Posted in music | pictures on November 4, 2013

photos by Greg Cristman

Nik Turner's Space Ritual @ Saint Vitus 11/3/2013

Nik Turner's Hawkwind did not disappoint as the band ripped through classic Hawkwind tunes from Turner's days with the band from its inception in 1969 to 1976 in a 90-minute set. This band Turner has assembled has some serious chops and delivered, tearing through crowd-pleasers like "Brainstorm," "Silver Machine," "D-Rider" and "Children of the Sun" with pulsing rhythm and ethereal space noise. Add the projected images of go-go dancers, spaceships, the cosmos and sci-fi beasts and you've got a hell of a far out, jazzy, psychedelic prog rock show.

At 73-years-old, Turner looked like he was having a ball on stage. He still can wail a mean tenor sax solo and play a haunting flute. His voice hasn't changed too much, but he has lost his fastball. It's okay, though, as his slider and curveball are still pretty nasty. - [Chicagoist]

While Hawkwind postponed their 2013 tour, former member Nik Turner brought his tour to North America, which hit NYC on Sunday (11/3) at Saint Vitus. Despite some troublesome sound issues, Turner and his ace backing band Space Ritual soldiered through, delivering a load of Hawkwind classics, and a few new ones from his album Time Crypt. The above review comes from their 10/23 show in Chicago. As for that ace backing band, it's actually true krautrockers Hedersleben, and the German band played their own set opening the night, with Naam in between. Pictures from the whole night are in this post.

Nik Turner's Space Ritual were originally scheduled to play a second night at Saint Vitus tonight (11/4) but instead the tour has moved south where they'll play Raleigh, NC instead. A few other shows have been added as well since our last posting, and updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from Saint Vitus, below...




Nik Turner's Hawkwind

Nik Turner - 2013 Tour Dates
November 4 - Raleigh, NYC - King's Baracade
November 5 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
November 6 - Ashville, NC - Mothlight
November 7 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
November 8 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
November 9 - Little Rock, AK - Vino's
November 10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Nites
November 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
November 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
November 15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
November 15 - Los Angeles - The Satellite
November 17 - Oakland, CA - The Uptown



Comments (10)

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Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2013 1:46 PM

This band was so totally up to the event. And make no mistake, an EVENT this was. The chick Hedersleben keyboardist was not only great at riding her instrumental spacecraft, but the audience received a bonus visual treat as she would surf across the stage of space evoking the timeless cosmic/space/goddess vibe of Stacia of yore!
The only thing ... The db level was so high that I HAD TO cram ear plugs into their corresponding orifices. Thank G_D for PCM files - I was there yet they are the only way I could hear how GREAT this show really was. Trust me - iconic.
Thank you Thank you Thank you for the vivid image capture sharing. You totally nailed it!

Posted by vagrant99 | November 5, 2013 5:15 AM

Just to clarify: Hedersleben are not German, as the article implies, but are from Oakland, CA. An exceptional show, however.

Posted by The Duke of Windsor | November 5, 2013 1:58 PM

Thanks for the cool review and especially the photos.

Gotta clarify that this was Nik Turner's Hawkwind (Chicago writer nailed it) and that Hedersleben are not German ;)

Cheers. NC

Posted by Nanotear | November 6, 2013 2:58 PM

Fuckin bummed I DJed for 20 goddam dollars instead of scamming my way into this show. Time I left the city today.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 3:49 PM

Hedersleben are from the Bay area but have a compound in Hedersleben Germany (Near Quedlinburg)

Posted by Nicky | November 19, 2013 1:46 AM

If they are going to display bluetooth speakers in ASDA, then I am going to pair with one, walk around the corner, and blast out Nik Turner's fantastic Fallen Angel

Posted by Maya | February 27, 2014 5:32 AM

well if you have been following them for 40 years you would know that nik has done more side projects by far than any other member of hawkwind with projects including jazz and rythym and blues,his patented space rock amongst others,as well as guesting when asked by the various bands he has helped influence..which has been many over the as for moving on.. few in the industry have done as much as nik...and as for trying to be part of a band he once was...he was as big a part of hawkwind as dave brock and in my opinion does them much better justice than Mr. Brock does these days(no offence implied or intended) and as for not wasting your $5 to see nik..fucking A don't deserve to be in his presence and bring down the awesome vibe of his show anyway ..also he doesn't just play hawkwind at the its not like he is just trying to relive the past anyway..hes just bringing nik turner..who's past includes hawkwind..Nik Turners one of the last of a dying breed in todays society long live the Space Gypsy..see you in the great beyond Nik´╗┐

Posted by Jimmy | October 25, 2014 6:08 AM

Well after dropping his sax, and not having vocal's for a few songs and a boring light show which makes HW even better well anyways they should have not charged and monies and played for free I wouldn't have been so bummed in listening to Nicky Garretts and the key board players god awful playing! Thank god for Hawkwind hopefully we will have them one day hear in Canada and the States. Tabernac! Turner a joke to the name

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