Pioneers Of Prog Tour Heads to US


More cortex-twisting space
rock than you can shake a laser cannon at. Pictured above: Nektar.

By Blurt Staff


Brainticket and Huw Lloyd-Langton
(of Hawkwind): if you’re a Prog-rock, kraut-rock
and space-rock fan, you don’t need any convincing of the musical heaviness
those names carry. They’ll be arriving in the US next month for a 3-week tour
that promises to be among the summer’s most wigged-out. It kicks off Aug. 17 in


almost cannot wait for this to happen and become a reality,” said Joel
Vandroogenbroeck of Brainticket, whose band has never toured America since
their formation in 1969. “We’re pleased and excited to participate on this next
tour,” he added. “Brainticket has not performed since decades and this appears
to be a real revival of the once well
known group.”

Huy Lloyd-Langton toured America
with Widowmaker, the band he joined after initially leaving Hawkwind back in
the early 70s after their first album. (Widowmaker, formed by ex-Spooky
Tooth/Mott The Hoople guitarist Ariel Bender, released two albums, both of
which reached the Top 50.) “It will be nice to be back there again!” he said.
“Very much looking forward to opening the tour for Nektar, who are a great prog
rock band. With Brainticket on the bill, too, the variety of styles should make
a great concert!” Lloyd-Langton rejoined Hawkwind in 1979.


the initial discussions with Cleopatra Records to the actual setting up of this
tour, the excitement is growing rapidly in the Nektar camp,” says Roye
Albrighton on behalf of his band, adding, “It will be great to see some of the
fans from the old days and greet the newer generation to the Nektar style and
sound. I very much look forward to
meeting the other bands and having a fantastic tour together.”

Cleopatra Records is releasing special boxed sets of material from Brainticket (the
sprawling 4-disc Vintage Anthology 1971-1980) and Nektar (the 2CD overview Retrospektive is already out, while Complete Live
in New York 1974
and Sunday Night At
London Roundhouse
both arrive in
August) to coincide with the summer tour. MVD has already released Hard Graft, from Lloyd-Langton, and
meanwhile, earlier this year the label released 2CD deluxe
editions of Nektar classics Remember the Future and A Tab in the Ocean. Nektar is
also readying a new album titled Juggernaut.

Tour Dates:
08/17/11 New York City BB King Blues Club & Grill
08/18/11 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
08/19/11 Springfield, VA Jaxx
08/21/11 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
08/24/11 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
08/25/11 Sauget, ILL Pop’s
08/26/11 Lincolnshire, ILL Viper Alley
09/02/11 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
09/03/11 West Hollywood, CA Key Club


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