Robert Calvert

Dave Brock

> A few words about Bob.
I have great respect for him. It was always great fun working with him - though we did squabble about different pieces of music we worked on. Many times I had to bail him out of trouble as sometimes his eccentricity and unstability caused terrible scenes.
He once sued me and forbade me to use any of his works on stage as I had said he was mad, but, it was XXX (sorry...) not me who was the guilty party. Eventually Bob found the truth and all was forgiven.

Another time he lived in a caravan on our farm during autumn, shutting himself away to write a play about a round-the-world yachtsman who didn't sail around the world but round and round the Atlantic Ocean - radioing in that he was in different parts of the globe. Eventually he was found out and committed suicide. The yacht was found empty with just the log. So, to Bob to write the story shutting himself in a caravan with the wind buffeting, a car battery for power was the closest he could get.

live '77 Another time he was about to behead Adrian Shaw (our bass player) with a sword during Assassins of Allah / Hassan I Sahba as he threw himself into the part a bit too dramatically.
The sword was taken away and the show went on.

Anyway, there are loads of magic moments I can remember. So, as long as Hawkwind play so will his contribution still continue as we still play some of his songs. <

Dave Brock - taken from SOUNDS 6/11/82

> The funny thing about Bob Calvert, is he keeps doing these really objectional things. Like when we were playing the Hammersmith Odeon, he turns up outside with a placard saying, 'All the money from this show is going straight into Dave Brock's wallet', and he's walking up and down shouting at the queue through a megaphone:

'Hawkwind are sellouts, don't go and see Hawkwind. Come and see my show down the road'.
Then just before we are due to go on, he drops round at the stage door, puts his placard down and comes to say 'Hello' and asks if we want him to play.
Then when we've finished, he picks up his placard and megaphone and goes to catch the crowds on their way out. <

taken from Radio Clyde Broadcast - Feb. 1984
When we used to have Bob Calvert, we used to work really well together. We used to feed off each other. He'd give us a lot of ideas and when he left, I found it really difficult for the past few years, because it's very hard to feed off of everybody else... I mean, Calvert was a real loony and he used to make me go a bit peculiar as well! - And the same did Lemmy....

taken from an interview by Dane Carlson
Bob was a wonderful character. He was quite a genius. He was one of these guys who have lots of creative ideas. Obviously, good to work with. He was up and down; sometimes he was a bit loony, but you find anybody with creativity within themselves are a bit loony, unstable, erratic (laughs). He got in a lot of terribly scrapes, but he was a wonderful guy to work with. It was a sad day when he died.

On touring with Calvert...
Yeah, he was on a downer then. He was "up" in the UK and in Europe but when we got to America he went down the other side. He peaked when we were in Paris. We were playing this ice rink in Paris to about 5,000 people and he was really on form, over the top. He used to stride around stage with a sword, very dramatic and totally over the top. like a Shakespearean actor doing rock.. He was totally over the top. He would work up to this great peak and then we went to tour America and he went down the other side. He became so down and slow. That was the last tour we did together. I mean, I actually gave my guitar away to Mark S. and walked off the stage and said, "I've had enough of this band!" That's when Simon House went and joined David Bowie. It was just the end for us.

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