Hawkwind at Glasgow Carling Academy, December 4th
Meant to post this review of the gig, but life been busy sticking its oar in. However, now I can tell you that it was a STORMER of a gig. The last time I saw them in Glasgow it was at the Cathouse, I believe, and it was a somewhat lowkey gig, with the band down to a trio (before that it was at the Garage and that was an utterly magic night). This time they did not disappoint – the band included Tim Blake on keys and theremin, Richard Chadwick on drums, Dave Brock on guitar, and newcomers Mr Dibs on bass and vox, and Niall Hone on guitar and keys. There was a decent light show, and the stage was dressed with psychedelic props and the backdrop had a screen for additional light effects and accompanying footage…and they had dancers! Yeah, a bloke and a tiny woman who came on during about or more than half the numbers in various costumes, doing expressive dancing and movements (the orange furry legs seemed oddly apt for Silver Machine!). And the music? – well, they kicked off with Master of the Universe, went into Brainstorm and Orgone Accumulator, did one of Tim Blakes songs, and other highlights included Damnation Alley, Spirit of the Age, Who’s Gonna Win The War, Angels of Death, Hassan I Sabbah, and the encore was Flying Doctor and…. Silver Machine, which came across really well, considering the gazillion times that Brock must have played it thus far on planet earth.
Support band was the Gin Goblins from Edinburgh, rough and ready semi-Oi punk circa 1978, which the crowd surprisingly took to quite well.
All in all, a great night and something of a relief that Brock and Co still has it!
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