The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on April 26, 1985 · 90
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J Friday, April 26, 19851'art VI 15 PETER HAMMILL'S SMALL BUT LOYAL FOLLOWING Dy TERRY ATKINSON Peter Hammill inspires the sort of fan devotion that David Bowie and Peter Gabriel are used to, even if Hammill's army comes in platoons rather than legions. But seldom have so few lavished so much cult adoration. For the English singer's rare American appearances (tonight's show at the Roxy is his first local performance in four years), people to somehow immaculately conceive. She wrote me this enormously long letter about how she was going to then take the child into Switzerland and so on. She was quite off the planet. But that's probably the most extreme thing a fan has ever done. "In view of the committed nature of my audience, there's surprisingly little weirdncss. Maybe it's because I'm an ordinary chap. When I sto ,JM hv 1 ' DAVID FIELDS Even after 23 albums, Peter Hammill still isn't well known. have been known to line up days before tickets go on sale. Avid male fans lose friends because Hammill is all they can talk about. Female admirers want to have his baby. One had a novel notion about how this could be achieved, Hammill revealed with a laugh during a phone interview from Toronto, where he was beginning a 12-city North American tour. "She believed that if I concentrated on her on a given night that she was going meet fans it's on a human level, not one of idolization." The small but loyal Hammill following has been growing ever since his days with Van Der Graaf Generator, a group formed at Manchester University in 1968 that existed on and off until the late 70s. Hammill also began to release solo albums in 1971. Though he's been heard on 15 of them (plus nine Van Der Graaf albums), Hammill hasn't been able to shake obscurity. He "A REMARKABLE, UNFORGETTABLE PICTURE." Michael Ventura, LA Weekly "THE HIT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL: THOUGHTFUL, PERFECTLY PERFORMED AND CARRYING THE CLEAR STAMP OF AN EXTREMELY INTERESTING DIRECTOR." Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times "THE CRITIC'S CHOICE" Dan Sallitt, LA Reader Even Bad Guys Have Bad Days. john tim laura ! It both del sdl UNO STAMP EXCLUSIVE ENCACEMENT Mann's FINE ARTS Theatre 8556 Wilshire Blvd 652-1330 Beverly Hills 2:00 4:00 6:00 8:00 10:00 hasn't had an American label since 1981. Hammill's work has many of the qualities that eventually earned large followings for Dowie and Gabriel daring, variety, integrityand he sees a common ground. "We all started at about the same time and have some of the same attitudes. We took our music seriously. We didn't just want to be pop stars. That unites us, though there are stylistic differences . . , and differences in terms of 'success.' " lives just outside Dath with his wife and two daughters, admits that the size of his audience does gall him but only a little. "I have more of a jazz attitude than a rock attitudes What matters is the work. And no matter what your level of success, your problems remain the same. Still, naturally, I've desired wider popularity. What 1 wouldn't want to trade for that, though, is the approach my audience has to the music. They have to work at it a bit." The 36-year-old Hammill, who Often edgy, sometimes an guished, Hammill's music has frequently been described as difficult. The British press also once tagged him with the nickname "Dr. Doom." He thinks that the nickname is ridiculous and that the description is only correct in a certain way. "Some of it is difficult. Some of it is extremely simple. The 'difficulty' mostly comes from the fact that most of my albums have encompassed five or six styles. It's not what people are used to." Hammill recently released a live double album in England with his K Group, but on this tour he'll be working alone. His loyal fans aren't likely to object, since he's visited that way before. Even after 23 albums, Hammill is still going to be a new name to most pop fans. How should they approach him? 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