Peter Hammill live in Athens
 
Peter Hammill live in Athens
 
Peter Hammill live in Athens
 
 

A year after he collapsed in the street with a sudden heart attack, Peter Hammill returns as a live performer. In a career now spanning 36 years, the one-time singer of the group Van Der Graaf Generator influenced maverick talents as David Bowie, John Lydon, Mark E Smith of The Fall, Nick Cave, Graham Coxon and Luke Haines, of Black Box Recorder and The Auteurs.

Hammill's lyrics are a brew of existential lon- ging and nostalgia and his complex songs are structured as if they are small pieces of symphonies. His unusual music, as often brutal as it is lyrical, fitted somewhat uneasily into the once and then niche of progressive rock. When Van Der Graaf Generator split in 1978, Hammill had quietly retreated to Bath, where he built his own studio and label.

This year, Peter Hammill, 56 and healthy again, released his 29th album, "Incohe- rence", a 42 minute song-suite on the subject of "the collapse of language", completed two days before his heart attack. The musical backdrop to the lyrics is kaleidoscopic, based on Peter's keyboards and guitars, with significant contributions from his long-term cohorts Stuart Gordon (violin) and David Jackson (saxes & flutes).
"The music world has gone IKEA, one size," he says. "And I'm a bespoke furniture-maker. Not selling many, and only to people who find me."

   
 
Peter Hammill live in Athens
 
Van Der Graaf Generator site :
www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk
  Peter Hammill official site :
www.peterhammill.com