Monday, 24 February 2014

Hawkwind forced to abandon US Tour

Martin Kielty at 01:23pm February 21 2014

Hawkwind have reluctantly abandoned plans for their first tour of the US and Canada in decades, after a series of incidents which threatened the wellbeing of band and crew became too difficult to overcome.

In September the band said they were “insulted and angry” after former member Nik Turner advanced a legal process which, they believed, would make it impossible for them to use the band name on the other side of the Atlantic.

The added stress led mainman Dave Brock to become too ill to travel, and the tour was postponed. Then last month a series of rumours were spread which suggested Brock didn’t have a work visa, leading to the loss of at least one booking in Canada, and putting others in doubt.

Now Hawkwind have apologised to North American fans after admitting defeat.

They say in a statement: “We have tried everything – but it became a logistical nightmare. We put all out money and savings into making it happen. This huge effort has become all-encompassing, and over the last year has affected not only our lives, but those of our friends and families, and it has undermined our creativity in that period.

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