Sunday, March 06, 2005


Wow. The return of the original 'real' Hawkwind...minus Dave Brock, of course, but...fuckin' hell...they've got Bass-guitar God Dave Anderson (Ex-Amon Duul 2 and also (and I didn't realise this until recently) Ex-Van Der Graaf Generator)) on-board, along with Nik Turner, Terry Ollis, Mick Slattery and Del fucking Dettmar, fer chrisake...

And they're playing Ilfracombe, Honiton and Bristol. (What tha--?)

This I gotta see.


At 7:17 am, Blogger farmer glitch said...

count me in !!

At 7:18 pm, Blogger johneffay said...

You should go, but don't raise your hopes too high. When I saw them they were like a pub-rock tribute band. Dettmar wasn't with them then, but I'm given to understand that his contributions aren't that great these days.

The Turner 'Hawkwind' band I would have liked to have seen was the one playing the States in 1994 with Helios Creed from Chrome on guitar. There's a live album of that called 'Space Ritual 1994', and some of it (notably the bits with Creed to the fore) is awesome. It also contains the only thing worse than Michael Moorcock reciting poetry: Genesis P. Orridge reciting Michael Moorcock's poetry!

When was Dave Anderson in Van der Graaf Generator? I was under the impression that he auditioned around the time of 'H to He', but couldn't hack it. Did you know they've reformed? I only discovered this after their gig in London had sold out. Still, they've ot a new album coming out, so I'll definitely be getting hold of that one.

At 8:04 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

A Hawkwind 'pub-rock' tribute band...ha! it's sounding better by the minute, John! Yeah, I'm under no illusions about this, but the reviews reckon they're getting better by the month...(when did you see them?) I just like the idea of seeing them somewhere like Honiton, if only to get Anderson to sign my copy of 'Yeti' and 'X In search of Space'

I'm just polishing off the 'Saga of Hawkwind' book you recommended, and, by coincidence, I read the bit yesterday about Helios Creed playing w/ Turner (wh/ I didn't know about)...and got goosebumps at the thought of it.

Gen reading Moorcock: the mind boggles...

You're probably right about Dave Anderson only auditioning for VDGG...if he did anything more than that then he was probably only in the band for a few weeks or a couple gigs, at most. I think I was just into the idea that Anderson was in Hawkwind, Duul AND VDGG (if only for a couple rehersals): that's a heckuva CV. (and a topic that merits more research...)

Saw an advert for the VDGG gig in a recent Wire. Sold out, did it? Good for them.

Have you seen the VDGG 'Godbluff live 1975' DVD (with some live French footage from '71, I think)...that's really excellent (and fairly cheap too).

At 9:58 am, Blogger johneffay said...

I saw them about 18 months ago. I don't know about them improving, but a guy I know who has seen them quite a lot reckons that they vary massively in quality from night to night.

I didn't know about the Van der Graaf DVD; thanks, I'll check it out.


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