. This was my first exposure to the new songs and I was impressed.
Indeed, the show opened with The Way You Look Tonight and a further six songs from When I'm President were to follow.
Little anecdotes occasionally punctuated the evening, such as the tale of Barry Manilow recording Ian's son Ships - ''the last hit he ever had.'' This he followed with the self-deprecating: ''...and speaking of Barry Manilow's last hit - here's my last hit...'' which triggered a lively rendition of Once Bitten Twice Shy.
There was the occasional tale from life on the road. ''We were in Edinburgh last night. Slight cultural difference I noticed in architecture. Who's running the council here?? Shoot the ******!''
I was expecting a show somewhere in the region of 75-90 minutes, but the four-song encore - which included a very popular All The Young Dudes - stretched the performance fully to the two-hour mark, meaning I had to produce an (almost) Olympian time in running to catch the last bus home.
A very enjoyable evening!
Just The Way You Look Tonight
All Of The Good Ones Are Taken
Once Bitten Twice Shy
When I'm President
Dead Man Walking
Words (Big Mouth)
Now Is The Time
Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)
Roll Away The Stone
All The Young Dudes
Head to the official Ian Hunter website for further information.