Sunday, 17 May 2015


So as I was on my own on the evening of Saturday 16th May 2015, certainly as far as The Fellowship was concerned (A large party had gone off to see Jasper Carrot) & with no transport to get to Bedford for the Blues where others could have been found, what was I going to do?
Well actually the answer was easy, what I had planned to do all along which was to get my weary bones off to Club-85 in Hitchin to see the latest Hawkwind legacy band, Alan 'Boomer' Davey's The Psychedelic Warlords supported by Bristol rockers, Jupiter's Carnival.

An excellent turn out guaranteed to create a splendid atmosphere with some fans of both bands having travelled a significant distance to be there, the stage was set, literally, for a splendid evening of truly excellent music.

So, first on were Jupiter's Carnival, hailing from my own beloved West Country and having never heard them or even heard of them before this gig I had no idea what to expect, wow! It's always a nice surprise to discover a really good band that is new to you and boy oh boy could these lads rock!

Jupiter's Carnival

Here is a link to their Facebook page, go and check them out, you won't be disappointed.

This is what Classic Rock Magazine said about them;

'Jupiter's carnival claim to be from Bristol, but they sound more like they just woke up in laurel canyon after partying on Mars. They blend stomping hard rock with blues, funk, soul and loopy psychedelia into a head-spinning collage of sound' 

Well, I couldn't agree more, for me they reminded me of those long gone days of the classic early experimental psychedelic blues rock bands (Think Deep Purple's very first album etc.) but Jupiter's Carnival are by no means a retro band, they blend in elements of funk and other musical influences to create their very own up to date 'edgy' sound that is as relevant today as it ever was, these boys seriously rock and were a fantastic opener to the evening.

Being a huge fan of Hawkwind and all the mother-ship's spin offs, derivatives and legacies I did wonder what to expect from Alan Boomer Davey (Hawkwind's longest serving bass player for the uninitiated) and the band, The Psychedelic Warlords.

Alan Davey
So, in their own words:-

"The Psychedelic Warlords are a band that was formed in 2012 by Alan Davey to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the best live albums ever made, Hawkwinds "Space Ritual", released in 1973. 
These shows were so successful 2014 sees "Captain Lockheed's Mountain Grill Tour" touring UK in April, June and July. 
2015 will bring an album of new songs with the fantastic Michael Moorcock working with us also, a very exciting project is on the cards.!!" 
"Celebrating the Hawkwind sound from the 1973 hit album Space Ritual. This is for the fans who want to experience this sound again or for some the very first time.!
We're spending ALOT of time and effort getting this recreation as perfect as possible ;-) 

Time we Left, Born to Go.!"

Psychedelic Warlords complete with amazing light show

Costume changes, a real re-creation.
For me, The Psychedelic Warlords moved seemingly effortlessly through the classic Hawkwind rock era circa Master of the Universe & Warrior on the Edge of Time etc. through the 'Bob Calvert years' and into Alan's and their own new material, which, with the promise of an album coming soon in collaboration with Michael Moorcock is something I for one am certainly looking forward to.

This is your captain speaking

Much as I love Hawkwind themselves, Nik Turner's Space Ritual and The Hawklords, The Psychedelic Warlords are right up there with the best of them if not THE best of the Hawkwind spin off bands I've ever had the pleasure of seeing, simply exquisite, outstanding, Astounding Sound Amazing Music as one may say!

Man it ain't no joke, you can disappear in smoke!
So until the circle turns again, cool runnings one and all.

GM May 2015

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