planet gong news

GONG WEB WANDERINGS Updated Thr 18 Dec 2003

The Damo man in all his splendor .

Fabulous University of Errors photographs found by Arnold from Poland.

Kif Kif's essential delving into Here & Now's history - I think he's reached 1976 (come back KK!)

Review of Here & Now's 'Gospel of Free' CD and a look at the Acid Mothers Temple.

Stof's Quicktime Psyquest showcase - needs QT6 for full glory.

WEIRD? Posted Mon 03 Nov 2003

A certain Mr D. Bowie, formerly of Bromley, England, was asked to choose his top 25 albums from is record collection in this month's Vanity Fair (apparently a special music issue of this high fluting fashion magazine). Among his selection was Daveid's 1971 Bananamoon album, which he thought had a wiff of the beginnings of Glam rock about it. Like I was saying to the cat only this morning - Strange times.

ACIDMOTHERSGONG Updated Thr 16 Oct 2003

I believe that that the forthcoming Acidmothersgong gig in the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 21st (only one week away!) is one of the most important Gong gigs in years. It is up there in importance with maybe 4 or 5 other gigs during my entire tenure at the helm of GAS (or is that clapped in irons in the bilges of GAS?). Gigs such as the 25th Birthday Party in '94 or daevid's Invisible Opera Tabernacle gig in '88. It is simply a seminal concert. One which in the future will be seen as where a line was drawn under the past and a new direction embarked upon. That point of change in fact has already been passed, but the Royal Festival Hall is the first high profile public manifestation and celebration of that change - or it might be a complete sausage!

EXCLUSIVE SYSTEM 7 CD Updated Tue 14 Oct 2003

I'm hugely excited about the limited release live CD at present only available in the GAS Kasbah System 7 - Live Transmissions. The gig was recorded at the Tokiodrome, Liquid Room in Tokyo on August 17th 2002 and it's a stunner. It flows and grooves as classic System 7 themes expand and flower in new and unexpected ways. Steve and Miquette are clearly enjoying the whole affair, as I'm sure you will as well. Have a look: photos of the Liquid Room gig on the System 7 website.

A RECORDING MOON? Updated Tue 14 Oct 2003

This weekend Here & Now laid down tracks for their first studio album since 1995's 'UFOasis'. Steffe, Keith Missile, Steve Cassidy, with Eat Static's Joie Hinton worked through the weekend at the Glastonbury studios and have so far launched 5 or 6 tracks. There is still of course a long road to be travelled but a Spring birth is hoped for. All the news here as it unfolds.

And at almost the same time daevid and the University of Errors were in the studio on the other side of the planet in San Francisco after their Saturday gig in Berkeley starting to record their 'Soft Machine' album. They plan to give the UofE de-construction/re-construction job to those old Soft Machine demo tracks that have been sold to us so many times. Perhaps an energetic reclamation of that material after all the years of re-packaged, no-pay, nonsense.

Add to those two juicy things to look forward to Gilli and Gong Matrice, who were finishing off an album in SF in the past week and Daveid's radical Acidmothersgong mixing and editing in Australia before his US trip and I think you could safely call this a Recording Moon.

The Fawcett Effect! I don't know what your relationship with bars and pubs is like, mine is ambiguous at best. However, having finally made it to one of landlord Rob Wicked's free musical events at the Fawcett Inn in Southsea (daevid, Mark, Jerry and Zorch's Basil last month) I have decided that this esteemed establishment just has to be named the official GAS watering hole.

It's a true community aware psychedelic pub decorated with day-glo pixies and fairies (and that's only the staff!). Great attitude, minimal lurking gremlins, friendly staff. If only there were one in every town - but then that might make the Fawcett Effect not as special as it is.

The next Free Gong visitation is Sunday 3th August (not Tues 5th as previously posted) when daevid and Nicolletta will Gliss and Theremin the evening away.

PLANET GONG SOLSTICE/UofE PICS Updated Thr 03 July 2003

Basil has posted some nice photographs of the Planet Gong Solstice Gig on the Isle or Wight on the Zorch website. Which looks as if it could turn out to be the one and only Gong gig of the entire year as much discussion is now in progress about the proposed autumn Gong tour - it may turn into a Spring 2004 tour. I'll keep you posted.

Some more good pictures, this time of the University of Errors in action at the LA2 in London on 31st May

JORGE PINCHEVSKY Updated Wed 25 June 2003

I just received this e-mail from Max in Argentina:

"the violin player Jorge Pinchevsky died yesterday because of an absurd accident with a bike…He was 59… All Argentinian music lovers are truly affected by his death…LONG LIVE "PIN" (1943-2003)

The sound of Jorge's violin was an intergral part of the Gong album Shamal and he toured as a member of the band in 1976 before suffering the same fate as daevid in 1967, when he was refused re-entry into the UK. Sympathy to his nearest and dearest.

These Spanish language sites have more general information on Jorge although the first two have not yet been updated to include news of his death, but the last one is a news site with an article entitled 'The March of the Lonely Violin' somewhere on it, which does.


daevid features in the new issue (July) of the UK music magazine 'The Wire'. He was the subject of their regular 'Invisible Jukebox' feature where a musician listens to and expounds upon songs played to them by an interviewer. The music played to the subject is not necessarily current stuff, though it can be.

daevid didn't say exactly what he listened to except to say that his true feelings about certain other 'space-rock' bands and their music may be revealed! I'm sure it's all bound to be very interesting and entertaining and I'll looking forward to reading it.


Just 10 minutes ago I returned from Glastonbury Studios where Here & Now were busy rehearsing for the UK tour with daevid and The University of Errors. As I opened the rehearsal room door it was like having your atoms dispersed and being sucked across the galaxy. My ears instantly melded with the Mothership.

Steffe, almost encircled with a ring of effects pedals which he alternately tickled and stomped on, was caressing the most amazing deep space to scorching psychedelic sounds from his guitar. It does him and them a disservice to call it Hendrix/Hillage like, because the sounds are completely his own language. But those two names are as good a reference/launching pad as any for where Steffe has headed.

Joie Hinton was surrounded on 3 sides with layers of keyboards and analog synths with a big beaming smile on his face as he surfed a towering wave of synth sounds of his own creation. Steve Cassidy, sitting amongst the strange tubular bedstead that is a full electronic drum kit, tweaked and nudged his sound settings while maintaining pulsating rhythms from beyond. And like the Oak tree that he is, Keith the Bass, in front of his huge new Ampeg (?) bass cabinet which seems to be about 10 foot high, thundered out bass-lines so groundingly solid you could migrate to them and start up a new civilization. And this was them just warming up!

Good grief the Errors will have to respond in kind to stay the course with this Here & Now band - but the best thing of all is - They will! These two bands are going to encourage and complete, push and guide each other to some dizzying musical heights. You've got to go and be part of it - together there is no limit to what we may experience.

GOING GOING… Sat 10 May 2003

Finding half a box of Mark Robson's CD In Search of a Simple Life when I thought they had all finished a year or more ago prompts me to list some CDs nearing the end of their supplies which I'm pretty sure won't ever be pressed again. If these are for you taste don't tarry.

POET FOR SALE Sat 10 May 2003
By now all subscribers should just about have received their special signed and dedicated copies of daevid's new illustrated book of poetry along with a letter with details of the surprise 'bonus; CD that is still to come as our thanks for their faith and support.

Regular 'non subscription' copies are now available in the Kasbah costing £10.00 plus post and packing.
Poet For Sale

GIG + TOUR SUMMERY Updated Thr 08 May 2003
The University of Errors have embarked upon their tour. Below is a summary of what's to come. All the details are at the University of Errors

daevid allen's University of Errors
European dates, including Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and France, in the first half of May. UK Tour with Here & Now throughout the second half of May. Then a few more, just UofE, in the first week of June. If you didn't see them last year don't miss it. The number of die-hard giggers who said it was one of the best they had ever attended was remarkable.

Here & Now
Dates in the UK with the University of Errors throughout the second half of May. Here & Now will be represented by Steffe on guitar, Keith tha Bass, Steve Cassidy on drums and Joie of Eat Static on synths/keys.

Guru & Zero
Europe's first chance to see and hear the new psychedelic improvising trio of daevid with Makoto and Cotton from the Acid Mothers Temple. There's one absolutely certain gig in Paris on 10th June, but before that….because the AMT and UofE are touring at the same time, and true to the unpredictable nature of the trio, if daevid doesn't have a University of Errors gig on the same night, Guru & Zero will perform at Acid Mothers Temple gigs. I will attempt to keep up to date on that plan. Link to the AMT tour dates

Planet Gong
A complete one-off date on the Isle of Wight on Solstice. daevid with the new Here & Now line-up let the Floating Anarchy genie out of the bottle (first time since '99). And if that weren't enough Mark Robson and Jerry from Kangaroo Moon are also on the bill. This gig can only accommodate 250, and I think is going to sell out, so book to avoid disappointment - all the details you need are in the gigs/events section.

BITS and PIECES Sat 1 Mar 2003
Here's some links I've been meaning to pass on:

Diana has posted some Gong pages including a neat Gong discography. I'd love to see more of you out there building pages or sites expressing your own views on things Gong. As the daevid man said "Whatever Gong may mean to you, it's well possible that it means the very opposite to somebody else. This is very pleasing to me". Let's find out. on PartyVibe.

After the old Flying Teapot one somehow got deleted Pascal has started a new e-mail discussion group on Yahoo devoted to Gong. Have a Cup of Tea.

Rob tells me of a daevid and Gilli interview which I think must date from the last UK Gong tour. Gong interview on mStation

Not overtly Gongish but Donald pointed me at this gentle site.

FIRST you'N'gong> GIG Mon 17 Feb 2003
In a brief conversation daevid reported that the first <you'N'gong> gig, nr Mullumbimby in Australia was a complete a blast exceeding all the band members' expectations. About 400 turned up to be treated to an amazing set of sonic band-birth sounds that sent all in attendance into overdrive. The band are now all of a-buzz as they set off on the journey of recording the new album. daevid promises a fuller view of the gig proceedings very shortly (which will be posted here)…

DAEVID ON <you'N'gong> Sat 8 Feb 2003
We have statred a new news section in which topics outlined in this section are expanded upon in much more detail. The first entries, written by daevid, are all about the new <you'n'gong> band. Find out all about the inspiration behind it, the formation of the band and the musicians involved.

WEBMASTER LUC Thur 6 Feb 2003
Prof Look Pimplemaya (aka Luc Pilmeyer), one of the hardest working cyber-pixies out there, has updated all the Gong family sites he nurtures so lovingly. They're full of news, poetry, MP3s, images, little animated gifs, MP3 Flash files and much, much more.

Luc's CDR collection of quick-time animations, Webvideology is also now available in the Kasbah as we support the supporters.

<you'N'gong> - A NEW GONG BAND FOR 2003! Sat 25 Jan 2003
Whatever it is it will change…A new Gong band for this year is about to be born. It will be daevid allen, Gilli Smyth, a rhythm section of Orlando Allen and Dharmhawan, from the Acid Mothers Temple, Cotton Casino and Kawabata Makoto and from the University of Errors, Josh Pollock.

The different elements each of these people can bring to the band are so uniquely strong and focused that the resulting combination has the potential to be quite stunningly different to anything that has hitherto sailed under the Gong banner throughout the years. I can't wait to hear what develops.

In mid February <you'N'gong> are gathering in Byron Bay, Australia to begin recording a new studio album which it is hoped will be released before a tour in October/November.

Of course the development of this new band does not necessarily signal the end of the the daevid, Gilli, Theo Travis, Mike Howlett, Chris Taylor Gwyo Zepix Gong line-up. Just look at the past - since when have Gong followed the 'rules'?

NEW HADOUK CD Wed 22 Jan 2003
Some of you may already know that Hadouk Now (Celluloid 67039-2) was released just before Christmas. It features the trio of master musicians that go to make up that band, Didier Malherbe (on all manner of blown instruments), Loy Ehrlich (on strange stringed things) and Steve Shehan (percussion).

As with all Didier albums it has a superb level of musicianship. It's flowing melodic ethno-jazz is a joy to hear and expands one's knowledge of what is possible with Koras, Doudouks, Hajoujs, Hadginis, Balais and many other exotic sounding instruments.

REISSUES A GO-GO Wed 22 Jan 2003
Gong related back catalogues which have had, or are just about to have the 're mastered from master tapes, added unheard bonus tracks, new deluxe booklet treatment' are Kevin Ayers (almost completed and due first), Khan (all done awaiting a release date) and Steve Hillage (at the planning stage). Boy it's going to be an expensive year.

UK and European dates are now being booked for between 22 April and the end of May by Keith at the Space Agency for this most amazing package.

The live experience of daevid allen, Josh Pollock, Michael Clare and Warren Heugel as the The University of Errors would be more then enough in itself - they are that good. But add a Here & Now band consisting of Steffe and Keith the Bass alongside Joie and Merv of Eat Static (yes you read it right) and you have the recipe for an earth moving series of gigs. Stay tuned for the details.

The time has come…EMI (the owners of Virgin Records) are to re-release much of the Gong back catalogue this year. The CDs will be re-mastered from the original tapes, be expanded with previously unheard bonus tracks and have totally new, detailed and illustrated booklets.

The Radio Gnome Trilogy of Flying Teapot, Angel's Egg and You are due at the end of May and Live Etc, expanded to a double CD, will be available in October. The You CD should also contain the 1974 Quad mix re-mastered for 5.1 surround sound and there is a strong possibility of Flying Teapot and Angel's Egg being similarly treated.

This most exciting venture is being co-ordinated by Mark Powell who has overseen many other similar projects, such as a masterful job on the Caravan catalogue a couple of years back. We are in regular contact with him to help to make these releases the best ever - no contest.