Hawkwind’s Mick Slattery dies at 77: Guitarist dies ‘peacefully at home’ after brief illness
- The founding member passed away peacefully on St. Patrick’s Day
Hawkwind guitarist Mick Slattery has died at the age of 77.
The founding member of the legendary space rock band passed away “peacefully at home” on March 17 after a short illness.
Slattery’s Fellow Dave Brock — who co-founded the band, originally called Group X, in 1969 — shared the news in a touching Facebook post while reflecting on their “cherished memories.”
He did not specify what disease Slattery was suffering from.
Brooke, 81, said: ‘We regret to share the sad news that our longtime friend and Hawkwind founding member Mick Slattery passed away peacefully at home yesterday, St Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2023, at the age of 77, after a short illness. “
RIP: The original guitarist from Hawkwind, Mick Slattery, has passed away at the age of 77. The founding member of the legendary space rock band passed away “peacefully at home” on March 17.
He continued, ‘Mick and I played together in a band called Famous Cure in 1967, and toured the Netherlands before moving on to form Hawkwind in 1969.
“I have so many fond memories from our younger days, playing together in Holland and spending time in Richmond at L’Auberge Cafe and Eel Pie Island.
In the late 1960s we were rehearsing in my upstairs flat in Putney and also in the basement of the Bob Kerr Music Store in Gwalior Road, playing loud music, much to the annoyance of our neighbours. Fly free my old friend.
TV presenter Matthew Wright was quick to share his condolences, writing: ‘It was a great pleasure to shake Mick’s hand when he went backstage at the London Astoria I think.
‘It’s good to see a twinkle in his eye. RIP Mick and condolences to his family and many friends x’
The musician was with Hawkwind briefly, he left the same year they formed and was replaced by Huw Lloyd-Langton.
He has appeared on demos Hurry On Sundown, Bring It On Home, Kiss of the Velvet Whip, and the Pink Floyd Cymbaline track.
However, he continued to record with Space Ritual, the late saxophonist for Hawkwind and flautist Nick Turner. He was also part of guitarist Alan Davey’s giant band Hawkestrel.
Tribute: Slattery’s bandmate Dave Brock — who co-founded the band, originally called Group X, in 1969 — shared the news in a poignant Facebook post as he reflects on their “cherished memories.”
Memories: TV presenter Matthew Wright was quick to share his condolences as he reflected on one of their meetings
Turner sadly passed away just four months ago at the age of 82.
A statement read in November: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Nick Turner – The Mighty Thunder Rider, who passed away peacefully at his home Thursday night.”
Hawkwind also included synth player Dick Davies and the late Lemmy before he joined Motorhead in 1975.
Hawkwind is best known for its song Silver Machine, which became a number three hit in the UK in 1972.
They scored more hit singles with Urban Guerrilla and Shot Down in the Night.
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