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Official e-Mail Newsletter of the Planet Gong

12 June 2009

Gong 2032
Gong are currently polishing up a totally new and forward-looking album called '2032'… Yes that's the year 2032, when the Planet Gong makes full contact with the Planet Earth …and a new chapter in the continually evolving Gong mythology. Due to be released in September 2009, it will be preceded by festival dates and gigs in Norway, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Japan throughout Summer, and followed by a major European and UK tour in October and November.

Details of currently confirmed dates are below, and all updates appear in the Gigs section on the PlanetGong web site.

Hugh Hopper passes away - posted Mon 08 Jun'09
taken at Hugh's final gig in Bourgoin-Jallieu last year - photo Xavier Marchon (many thanks to Aymeric for sending this).

Dear Hugh Hopper passed away the afternoon of Sunday 7th June. Our thoughts and love go out to his wife Christine, their young daughter Rosa, and to all Hugh's close family and friends. He was a lovely, unassuming, gently humorous man who was always a joy to be with - and of course he was a unique, stunning, innovative creative musician.

As we reached Fasano for Friday's Gong concert daevid told me he had received a message that Hugh reached his final hours, and very early Monday morning as we queued for US work visas we heard the news that he had gone. daevid just quietly said that besides Robert, Hugh had been the person he had played music with the longest. He will be so missed.

Images taken at Hugh's final gig, in Bourgoin-Jallieu, last year - photo Xavier Marchon (many thanks to Aymeric for sending this).

And here is a link to a fine interview with Hugh from 1998. It gives just a little flavour of what a personable chap he was.

Dave Sturt - Welcome to Gong! - posted Tue 26 May'09

What does it take to be a member of Gong? I have no idea whatsoever - who does? You certainly must get the call somehow. A pixie whispers in your ear, you tune into Radio Gnome Invisible without realising, the voices start 'making sense' - something happens. There has been many a fine up-standing musician carefully mapping out a career and developing along sturdy traditional musical lines, who one day turns around to find themselves in a pair of unreasonable trousers on stage with Dingo Virgin, the Submarine Captain and the Good Witch Yoni transmitting the vibrations of an invisible Green Planet full of pixies to an audience of seemingly the same. No doubt they wonder how they got there ("letting the days go by…"). All I can advise is - stuff happens - and Mr Dave Sturt it's happened to you!

With Dr. Howlett on the other side of the world in Brisbane teaching Sound Technology (with a side-order of pure Gong?) it is not possible for him to represent the luminous green Planet at all the gigs this year, but we are all deeply pleased and delighted to announce the arrival of Dave, who is keen as mustard and simply brimming with as yet unplayed musical notes and sounds. He will co-inhabit that most vital, Basso-Profondo, T-Being type, mother-spot (or should that be Mother being T's-pot) in Gong. Please welcome him and watch out for him, I'm sure yer socks will be blown clean off.

And if you are in Sheffield or Nottingham there are two imminent opportunities to catch Dave and fellow Gongster Theo Travis in action in their Cipher incarnation as they provide inventive, luscious and at times scary music and sounds for the classic horror silent film, 'The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari'. Details online in the PlanetGong Gig Section..

GIGS and Events - UP and Coming
The best we know, only sometimes things change… if it matters - before you go jetting off - best check with the venue.
Gong '2032' Tour 2009
Either you're on the bus… all Gong gig details online

Fri 05 Jun: Italy
Fasano Jazz Festival - Kennedy Theatre - GONG

Fri 12 Jun: Norway
Trondheim, Blaest - GONG + STEVE HILLAGE BAND

Sat 13 Jun: Norway
Norway, Oslo, Rockefeller - GONG + STEVE HILLAGE BAND

Fri 19 Jun: USA
Bethlehem, PA, Zoeliner Arts Centre, Nearfest - STEVE HILLAGE BAND

Sat 20 Jun: USA
Bethlehem, PA, Zoeliner Arts Centre, Nearfest - GONG

Sun 28 Jun: UK
Glastonbury Festival, Glade Stage - GONG + STEVE HILLAGE BAND

Sat 04 Jul: Italy
Roma (RM), "Roma Incontra Il Mondo 09", Villa Ada - GONG

Mon 06 Jul: Italy
Livorno (LI), Livorno Rock Village, Parco Di Villa Corridi - GONG

Fri 10 Jul: UK
Kent, Nr. Canterbury, Lounge on the Farm Festival - GONG + STEVE HILLAGE BAND

Thu 16 Jul: Germany
Bochum, Zeche - GONG

Fri 17 Jul: Germany
Berg Herzberg Festival - GONG

Sat 18 Jul: Belgium
Dour Festival - GONG

Fri 24 Jul: Japan
Naeba Ski Resort, Fuji Rock Festival, Orange Court Stage - GONG / SYSTEM 7

Fri 31 Aug: Sicily
Catania, Club(?) Zafferana - GONG

Sat 01 Aug: Italy
Trieste, Piazza Unità d'Italia - GONG

Thu 06 Aug: UK
Blackpool, Winter Gardens, Rebellion Festival - GONG

Sun 09 Aug: UK
The Big Chill Festival, Nr Ledbury - GONG

Fri 14 Aug: Germany
Bad Doberan (Nr. Rostock), Zappanale - GONG

Sat 15 Aug: Germany
Bad Doberan (Nr. Rostock), Zappanale - STEVE HILLAGE BAND

Sun 23 Aug: UK
Devon, Nr Ottery St Mary, Escot Park, Beautiful Days Festival - GONG

Gong EuroTour - TBA
29 Aug - 14 Nov
7-8 countries …including France
Gong UK Tour
15 - 29 Nov The cheapest tickets for all November UK Gong dates (except for Leamington Spa and Exeter, who have their own booking links - see below).
Thr 19 Nov: Bristol
O2 Academy

TICKETS £18.50 - tel: 0844 477 2000
Fri 20 Nov: Exeter
The Lemon Grove

TICKETS - see the Lemon Grove events menu - tel. 01392 263 518
Cornwall House, St Germans Rd, Exeter Uni. EX4 6TG

Sat 21 Nov: Manchester
Academy 2

TICKETS £18.50 - tel. 0161 832 1111
Sun 22 Nov: Edinburgh
HMV Picturehouse

TICKETS £18.50 - tel. 0844 847 1740
Mon 23 Nov: Sheffield

TICKETS £18.50 - tel. 08700 600 100
Wed 25 Nov: Leamington Spa
Spa Assembly

TICKETS - enter the passphrase: gongpre09 - tel. 01926 523 001
Thr 26 Nov: Cambridge
Corn Exchange

TICKETS £18.50 - tel. 01223 357 851
Fri 27 Nov: London
HMV Kentish Town Forum

TICKETS £20.00 - tel. 08448 472 405
Sat 28 Nov: Oxford
Regal Theatre

TICKETS £18.50 - tel. 08700 600 100
Sun 29 Nov: Brighton
Corn Exchange

TICKETS £18.50 - tel. 01273 709 709
Gong Tour - TBA
01 Dec - 15 Dec
Is there anywhere they haven't been yet?

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