Ian Hunter Defiance Part Two

Ian Hunter Announces “Defiance Part 2: Fiction

Ian Hunter Announces “Defiance Part 2: Fiction” – A Testament to Rock ‘n’ Roll Resilience

Legendary rock ‘n’ roll icon Ian Hunter is set to captivate the music world once again with the release of his highly anticipated album, “Defiance Part 2: Fiction,” scheduled to drop on April 19, 2024, under the historic Sun Records label. This announcement comes as a follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed “Defiance Part 1,” marking another chapter in Hunter’s illustrious career that spans nearly seven decades.

Read and Watch the review on Defiance Part One here

“Defiance Part 2: Fiction” is not just another album; it’s a 10-song collection that promises to be as impassioned and powerful as any work in Hunter’s hall of fame-worthy catalog. The album will be available in various formats, including standard vinyl, CD, and digital download, catering to fans old and new.

A special treat awaits vinyl enthusiasts, as a limited edition 2LP vinyl featuring three bonus tracks will be exclusively available on Record Store Day, April 20, 2024.

The album boasts an all-star lineup, making it one of the most dazzling collaborations in recent memory. Friends and lifelong fans such as members of Cheap Trick, Brian May of Queen, Lucinda Williams, members of Stone Temple Pilots, Def Leppard, Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton, Benmont Tench, and the late greats Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins, among others, lend their talents to this project. The Record Store Day Vinyl edition will also feature special guests from Pearl Jam and The Black Crowes, adding to the album’s allure.

The lead single, “Precious,” is an electrifying track that showcases Taylor Hawkins on drums, Joe Elliott on background vocals, and the instantly identifiable guitar work of Brian May. The single, along with its accompanying album, is a testament to Hunter’s enduring relevance and his ability to bring together some of the biggest names in rock music for a project that transcends generations.

Ian Hunter’s journey from fronting Mott the Hoople to his partnership with Mick Ronson and his 21st-century renaissance with the Rant Band has been nothing short of remarkable. The “Defiance” project, conceived during the 2020 quarantine, is a creative endeavor that has Hunter reaching out to his vast network of friends and fellow artists to contribute to his demos, resulting in a rich tapestry of rock ‘n’ roll excellence.

“Defiance Part 1” was hailed as a masterpiece, earning accolades from Classic Rock Magazine, Ultimate Classic Rock, and MOJO, among others. Now, with “Defiance Part 2: Fiction,” Hunter delves into contemporary issues with a harder lyrical edge and denser musical approach, proving his songwriting prowess remains as sharp as ever.

From the legalization anthem “Weed” to the epic title track “Fiction,” Hunter’s new album is full of righteous fury and vibrant spirit. His voice, a beacon of protest and clarity, navigates the complexities of modern society with a perspective that is both unique and universal.

As a huge Ian Hunter fan and someone who has closely followed his career, I eagerly anticipate “Defiance Part 2: Fiction.” Hunter’s ability to evolve while staying true to his rock ‘n’ roll roots is a rare feat, and this album promises to be another milestone in his incredible journey. With a third installment in the works, it’s clear that Ian Hunter’s creative well is far from dry, and we can only wait with bated breath to see what he has in store for us next.

For fans of Ian Hunter and rock music aficionados, “Defiance Part 2: Fiction” is not just an album; it’s an event. Mark your calendars for April 19, 2024, and prepare to be part of rock history. Pre-orders are available now, ensuring you don’t miss out on this monumental release.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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