November 2012 : New CD album : "PARADISE" by GILLI SMYTH
AVAILABLE FROM FLAME DOG RECORDS. :
November 21, 2012 : Leamington Spa (UK) : Last gig of the european tour
Special thanks to Elliet Mackrell for the photo
October 27, 2012 : Plaster is gone today: Gilli is happy under the sun
October 26, 2012 : Notes by Gilli:
The French part the "grassroots" Gong i.e. how it was at the beginning in the 60's is almost over. Although there still remains England to be "wooed" but France has been a series of joyful encounters, old friends and new. The problem for me has keen in jumping out of the splitter bus that we were travelling in to the first dates in France. I tore a ligament in my leg which was extremely painful. An appeal to help to Luc Pilmeyer (my webmaster) resulted in a visit to hospital and a leg in plaster with a week lying flat in Luc's house in Liege. Beautiful old city and I wished I could have seen more but the tour is a major event and must be given every bit of energy that I can. I have really missed playing on stage with the band. The first gigs I did were so full of energy and inspiration that I felt deprived to miss some gigs. Now the plaster comes off on Saturday, fascinating to see what is inside and if it is healed. How will Gong do? But to be in Besançon on Sunday, we have to wake up early. I will try to join the band on stage depending on how well my leg has healed. Vive le voyage et Salut la band Gong!
October 22, 2012 : Gilli is alive and well in Liege (B) and she will try to be ready for some dates of the tour in a next future......
October 10, 2012 : GONG TOUR!
Line-up GONG99%#2012 : daevid allen, Gilli Smyth, Orlando Allen (drums), Fabio Golfetti (guitar), Dave Sturt (bass) and Ian East (sax'n'flute)
Accomplished drummer/producer Orlando is of course Gilli and daevid's younger son. They have for years been keen to include him as member of Gong and see now as THE time. Fabio Golfetti, leading light of the Invisible Opera Company of Tibet (Brazil), is a very polished guitarist in smooth Gilmouresque prog mode and of course a glissando guitar practitioner of long standing. And many of you will have experienced the entertaining, expert musicianship of Ian East and Dave Sturt on respectively, wind instruments and bass, on the 2009-10 Gong tours and know that those chairs within the band are in more than capable hand
October 10, 2012 - Gauchy (F) - First gig of the tour
GONG 2012 tour -October/November
May 18, 2011 : Events of the month:
"GONG FRIENDS" , a book with texts by Gilli and 100 photos by Luc Pilmeyer - Tour 2009
More infos about this book : related page with animated preview
Orlando Allen and another producer Max have set up a website for Flamedog Records. It has some new, some archival, a picture gallery which has Daevid's drawings.
It has most of the Mother Gong titles, that people can order direct from the Shop.
FLAMEDOG RECORDS : www.flamedogrecords
March 31, 2011 : Events of the month:
July 23, 2010 : GONG is touring again!!!
- Gilli Smyth - July 8, 2010 - Roma (I)
JULY 5 : PIAZZA CATTEDRALE - ASTI (I) : http://www.pilmeyer.com/gong/astie.html
JULY 8 : VILLA ADA - ROMA (I) : http://www.pilmeyer.com/gong/vada10e.html
JULY 20 : MAGIC MIRRORS - BOULOGNE s/MER (F) : http://www.pilmeyer.com/gong/bsmere.html
June 12, 2010- GONG will touring this summer in Europan countries:
Mon 05 Jul Asti (I) - Asti in Musica
- Piazza Cattedrale
Lot of CDs of Gilli and MOTHER GONG from the VOICEPRINT catalogue are now cheaper. All these CDs are available at WWW.PLANETGONG.CO.UK
November 30, 2009- Gilli's book "NITROGEN DREAMS" is available!!! at WWW.PLANETGONG.CO.UK
see also the related page in POETRY section
GONG tour 2009
GONG : LIVE 2009 - NOV. 11, 2009 - BONN (D)
GONG TOUR 2009 : Some photos
- Gilli Smyth - Nov. 14, 2009 - Gent (B)
From left to right : Dave Sturt, Gilli Smyth, Chris Taylor, Luc Pilmeyer, Ian East, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy and Fabienne Dessart - Gent (B)
AUGUST 18, 2009
AUGUST 4, 2009 - GONG is touring!
March 24, 2009 - Last news:
A lot of gigs, mostly at Festivals soon with GONG, for dates and details, please see www.planetgong.co.uk
January 21st, Lucy is born. Daughter of Noey and Tali. A great joy for all the family!
November 1st, 2008 - Gilli's last notes
About NITROGEN DREAMS : "Godly Talk, and the Vagaries of Godly thought, Historico Politico Spirito Parts I and 2, Mother Gong times, Robert Graves times, spoken word up to the present day....a compendium of most of Gilli Smyth's published (and some unpublished) works. Enlivened with posters, cartoons, photos from each episode. To be published by Saf Publishing by end November... In final layout process now"
also re-released: MOTHER GONG LIVE 1991 - new remastered version - see related page
AVAILABLE FROM G.A.S. :
July 6, 2008 - Gilli's notes
The Gong gigs in London were great, just great....the Forum club probably went off more than the Southbank because people were standing, allowed to dance or move around. At the Southbank rebellion broke through towards the end when people erupted from their seats to dance....the day was solved by organiser Glen Max who stopped the security from throwing people out.....it was a real continuation to the Uncon gigs and led to much future planning for a new album and tour next year.
On return have been working with Orlando (who composed the music) on the "Brave world of the New' album...referring to Aldous Huxley but really it is contains situations that we need to think about now, as we teeter on the 'tipping point' of climate change, financial meltdown, social disorder.....
Also putting together the hard copy book that a London publisher (Dave Halberry) is bringing out....a compilation of all my poetry and other books, including the Historical Politico Spirito Part I and now after the Uncon...Part II.
Another project is an album about young Muslim women, and how they are the Magdalenes of today, vilified, punished, but so strong in political action and their own beliefs....This is with Max and Misbah, recently of the Alpha Omega band in Brisbane."
June 26, 2008
GONG : "FLOAT TIME" video-clip - June 14, 2008 - London, Queen Elizabeth Hall- MASSIVE ATTACK'S MELTDOWN
April 29, 2008
March 31, 2008
Full Moon, March 21, we just did a Gong 7O gig in Byron, Daevid, me, Orlando, Bass, sax, Mikey on synth which was a great event
Thanks to Marcel Safier for the photos:
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