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 Post subject: Top 5 Hawkwind Experiences.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:21 am 
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Now that we are going through the quiet spell perhaps a good time to reflect and share your top 5 Hawkwind experiences. Mine are:

1. The first time I saw the band Glasgow Apollo 13/12/74 - an awesome experience from which I don't think I have ever recovered. A momentous night with a set which included both SR and HOTMG and the classic Wind of Change Tree sequence.

2. Meeting the band for the first time and being on stage for the soundcheck at the Edinburgh Playhouse. I thought I was going to get blown of the stage by the power of the music during Paradox.

3. Going to Shepherds Bush and seeing the band do the Space Ritual. That was a really special night and for a good cause as well.

4. Seeing and hearing Dave play The Demented man live on the Warrior tour. That was something I had always hoped for but never thought I would see.

5. With so many great times this is a hard one to fill in and has to be between The recent Machine Stops tour and the Chronicles of the Black Sword tour. Both were well executed and memorable in their own way with great highlights in each show. I will sit on the fence for the time being.

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Top 5? In no particular order.....

1) First gig, Sonic Attack tour, Xmas 1981, Rainbow Theatre. 15 years old, Mike Moorcock was guesting, Bob and Nik turned up, crushed against the front barrier, smoked my first joint.

2) Party, Carleen, 2000. Rode down from Kent to Cornwall on my motorbike at breakneck speeds, camped up on a farm after midnight, woke up next morning, watched a solar eclipse, heard the strains of Spirit of the age from the tiny tent at the bottom of the hill, watched the band along with 30 or so like souls.

3) Stonehenge, midsummer, 1982/3/4. 'Nuff said.

4) The Space Ritual revisited gig at the Bush, including helping to stuff a couple of thousand goody bags and driving down to and back from Seaton the day before to watch rehearsals. 'Nuff said.

5) So many choices. Dave and Kris' wedding at Hawkfest 2007? The first Hawkfest in a field in Devon? The Warrior tour? No, I think the 40th anniversary gig. Made a lot of friends that day who I still cherish.

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Top 5? In no particular order.....

(1) going to cheat here - and instead of first gig - first tour - Levitation, saw them at Bristol (on the main leg of the tour) and Taunton (on the Christmas dates)

(2) (another cheat) Westbury (Stonehenge) 1985, Stonehenge 1984, Stonehenge 1983

(3) Manchester Hawkon 1985 (organised by Trev Hughes)

(4) Cricket St. Thomas, Chard 1983.

(5) When I scored the French Hassan single from an ad in Record Collector many years ago for a "stupidly cheap price"... I called a couple of days after the magazine had been out, and thought it would've been snapped up instantly, and couldn't believe it when the guy said he still had it


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 Post subject: Re: Top 5 Hawkwind Experiences.
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this is somewhat silly for me to post something. I have never seen Hawkwind so this will seem dull to most of you who are part of that community.

(1) Hearing a Hawkwind tune for the first time. It was either Master Of The Universe (ISOS), which was a revelation, or Hurry On Sundown ~ I don't recall which I heard first, but I do remember HOS strangely appeared on the very first compilation CD of American 60's garage-punk singles I ever bought, on which the song was entirely out of place and a complete mystery to me, the best track on that disc.

(2) receiving and playing my brand new Warrior remaster.

(3) Joining this forum.

(4) Hearing that Hawkwind were set to tour North America (the fact that it fell through does not diminish that high, however short-lived).

(5) Learning interpolating guitar riffs to MOTU, and jamming it for the first time to taped playback. Peeled the paint off of the walls !

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Bumping into two prominent Hawkwind members in the toilet of a convention many years ago whilst they both had rolled up fivers and some obvious cold cure powder spread out on a book. ;-)


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PS Visionaryhead, we were at the same Manchester convention. ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Top 5 Hawkwind Experiences.
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Hmm, for me in no particular order:

1. First gig - at Leeds University in December 1989, as a 17 year old. I phoned up the venue on suggestion of a friend who used to work for a defunct local sci-fi mag, to try to get on the guest list with a "photographer" (i.e. said friend). They only let me on the list, so my friend got a but in a half hour earlier than he told me to get in the venue as me. I got lost of the campus and ended up talking my way into the student bar, before being redirected to the venue itself. After a short argument with the guy on the door I too got in and went angrily in search of the so-called friend, who sheepishly handed over a nearly dead reefer by way of saying sorry. The drama wasn't quite over as we were accosted by the support band just as the opening howling wind of Magnu fired up - it was I think 2000DS, Ron Tree's band who had got wind that we were so-called journalists and wanted interviewing. We managed to get away from them into the safety of the packed crowd to watch a fantastic show. The lineup was totally different from what I was expecting, Huwie was gone as was Danny Thompson, replaced by Simon House and Richard Chadwick, resulting in a much more seventies style sound which suited me fine.

2. 1990 Album signing followed by gig at Leeds Uni later that night. The band had bizarrely been roped into a signing session in a small record shop, the location of which I can't even remember - Andy's Records? I turned up clutching my already bought and much played CD of Space Bandits. Much to my surprised only half the band turned up and the lineup had changed. No sign of Dave or Harvey, just Brigitte, Alan and Richard. Brigitte was very friendly and smiley (I was nervous as hell, I tend to get a rabbit in the headlights mentality when meeting band members), Alan standoffish, and Richard was amiable. While chatting to Richard about t-shirts (he had a great tie dyed shirt with a spiral of buses on it) someone asked where Dave was. Alan smirked and said that he'd had an argument with his girlfriend and she'd kicked him hard in the shins. Fast forward to the gig and Simon House had left, to be replaced by, er, Brigitte. There was much amusement early on when the dancer came on topless to dance around the band, not least by the band themselves. The gig turned out to be really good, band on form, Dave sat on a stool and occasionally literally hopping up to the microphone to sing. This amused Alan greatly who spent much of the gig literally hopping around. Later, through reading the various biographies I read that Dave had actually been kicked by a horse and was clearly in some discomfort, but all credit to him for going out with the band anyway.

3. Winter 1991 at Bradford University. A bitterly cold night and I met up with some friends who had come up from Huddersfield. One in particular had been smoking and drinking for much of the afternoon in preparation. I was much suprised in the venue to see the lineup had changed again - it was down to just the so-called Dave Brock trio, and they packed a real punch, much to the surprise of the mates who weren't really fans of the band at all. The guitarist friend (I had just started learning) was equally baffled and impressed at Dave's approach to soloing, which that night at least amounted to ad-libbing strings of power chords with Alan somehow matching him on bass. The other surprise were the strobes which the aimed into the audience after a few minutes, causing the mate who had been smoking and drinking all day to pass out instantly. A friendly audience member offered the unconscious mate a joint before we had to drag him to the back for some fresh air. He eventually came round, stood up, then put his hand over his mouth and rushed to the toilets to throw up for the next half hour. Other than that the gig was fantastic, and bizarrely they ended the night with LSD, which would not be released until the next year on Electric Tepee.

4. York Theatre 1997 - This was notable partly because the gig had apparently not been advertised in any way, other than on the band's website. Therefore the only people who turned up were those who had got online by that point and were devoted enough to regularly check the band's website. It seemed as though there were about 20 people in the audience, causing Ron in particular to cop a sulk. Dave took it in his stride trying to persuade Ron to recite some poetry on the very posh stage they'd been booked at. Ron got over himself when he realised that those who did turn up were the very enthusiastic hard core of fans in the area who made an absolute racket. Once again, I was surprised to see that Alan had left, Ron had switch to bass and Jerry was now a full time member after guesting on Death Trap on Alien 4. It was a great night, the band were really tight and punky. Dibs came on to play bass for the encore - Ejection.

5. I was going to put Bedford Corn Exchange 2009 - Blood of the Earth tour, which was fantastic and fantastically loud, the band opening with a really lengthy You Shouldn't Do That and finishing with an almost Space Ritualesque Brainstorm, but that was eclipsed by the band's spring tour this year and the gig at the Stamford Corn Exchange, spoilt only by a drunken woman behind me who talked her way through most of the quieter numbers. The band were incredibly almost mesmerically tight and the trio of Dave, Haz and Richard locked into a groove of jamming during the middle section of most numbers. No external anecdotes there other than being sat next to a guy who said he'd been in an early band Mandragora with Nial, some elderly fans trying and failing to explain who Hawkwind were to the busty barmaid of the pub across the road, and a Noel Fielding look-a-like glam rock fan playing air guitar in the aisles during the encore.

Sorry, I do go on bit...


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 Post subject: Re: Top 5 Hawkwind Experiences.
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Dell1972 wrote:
1. First gig - at Leeds University in December 1989, as a 17 year old ..........................................................................................
The lineup was totally different from what I was expecting, Huwie was gone as was Danny Thompson, replaced by Simon House and Richard Chadwick, resulting in a much more seventies style sound which suited me fine.


I'm struggling to come up with a coherent 'top five' but definitely up there for me is the gig from this tour that I saw at Leas Cliffe Hall in Folkstone (great venue). Superb gig. I'm a big fan of Huwie's playing but I'm an even bigger fan of Dave's playing and I'd never seen Dave play a guitar solo live since I first saw the band in '82. Simon House was taking the majority of the lead playing but I remember a particularly fine version of Green Finned Demon. But what I was waiting for was to hear Dave soloing on Golden Void.
And then they started playing Golden Void ...... was Dave going to play a solo? The track rumbled on, some nice flourishes from Simon and then slowly, ever so slowly, Dave worked his way into a guitar solo. And it was superb - I was in ecstasy.
After that gig, my mate (who was another die-hard fan) said, "Before tonight, I'd seen Hawkwind 53" (or however many) "times. After tonight, I've seen them ONCE". They were that good.


Another highlight is (inevitably) my first HW gig - Choose Your Masks tour at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1982. It was my first 'big' gig. Also, I had intended to go and see the band the previous year on the Sonic Attack tour but had fallen ill and couldn't make it.
Choose Your Masks at the 'Hammy Odeon' was incredible - the bank of TV screens, lights and backdrop and it was LOUD! Sonic Attack was precisely that! Some of the low frequency oscillators were like no experience I had had before - physical sound.


Another memorable experience was around 1990. I had quit my band and was feeling quite depressed and despondent about whole experience of trying to get a band together that could
A) play the material I was writing
B) play their instruments well (I was dedicated and practicing and maybe beginning to move beyond the level of the musicians I knew)
C) commit themselves full time to a musical project for no money (thank heavens for the dole!) and no real hope of making much money in climate of the late 80s / early 90s. Be committed to festivals and free gigs, etc.
I had no real idea of how to progress musically and, with no real expectations, posted a cassette off to Dave Brock and asked for some advice. I got a card back in the post (the Live Chronicles artwork on the front) with a few words from Dave. Nothing much, just, "Some nice spacey sounds there" and, "Just keep plugging away and making music" and such like but it was welcome encouragement to keep at it. Testament to Dave Brock's true character, I feel.



Another memory is the Acid Daze festival in Finsbury Park in 198?. An all dayer, I was getting slowly more and more 'lubricated' but not really getting into any of the other supporting acts. It was all getting a bit tedious. And then Hawkwind came on with their lasers - that was more like it! I suddenly realised I was totally off my face - just needed a bit of stimulation. I particularly remember Lost Chronicles with some majestic playing from Huwie and lasers sweeping slowly up over the crowd (oh, the happy days before Health & Safety).




No external anecdotes there other than being sat next to a guy who said he'd been in an early band Mandragora with Nial


I was best mates with Simon Williams of Mandragora at Junior School! I saw a lot of them in the 80s and remember Niall joining (first time he'd played bass in a band, I think). Niall's dad Mo was a good blues guitarist too - I'd go and see his band a lot as well. Do you remember the name of the bloke you met or what instrument he played?

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ok.This is a fun thread! In no particular order I submit
#1. My first Hawk gig.Crawley 1984. Also my first spliff. Blown away by the strobes and underwater projections (anyone remember? The screens came down in front of the band and made them all look like sea creatures! NT doing his crazy unicorn/roller skating day-glo one body piece thing after emerging from a coffin pushed by some porno nurses!! :o This was way to much for my fragile 16 year old mind and prombtly passed out. I came around after a minute or so thinking I was in my own bed. Hairy freaks leaning over me "you ok man". Sat by the side the rest and just soaked in the experience.
#2 Treeworgey fest Cornwall. I think not too much to mention about this one.I'm sure a lot of you fol
ks were there. Acid hot knives brew. Green lasers shooting out the trees......yeah,you know :D
#3 Aktivator 88 fest. Meeting the good Captain wandering about giving the dregs of his mushroom tea to anybody that wanted. Also that weekend NT came by our camper "do you know where Dave Brock is Staying?".A week or so later found out that was the weekend Bob Calvert died. Maybe Nik had just heard the news..........
#4 Talking of BC I remember vividly going to see Calvert and Krankshaft at Brighton Escape club in 85/6. Before the gig Robert was striding up and down the prom getting himself worked up. I remember him passing me and heard him ranting on about the "bloody seagulls". Superb gig BTW.


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Oh sorry 5 yes?!
Have to be Calvert again. Guildford Uni.Same tour I Think. Smashed on hash yoghurt.Missed train home.Went back to doss in Uni grounds.Too cold. Went back to train station, crossed tracks and just slept in a train for the night! I think they would string you up these days.......ah good times.


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Bloody hell - wife had just reminded me it was me that persuaded the end committee to put BC on. Cannot for the life of me remember it though - possible a really good night then...


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SteamAbacus wrote:
Dell1972 wrote:
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No external anecdotes there other than being sat next to a guy who said he'd been in an early band Mandragora with Nial


I was best mates with Simon Williams of Mandragora at Junior School! I saw a lot of them in the 80s and remember Niall joining (first time he'd played bass in a band, I think). Niall's dad Mo was a good blues guitarist too - I'd go and see his band a lot as well. Do you remember the name of the bloke you met or what instrument he played?


Sorry, he didn't say, it was just a brief chat, mostly about how bloody good the band were that night. He was full of Niall's praises, I suggested to him that Niall should have a crack at lead vocals or perhaps drums next, he's done guitar, bass guitar and now keyboards.


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Great thread! Loved reading about your fave times with the band.

My Top Five? Five? Right I'll try.

This is definitely No 1:

1. Needle Gun - First song I heard by them. Was at a party at a mates house he suggested putting on this tape he just got as there was this amazing song on it. Four minutes, thirteen second later we were all shouting "Needle, needle. Needle, Needle Gun!" I went to Our Price (remember them? :o ) the following day and ordered Chronicles Of The Black Sword on CD. "I wonder how many other albums they have done" I thought to myself? Oh....that's a lot! :lol:

2. This is a bit of a cheat but seeing the band play at various unusual places such as The Blackheath Concert Halls, Aldershot Princes Hall and The Agincourt (a tiny venue in Camberley).

3. One of the 12 Hour All Nighters at Brixton Academy (I can't remember which one) but it was where the band came on for a short (30 minutes or so) second set around 3 or 4 in the morning. I was completely off my face on a little tab of something and the light show! Oh my God the light show was superb (well it was in my head). I do remember being so off my face as I peered through the light/lasers (not even sure if there were lasers there - again maybe only I could see them) thinking "Hang on. That mike stand is moving by itself. Why is it moving by itself? Oh, no. No, it's Alan Davey! Damn this stuff is strong!"

4. The Hawkestra. Now we will never get to hear the show again :cry: , and most involved with it claim it was awful and sounded under rehearsed but I absolutely loved it. Having had a soft spot for 'Chronicles' (see No 1) I was chuffed to bits to see that line up play!

5. 40th Anniversary Show. Unlike the Hawkestra there were no special guests which was a little disappointing but after the last attempt ten years before and all the bickering going on it was no surprise. However it was the whole atmosphere of the day. Turning up on my own to spend the day making friends and talking Hawkwind! Starting off with Jimski's superb 'walk n talk' all around Hawkwind's old haunts. Bumping (literally) into Huw in the foyer (completely forgot to ask him to sign anything, and I had the bag stuffed full of goodies too!). Queuing behind Dave Brock in the Waitrose opposite the venue (told him what a great day it was and thank you for the all the music). The Q&A session.

Then I think I missed these:

The 20th Anniversary Show - the first time I saw the band.
The Astoria Christmas shows, they were always good.
The Take Me To Your Leader album launch party.
The band dedicating a song to my late friend Giles.
Hearing the Machine Stops for the first time and thinking "they haven't made a album this good for years!"
Seeing the band at The Fairfield Halls and when Dave Brock asked "what song do you want?" me and my mates yelling "Needle Gun!" from the front row to have him reply "OK, we'll do Needle Gun!" (However this was tempered a bit when the following week we saw them at Hammersmith Odeon and when the same question was asked we all yelled "Anything but Needle Gun!" "Ok, we'll do Needle Gun" came the reply. Oh well....

If I wrote this tomorrow I may well change 2-5 a bit! :lol:


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just to remind myself to get back to this topic - dublin 1980 - levitation tour - that gig was a life changer - (backed up by Vardis - Steve Zodiac with the talc!) - my favourite gig - ever! - still have me Hawk scarf!


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1- Helping Bridget get through the crowd and onto the stage, at one show during her first US tour with Hawkwind. (I think it was at Shank Hall, Milwaukee '89 or '90). People thought she was a fan pushing her way through to get to the front of the stage and I actually recognized her and yelled "She's with the band!" while making way. Many fans here weren't aware of the current band line up changes that had just taken place. 1a) Chatting with Bridget backstage after said show.

2 - Meeting Dave, Harvey, Alan and Richard for the first of many US shows between 1989-1992 when I followed them round. Getting back stage, talking with Dave about his guitar and amps, talking with Richard at the bar before (or after) one of their gigs.

3 - My memory is a bit rough on exact dates now, but from these tours, the back of my head appears in a photo within the Space Bandits (Atomhenge reissue) booklet!

4 - Having Lemmy answer one of my questions on the online Q&A session back 10-15? years ago. Sadly that is the full extent my direct contact with him, and why I cherish it.

5 - Meeting Huw and Marion on the USA 2011 Space Rock Invasion tour, and getting Huw to autograph his Hard Graft CD.


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