Ian Hunter Announces Star-Studded Album with Trujillo, DeLeo, McKagan and More

Ian Hunter: Defiance Part 1Rock and roll icon Ian Hunter has revealed a new album for 2023, and it’s looking to be a star-studded collection of music. The former Mott the Hoople singer’s new record called Defiance Part 1 will be released on April 21st, and although the guest list is a who’s who of rock, Hunter didn’t have that in mind at its start.

“It was a fluke,” he says of the collaborations. “This was not planned. Really, I’m serious. I really couldn’t believe some of them. I mean, it’s amazing what’s happened. It’s been such a buzz.”

Defiance Part 1 will feature appearances by the recently departed artists Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins as well as Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top, Slash, and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Dean and Robert DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots, Ringo Starr, Mike Campbell, Eric Kretz, Johnny Depp, and Billy Bob Thornton.

The 83-year-old already has plans and music for Defiance Part 2, which will have even more collaborators. As for the title, Hunter says, “There are a lot of reasons for calling this album Defiance. It’s like, people my age shouldn’t be making records, blah, blah, blah. But we’ve still got a bit left.”

Check out the first single from the album, “Bed of Roses”:

Defiance Part 1 Track List:

  1. Defiance (feat. Robert Trujillo & Slash)
  2. Bed Of Roses (feat. Ringo Starr & Mike Campbell)
  3. No Hard Feelings (feat. Johnny Depp & Jeff Beck)
  4. Pavlov’s Dog (feat. Dean DeLeo, Robert De Leo & Eric Kretz)
  5. Don’t Tread On Me (feat. Todd Rundgren)
  6. Guernica (feat. Mike Campbell & Joe Elliott)
  7. Angel (feat. Taylor Hawkins, Duff McKagan & Brad Whitford)
  8. Kiss N’ Make Up (feat. Taylor Hawkins, Billy Bob Thornton & Billy F Gibbons)
  9. This Is What I’m Here For (feat. Taylor Hawkins, Joe Elliott & Waddy Wachtel)
  10. I Hate Hate (Alternate Version) (feat. Dennis DiBrizzi & Jeff Tweedy)

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