One for Hawkwind Fans


hawkwind 040612Over on WhatCulture.com I write a blog piece 10 Albums Every Hawkwind Fan Should Own which may interest some readers.

Do have a look and let me know what you think.

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A Tribute to Huw


Huw TributeJust posted on YouTube is this wonderful tribute to Huw Lloyd-Langton (31st January 2013). It is a performance by Hawkwind of Dragons and Fables a track from The Chronicle of the Black Sword and one that Huw would often play in his solo set. The piece is accompanied by a video with images of Huw playing along with the band as though still involved from his new home on the astral plane.

Beautiful!

Atomic Sunrise


Atomic SunriseBack in 1970 between March the 9th and 15th a fantastic line-up of emerging talent appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm in an event called Atomic Sunrise. Amongst such luminaries as Black Sabbath, Arthur Brown and Quintessence were early appearances by none other than Hawkwind, Genesis and David Bowie.

The timing is wonderful – Genesis were weeks away from a contract and this is the first ever Hawkwind line-up.

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Huw Lloyd Langton: 1951 – 2012


Huw Lloyd LangtonHuw Lloyd Langton, sometime lead guitarist and more recently support act for Hawkwind passed away on the night of December 6th – 7th 2012 having been fighting cancer for the last two years. Huw had not been well for some years having suffered from kidney failure, brittle bones and Legionnaires’s Disease at various times.

I don’t intend to reprise Huw’s career – if you knew of Huw you probably know everything I do about his time in and out of Hawkwind; instead I thought I’d record a few of my own memories.

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Hawkwind 4th June 2012


So having tucked into my Jubilee street party grub I made my way to Southampton (The Brook) to see the mighty Hawkwind for (maybe) the 26th time (I have lost track). Excellent support was provided by Huw Lloyd Langton (review here). I quite like the new album Onward (review here) and was looking forward to a decent evening in the midst of our four day weekend (thanks your majesty!). The picture is from my Flickr stream which should be accessible on the right somewhere!

So how was the gig?

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Huw Lloyd Langton – 4th June 2012


Post street party Monday June 4th 2012 found me at The Brook in Southampton to see Hawkwind (reviewed here) supported by Huw Lloyd Langton. [NB my pictures of the gig are on Flickr here]. Huw came on stage around 8:30 and despite some technical problems (more later) gave a decent account of himself and naturally the crowd had nothing but respect for him. I myself have seen Huw over the years playing lead in front of a packed crowd at Hammersmith Odeon (as was), in a field in Oxford and in support for odd gigs in recent years. Clearly various illnesses and other challenges have left their mark but this was, at least for me, a decent little set.

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Robert Calvert


…the Roger Waters of Hawkwind?

Why write this?

There is plenty on the web to inform the curious as to who Robert Calvert was and what he did and I do not intend to repeat that here. I just want to give my only tiny slice of Calvert history and make one observation. As to whether or not he is the Hawkwind equivalent of Roger Waters I would suggest he is similar to that but not quite; nor is he the equivalent of Peter Gabriel or Robbie Williams.

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