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HAWKWIND Liverpool O2 Academy
10 December 2010
double bill was in prospect with The Jokers returning to their
home town. Playing material from their critically acclaimed solo album,
'The Big Rock and Roll Show,' they managed to strut around that stage
with verve in the half hour allotted. Opening with the party starter, 'V.I.B.E'
they also found time to play some of their more cultured songs like
'Hell to LA.'
cover 'Helter Skelter' was an apt testament to the 30th anniversary of
Lennon's murder. The Jokers concluded with 'Super Groover' which
illustrates their instinct for a good hook line. The Jokers are a tight
package with clear songwriting talent, a strong visual identity and will
undoubtedly continue the hard climb upwards on the back of an excellent
album and this level of exposure.
Mr Dibbs was
in fact the first to appear for Hawkwind, elegantly dressed with
combat helmet, head torch and 'Wiki Leaks' emblazoned across the front.
The others also belied fashion sense, which is of course why were we all
gathered in the first place.
quickly into gear with 'You Shouldn't Do That' and the scene was set.
The band skipped from current album, 'Blood of the Earth' to classic
material with aplomb, the highlights for me being 'Angels of Death' and
'Sentinel' which has Tim Blake's cosmic influence stamped all over it.
for The Dancer and two arrived! They didn't just dance. We had angels of
death, sentinels on ten foot stilts and robots. Credit then to Dave
Brock for re- launching the band with a proper stage show that
complemented the sonic assault on the senses.
My son is a
sci fi buff, Moorcock in particular, and he was suggesting to me that
these creations were not simply gratuitous adornment, but based on
various images from SF masterpieces.
Mr Dibbs and
Dave Brock handled most of the vocals including the spoken ones, 'Sonic
Attack' and 'Warrior of the Edge of Time.' 'Spirits of the Age' probably
received the biggest cheer and was executed in sympathy with the
bass, hypnotic chants, swirly synths and audience participation in
spades. Any misconception that Hawkwind had gone all ambient in 2010 was
ceremonially dispelled. Hawkwind are allowed to experiment aren't they?
I was hoping
they would play 'Hassan I Sabbha' but it was not to be on this occasion.
We all have our faves, but the two pathetic hecklers to my right who
hurled rude personal insults at Dave Brock for not playing their
“requests” were at an age to know better. Thankfully they were drowned
out by cheers.
I like this
Hawkwind line up. It's certainly not a parody of the past. It's a living
breathing organism that is tight yet unpredictable.
readers will note, I am a stickler for value for money and Hawkwind
played non-stop for two hours. In these troubled times, these gigs are
worth their weight in gold. And, yes, my space cadet loved it too.
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