Exeter 25th October

Colin J Allen colin at CALLEN18.FREESERVE.CO.UK
Tue Oct 28 15:14:35 EST 2003

Thanks for the review Ian; we rather enjoyed it, even if I do now know far
more about lifting and pushing flight cases than I ever wanted to!

On the subject of Keith B, at times he plays rythym guitar alongside Dave
but for much of the time he plays with an e-bow producing a sound halfway
between a violin and a synth; once you know what you are listening for it is
very obvious. Did anyone notice his vocals on Green Finned Demon?



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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Abrahams" <mail at ABRAHAMSI.FREESERVE.CO.UK>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 4:50 PM
Subject: HW: Exeter 25th October

Arrive at the venue around six-ish for me & Stu to hook up with Alan Linsley
& Nick Lee and then off to Pizza Express for some food & chat pre-gig. I'm
reminded yet again what a small world it is when it turns out Nick and
myself know quite a few of the same crowd of late 80s, early 90s Doctor Who
fandom, and indeed both of us used to frequent the Fitzroy Tavern in London
on the first Thursday of each month when it was almost taken over by Who

Back at the venue the sold out boards are up, though of course it is a very
small venue (450 standing?) and its pretty darn busy. Get to say "hello" to
Julie and have a quick chat, and spot Jill from a distance (but just like
Bristol in May don't actually manage to get to say Hi) but other than that
its sparse on list members it seems.

In the packed concert hall, Hawkwind are the Dave Brock trio plus the two
Keiths. Light show is fantastic, huge backdrop for projecting against (very
nice sequence that has something in common with the late Pertwee/Tom Baker
Dr Who opening titles). Lots of psychedelic colours but not much of the
alien planetscapes and star systems this time around.

Set List, IIRC and in no order:

Arrival in Utopia
Master of the Universe
Angela Android
The Right Stuff
Green Finned Demon
Jam sequence with the Keiths & Dave but minus Alan & Richard (In the Trees?)
The Watcher
Brainbox Pollution
Hurry on Sundown
Assault & Battery
Golden Void
Where Are they Now?
Spirit of the Age
Assassins of Allah

Suitably for the hot and sweaty environment, Hawkwind are in power mode -
thundering through the set with Alan & Richard very heavy in the mix
(Richard particularly seemed to be putting everything in and working
overtime - a terrific performance). Sound was very good, I thought, and
served Keith K particularly well - though I struggled to figure where I was
hearing Keith B and where it was Dave.

I thought the style of the set was really effective for the venue, though I
missed the ebb and flow of the Spring dates and felt Simon was a bit missed.
However, Wings was the only number that I thought didn't really work - but
then I didn't think it worked as a Bedouin number either and the style its
played in by HW is now much more akin to Bedouin than to Space Bandits era

Yeah, good stuff indeed. Really friendly crowd - though the management were
very keen to evict people after last orders. The most intimate HW gig I've
seen and I enjoyed for that and for the passion the guys on stage seemed to
have for it on the night.

Oh, if this is to be a regular line-up, the Keiths need to grow their hair.


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