Toronto Rallies Behind Spacemen 3's Natty Brooker for Benefit Show Featuring Flowers of Hell, Speedway, the Pow Wows
Published Nov 30, 2010An upcoming benefit show in Toronto, ON will raise funds for Natty Brooker, the original drummer for UK space rock pioneers Spacemen 3 and frequent Spiritualized album art creator, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year.
Entitled "The Perfect Transcription: A Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized Party," the show will feature Toronto bands such as Flowers of Hell, the Pow Wows, the Blooming Rosebuds and Speedway, who are reuniting especially for the show, all paying homage to the music of the two influential UK bands.
The show takes place on Saturday (December 4) at the Piston (937 Bloor St. W). All funds raised will go towards Brooker's medical costs.
Brooker played with Spacemen 3 on their first album, 1986's Sound of Confusion, as well as their amazingly titled demo release, Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To. Brooker's infamous devil/angel artwork was featured on the first album by Spiritualized, Lazer Guided Melodies, and he also designed the last Spacemen 3 album, 1991's Recurring. Brooker has been unable to work on art or music recently due to complications of his illness.
Another benefit show for Brooker took place on July 15 in London, England and featured Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, accompanied by members of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized.
Like the show in London, the Toronto show will feature the artwork of Brooker. Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized bass player Will Carruthers has arranged for Brooker's artwork to be displayed on the walls of the Piston, and some limited-edition, signed and numbered prints will be available for purchase at the event.
Also appearing at the show are the Hoa Hoas, Drunk Woman, the Disraelis, Ostrich Turning, the Auras, the Mighty Oaks, Panarama, Hollowphonic, Make Joy Cry and Proof of Ghosts. Promoters also promise "very cool, secret surprise guests," which we can only assume (and hope) means some members of the two UK bands.
For those not in Toronto on December 4, the concert, which begins at 10 p.m. EST, will be streamed live here.