The Rock City archives: 2014

Hawkwind, Rock City Main Hall

  • Friday 3rd October 2014

Hawkwind have a rich history when it comes to playing at Rock City, having played here EIGHT times over the years. They always get a rapturous reception, and always play a fantastic show.

Here is a bio of the band.

1969 - Hawkwind were formed by former London busker Dave Brock who remains at the helm today.

1970 - The band appeared outside the perimeter fence of the Isle of Wight Festival and the first Glastonbury Festival. Hawkwind’s first single, “Hurry on Sundown”, was also released followed by the self titled debut album, ‘HAWKWIND’

1972 – Band record and release their trademark single “Silver Machine”, featuring Lemmy on vocals, a huge hit that brings band to the attention of the wider public and has since been used in commercials for Mazda cars and Red Square vodka drink. Around the same time various contributors became involved in creative process, these included sci-fi author Michael Moorcock, poet and visionary Bob Calvert, designer ‘Barney Bubbles’and lighting engineer ‘Liquid Len. Band tour the USA the first time.

1975 - After a drugs bust in USA, Lemmy leaves the band and goes on to form ‘MOTORHEAD’.

1980 – Release 2 top 10 albums, Live 79 and Levitation, the latter sees former Cream member Ginger Baker on drumming duties.

1979 - 1985 the band’s singles and albums make regular inroads into the national, independent and heavy metal charts.

1985 - The band performed the ambitious ‘CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK SWORD’, as a spectacular live show inspired heavily by Michael Moorcock’s epic saga, ‘ELRIC’.

1986 - Headline the Reading Rock Festival, with guest appearance from Lemmy.

Late 80’s – Early 90’s – Band become more electronic in approach, especially in the studio and are a huge influence on the emerging dance and rave scene.

The 90’s - As ever the band performed on regular national and international tours releasing more new material along the way.

Early 00’s - Appear on the TV show Top 10 (prog rock edition) and tour Australia for first time. Iconic vocalist Arthur Brown makes various guest appearances at live shows. In 2002 Hawkwind hold the first “Hawkfest”, a family friendly event headlined by the band.

2005 – Release Take Me To Your Leader, first new studio album in 8 years

2006 – Release Take Me To Your Future on “dual disc” format (music one side, film the other)

2009 – Headline Beautiful days festival to huge acclaim, begin 40th anniversary celebrations with 2 sold out shows at London’s Porchester Hall, 40 years to the day of Hawkwind’s first ever gig.

2010 – Release new album – Blood Of the Earth

Throughout their career the band also have continued to perform at numerous free concerts, most famously the STONEHENGE festival, and have supported many and various charities, including SHELTER, GREENPEACE, TRAVELLERS AID TRUST, BRAINSCAN, FREE TIBET CAMPAIGN, SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES, SEA SHEPHERD, WETNOSE ANIMAL AID, ANIMALS ASIA, DORIS BANHAM DOG RESCUE, TEAM BADGER.


First Played @ Rock City: Tuesday 16th October 1990