Well actually 'our own' dedicated independent music venue, Club-85 in Hitchin, run by the amazing Bob Mardon and his team of wonderful sound engineers, lighting team, door and bar staff and promoters put on gig after gig of the highest quality, a lot of the time featuring local bands, new bands, young bands, theme nights, medium sized touring bands, but every now and then (Thankfully somewhat frequently of late) really pulls one out of the bag and we get treated to a top class band that we can see 'locally' rather than having to make the trek down to London or beyond.
Halloween night 2013 was such a night, a 'Bob Promotion', Hawklords supported by the Deviant Amps.
It was good to see such a healthy turn out for this gig, Deviant Amps are a great outfit and I'd happily go an see them in their own right, they even had an exotic dancer which for the crusty old space rocking blighters like me (& Chris and Peter) was a welcome bonus!
Hawklords were fantastic, they played for about two hours with a great selection of songs from the new album, Dream the previous album We are One and a selection of (mainly Bob Calvert era) Hawkwind where I'm sure Ron Tree (Vocals) actually becomes taken over by the spirit of Calvert!
Be sure, Hawklords may be a Hawkwind spin off but they are not a Hawkwind tribute act nor do they concentrate on a set of mainly old Hawkwind numbers, they are very much their own band, fresh, enthusiastic and making lots of great new space rock and the Club-85 crowd very much got into The Spirit of the Night!
So, in my somewhat traditional style, the night was 'captured' in a very special rhyme, this time dedicated to 'Our Kev' who sadly could not make it along that night.
HAWKLORDS (SANS Mr B)
|Chris, Peter and Martin in the hat|
|Merlin & 'Tall Paul'|
|Deviant Amps with dancer|
|Ron Tree - Vocals|
|Jerry Richards - Guitar|
|Harvey Bainbridge - Keyboards|
Dave Pearce - Drums
|Adrian Shaw - Bass|
What an absolutely splendid night, sad that Kev couldn't make it and we all wish him well, but a truly epic night none the less and the Club-85 crowd certainly got into it.
|Just a few of the '85' crowd|
So after the Ozric Tentacles on Wednesday and the Hawklords on Thursday I was so glad I'd booked Friday off as holiday as I was completey spaced out!
Cheers all, until the next time round the plastic spiral.