• Tina Sherwood

Photo Gallery and Review: Hawkwind at Rock City

Hawkwind

The 50th Anniversary Tour. Rock City, Nottingham. 22/11/19

Once upon a time, a 50th anniversary tour for any musisican

would have been unheard of. Last night, the iconic Space Rockers, Hawkwind, brought their golden tour to Rock City and showed just how well their sounds have endured the test of time.

The band has committed to something special for this tour in association with www.doglost.co.uk This was evident as soon as the audience entered the auditorium, where the back stage projection focused on local dogs that had been stolen to try and raise awareness of this growing crime and in an attempt to reconcile pets with their owners.

Opening for Hawkwind were Manchester musicians, The Blackheart Orchestra; a contemporary duo exploring today’s music technology in a beautiful, creative way. Chrissy Mostyn’s stunning soprano vocals combined with the techno wizardry of fellow musician, Rick Pilkington breached symphonic heights with touches of Kate Bush, Clannad and Mike Oldfield. Truly breath-taking! That said, I’’m not sure that Rock City was the best venue to exploit their full potential.

Following a fairly poor show of audience for the support band, almost immediately there was an influx of ‘people of a certain age,’ mostly male, mostly over 50 and mostly with grey beards and bald heads! A clear Hawkwind demographic! These were the people who have grown with the band from the start, their most fervent fans.

With strobe lighting, smoke and continuously moving projections, the band were determined to deliver a show worthy of their five decades.

There were massive audience cheers for the band as they emerged from the darkness, but most loudly of all for Dave Brock, the only original founder member of the band remaining who, at almost 80, is still doing a fantastic job!

The set opened with ‘Motorway City’ and made it’s way through highlights of 50 years, culminating in an iconic triple; ‘Silver Machine,’ ‘Assault and Battery’ and, most appropriately, ‘The Golden Void.’

A personal highlight was to see a real live theramin (still regarded as a ‘Space Age’ instrument) played with such joy and expertise.

The hair is all grey (or gone,) the bones are not as supple any more, but for band and audience members alike, the music of Hawkwind continues to deliver the same buzz and excitement to its ‘Space Cadets’ as it always has.

Longevity at its finest!

Once upon a time, a 50th anniversary tour for any musicians would have been unheard of. Last night, the iconic Space Rockers, Hawkwind, brought their golden tour to Rock City and showed just how well their sounds have endured the test of time.

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