Considering how long we waited for this following the lightweight Take Me To Your Leader; this falls very short of a return to form. Thin production that occasionally remembers Dave Brock is on stage with a guitar, sound swamped by fairground keyboards - it's just not balanced at all and sounds more like a bootleg in all honesty.
The annoying thing is that on the face of it, it's a good set list. Some golden oldies revived, and, surprisingly Mr Dibs voice actually suits some when he stays within his (considerable) limitations. Other times he can make you cringe as he over stretches himself.
I was at the gig and remeber thinking the sound was light at the time, this proves it very well. Jason Stewarts keyboards are an integral part of the Hawk sound, but only to augment, not to dominate to the detriment of everything else.
Yet, that said, they still get into gear a couple of times, Dave remembers to play and sing and it all gets rather good.....then we're back on the merry-go-round I'm afraid.
Could have been special this; this year let's hope the guy on the desk is listening to the same gig.