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Ian Hunter To Play Beachland Ballroom


Ian Hunter and his band will play the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH on Friday, Oct.28 and frankly we can’t wait. This will be a very special night for multiple reasons. Firstly, it’s been a few years (Mott The Hoople, London 2009) since we’ve seen Ian and his visits to Cleveland are always extra special.

Though his latest release ‘Man Overboard‘ came out in 2009 we suspect we’ll have the good fortune of hearing a few of those songs, as he hasn’t been here to support that album yet. Clearly, whatever Ian and the band decided to perform it’ll surely be well received. “He’s a rocker and WE are too!”

In addition the night will be billed as a tribute to Ian’s friend and former manager, Steve Popovich from Cleveland International. We thought a lot of Popovich and want to thank the Beachland Ballroom in advance for pulling this together. Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers will open (another artist managed by Cleveland International) the gig which will be an added bonus.

Last but not least, this will be a milestone of sorts for Weird and Gilly as it will mark the 25th anniversary of our very first Ian Hunter concert in Canton, OH. On the 28th of Oct. 1986 Ian Hunter and the Roy Young Band played Trippers Night Club and we couldn’t of been more excited. Youthful, glittered and wide-eyed, we hung on to his every note while keeping our positions, front and center stage.

After the concert,  we waited for about an hour by the back door before we were escorted in, sans any credentials. We were huge fans and in those days, that was good enough. Ian was very kind to put up with us (then and now) and it was a night we’ve often talked about since. When I (Gilly) realized that Ian’s return to Cleveland 2011 would be on the very same night that we met all those years ago, I contacted Weird and we shared a laugh in the name of strange coincidence and the pure magic of glam.

We’re really thankful for all the years, for the music, for the shows, for our time with Popovich and the people we’ve come to know through our love of Ian Hunter. Best wishes to Hunter and the band as they continue to tour. We look forward to your arrival in Cleveland.