Thursday, December 6, 2012

GUITARIST HUW LLOYD-LANGTON DIES

Huw Lloyd Langton
Space rock pioneers Hawkwind have lost their former longtime guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton. The influential axe-man passed away today at the age of 61 after a two-year fight against cancer.

Langton lent his talents to Hawkwind’s 1970 self-titled debut album, which is widely revered as an essential piece of rock history. The album is considered as one of the first, if not the very first “space rock” release, which paved the way for acts such as Kyuss, Muse and the Flaming Lips.

Langton left Hawkwind, which would later feature Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as a member, shortly after the debut album dropped. However, Langton reunited with the band in 1979, remaining with Hawkwind until 1988. After his second exit from the group, Langton would make occasional guest appearances with Hawkwind, even rejoining the band again for a brief period of time from 2001-2002.

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