Daevid Allen bring’s his psychedelic pixies, Gong, to Southampton’s The Brook this Saturday, 3rd November. Tickets here:
Gong is not so much a band as a voluble cluster of curious musicians, some of whom mysteriously find themselves in the gong tour bus as each tour begins.
Gilli and Daevid are both very old indeed
Born in late -sixties revolutionary Paris, Gong represented a faerie tale chill-out tent for activists, errorists and disappointed idealists where brilliant new ideas spiraled out of control and were stored in some corporate label’s freezer in the chill-o-sphere.
Gilli and Daevid are both very 99%.
Meanwhile we had discovered GONG was an actual planet and taught how to visit it in the middle of a gig.
Gilli and Daevid are both very 99% indeed
From then on, every time we made that pilgrimage, we made your toenails twinkle.
Gilli and Daevid are 1% very old indeed
Now the OCCUPY crew have busted the lock on the corporate freezer. When those brilliant ideas from the sixties escaped we realized that, despite the cold, they had already gone forth and now occupied 99%.
we are Gong99%#2012
GONG is 99% very odd indeed.
Born from the revolutionary late sixties, GONG as a band never stays still. In 2012 rather than taking the obvious route of the popular “classic Gong” lineup, the band has radically changed with a fresh young band ready to think outside the box without losing touch with the gong vibe.
Inspired by the many revolutions brewing in the world right now, Gilli and Daevid, original founders of the band, are drawing on their revolutionary past to support the youth-driven world-wide peace movements sweeping the world.
With the emergence of the Occupy Movement, Wiki Leaks and Anonymous, it is to be expected that Gong return to its origins to tour at a basic grass roots level, disabling the corporate theft of their music by engaging directly with a worldwide gong fan-base expanding steadily over 40 years.
This tour is also a milestone as it marks the introduction of Orlando Allen, son of Gilli and Daevid, as a driving force on drums, making this the first time that three members of the family have played together on the same tour.
Here’s what to expect:
Daevid Allen, guitar/vocals aka: Dada Ali Yon, Dingo Virgin, Bebert Camembert etc. Gong originator & composer & host to multiple identities, the Alien Australian as court jester always has a banana up his sleeve.
Gilli Smyth, spacewhisper, aka: Shakti Yoni. Gong Visionary, Space Whisperer, mystic, Madame and mother there is no other seer than the mysterious spirit that rises thru the poetree of Shakti Yoni. She is a Witch.
Orlando Allen, drums/vocals aka the Flamedog. The Flamedog can flame or protect, transform or enlighten. His influences are from Jazz to Power Drumming, with Pierre Moerlin being a particulary inspiration with this material, a big presence with a powerful touch. A wild card with deep funk finesse. He smiles wide.
Ian East, Horns-A-Plenty, aka: multi-adaptorananda. A splendidly multi-faceted player of the saxophones and other woody/metallic tubey things. An adept improviser that can often be heard performing with artists from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Brazil and beyond! Ian East is here to put wings to your heart and offer a fresh new contextual relationship with your thinking box.
Fabio Golfetti, guitar/vocals, aka: violeta de outono. Parallel galactic translator for the Invisible Opera Company codex, Fabio is a Gong Family Original with additional antennas. Fabio is in daevid’s estimation, the best glissando guitarist in the world. He is hot. He is cool. He is driven. He thinks in unsung melodies. Come watch him fly.
Dave Sturt, bass/vocals, aka: Arch-Deacon Unicorn-Strut. Fluid yet vertical, passionate yet whimsical, Dave Sturt delivers a Pataphysical pa- nache and a startlingly sexy hormonal literacy to (insert your name here).
Here’s an interview we did with Daevid a couple of years ago. http://www.mintsouth.com/2012/2009/11/minterview-daevid-allen-from-gong/