|Spring 2009 Tour
Fellow Hairy-Arsed Hawkwind Fans' gig reviews and photos - contributions gladly accepted! Please
email me here to add to the page. Many thanks to all whose reviews and / or photos appear here...
Bolton Albert Halls, Thursday 09/04/2009 [above pic by Graham P]
I think I am the first to postâ€¦not long home from the gig. Slightly pissed and tired after a 2 hour journey.
Donâ€™t want to spoil it for people who are going to see the tour but i have to do a little spoiler!. In no
particular order - Warrior At The Edge Of Time ,Assault & Battery, Golden Void, Angels Of Death, Magnu,
Orgone Accumulator, Death Trap, Sentinel, Wraith, You Better Believe It (the highlight), Damnation Alley,
Whoâ€™s Gonna Win The War. Right To Decideâ€¦ Plus there were a couple of new excellent
instrumentals and 2(?) new songs, one which had a similar feel to the hidden classic Motherless Children.
Also a couple of new narratives from the excellent Dibs, and a new very attractive dancer to go with the
regular girl dancerâ€¦similar to the Astoria moves, but great to see again.
The encore...well, let me say that by miles the best Iâ€™ve ever heard and seen (I wonâ€™t spoil it!) but
thatâ€™s what encores are all about. Everybody around was dancing with big grins on their faces.
Hawkwind were at their very best for that last 20 minutes. I dare anybody to complain about playing old
numbers after that!!!!!!
The line up was to be expected, no surprises there, different projections and lights directed on the stageâ€¦
The Albert Halls was a great venue...to get married in! Not sure if the likes of Hawkwind are there often by
the looks from the staff! Seats for the people who wanted them, red carpets, chandeliers! Sooty is on
next week so you can imagine the type of place it is!
All in all, a great start to the tour. Dave Brockâ€™s vocals were a little hoarse now and again and the Dalek
effect on Dibsâ€™ spoken parts sounded a bit fuzzy, but thatâ€™s being picky. Tim Blake could be heard ,
lots of spacey noises. 10 out of 10 drumming by Richard - not as heavy and loud as last year, probably
due to lots of rehearsals. Musically they where spot on and got the balance perfect, also excellent
combinations happening on stage with Niall.
Complaints would be a serious lack of merchandise -one DVD, an old poster, 2007 Hawkfest t-shirt- but I
did ask at the stall and new stuff will be available, but its just not ready yet. No Spaced Out In London ever
Girlschool never showed, donâ€™t know why. All in all a very enjoyable gig. and I did see the worldâ€™s
biggest Hawkwind fan (not Darkstar at the bus stop on the way home!) but a 7 foot man dancing his head
off! Plenty of pot getting smoked and invisible security, just how it should be. Probably forgot loads so
feel free people to point things out...
Holmfirth Picturedrome, Friday 10/04/2009 [above pic by Ron Wright, cheers]
Hawkwind in Holmfirth, what a fantastic venue, like an old fashioned cinema or a smaller Brixton
Academy complete with mirror ball. The atmosphere was like that as well, like you'd just walked into a
The gig kicked off with "Assault and Battery", and it was wonderful to hear "Where Are They Now",
"Magnu", with that extra vocal bit on the end, and "You'd Better Believe It", amongst others. The music
was fantastic Hawkwind.
I just thought they could have done with a smoke machine, someone who knew how to work the house
lights, which were static for most of the night, and more projections on each side of the stage, which
remained white throughout. The main screen visuals were very trippy and we were treated to "You
Know You're Only Dreaming", "Angels of Death", "Robot" and "Right to Decide" which was great with
some black-and-white 60s protest footage behind the band, until the encore of "Hassan-i-Sahba" with its'
customary Hawkrave middle bit, which i always love
The sound overall was great with maybe Tim Blake a little bit low in the mix, he did a very lush ambient
piece that sounded a bit like Klaus Schulze. But again the atmosphere wasn't quite there....if you're gonna
Hawkrave you need the smoke and lightshow. I really enjoy a Hawkwind gig and I enjoyed this one, I
just knew it could have been 10 times better for the sake of a smoke machine, a lighting guy who knows
how to get a chase sequence going and a sound guy who knows when the bass or guitar are too loud.
Anyway enough from me, I'll go and see them next time of course, (York in May, maybe), because you
never know what you're going to get with Hawkwind and I guess that's why we love them so much.
The music tonight was flawless Hawkwind take-off music, but their Ground Crew needed switching-
Keep going Captain Brock...your country needs you...
Another very good, but not great Hawkwind gig at the Picturedrome last Friday. Certainly the most
heavy sounding that the band has been that I can remember - my friend I took along to the gig referred to
it as being more Metalwind than Hawk. I don't know if that's by design or just by the inclusion of the
second (excellent) guitarist. Personally I prefer a more laid back, electronic edge to the band but I can
see this harder style going down well with a lot of fans.
Pretty much the same set as the previous gigs. Highlights was a tremendous thumping Death Trap, You'd
Better Believe It, a heartfelt 'Who's Going To Win The War' and Assassins of Allah. I know a lot of
people think that Assassins has been overdone in recent tours, but I love it. The 'Palestine' middle bit was
reworked with a Moonweed improvisation which was perfect for the song. It worked a lot better having
Tim seated at his keyboards for most of the show with just the occasional foray around the stage with his
virtual guitar . His playing was great all night, and also his keyboards were coming through loud and
clear, which has not always been the case on recent tours.
Mr Dibsâ€™ new material gets better with each hearing. I'm really looking forward to hearing recorded
versions of those. The second guitar was excellent (said that earlier but mentioned it again - why not
when itâ€™s that good) and when not guitaring the Kaoss pad worked a treat!
Also given a leaflet on leaving the show (at a respectfully diplomatic distance from the venue (LOL)) for
Space Ritual. For anyone in reach of West Yorkshire they play Wakefield DNE club on Saturday 9th
May. Tickets are Â£12.50 in advance, from the venue or website or Â£13.50 on the door.
-Vince [below left & right, pics by Ron Wright]
Edinburgh Picturehouse, Sunday 12/04/2009
Sunday night at Edinburgh and the crowds are gathering. The Picturehouse is a nice venue, compact but
ample room at the same time. Plenty bars and seating upstairs please all. After the support act the band
amble onto the stage and Dibs does a spoken intro before the band burst into Assault and Battery. Sound is
good and loud enough without distorting the sound. Assault leads into the Golden Void and like Assault it is
more laid back and lacks the urgency the song needs. Good but not the best.
Where Are They Now comes next and leads to another spoken part and then into Angels of Death. Neil
plays bass again on this and it is really heavy and so far the best song of the night. This is followed by a
new song which is very 60's/70's and sounds really trippy. At the end of the song Richard makes mention
that they are recording a new album between bouts of touring so this, Wraith and Sentinel should all
feature. Death Trap follows and does nothing on previous versions. More spoken word and then Orgone
Accumulator. Again this is a decent version and leads into Dreaming Tim and Neil work together on a new
instrumental which sounded really good.
Wraith comes next and is followed by one of the highlights of the evening - You'd Better believe It. Really
strong version with Dave on grand form and not been heard for a very long time. In fact i am struggling to
remember when it was last played on tour. Sentinel follows and is becoming a favourite before Magnu is
pulled out. Again this is played really well and leads into part of Brainbox Pollution.
The band pull out the stops and end the show with a hat trick of show stoppers, Who's Gonna Win The
War, Damnation Alley and Right to Decide. Along with You'd Better Believe It, Who's Gonna Win The War
was absolutely outstanding. 1 hr 45 minutes and they are off stage. Was really looking forward to the
encore as it had been described previously as something special. We got Assassins and that was it. Really
disappointing end to the concert was looking for something else.
Thought the show was not as hi-energy as Glasgow had been but the content was better. The band were
really tight, Tim was wild at times and Niall really fits in some nice parts. Starting to like Dibs bass lines
now and Richard's drumming was first class. The Captain - well he defies his age. Vocals were strong but
his mike was slightly down in the mix at times. He played some blistering guitar especially on Sentinel.
Overall a good concert with a couple of minor hiccups. Now really looking forward to the 40th anniversay
show in London.
It was a first for me after 27 years of Hawking, i took a flight to see the mighty Hawks....I met up with
my fellow veteran Hawster Gareth ( 25 years have passed since our first Hawkwind gig together and hence
a little bit of magic was in the air to welcome a time-honoured tradition) in Edinburgh the day before so we
were well warmed up so to speak and we were not to be disappointed. Fresh from an excellent
performance in Cardiff in December expections were high...Excellent venue, good attendence if not totally
packed, but nevertheless well situated, organised and sound was top.
The band were on form again, a welcome return (for me at least) for Assault and Void as starters and it
just continued. Angels of Death was excellent (not my favourite, but the best i have ever heard it played,
with very good dancers/masks to boot), Orgone was choppy and danceable (well I call it dancing, others
would see it as fitting) and the highlight for me was Damnation Alley, full length, powerful and played with
vim and vigour.
Tim Blake really has brought a lot to the table, not only filling the sound out but adding some genuine Hawk
heritage into the mix and Dibs is growing in statue (artistically speaking that is!!) each time I see him.
Magnu was regal and made the night for me (being my all time top pick) and the new tracks (Wraith
dancers were good, but shorter than the Wraiths I remember!) promise that the new album (!!!) will be a
The Captain's guitar work was of the highest order and Mr.Chadwick beat them skins with zeal. Naill adds
to the sound depth, however is still a little distant...early daze yet though...
Nice to hear Right to Decide and Hassan as the encore was perfect. Only complaint was the lack of a new
tour shirt as all that was on offer was from a few years back, but there is always play.com and the next
time of course, a minor quibble and it left more tokens for beer afterwards... All in all a top drawer
performance from an enthusiastic and tight Hawkwind, shame we cannot make the 40th gigs in August but
hopefully a pre-Christmas meet will be on the cards, thanks guys...signing off
Edinburgh Picture House is a new venue not far off Princes Street. The doors opened at 7pm, at which
time there was not sign of a queue and few people inside the venue. At least a central front row balcony
seat was available, affording an excellent view of the stage. However, precisely nothing happened for
almost Â¾ of an hour, during which time AC/CDâ€™s â€œBlack Iceâ€� played over the sound system.
Finally, a bunch of affable but musically challenged herberts called The Gin Goblins appeared on stage and
launched into a series of tuneless rants at an unnecessarily high volume â€“ the first shouted grunt from the
singer was painful and things didnâ€™t improve much afterwards. The singer looks like he should be
fronting a Gary Bushell favoured â€œOiâ€� band from the late 70s, and indeed name-checks The
Exploited. The bass player is a huge tattooed guy who sports a naked breasts tee-shirt design. Classy. All
the choruses go something like â€œaoouuooaaarrrghâ€� and the verses are rarely much clearer. Still, they
did draw some applause from the sparse crowd.
The AC/DC is switched back on and the roadies start to prepare the stage (no big deal as all the Hawksâ
€™ equipment is already in place.) Keith Barton tunes the guitars, Richard does his usual setting up at the
drumkit, the hall fills up and, long after it is apparent that Black Ice is too unvarying to sustain interest
through two whole playbacks, the lights dim and the Hawks are on.
Dave looks fit and is good humoured throughout, interjecting some witty aside between most songs (â
€œsounds of the seventiesâ€� he says helpfully after a welcome revival of â€œYouâ€™d Better Believe Itâ
€�), ribs Dibs about his hoarse and fading voice and sometimes just watches his band mates with an ironic
smile on his face - as if wondering how come heâ€™s still there after all these years (and probably
deciding itâ€™s really all for the best). Niall plays synth as well as guitar while Tim spends most of his
time by his keyboards and theremin, only occasionally strapping on the hand-held keyboard to perform a
quick solo in the middle of various songs â€“ indeed this happens so rarely that almost every time the
soundman gets the levels wrong.
Dibs does the lionâ€™s share of the work it seems, taking around half the lead vocals and reciting a lot of
Moorcock-like spoken word pieces (none immediately recognisable yet all with familiar sounding words
and phrases about space, warriors and the edge of time, not necessarily in the expected order). Dibs also
contributes as writer of at least two and possibly all three new songs. Richard mentions that they are
recording a new album. The light show is less exciting than recent gigs but the projections (all the usual
suspects) keep the visual interest going, as do the two lithe female dancers who accompany several of the
songs â€“ although their interpretations of the songs tend towards the bleedinâ€™ obvious (grim reapers
for Angels of Death, soldiers for Whoâ€™s Gonna Win The War, etc).
The sound is slick, bright and metallic, with Timâ€™s keyboards adding a glossy sheen to almost
everything, but also forceful and, frankly, too loud in the confined space of the venue. Itâ€™s a long time
since the Hawks were this loud.
A Dibs poem precedes a very safe opening trio of songs: Assault and Battery, Golden Void and Where Are
They Now, complete with a great a cappella break in the latter.
Dibs recites another piece about the reaper and along comes Angels of Death. We also get two pantomime
reapers on stage. The next song is unfamiliar, with Indian stylings and Dibs apparently singing about
neutron stars and such like. From the new album says Richard.
Next up is Death Trap, played really loud with barely a shred of subtlety, sung by Dibs. Only Timâ€™s
brief solo provides melodic relief. Another poem leads into a familiar medley of Orgone Accumulator and
You Know Youâ€™re Only Dreaming, with Dave singing. Timâ€™s synth playing adds a softer sheen to
the sound. Another Dibs song follows, heavy but with a good instrumental break â€“ squalling guitars over
dreamy synths and the dancers back on. Dibs sings Youâ€™d Better Believe It, Dave joining on the
choruses. Dibs then sings his own song Sentinel â€“ Dave looks bored during this one but knocks off an
excellent solo in the middle. Richard then helpfully identifies it as one of Dibsâ€™ science fiction songs and
explains the story line.
Dave then leads the band through a medley of Magnu and Brainbox Pollution â€“ at this point the sweet
aroma in the hall suggests that some members of the audience are taking the words literally - mildly
surprising as security is a bit heavy-handed, with walking about, standing on the stairs and leaving drinks in
the wrong place all attracting a stern response. A pretty piano intro by Tim, that Jason would have been
proud of, leads us into a fine Whoâ€™s Gonna Win The War, sung by Richard. The dancers sport combat
fatigues and toy guns. A Dibs poem brings us to Damnation Alley and Dibs is clearly losing his voice. The
main set closes with Right To Decide and the encore is Assassins of Allah.
Obviously these things are subjective but for me this was a very competent but not great Hawkwind
performance. The opening trio of songs and Youâ€™d Better Believe It came closest to transcendence but
the whole set was a little bit too tightly choreographed for my tastes, the medleys just too familiar and
thereâ€™s not enough new material from anyone except Dibs. Oh, and the worst support band since, well,
-Graham P [below pic by Ron Wright]
St.Alban's Arena, Saturday 9th May 2009:
Having not seen Hawkwind since the December Astoria show, we travelled the two and a quarter hours
from Norfolk to St Albans really looking forward to a great night of Hawkmusic. The venue was easy to
find, with free parking as well. We had a little time to munch through the peanut butter sandwiches and
apples brought along for our tea and have a wander down the street to peer through the window of the local
guitar emporium. All very laidback and pleasant.
Once inside the venue, a call at the bar was in order whilst we waited for the auditorium doors to open. A
perusal of the merchandise stand showed nothing new, although I did buy a Magna DVD which I somehow
had not gotten around to purchasing yet and my son had an In Search Of Space t-shirt just to be going on
with. By this time, the doors were open and we made our way into the hall. My son said he hadn't been
"down the front" for a while so we headed for the stage to await proceedings and check out the band's gear.
The support band were Tarantism who we'd seen before but couldn't remember when; possibly supporting
Hawkwind before or the Levellers. They are what I'd describe as a festival band, with off-beat songs about
losing van keys and putting up tents, the music a blending of various styles from folk to rock and
psychedelia. I'd imagine they get a good reception in various fields around the country in the summertime.
They were entertaining enough to hold our attention for the duration of their set and got an appreciative
reception from the audience when they finished.
Hawkwind arrive on stage and after a spoken introduction by Dibs, launch straight into Assault and Battery.
This is a great song to start with as it has a real uplifting, lift-off even, feel to it. The mix was good and
biased towards a more heavy guitar orientated sound (which I must admit I prefer) but maybe this has
something to do with the fact that we're still up against the stage right in front of Dave and Niall's speaker
cabs!! The material chosen for this tour clearly nods towards the band's classic 70s' output but having said
that, we were treated to four new songs, a slowish paced number called Prometheus (I think...) that was
excellent, and Sentinel seemed more together this time and was also very good. Other stand out tracks were
a storming Orgone Accumulator, You'd Better Believe It, and Damnation Alley. The projections were a
good mix of psychedelic patterns interspersed with film footage although I personally think the overall
lighting was too bright. Less lighting and more UV makes the band more mysterious and the gig more
atmospheric. This band line up is working well together now; it's good to see Dave concentrating on guitar
and vocal duties; Dib's bass playing suits the band down to the ground and his voice has that certain Calvert
quality which must be good. Having a full time keyboard player is certainly the way to go and Hawkwind
couldn't have a better suited one than Tim Blake...although a couple of times his lead playing became
slightly, shall I say, avant garde in its enthusiasm!! Mirror of Illusion opened the encore with Dave adding
some busking style Harmonica playing, although this was hard to pick out from the mix and, after the now
(too?) familiar Assassins of Allah, the band left the stage to enthusiastic cheers. Superb gig. We certainly
left the hall very happy and can't wait for Porchester Hall in August.
-Tim, Norfolk [Below: pics by Steve Barlow]
I was at the St Albans gig for the Live 79 concert so it was interesting to compare the band with the one I
remember as a 17 year old! Quite honestly not much has changed! The musician line up is the same, Dave
out front, Tim on Keyboards, with drums, guitar and bass.
What I was most impressed with is that Dave and the band are just as dynamic now as they were thirty
years ago â€“ no mean feat! Dave especially was really driving proceedings and it was great to hear his
guitar right at the front of the mix really blasting the band along. His voice too seems clearer and stronger
than for some time. The rest of the band too was on top form. Niall has proven to be an unsung hero so
far. He seems to have taken over all of Daveâ€™s â€œdistractionsâ€� leaving DB to front the band.
Richard is holding the whole thing together and his vocals are great. Tim is well Tim. A superb keyboard
player, a genius with a Theremin and still a bit of a loon! Mr Dibs was excellent. A great bass player â€“ I
think he has changed his style over the last year? â€“ Really drives things along and his vocals and narration
are first class.
The whole show was excellent. I have seen Hawkwind on every tour for the last few years and this was
probably the best concert in that time. Mirror of Illusion will remain as one of my all time classic Hawkwind
live experiences. It was magical.
I also took my 14 year old daughter to experience the Hawkwind magic! She thought Mr Dibsâ€™s
narrations â€œfreaky and scary!â€�, the dancerâ€™s great and Right to Decide â€œbrilliantâ€�. Much
better than Girls Aloud!
On this showing the band appear to be entering IMHO a new golden period, and I have every expectation
that band just deliver another classic album this year!
-Steve Barlow [who also took the pics below]
Went to the St Albans gig on Saturday, enjoyed it very much. Sat on the rear balcony in the middle and the
view was very much as the back of Live 79 LP. Same set/encore as Bolton. Sound was clear and well
mixed, though Dave did turn his guitar up again during Angels of Death, then turned it down later in the
song. All instruments (even Niall's "lead" guitar) could be heard. Stage had the full backdrop but the
lighting guys were overlapping additional 1920's pulp style graphics (similar to Barney Bubbles naked ladies
drawings) and oil blobs which could be seen on the balcony and moved across the stage...very
effective albeit a little juddery (by hand?).
Prometheus was introduced as 'Prometheus Rising' and Richard said it was one of a number of songs they
wanted to put on a new album. Before the encore, Dibs pointed at Dave and said "You keep coming, he'll
keep strumming". The highlight was Mirror Of Illusion which Dave said he used to play busking outside
the cinemas of Leicester Square in 1970 when he made a bit of money and then got Hawkwind together.
It seems to have become more together since Bolton but... Dave produced a harmonica and sang and
throughout the song. Tremendous! Next up, Bearded Theoryâ€¦
-Justin Redgrave [Below: pics by Steve Barlow]
Bearded Theory Festival - Friday 15th May, 2009 [below pic by Justin Redgrave]
plenty of folk in wellies / waterproofs. Some folks were sporting fake beards and I recall seeing at least one
guy kitted out in a medieval costume. Went back for a rest and returned later. Around 21.30 as I wandered
I heard the act in the dance tent say 'You might recognise this one...' and a variation of the familiar opening
audio generator sound of Master Of The Universe from XIn Search Of Space started blasting out, quickly
went over to see / hear an updated techno/dance version of MoTU with a guy playing the guitar riff live and
another chap reciting the lyrics - fantastic stuff,I kid you not. There were three round screens behind the
dance stage with back projections, really good, and the dancing crowd was very appreciative - I have no
idea who the artist/s were but this was
fantastic. At the same time, the adjacent circus area had people playing / dancing with fire, they were also
The main stage band playing at the time (female violinist/singer, bassist and acoustic guitarist/singer) were
going down well with the crowd and there was a lot of dancing at the front of the stage. I made my way
down when they had finished to watch the Hawkwind crew set up. The heavens opened making the front
area very muddy. 22.30 came and went while stage hands were still preparing, then at 22.45 Richard gave
his drums a real pounding preceeding the intro 'Warrior' variation poem. Dibs voice could hardly be made
out, then we had Assault And Battery / Golden Void / Where Are They Now. Although Dibs was singing, all
we could hear was Dave's vocal. You could also a synthy repetitive line behind AaB which I'd not picked
out before. Next up was 'Reaper Poem' followed by Angels of Death - again Dibs voice during the narration
was hardly audible. Dave introduced Orgone Accumulator (Dibs recited the 'Ultimate Being...' part before
the song) with You Know You're Only Dreaming' mid section. I must add that the rain was falling heavily
now and a lot of the crowd had dispersed. Hats were on and hoods were up. Dibs took a photo of the
crowd from the stage. Green Machine, Wraith (plus the usual Dave asking Dibs to explain the song's
meaning) before You'd Better Believe It.
During the set Dave commended the Festival and said if the weather was better he'd have been in his shorts
and sandals. Sentinel followed before Magnu/ Brainbox Pollution. Richard then sang Who's Gonna Win The
War. The two female dancers were also performing during the set. During WGWTW Dave spoke to each
band member (presumably to change the set?) then said they'd only got 5 minutes left so they'd better get
on with it. What turned out to be the closing track was Right To Decide which finished bang on midnight.
Dave thanked the crowd as did Dibs who mentioned the rain, which was still coming down in buckets.
Great festival / shame about the dreadful weather...
-Justin Redgrave [Below: York photos by John-Paul...cheers!]
Went to the Bearded Theory Festival on Friday.
Arrived around 19:00, got wristband and went for a
wander. The festival was excellent. Plenty of variety
including dance tent, reggae coffee bar, chillout /
acoustic tent, main stage, another smaller stage
facing a different way near the main stage, circus
area at the back near the dance tent, loads of stalls
selling a variety of goods (inc. fluorescent clothing),
food vans etc. Merchandise tent had Bearded Theory
2009 t-shirts with something along the lines of '
Bearded Theory...Like A Garden Party Gone Wrong'
on the back. Found out that HW were due on at
22.30 and scheduled to finish at midnight. I asked
whether there was a curfew and was told no.
It had been raining and the entrance area was muddy,
York Opera House - Friday 29th May, 2009
Well it's Hawk time again, and this time it's a sit-down venue. Not since the Hammersmith Odeon days have
I sat at a Hawk gig but with my "biker knees" I don't mind. Nice little venue and very friendly people. The
concert itself was excellent with a good selection of new and old material, and good sound - although Niall's
guitar was lost in the mix. A friend said he thought it was lifeless and dull, well maybe it was just
very...er... clinical? good? exact? I don't know but musically they were spot on. I sat next to a chap who
said he had
never seen them before and he thought they were
"awesome". Anyway, any band that can get
40-something year old punks and rockers out of their
seats and dancing in the aisles has got to be doing
Highlights for me were the people though, everyone
was so friendly - including Richard Chadwick who
helped me park my motorbike, as you can see on the
picture...he thought he was going home on it (no
chance ) Thanks Richard!
Liverpool Academy, - Saturday 30th May 2009
Met Daz B & his lady from Wigan in local bar... great people......had a few drinks prior to venue (arranged
on HW forum). Outside the venue were a few "casualties"..always a good sign! Got in just as Girlschool
were finishing....seemed to get good reception from the crowd. Venue was reasonably full...a half hour
wait then H/W arrived.
Set seems very similar to St Albans gig posted on gig section..(although no Brainbox Pollution). Intro,
some Warrior material...poem...Assault & Battery / Golden Void...a pretty up for it crowd. The band
seems up for it ...lots of smiles from DB et al. This was a LOUD gig....which I prefer...saw H/W several
times in 2004-05 when volume was distressingly low! Really started kicking into gear by Angels of Death
& Death Trap....Orgone/Only Dreaming/Orgone went down well. A nice balenced set in my opinion....few
new songs that I did not know...a couple of really heavy tunes...spot on plus a couple of more chilled out
synthy ones. Some classic mid-70s tunes Better Believe It / Magnu...then Who's Gonna Win The War...
Two girl dancers were on stage for maybe 25% on the set...various costume changes... alien masks plus
stilts and some nice crowd assassination with (fake!) semi autiomoatic weapons during "...Win The War".
Damnation Alley...extended with prolonged mid-section prior to final Right To Decide...cue great applause..
After a couple of minutes ..HW back for encore ..in to Mirror of Illusion (never heard this one live before
in approx HW 40 gigs). Last tune was Hassan...my only (very minor) complaint was that the intro
sounded like it was played on a kiddies toy organ... Lights & strobe really kicked in during Hassan...proper
Whole band seemed to be really into it...especially Tim & Dibs...Overall an excellent gig.
Bouncers could be bit over the top...hard to smoke in side..although I was fully "prepared" before I got in
-Phil S. (Bishbosh)