Hawkwind | Logan Square Auditorium | Rock, Pop, Etc, Fall Arts | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., March 7, 8:30 p.m. 2014

Canceled. This year is the 40th anniversary of the release of Space Ritual, a live double LP from British space-rock pioneers Hawkwind. It documents a seamless 90-minute set from a Liverpool stadium in 1972, its dense and driving psych jams suspended in a matrix of swooping atmospherics and whimsical poetry. Space Ritual is a landmark recording, and its interstellar sonics and effects-loaded guitars are still huge influences on far-out bands forming today. This year Hawkwind is also putting out an expanded reissue of 1975’s Warrior on the Edge of Time and making their first North American tour in two decades—on which they’ll be playing Warrior from front to back every night. On that record Hawkwind broadened their palette even further, incorporating over-the-top violin, a double-percussion onslaught, and elements of prog and Krautrock. All these years later, though, the only member from the Warrior lineup still touring with the band is lead guitarist and mastermind Dave Brock—notably absent are bassist Lemmy Kilmister (who left to start up a little band called Motorhead) and reedist and vocalist Nik Turner, who’ll play Reggie’s Rock Club on Mon 10/21 with his own version of the band, currently called Space Ritual. It’s comprised entirely of former Hawkwind members, and they play sets of classic material—the whole situation is starting to look like the space-rock version of the mess with Flag and Black Flag, legal wrangling and all. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $28, $25 in advance

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