Thursday 20th November – Manchester, Club Academy – Gong 2014 with special guests, Here & Now and Graham Clark and Mark Robson (The Magick Twins).

Friday 28th November – London, The Garage – Gong 2014 with special guest Steve Hillage, plus a trio of Mike Howlett, Steve Cassidy and Jerry Bewley, and an Andy Bole solo set.

Dave Sturt, Ian East, Fabio Golfetti, Kavus Torabi and a mystery guest drummer, with the full blessings of our Absent Alien Aussie Allens – Orlando and daevid, are hosting two very special events with invited guests to launch the new Gong album, ‘I See You’. Visual illumination from the one and only Jasper Johns in full-on Flute Salad Lightshow mode at both events.

Just when all was a deep glooming gig-wise as the planned Gong dates UK and European dates spluttered, flickered and went out one by one like light-bulbs blowing on an overloaded Christmas Tree circuit – there is a light that won’t go out – and it’s called Gong and now have two unique events to look forward to in November.

Come and fan the flames, a grand musical adventure awaits, this could be quite someting – and not a big white pixie suit in sight, unless you plan on dressing up. In fact we could all go as Bert Camembert – I’m Bert Camemberticus, No I’m Bert Camemberticus, No I’m…etc… in homage to daevid, who by the time of the gigs should be well down recouperation road after his radiation therapy.

Unfortunately Daevid Allen will not tour with Gong this year due to illness. He is currently undergoing radiation therapy, and will require an extensive period of recuperation. Please focus healing thoughts in his direction. You can find out more in the news and discussion forum.

The band will also play 5 French dates, see the details HERE.

GONG will be playing some shows in France in November – December

Here’s the complete list:


Tue 11/11
La Souterraine F-23

Centre Culturel Yves Furet
1, Avenue de la Liberté, 23300 La Souterraine, France

Gong 2014 : Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East, Dave Sturt + mystery drummer

Thu 13/11
Bordeaux/Cenon F-33

Le Rocher de Palmer
1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon, France

Gong 2014 : Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East, Dave Sturt + mystery drummer

Fri 14/11
Toulouse F-31

Rond Point Madame de Mondonville, Boulevard Andrè Netwiller, 31000 Toulouse

Gong 2014 : Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East, Dave Sturt + mystery drummer

Thu 04/12
Lille F-59

Le Splendid
1 Place du Mont de Terre, 59800 Lille, France

Gong 2014 : Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East, Dave Sturt + mystery drummer

Fri 05/12
Sélestat F-67

Centre Tanzmatten
Quai de l’Ill, 67600 Sélestat, Alsace, France

Gong 2014 : Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti, Ian East, Dave Sturt + mystery drummer

I See You (CD)

New Gong Studio album. A first listen and a look at the titles, timings and credits, etc.

Release date Monday 10th November – cards will not be debited until CD is sent

There is so much to enjoy on this album of many levels, with stunningly good tracks, that I cannot imagine any Gong devotee will be disappointed.

If this turns out to be daevid and Gilli’s Gong swansong, and we hope and pray that it’s not – what a way to bow out. I don’t need to write about this album, the samples sing out for themselves, and I could have easily chosen almost any random minutes from the tracks and the quality would shine through.

Packaging is a didgipak affair with an illustrated 28 page booklet which the label call a ‘media pack’ – no I have no idea either what that is, but there’s lots of it and it looks very stylish.

Also available on limited edition vinyl – ‘I See You’ 2LP

Tracks: [62.37]

  1. I See You [3’33] (d. allen, O. Allen, D. Sturt)
  2. Occupy [2’54] (d. allen, I. East, D. Sturt)
  3. When God Shakes Hands With The Devil [5’40] (d. allen, K. Torabi)
  4. The Eternal Wheel Spins [7’04] (F. Golfetti, O. Allen)
  5. Syllabub [4’32] (d. allen, D. Sturt, I. East)
  6. This Revolution [3’50] (d. allen, D. Sturt, I. East)
  7. You See Me [2’40] (d. allen, O. Allen, D. Sturt, I. East, F. Golfetti, K. Torabi)
  8. Zion My T-shirt [6’18] (d. allen, D. Sturt)
  9. Pixielation [4’42] (I. East, d. allen)
  10. A Brew Of Special Tea [1’22] (O. Allen)
  11. Thank You [10’35] (d. allen)
  12. Shakti Yoni & Dingo Virgin [9’30] (d. allen, G. Smyth)


  • Flamedog Alien: beat/crash/kick/vocal – aka Orlando Allen {drums, vocals on ‘The Eternal Wheel Spins’}
  • Unicorn Strut: bass & invisible operas – aka Dave Sturt {bass & computer samples}
  • Spiral K. Octoflash: crunchbox & scythe guitar – aka Kavus Tobabi {neoprog smart guitar}
  • Fabuloso Golfcart: winged guitars/glissando – aka Fabio Golfetti {guitars, old school psych solos & glissando}
  • Eastwinds i.e. Windows: saxo/flutes/lungs – aka Ian East {saxs, flute}
  • Dada Ali: bi-focal local vocals ‘n’ gliss – aka daevid allen {gliss guitar and vocals}

Special Guests:

  • Gilli Smyth {sprinkled space whisper}

Some production credits:

  • Orlando Allen {producer and mixer} at Bananamoon Observatory Studios, New Brighton. NSW.  Australia
  • Dave Sturt and daevid allen {additional production}
  • Udi Koomran {mastering} at Ginger Studio, Tel Aviv
  • Rhythm section for tracks 1,2,4,7,9,11, recorded by Alex Angeloni, at Mosh Studios, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Gliss Guitar on Shakti Yoni and the Dingo Virgin recorded by Toby Robinson at Moat Studios, London. UK