20 Facts About Steve Hillage


Stephen Simpson Hillage was born on 2 August 1951 and is an English musician, best known as a guitarist.


Steve Hillage is associated with the Canterbury scene and has worked in experimental domains since the late 1960s.


Steve Hillage was born in Chingford, which was then in Essex but is part of Greater London.


In 1969, Steve Hillage began studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, befriending local bands Caravan and Spirogyra and occasionally jamming with them.


Caravan put him in touch with their manager Terry King, who got Steve Hillage signed with Deram on the basis of a demo of his material recorded with the help of Dave Stewart of Egg.


Steve Hillage decided to form a new line-up with a slightly different direction, retaining the services of Peachey and asking Stewart back, and adding Nigel Griggs on bass.


Steve Hillage promptly joined Kevin Ayers' new live band Decadence, participating in Ayers' 1973 album Bananamour and touring the UK and France for two months.


In June 1973, Steve Hillage participated in the debut live performance of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells at Queen Elizabeth Hall.


From August 1974 to February 1975 Steve Hillage worked on his debut solo album Fish Rising at Manor Studios with the group, less Allen and Smyth, and contributions from others such former as Khan bandmate Dave Stewart.


Steve Hillage continued with the group, but he increasingly became uncomfortable feeling that Virgin wanted him to assume a leadership role which he saw at odds to the group's communal essence.


In May 1977, Steve Hillage was part of a live performance of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in Glasgow with the Scottish National Orchestra.


Steve Hillage participated in the Gong re-union concert in Paris as part of the trilogy band, a solo set and accompanied Blake.


In late summer, Steve Hillage produced Nik Turner's Xitintoday album which featured contributions from other Gong members, Harry Williamson and drummer Andy Anderson.


Steve Hillage contributed to Williamson's protest single "Nuclear Waste" issued as The Radio Actors with lead vocals by Sting.


Steve Hillage felt he was nearing exhaustion by mid-1978 so chose to reflect on the live shows that had been recorded and compile the album Live Herald.


Steve Hillage returned to producing in the 1990s, working on The Charlatans 1994 album Up to Our Hips.


Steve Hillage collaborated with Ozric Tentacles on the 2004 album Spirals in Hyperspace.


Steve Hillage played live with Hawkwind in December 2015 at The Coronet, London, and played a one-hour set with Dave Brock and Tim Blake of the band at Hawkwind's Hawkeaster festival in Morecambe, Lancashire at Easter, 2018.


Steve Hillage played on a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" on William Shatner's 2011 release Seeking Major Tom.


Steve Hillage won the "Visionary" award at the 2013 Progressive Music Awards.