Nik Turner, the founding member of pioneering space-rock band HAWKWIND, returns to his intergalactic roots with his soon-to-be-released, mind-blowing new CD titled "Space Gypsy". Featuring all-new material, "Space Gypsy" boasts guest appearances by fellow HAWKWIND alumnus drummer Simon House, and GONG guitar legend Steve Hillage, along with Nicky Garratt of the UK SUBS, Jurgen Engler of German industrial band DIE KRUPPS, and Jeff Piccinini of '70s punk icons CHELSEA. Making the CD release even more exciting, Nik Turner has filmed a dark, hypnotic new video called "Time Crypt featuring Simon House". This is the second video Nik has released in support of "Space Gypsy", the first being "Fallen Angel STS-51-L"; from the album's first single about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Nik Turner's "Space Ritual Tour" runs in the U.S. from October 9 through November 17 in support of the new CD.
Turner was a founding member of HAWKWIND during what has been considered their most commercially successful and critically acclaimed period for the band from 1970 to 1976. He wrote/co-wrote some of the group's most popular songs such as "Brainstorm" and "Master Of The Universe".
HAWKWIND's fourth, and possibly most popular, album, "The Space Ritual Alive In Liverpool And London", was recorded in 1972 (released in May 1973). Reaching No. 9 in the U.K. album chart and No. 179 in The Billboard 200, the double-record was recorded during the tour to promote the band's "Doremi Fasol Latido" (third) release. "The Space Ritual" show attempted to create a full audio-visual experience. The performances featured dancers, lightshow by Liquid Len and poetry recitations by Robert Calvert. Nik Turner recently brought his version of the historic show to the U.S. shores, recreating the magic once again!
Says Nik Turner: "This single, 'Fallen Angel S-TS51-L', is the epitome of epiphanic, orgasmic, cathartic embodiment of my space dreams, become one man's reality, exploding into space. Expect lots more on this awesome album."
Nik Turner's "Space Gypsy" will be released in three different formats: a regular CD release packaged in an attractive digipak with original artwork; a limited edition gatefold vinyl with bonus etched seven-inch single; and for the ultimate collector — the complete experience! A special limited-edition deluxe box version of "Space Gypsy", which includes a bonus CD of rough mixes and instrumental versions that feature additional flute and saxophone improvisations from Nik not included on the album. Also included are four postcards, a gorgeous full-color patch and collectible pin.