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Nik Turner’s Space Ritual played Hawkwind classics at Saint Vitus (pics, updated dates)

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…

Hedersleben

Naam

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

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