By the early 80’s, the rough ride guaranteed to Hawkwind’s support bands was widely known.  Hereâ
€™s a quote from journalist Malcolm Dome back in 1982:

“Whilst we're on the subject of Hawkfans, there's another serious point to make. In recent years, their
treatment of support bands on HW UK tours has been at best hostile and at worst...well, they've made
England's soccer hooligans seem angelic by comparison!  Hawkwind opening acts have long felt the wrath of
the faithful.
�

The general subject of Hawkwind’s support bands was also recently discussed on the Yahoo! Email
group, and I’ve taken the liberty of quoting liberally therefrom.  Rather than attribute individual
quotations, please see the general thanks and acknowledgements to all contributors at the bottom of this page.
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1972 - Magic Muscle
“Hawkwind were a good bunch of guys, very supportive. Of course, the down side was, as their support
band we would arrive before them to soundcheck and on a regular basis get jumped by the local
constabulary, out to nail those notorious drug fiends Hawkwind
.� – Adrian Shaw

1974 - Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
“The best support I've seen in 30 years of live Hawkwind was undoubtedly Alberto Y Lost Trios
Paranoias. Is there anyone who saw that 1974 tour and remembers them?  I'm presuming they did the full
tour with them, something that I notice few bands do these days. They were truly amazing.  The range of
parodies they did was huge and the mimicry was spot-on.
�

“
For me the best Hawkwind support act was Albertos Y Los Trios Paranois: very entertaining if you were
not propping up the bar while they were on!
�

"
Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias did their spoof Sonic Attack section, all done to swooshing sweeping synths
and HW style lights etc.: 'Have you seen the saucers?...Yes, they're on the draining board' and 'This is your
captain speaking...Your captain is knackered...' along with 'Ignore the sick and the infirm - go to your
podule and take the yellow pill marked W'
"

"
A whole tranche of their album was a take-off of Space Ritual, called 'Mandrax Sunset'.  I remember their
spoof of 'Silver Machine' - 'Venusian Clap', which went something like: 'The ship's doc he told me, I'm
feeling so sad / You've got Venusian Clap / I've got Venusian Clap / I've got Venusian Clap'
"

1974 - Man
“No one has mentioned Man so far (that I've noticed), who supported the Hawks on the 1999 party USA
tour in, 'er, was it '73 or '74? I saw them in Atlanta, Georgia (and Aerosmith were the first act for just that
night, BTW.)
�

Some other famous bands who've supported Hawkwind are Genesis (London, 1970) and Rush (USA, 1973)

1975 - Magill

1976 - Unicorn
If you have any further recollection of support bands you'd like to see mentioned on this page, please
email me
here and we will see what we can do!


Meanwhile, thanks to: Dave Bottomley, Colm McWilliams, Tom Byrne, Paul Eaton-Jones, Paul Bagley,
Captain Bl@ck, Mark Von Bargen, Rob Nelson, JonInWhite, Mysticouk2002, Kevin Perry, Marc
Sperhauk, Neil Toyne, Andy Dream Thief, Steve Pond, Kevin Cutts, Michael Barnes, Rik Richardson,  
Liverpool19572003, Rob Dreamworker, Blood Diamond, Sonic Attack, Sputnik Gaz, Andy C, Dave
Law, Ian Abrahams, Iain Griffiths, Kev Loanhead, Bill Barwick, Anthon Moonstone, Phil England, Dave
Dignum, Graham Hawker, Nigel Ross, Steve Southgate, Mark Patterson, Colin French...and anyone else
I’ve forgotten…
1977 - Bethnal  (pictured, right)
“
Not bad for a support band�

This lot were an unusual multiracial punk band, with
the lead singer playing a violin on some numbers, and a
cover of The Who’s ‘Baba O’Reilly’
included in their set.  They later backed Bob Calvert.  
They were the best support act I ever saw with
Hawkwind.  They had the back 2 pages of the Quark
tour programme devoted to them, a rare honour for
Hawkwind support bands.


1978 - The Softies
“The Softies were support on the UK Hawklords
tour.  I think most people ignored them.
�
1978 - Patrik Fitzgerald
“There was also a solo spot by some guy who wore odd socks and sang a song called ‘All My Friends
Are Dead!’ to which, every time he sang the said line, the entire audience shouted back ‘Good!’
Well I thought it was funny at the time...
�

“
He was a punk with an acoustic guitar who predated Billy Bragg but did the same kind of thing. He had
an EP out at the time called ‘Safety Pin Through My Heart’.
�
“I remember him getting a particularly hostile reception at the
Manchester Apollo in 1978.   Putting on a single punk with a
guitar and nothing else prior to Hawkwind was probably not the
best scheduling decision.
�

“
I seem to remember a number of reviews at the time said the
he was fairly good even if a strange choice to support the Hawks.
Also I think Calvert said he enjoyed his act.
�

“
I'm told that Patrick Fitzgerald was singularly awful.�

“
Patrick Fitzgerald was probably the worst ever tour support
that I can remember. I saw worse at festival shows, though.
�
“Patrick Fitzgerald I thought was great. Bought his album on the strength of his 'performance' at
Portsmouth Guildhall (78). I remember thinking what a prat.  But, as his set progressed he actually had
something to say and he said it well!
�

“
It was quite hostile at Liverpool as well if I remember correctly. Anyway there appears to be a large
collection of lyrics at:
http://www.hamienet.com/cat4267.html   If anyone wants to brush up on what they
missed. I don't seem to be able to find the one that’s stuck in my brain for all these years though: ‘The
Bingo Crowd, the bingo crowd / I don't wanna wear no shroud’
"

“
He even broke a guitar string at Liverpool!�

1979 - Doll By Doll
“Doll by Doll were really crap!�

“
The most hostile response to a support that I can remember seeing was to Doll by Doll at Chelmsford
during the 79 tour. They were harangued to such an extent that the singer was reduced to tears and threw
down his guitar and walked off probably not halfway into their set. They were truly awful IMHO
.�

“
Precious post punk band - the type that mags like the NME loved. They deserved their awful reception.â
€�

Time for me to express a dissenting opinion - I only vaguely recall Doll By Doll's support set on the '79 tour
as being thrashy and alternative, but soon afterwards became an avowed fan of theirs.  They are a
criminally  overlooked gem, but at last their albums have been made available once more.  And here,
compiled from the sleeve notes of the Gypsy Blood and eponymous Doll By Doll CD reissues, is their take
on the Hawkwind experience, as narrated by NME journalist Paul Du Noyer:

A year to the day from their sacking by the supposed art terrorists Devo, the band lost a second high-profile
support slot, this time to the cosmic hippy veterans Hawkwind. "It was a very strange experience, the whole
Hawkwind thing. Every night it just got incrementally worse where the fuck was this all going to end? It
was a heavy time, to be honest. Those geezers were really organised in some hideous way and they really
didn't like it. I remember Dave Brock (Hawkwind's leader) came in our dressing room at one point and said,
'Hi, my name's Dave Brock.' And Dave our drummer said, 'Can I call you David?' 'No, you fucking can't!
I've come here to tell you, it says you're our special guests. Well, you're not my special guests. I just want
you to know that.' So Dave said, 'Whatever you say, David.'

"And when he left we were in convulsions of laughter."

Reporting for the NME I travelled with Doll By Doll on several of the Hawkwind dates and can vouch for
the inter-band hostility. Returning in their cramped mini-bus, for the grand finale at the Hammersmith Odeon,
I saw their moods lurch from manic hilarity to grim foreboding. "Just like in a horror film," Leven
remembers, "we knew that it was coming. There was no escape. We couldn't say 'We're a bit concerned
something bad might happen at Hammersmith so we're not going to do the gig.' Thinking like that was not
an option."

"Things went down very quickly with Automatic...our record company boss, Nick Mobbs...wanted to sign
Hawkwind. So he put us on tour with them and in a terrible night at the Hammersmith Odeon. we and our
fans got into a serious fracas with Hawkwind's roadies, and our record company got beat up or at least hit
back-stage. After that there was no going back, everything was wrong. We'd fucked up the Hawkwind tour,
that was how they saw it, immediately after being thrown off a Devo tour as well. We were the scapegoats
of the piece and we got the sack."

-Paul Du Noyer

See also "Doll By Doll Nixed (1979, Record Mirror)" about a fifth of the way down the Press Clippings
XIV page

1979 - Clover
“Clover had recently come off of a support slot with Thin Lizzy!�
1980 - Vardis
“Vardis were fun and went on to record a version of Silver Machine"

Actually I think they had already done the single and got offered the
support slot on that basis.  It reached the UK Top 20, I think.  They did
an album called "100 mph" and that was how they covered Silver
Machine.  I've still got a copy of the single. It's,err, OK.  I guess.

“
Another lot who got a hard time (at Monmore festival) were Vardis,
mainly for having the cheek to cover Silver Machine (badly! IMHO
again) as a single.�

“When Vardis supported Hawkwind here in Hull they were booed by sections of the audience during their
version of Silver Machine so they stopped, offered the booers a thumping and carried on to cheers from the
rest of the crowd.
�

“
I remember them playing Hammersmith, and the lead singer thought that packing his long blonde hair
with talcum powder before the show would produce a flattering effect when he shook his head under the
merciless glare of the spotlights. In the event, it looked like the world's worst case of dandruff, and most of
the next song was lost in the guffaws emanating from the front six rows of the audience
�

“
I do recall the lead singer of Vardis arriving on stage and flinging his hair forward that was covered in
talcum powder, which promptly sprayed the front row, and obtained the obvious response of an equal
number of beer cans proportionate to the amount of talcum powder grains, hurled in his general direction...
â
€�

“
God, that singer loved himself…�

“
They were really bad, though one of my friends was so taken he bought the album.�

1980 - Eddie and The Hotrods

1980  - Chevy
“Instantly forgettable metal�

1981 - Mama's Boys
“Three brothers who were better than most. Unfortunately, one of them died a few years later so they
never got the chance to fulfill their potential. The remaining brothers are now in Celtus.
�

1982 - Baron Rojo (below - a picture says a thousand words!)
“As for reception, Baron Rojo were greeted by
total silence at Sheffield City Hall - I think it was the
Masques tour.
�

It was indeed. Like Bethnal before them, Baron Rojo
were dignified by inclusion in the tour programme.

“
I remember thinking that they were even older
than Hawkwind.
�
“In those days supporting Hawkwind was a hopeless task to say the least.  Such was the audience’s
partisan love of Hawkwind, the support was nothing more than something visible for the assembled throng
to hurl abuse at.  On this score the "mighty Rojo" fared no differently to countless others!  An added 'bonus'
for some (not all) was that in 1982 the Falklands conflict was still fresh in the mind, couple this with fact
that the Spanish had some allegiance with Argentina and you can start to imagine some of the frankly racist
and xenophobic taunts coming from some parts of the audience.  If I was one of the ‘Barons’ I would
have considered things like ‘You're s**t!’ and “You w*****s!’ as compliments compared with
some of the abuse that they withstood. That said, they were absolutely s**t!!
�
1982 - Clientele
“Clientele were a band from St Albans, and I think
that their Hawkwind support - which got a fair bit of
local press coverage - was the furthest they'd ever been
from their home
�

1984 - Bronz (pictured right - this is from an ad in the
Earth Ritual tour programme)
“
Dodgy heavy metal band strangely signed to
Bronze records at the time
�

“
Unfortunately reading your page has brought back
distressing memories of bands like Bronz.
�

1984 - Wildfire
“They were pretty dire but I think you'll find that
the guitarist now plays in the Deep Purple tribute band
Deepest Purple!
�

1985 - Salvation, Lee Aaron
1985 - Dumpy's Rusty Nuts
Perennial Hawkwind support / allies.  Dumpy guested with Hawkwind in 2003

Colin French adds "
TNT was the name of the band I was in back in 1985 and we were one of the bands that
supported Hawkwind at the battle of the bands concert held at Ramsgate outdoor swimming pool next to
Nero’s nightclub over the bank holiday weekend 1985. We won the competition, then told we’d lost
because we had an indie single out, so were deemed to be professional? I remember it because Hawkwind
turned up with no backline and had asked to borrow ours. Don’t know what would have happened had
we declined. Of course all the amps were turned up to eleven and miraculously survived the show. We
headlined on the Saturday night and played the winners show on the Sunday afternoon of Hawkwinds
performance. The winners a cracking postpunk trio, were promised a recording session and possible single to
be released through Hawkwinds label, sadly they never made good on their promise and nothing happened.
"

1986 - The Baby Sitters
Apparently they've been interviewed in Carol Clerks' book The Saga Of Hawkwind!  Doug Anderson has this
to say about that tour... "
It was the winter of 1986.  I was living in Edinburgh in glorious unemployment.  I
would always go and see Hawkwind as a matter of course, even though I'd thought the Black Sword gig was
slightly dodgy.

Anyway...a few days before the concert, I was visiting a childhood friend who also happened to be a dealer.  
He gave me  a huge bag of magic mushrooms,warning me to be careful with them as the results of taking
them could be a bit unpredictable.  On the afternoon of the gig, me and my friends, Ted, Bruce and Robin
assembled to sample the mushrooms.  We heated up some tins of mushroom soup then threw in the
mushrooms - about 200 of them!  I don´t even like normal, non-hallucenogenic mushrooms but I managed
to force the soup down and we sat smoking the usual endless joints waiting for the effects to kick in.  Just as
things were starting to happen, such as the walls seemed to be breathing, the phone rang.  It was my landlady
wanting to talk to me about unpaid rent.  My friends all had silent hysterics as I muttered "yeah... fine...
soon... yeah... bye" into the phone.

Eventually the time came to go to the concert.  We were now all feeling seriously strange, so we decided to
take the bus down to the Edinburgh Playhouse.  We all sat in silence on the busy commuter trying to look
relatively normal.  Ted announced he wasn´t coming to the gig, but going to visit his friend Phyliss.  
Something made me say "that´s an inviting name" at which we all started laughing... and laughing.  At the
next stop, every single commuter got off the bus.

The next thing I can remember, we were sitting in the Playhouse watching the Babysitters.  They were
possibly the most bizarrely entertaining band I´ve ever seen.  One song was about the singer´s girlfriend
who never goes out "coz she's got a beard".  Another was dedicated to "our hero, Frank Bough".  The best
bit was when the singer took off his stars and stripes fringed  foam jacket,  threw it on the stage then jumped
on top of it and started wrestling with it.  My friend Robin couldn´t take any more and grabbed my arm,
screaming "make him stop!"

Strangely I can¨t remember a thing about Hawkwind......
"


1988 - Tubilah Dog
Free festival specialists, they appeared on one of the Hawkwind Friends & Relations albums


1988 - Ozric Tentacles


1989 - Bastard
Ron Tree’s old band, presumably


1990 - Radical Dance Faction (RDF)
“I'd completely forgotten Radical Dance Faction here in Hull 1990 – very good, too.�


1991 - Krel
Krel featured Mr.Dibs, now of Spacehead, and definitely played support on some 1992 dates as well


1992 - Here & Now


1993 - Beautiful People


1995 - Utah Saints


1995 - Captain Rizz, Optic Eye


1997 - Porcupine Tree, Banco de Gaia


2006 Winter – Huw LLoyd Langton
2007 Winter – Prime Sinister
2008 Winter – Huw LLoyd Langton (and 3 Wise Monkeys at the Astoria)
2009 Winter – Arthur Brown
2010 Winter – The Jokers
2011 Winter – Lloyd Langton Group

I think that's it for *tour* support acts.  Since 1997 Hawkwind have tended to use one-off or local support
acts, and of course, individual sometime members of Hawkwind have often provided support, and naturally
got much better receptions than the usual fate accorded to openers.  Harvey Bainbridge did the business in
1999 and 2000, with Huw Lloyd Langton doing the same in 1997, 2001 and 2004.  Tim Blake is another ex-
Hawk to have opened the show, and of course Bedouin have done the honours on occasion, for example on
the Spring 2001 dates.  But here are some quotes relating to some of the one-off acts:

“In the 70's, not sure of year, at Liverpool Stadium they had Al Matthews (I think that was his name).  
Solo guy, accoustic guitar, the crowd gave him a number or two but then the Hawkwind chant started, he
tried his best to continue but in the end fitted his song to go with the Hawkwind chant, i.e. he sang 'Sister
used to play for' and the crowd sang 'Hawkwind, Hawkwind'.  'Mama used to play for...Hawkwind
Hawkwind', etc etc.. This seemed to get the crowd on his side and he actually got a lot of cheers and
applause in the end.
�

“
Fruupp, who were a great band, also supported them. Can't remember where, though I know they were at
the Empire Pool Hawkwind Party in 1973.
â€�  (This lot were a prog band from Ireland, I think.)

�
Dr. Feelgood also supported at the end of '74. I seem to recall Bandylegs, who I think turned into
Quartz, during the early 80's, along with Tubilah Dog. An obscure gig in Leeds included Scritti Politti
amongst several others whom I no longer recall.
�

"Glasgow Apollo theatre, Friday 13th Dec.1974 - Dr.Feelgood were a very good support - both they and
Hawkwind were on United Artists.  Dr.Feelgood gave out freebie rizla small skins as a promo device."

“1975 - Pink Fairies and Lady Linda’s Lysergic Leprosy supported the band at the Roundhouse
around the time of Kings of Speed.
�

“
The very first time that I saw Hawkwind, at Bingley Hall, Stafford (UK) they were supported by Nova
(Italian jazz-rock) and Judas Priest, who were absolutely brilliant !!!!  It's a shame they turned into a crap
joke band.  This was before Astounding Sounds came out and I think it was Calvert's first gig as lead singer.
â
€�

“
I'm sure when Hawkwind played Croydon Fairfield Hall in the late 70s they were supported by John
Cooper Clarke, and yes we all booed him off the stage!
�

“
ICU supported Hawkwind 3 times...Leeds Sci-Fi festival, and the Lyceum 2 Sundays running... and
Stonehenge in 1979 or 1980
�

“
Then there was Magic Michael, Androids of Mu, Out On Blue Six and Inner City Unit at the Lyceum, in
July 1980.  Out On Blue Six were a New Wave band starting to shade off into New Romantic territory, with
dual vocalists (one male, one female) plus bass / drums / guitar / keyboard.  The crowd did not take kindly
to them, bawling "Haaaawkwiiind" all through their set and hurling beer cans at them.  The biggest cheer of
Out On Blue Six's set came when the male vocalist was hit on the head by a can.  As he had a voluminous
floppy fringe, or as close as you can get to floppy when your hair is actually frizzy, the can more or less
bounced off.  In retrospect it was rather surprising that Out On Blue Six didn't flounce off.  Instead, they
stuck it out and when announcing their last song, said "Don't worry, you'll get your Hawkwind".  They then
played an extempore number which featured the female vocalist delivering a high speed rant about "dirty
smelly greasy apes".  I rather admired their spirit.
�

“
My recollection of the end of their set is a little different.  Like you said they weren't going down at all
well, but I remember the girl singer saying something along the lines of "Alright, you all know this one".  
Many of us didn't cotton on to what it was until she sang the first line of Silver Machine, at which point
massed cries of "F*** OFF!" and the like went up and a horde of cans etc flew towards the stage.  I think
they managed another couple of lines before the male vocalist was hit and they decided to leave the stage
pronto.
�

“
I remember Artistic Control supporting at the St Austell Coliseum in 1982 (just before Turner rejoined)
and getting a better reception than a below-par Hawkwind
�.

“
Did anyone see Hawkwind at Monmore Wolverhampton years ago?  I seem to remember a few things
being thrown at the acts there, until the guy from Vardis offered one assailant 'round the back' for a fight -
needless to say the crowd calmed down a little after that.  Various bands 'supported' but I can only remember
Limelight, Vardis and I think, Fireclown.
�

“
I saw Hawkwind years ago, headlining at a talent contest (the only ones who had any, as far as I could
see were HW!) in Ramsgate about 1980; there were about 8 naff bands on first. Then the winner, 'Blue
Rondo a la Turk' got to play support to HW
�

“
I don't remember the Winner of the Battle of the bands at Ramsgate being 'Blue Rondo a la Turk', I
think they were called 'Blue Tomorrow' but it was 20 years ago so I could be remembering wrong or
misheard. The actual support for Hawkwind was 'Winston & The Churchills' and a horrendous funk band
called 'Rootboot'
�

"The very wonderful Cardiacs supported Hawkwind at a Cardiff college gig I went to in 1984-5 ( Mr. Davey
had been installed and Harvey was on the keys).  They didn't get the same rough ride as they famously did
supporting Marillion, but the crowd seemed bemused by the bands musty military uniforms, jerky, speedy
tunes and Tim Smith's 'cheeky' banter.  Must say I preferred them to the Hawks that night, where Nik Turner
seemed pre-occupied with his skating skills, H.L.Langton whittered his fretboard relentlessly, and the band
seemed to stamp out the identity of their best tunes by medleying them up..."

“Sometime in the mid 80's, perhaps 1986, Tandoori Cassette were support: didn't see them then but when I
did, they were great - one of the best gigs I'd seen. I heard they got roundly booed as Hawkwind support. I'd
call that a lack of imagination.
�

“
Didn't Spyder support sometime in the 80s (or even 90s)?  I think, also, that Liquid Crystal were the
support at Brighton for the World SF Convention in ‘87
�

“
Have we mentioned Dr. and the Medics?â€�  (I think they supported Hawkwind some time in the mid-to-
late 80’s.)

"I remember an ugly punk band called Crown of Thorns at the Hammersmith Palais (?). I did not like them.  
I think I understand why these bands get such a bad reception and its because although Hawkwind are VERY
LOUD, they are uplifting and do not have rough metally edges..."

“A few bands supported HW for a gig or two round about the Agents of Chaos Tour, and late 80's, in the
days when free festivals could be held with minimal police interference, if at all. These included Screech
Rock (wild costumes), Rhythmites, Culture Shock, Israel Movement (who used to go on for so long at
festivals that often it restricted HW to a few numbers!), Sons of Spock (good festival in the Wye Valley),
Omnia Opera and Bliss the Pocket Opera.
�

“
And going on from the Travellers Aid Trust album, I am sure that 2000DS and Hippy Slags supported
them at some festivals.
�

“
The Hippy Slags supported at Folkestone in 1988(ish), with another band maybe the Ozrics?�

“1
989 - Agent Beartrap, who were Steve Bemand and a girl, who's name I can't recall, but who became
reknown for tying herself to trees in support of ecological issues.  1989 (again) - Connecting Routes, reggae
outfit from Stafford.�

“I have only seen the Hawks twice here in the US but both times (1989 and 1994 or 95) a cool band
called Architectural Metaphor opened for them
�

“
I know that in ‘93 they were supported by Beautiful People (a very heavy Hendrix influence)�

“
Does anyone remember (something like) Harold Juana?  [No, but how about Mari Juana?] Early-mid
90's I think.  And Levitation did some early 90s gigs (and god-awful they were too).
�

“
I thought Levitation were pretty good if we are talking about Terry Bicker’s old band  - especially
their first few EPs
�

“
Poisoned Electrick Head – supported in the north west a few times in the early ‘90’s – my
favourite ever support band.
�

“
There’s loads if you include the all-nighters Hawkwind has done at Brixton: Aphex Twin, Porcupine
Tree, Test Dept, Transglobal Underground, Eskimos In Egypt…
�

“
Moondragon supported Hawkwind at Truro City Hall in '93�

“
…wasn't it their acoustic off-shoot, Lordyrk or something like that?�

"I can definitely remember Doctor and the Medics and Nik Turner's All Stars supporting Hawkwind at the
Robert Calvert memorial gig at Brixton Acadamy (3rd March 1989)…supposedly another band called Amon
Duul also supported, though I have no recollection.  As to festivals I can also remember the Hippy Slags
supporting one year in the Traveller's Field at Glastonbury…god knows what year.  But the best support act
I’ve seen, I'd definitely have to say the Ozrics…  I'm not a great fan but they were the perfect warm up
for the Hawkwind experience…lots of other hawk moments but all strangely bit of a blur…"


Speaking of which, one thing not covered here in much detail is festivals.  There have been so many of them,
and with so many bands appearing at each, you can’t really call them “support bandsâ€�.  So theyâ
€™ve often escaped the typical fate of opening acts – but not always:
“Worst support?  Tim Blake,
Leeds 3-12-02; Vardis, Hull 17-10-80 and poor old Stella were canned-off in time-honoured fashion at the
Reading Festival in 1975.
�


Let’s give the last word to Dave Brock.  In response to Malcolm Dome’s quote at the top of this page
he said:

"Our fans ARE fanatical. But to some extent I can understand their frustrations with our support acts. The
trouble is promoters and booking agents these days sling any old rubbish on, usually they're musically
irrelevant to our audiences. It's only in exceptional cases, as with 'Mamas Boys' last year, that we get really
good bands. In fact, even now, two weeks before our '82 tour starts, I don't know who'll be on with us.
Maybe the answer would be for us not to use any support, but get together a full 2½ hour show, I don't
know. But this never happened years ago. In those days, we had more control over the composition of our
bill. Magicians, dancers, and weird groups like the Albertos all played with us and went down a storm. So,
please don't blame our fans entirely.
"
1976 - Tiger (picured, left)
“Tiger (featuring Big Jim Sullivan, who was
famous at the time for having a guitar school slot on
the Bay City Rollers TV program!) were support
during the Astounding Sounds tour.  I remember that
every seat in Hammersmith Odeon had a cut out Tiger
mask on it plus some sweets!  There were cries of â
€˜Hawkwind’ throughout the set.â€�

“Tiger opened to a leaden audience who failed to
be moved…the Hawkwind fans bellowed rudely all
through the quieter passages.  Afterwards one of the
band said it was the deadest audience they had ever
played to.
â€�  - from an NME gig review, Oct. 76
Like Bethnal (see below), Tiger were accorded the rare distinction of being featured in the printed
programme for the tour on which they were the support act.  In this case, the Astounding Sounds, Amazing
Music programme:

"Tiger is bound to make its mark as a band on stage since it features two lead vocalists, Nicky Moore and
Les Walker and two very strong back-up vocalists, Bill McGillivray who plays guitar and keyboards and
Andy Brown who plays bass. On keyboards is Alan Park, a very able musician, and of course the king-pin
of the whole outfit is Big Jim Sullivan, certainly the best and most experienced guitarist in the country and,
until now, dramatically under-exposed."

1977 - Motorhead
As well as the usual Autumn tour (which went under the name 'Spirit of the Age'), in 1977 Hawkwind
played some dates in June (the 'Quark Strangeness & Charm' tour) and I think it was these where
Motorhead played support.  Hawkwind of course supported them in October 2002 at Wembley!
Hawkwind Support Acts