Posted in music | tour dates on June 20, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Ex-Hawkwind sax/flutist/vocalist Nik Turner, the Mighty Thunder Rider, will return to North America as Nik Turner's Hawkwind Space Ritual in late August with stoner rockers Witch Mountain and modern Kosmische head-trip Hedersleben. Nik will again be backed by Hedersleben, who previously provided band support in 2013. The tour gets rolling August 26 in Oakland and ends in Portland, Oregon on September 28.The silver machine will descend on New York City's Webster Hall (Marlin Room) on September 11 with local experimentalists Tonstartssbandht as an additional opener. Tickets are available now.

By the time the tour is in full swing, Witch Mountain should have their new album, Mobile of Angels, out in the world. The release is expecting to hit stores in September through Profound Lore Records. The Portland doomers are currently in France for Hellfest.

Hawkwind, Nik's previous employer, postponed their proposed North American tour for the second time in February of this year over logistical/monetary issues. There's been no word yet if they'll make a third attempt to play the US. In the meantime, Nik Turner is your man if you're in search of space.

All of the dates are listed, along with a 2013 Space Ritual live set and Witch Mountain and Hedersleben streams, below.

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Nik Turner's Hawkwind Space Ritual w/ Witch Mountain and Hedersleben - 2014 Tour Dates
Aug 26 - Oakland, CA @ Uptown
Aug 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
Aug 28 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Aug 29 - Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
Aug 30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
Sep 01 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sep 02 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Sep 03 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Sep 04 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
Sep 05 - Lafayette, GA @ Meltasia Fest
Sep 06 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest*
Sep 07 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Sep 08 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Sep 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
Sep 10 - Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Sep 11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ Tonstartssbandht
Sep 12 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
Sep 14 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Sep 15 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Sep 16 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Sep 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sep 18 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Sep 19 - Rock Island, IL @ RIBCO
Sep 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club*
Sep 21 - Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Sep 22 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret*
Sep 23 - Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern
Sep 24 - Calgary, AB @ Palomino
Sep 26 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue (early evening show)
Sep 27 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Sep 28 - Portland, OR @ Star Theater
* = no Hedersleben

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Comments (9)

So irving plaza or webster hall ???

Posted by ME | June 20, 2014 4:21 PM

Don't support this asshole. He's the reason we didn't get a tour by the *real* Hawkwind last year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 4:28 PM

Um, Nik Turner is Hawkwind.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 6:19 PM

The Mothership is currently locked down in Europe because of Nik's greedy antics.
Dave Brock can't perform in the US under his own name as a result of the ongoing trademark dispute.
Nik's a hypocrite hiding behind a peace & love mask.
I wouldn't go to a Nik Turner concert even if it were free of charge.
He's robbed us of a tour by the true Hawkwind!

Posted by Roby | June 21, 2014 5:19 AM

6:19 No he isn't. He was in the band from 1969 to 1976, and then again from 1982 to 1984. The band continued on under Dave Brock both times that he left, and has recorded far more material without Nik Turner than they ever did with him. He was a part of the first five albums which are arguably the most classic ones, but that is the most he can claim. Trying to claim that he "is" Hawkwind is ridiculous, and completely ignores the 35 years out of their 45 year history that the band has gone on and done just fine without him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2014 12:20 PM

I'll add that I'd have been happy to support him anyway if he'd continued touring as "Nik Turner's Space Ritual", which he's been doing for years. But as far as I can tell, his attempt at trademarking the name Hawkwind and touring under it as a Hawkwind cover band was a cynical, spiteful move to block the real band from being able to tour in the US. He lost all respect that I had for him and interest that I had in him with it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2014 12:29 PM

12:58 Is your reading comprehension so low that you didn't catch the part about the legal dispute? Nik Turner trademarked the name Hawkwind in the US, so Hawkwind *couldn't* perform here without first going through a lengthy and expensive legal battle. It's not that they didn't want to show up, it's that they couldn't.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2014 1:38 PM

Dave Brock shouldn't have to hide behind any pseudonym's, especially considering that Hawkwind has been both his creation and lifelong passion for over 40 years.
(I was a N.T./ ICU fan for over 30 years until he pulled off this bonehead move...Never again.)
Even if Cleptoratrap have the $ and desire to drag this dispute on through the courts indefinitely...there is only one real Hawkwind, and Dave Brock is at the helm.
This could all just be an attempt to claim the rights to Hawkwind's vast back catalogue by some seedy record producing company.

Posted by Roby | June 22, 2014 9:25 AM

We need Phoenix please.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 1:42 PM

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