John Majka jmajka2 at COMCAST.NET
Wed Oct 23 12:03:16 EDT 2002

Dare I ask if anyone has any tapes of the Wembley show?
John Majka
jmajka2 at comcast.net

What can I say, most has already been said ;-) But here goes anyway

This was a Heavy Full On Blanga Set from Start to finish. The Band decided
to go at it like a Freight Train.


Angels of Death
Motorway City
Hurry on Sundown
Master of the Universe
Song of the Gremlin
The Watcher
Assasins of Allah
Silver Machine

Crew Members:

Dave Brock
Huw Lloyd Langton
Alan Davey
Richard Chadwick
Tim Blake
Arthur Brown (Vocals Master of the Universe+Song of the Gremlin, backing
Vocals Silver machine)
Lemmy - Bass/Vocal (Siver Machine)


Ejection really started it the way they meant to go on, the heaviest I think
I've ever heard the band, probably necessary with an audience constructed of
50% NU Metal Kids, and the rest of grizzled old Motorhead fans (with us
handful of true believers ;-) Angels of Death followed with a very 'wall of
sound' feel, I think the sound was very distorted at this point...but others
might disagree!)

Motorway City really shone, Huw was certainly having one of his in form
gigs, and enjoying himself (though there did seem to be problems with his
monitors being up to high through parts of the set)
Hurry On Sundown, never fails to get me bouncing, it's as fresh as the day
it was written (though I'd love to hear it acoustic sometime...broken

A very Heavy storming Master of the Universe, which even with Arthur reading
the lyrics off, left me reeling.

Song of the Gremlin, how often do we ever hear that :-) What can I say about
Arthur Brown!! He was a superb performer, a real showman.  Lemmy might of
started Motorheads set with 'we're going to f**k you up', but I think Arthur
got there first :-) He truly is the God of Hellfire

The Watcher was pretty much as played on recent dates, though as people have
already said this was closer to an instrumental version, because Alans
Vocals just weren't audible, he suffered from this through other parts of
the set as well.

Assassins of Allah, I think it's impossible for this song not to be a crowd
pleaser, no change here.

And then Back on after a little foot stomping, for Silver Machine:

Lemmy looks larger than life, he always seems to fill the stage :-) A crowd
already enjoying themselves muchly went wild.  Have to say he looks his old
self again.
And yet again the sound guys blow it, the first few seconds the whole band
was only on monitors, before the sound was switched back on. When it did
come up, it was by far the best performance of SM I've seen in the gigs I've
been to. Arthur was singing backing vocals, and Tim leapt up from his synths
to join Arthur at his Mic.

A fitting and great end to a fabulous 50 minutes. It's a shame not as many
people made it down to Wembley, because you missed the heaviest Hawkwind set
I can remember.  I don't know what the NU Metal kids were expecting but they
got well and truly Steamrollered

Thanks to Kris and co. for the excellent firebreathing, it's always fabulous
to see :-)

Tim looked like he was having a wail of a time inserting keyboards when and
where throughout the set, he looked like a Hippy(sorry Alisa couldn't
resist) Island in a sea of Metal.

The audience came away happy(more converts for the Church of Hawkwind),  and
it looked like the band did too (Mission Accomplished)  So Roll on


What a rip off, the merchandise is all sold by Wembley personnel, at a huge
markup.  They seemed to be marking up a fiver on all the T Shirts. I saw
Trev briefly and he looked like he was struggling to even get merchandise
onto the stands.  Some Festy T Shirts Eventually appeared, but at 20 quid
each !!!!!! (Good job I already have 2 ;-)

In fact the whole place was plain odd, like an aircraft hangar with bars
around each side.  Wouldn't ever be my first choice of venue, they seemed
very strict about everything, far too commercialised, basically a money
generation machine, without concern for the content...ugh

(There are probably 2 audience recordings ;-)

It was great to see everyone I managed to catch up with, Colin, Rob, and
Nick, and hope to see you all again in December for Walthamstow(and wherever
else I can drag myself to)

I'll skip the support bands, since they weren't the reason I went ;-) (And
we did skip Anthrax literally)


Rich W(Dismayed at failing to buy a single CD after visiting 10 record
shops..I must be losing it ;-)

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