Robert Calvert & Hawkwind
Odeon ain't the best gig in Britain. It's got about as much atmosphere
as Crossroads, and that doesn't help a band of rock 'n' rollers like Hawkwind
who thrive on audience feedback.
Still, the twin drummer concept of Simon King and Alan Powell worked wonders in tightening up the once ragged rhythm section, an bass player Paul Rudolph (sometimes swapping roles with Dave Brock) played a couple of tasty guitar solos.
But the highlights came from the 'flu striken Biggles / Rudolph Valentino / Dracula's granny / Bob Calvert (take your pick). Calvert put over a totally menacing performance, culminating in his lofting a model head on a sword (the head looked quite like Nik Turner's actually) and waving it at the crowd.
Anyone who thinks that Hawkwind are dead, had better think again. Their music is better written and played than ever and the set was full of new numbers like the amazing Uncle Sam's On Mars (complete with stage appearance of dummy Martian) and what has to be their next single 'Back On The Streets Again'.
Gone is the whole 'Master
Of The Universe' hit, replaced by much better music, better lights and
Paul Rudolph + Robert Calvert playing in front
of the ATOMHENGE stage-set; 1976
|GARY COOPER © Sounds UK 16/10/76|
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