Radio Gnome Visible
Official e-Mail Newsletter of the Planet Gong
12 June 2009
Hugh Hopper passes away - posted Mon 08 Jun'09
Photo 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.