Hot on the heels of their new live CD 'Fortyfied', music legends Nektar will be playing several select concerts in the UK and Germany in celebration of their 40th anniversary.
Nektar's contribution over the past 40 years has quite rightly earned them their place in any 'Progressive Rock Hall of Fame'. But the band is much more than a 'Prog Legend', the Nektar brand of innovative composition, performance and visuals is simply unique. Recorded on their 2008 tour of Europe, 'Fortyfied' is released on the band's own label Treaclemusic and features many beloved Nektar classics such as Tab In The Ocean", Recycled pt.1", Man In The Moon" and part two of the group's classic Remember The Future".
The dates are as followed:
Sat 29th Aug 2009 Northeim Germany Waldbuhne Northeim
Mon 31st Aug 2009 Bristol UK Bristol - Thekla
Tue 1st Sep 2009 Wales UK Cardiff - Barfly
Wed 2nd Sep 2009 London UK Borderline
Thu 3rd Sep 2009 Nottingham UK Nottingham - Rock city
Fri 4th Sep 2009 Athens Downtown Greece Rodeo club
Sat 5th Sep 2009 Athens Downtown Greece Rodeo club
Here's what the press are saying about Nektar's 'Fortyfied':
Love albums like Tab In the Ocean, Journey to the Center of the Eye, Remember the Future, Sounds Like This, Evolution, or Recycled? Well, there are plenty of songs from those albums included here on this 2CD set. Expect all the familiar melodies, plenty of guitar & organ freakouts (Roye just keeps getting better and better as guitar player-the guy's a real powerhouse!), and the band's mix of hard rock, prog, psycedelia, and blues is ever present. There's even a few tracks from the most recent CD Book of Days to complement the rest of the set list. Chalk up another successful live document from Nektar, and let's hope they keep going strong for many years to come."
Peter Pardo - Sea of Tranquility
Kicking things off with the title track to their 1972 album A Tab in the Ocean", it's clear that time has not sullied the potency of their music. And for the next two and half hours they take us on a journey through fifteen sparkling numbers, ranging right up to their 21st century reincarnation, with 'Remember The Future (Part II)', 'A Day in the Life of a Preacher' and my signature track 'Mr H', absolute gems. If you don't know the music of Nektar this is an excellent place to start. If you do know their music, then this is an absolutely essential release."
Stuart Hamilton - Zeitgeist
At times they may sound like a cross between Gentle Giant, Floyd and even Focus (particularly so on 'Recycled part 1') while the riffs on 'A Day in the Life of a Preacher' sound like Stray, but Nektar have covered a lot of ground in 4 decades. And while the later material features more use of the synth, it's the earthy organ sound and sumptuous bass runs that anchor much of the best material. There are many magical moments here, most notably on the best moments of 'Remember the Future part 1', the expansive groove of 'Dr Kool' and of course 'King of Twilight' with its Uriah Heep style organ lead. And while the newer material like 'The Debate' suggest a more precise direction on the back of some killer time signatures, the closing 'Man in the Moon' reverts to type with whispered vocals, some linear synth lines before meandering towards its climax. 'Fortified for the over forties' would have been a better title for a CD that is well worth purchasing and will surely be enjoyed by Prog rock, Psychedelic Space Rock and melodic rock fans alike."
Pete Feenstra - GetReadyToRock.com
The Nektar story is a remarkable one. A British rock band that found stardom and major success in Germany and the USA, yet failed to make the significant breakthrough in their own country. With three gold albums under their belt ("Remember The Future", Down To Earth" and Recycled"), Nektar produced some of the most original work of the seventies and eighties. In virtuoso guitarist Roye Albrighton Nektar had a charismatic front man who had shared a stage with Jimi Hendrix, in Allan Taff" Freeman a unique keyboard player, in Derek Mo" Moore a bass playing powerhouse and in Ron Howden a fluidity rarely found in a drummer. Fifth member Mick Brockett was not a musician, but was responsible for one of the most stunning light and visual shows ever to grace the rock stage. Nektar's history appeared to have been written when they finally split in the eighties. Despite attempts to re-kindle the flame, the Nektar light, it seemed was out...until that is, the year 2000. The new millenium saw the long awaited reunion tour of the classic line-up, to rave reviews and fantastic receptions. The light we thought was out, had in fact been kept aglow - by loyal fans across the globe!
An American tour in September 2004 saw Taff Freeman depart the band for personal reasons and his successor, Hammond virtuoso Tom Hughes, instantly earning a place in the hearts of the Nektar faithful. With continued concert dates, along with the remastering of the remainder of the Nektar back catalogue on CD, this legendary band has become once more a proud force to be reckoned with in the world of progressive music. In 2007 Nektar truly took over their own management, procured their official website as their own, entirely under their control and went on a 22-date tour of Germany. Joining Roye and Ron was Peter Pichl on 5-string bass and Klaus Henatsch on keyboards, these two new members from the rock 'n roll city of Hanover, Germany, seemed to gel from the outset and now, along with the release of the critically acclaimed CD 'Book of Days' in 2008 and the new live DBL CD 'Fortyfied', Nektar looks set to make its mark once again.