Playing ‘Hawkwind – The Space Ritual Alive’
Technicians of space ship TBFM this is your Captain speaking.
I was only 18 months old when the original ‘Space Ritual Alive’ last voyaged the United Kingdom back in 1972. I wasn’t allowed to go at the time, parents can be so cruel. However the album that the tour left us with probably had more influence over me than any other as I grew older and it still stands the test of time today. Many still revere this album as the best live album of all time. I agree.
The concept was originally developed by Robert Calvert and Barney Bubbles interweaving the fantasy of Starfarers in suspended animation travelling through time and space.
None of the members of Hawkwind from this time are in Psychedelic Warlords but we do have Alan Davey (Hawkwind 1984-2007) on bass guitar, probably the only person that can fill Lemmys boots. The rest of the space crew consisted of – Vince Cory, Radio Ray, Rich Om and Meurig Griffiths. Having missed the Herne Bay gig I was please to see that the Psychedelic Warlords were going to take this live experience on tour and I immediately booked my ticket for the River Rooms. I waited 40 years for this gig and I wasn’t going to miss out this time.
Playing the album all the way through from start to finish the band launched into ‘Earth Calling’ A Robert Calvert song setting the space theme. Next up was the blistering ‘Born to go’ our first chance to hear Davey’s driving bass where the entire constellation of listeners took off on a mind-blowing journey into the cosmos and beyond. The night followed the album perfectly with cosmic performances of ‘Orgone Accumulator’, ‘Brainstorm’ and ‘Masters of the Universe’ entwining well with the Calvert poetry of ‘10 seconds of forever’ and ‘Welcome to the future’ together with the space aged sounds and dancer. This all went on with the space backdrop and lightshow to rival the original Liquid Len. Unfortunately both Robert Calvert and Barney Bubbles are no longer with us, having taken their final trip in to the cosmos, however I’m sure they were looking down on this tour both smiling at the thought that this amazing live album was once again being played as it should.
Although we are only just in 2013 the celestial bar has been raised. The gathering of musicians on stage combined to give the audience what they wanted. You can tell that a lot of hard work and effort has been made to make this live show as close as possible to the original sound down to the bleeps, blips and guitar ‘chatter’.
Psychedelic Warlords continue to tour and will be playing a host of festivals throughout the summer.