The Hawkwind machine doesn’t stop, as space-rock pioneers head for Hampshire

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Space-rock pioneers Hawkwind will be warming up for their traditional winter solstice show in London with a quick visit to the south coast.

WOW247 caught up with Dave Brock, the band’s co-founder and frontman of more than 40 years, to talk about what’s going on in the world of Hawkwind.

So, what’s new?

‘At the moment we’re doing a new album, we’re all working away doing an album based around EM Forster’s story The Machine Stops, we’ll probably be doing some of the numbers at Southampton.’

Written in 1909 the short story has proved curiously prescient about modern life and the way we communicate and interact.

‘It’s a good story, but it’s so interesting – it’s very far-sighted. It’s a science-fiction story about a guy living in a room where everything’s supplied and everyone lives below ground.’

The point of being an artist is to go forward, really, I regard albums like paintings, in fact they’re paintings in sound. You do one and then on to another which is different again

Dave Brock, Hawkwind frontman

With it sometimes being difficult to get the whole band together, Dave has also recently released a solo album, Brockworld.

‘Richard our drummer lives quite near me and we often get together when no-one else is around and make music. I can play the bass a bit and I know how to play the keyboards and synthesizers and all that, so that’s what becomes the solo album.’

With 27 studio albums to draw on, the band aren’t resting on their laurels.

As Dave says: ‘The point of being an artist is to go forward, really, I regard albums like paintings, in fact they’re paintings in sound. You do one and then on to another which is different again.

‘We do play a lot of old numbers, fans like us doing that, but we also like to change each set and play the new material.’

There was even a period where they dropped their best-known song, Silver Machine, from their live sets.

‘We stopped doing it for years on end, it was like: “Oh God, let’s stop it”. Richard’s got a great voice and he said it was his ambition to sing Silver Machine, so we started doing it again and he sings it now.’

And there’s no sign of them retiring soon – although Dave is a little worried for his former bandmate and Motorhead frontman, Lemmy.

‘I think we’ll all go on until we die, I thought Lemmy was going to go last year.

‘I think his management shouldn’t have pushed him into doing a major tour before he’d recovered from illness.

‘I said: “Listen it’s better to be a live legend than a dead hero”.’

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The 1865, Southampton

Saturday, December 19

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