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The Nektar Project

The Magical Year

1977
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Mo Moore Ron Howden Taff Freeman Dave Nelson

Although this was a shock for the fans, the band saw this coming. Word went out just before Roye left that Nektar was looking for a new guitarist. On the day of the interview, about 100 people showed up for the remaining band members and mangement to interview and show off their guitar and vocal skills.

Nektar Mo Moore and Dave Nelson 1977

One of the persons who showed up was Dave Nelson. On a side note; It didn't hurt that Dave was around Passport Records when all of this was happening. It was decided that Dave was best person to go with. During the next two weeks (which included Christmas)intense rehearsals were held and Dave quickly learned Nektar songs until December 31, 1976 at the Calderone Theatre in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, when Dave replaced Roye Albrighton onstage to perform guitar and vocals.  For more on the December 31, 1976 concert please visit our New Years Page!

Nektar City Boy Poster 1977

Nektar played only a few gigs during the first half of 1977. This allowed Dave Nelson some time to become more familiar with the material. During this time Nektar was also working on a new album "Magic is a Child". A young Brooke Shields graces the cover of the album instead of artwork made by Helmut Wenske. Robert Fripp contributes some guitar work on "Train from Nowhere". Steve Barth rehearsed with Nektar during the summer of 1977 and at one point in time Nektar considered bringing Steve in as the lead vocalist but, that never happened.

The June 3, 1977 show at the Palladium, New York City, NY. was Nektar's last long concert and the end of Mick's fantastic light show as fans knew it. September 24, 1977 at the Morris Stage, Morristown, New Jersey, Nektar debut the "Magic is a Child" album and Mick's new light show. From this point on all Nektar shows were short in comparison to prior shows not to mentioned the huge change in the light show. More on Mick's light show later.

The critics were not kind to Nektar, not that they ever were, and the tour was short lived. Many regard the December 10, Palladium, New York City show as Nektar's last show with Dave and Mick however, there were a few more shows after the Palladium with Dave that extended into the middle of 1978. Dave Nelson bowed out from Nektar following these shows. Mick started gigging around with Sam The Band in 1977 and continued with them well into 1979. For more on Dave and Mick for now please read the Nektar Time Line.

One of the hightlights from the 1977 tour for Nektar was the introduction of Sherman Helmsley on Novemeber 7,1977 at the Santa Monica Civic Center by their manager Kenny to start off the show. Following the show, Nektar made their way to Sherman's house to party that included a grand tour of the Sherman's house featuring the special bathroom. Sherman occasionaly wore Nektar t–shirts on the Jeffersons show.

Part 6: 1978 "An End To An Era"

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