Wednesday, May 20, 2015

R.I.P. Daevid Allen & May 2015 Gong News/Tour Update

R.I.P. Daevid Allen
13, 1938 — March 13, 2015

Photo courtesy of Sergio Amadori
Late last winter, on March 13, 2015, guitarist, vocalist, & pataphysical icon Daevid Allen died after an extended fight with cancer. A creative musical catalyst, Daevid was a key figure in the founding of some of the 20th century's most innovative rock bands, including Soft Machine and Gong. His music pushed the boundaries of pop music, psychedelia and art, and he expanded the technical possibilities of his instruments, inventing the "glissando guitar" technique and experimenting with tape loops and musique concrete.

Cuneiform worked with Daevid on the 2004 release of Jet Propelled Photographs by University of Errors, one of his last bands. The album featured University of Errors performing new versions of songs that Daevid played on when he was a member of Soft Machine in 1966-67. All Music Guide noted that “There's nothing musty and quaint about any of the music on this CD. It's still strangely compelling 40 years later, and for this, Allen certainly deserves some major credit.” Daevid was a creative genius, continually, ceaselessly transforming what existed into what it could be, into something new
Daevid also performed on a bonus track (#8) on another Cuneiform album, The Gift Of Purpose by the trio Bonereleased by Cuneiform in 2010 as a benefit album for Hugh Hopper's family following Hugh's death. In 2014, Daevid did a brief interview, which Cuneiform arranged, with the curator of a William Burroughs exhibit. Daevid remained involved with edgy, creative music until the end, performing with his beloved Gong until shortly before his death. He is missed by countless fans, friends, and fellow musicians, worldwide.

More Daevid Allen information

Gong Website / Fan website:

May 2015 Gong News Update: 

In May 2015, Daevid's band Gong confirmed that they would continue in his absence, as he had desired, with guitarist Kavus Torabi (member of Cuneiform band Guapo, and leader of Knifeworld) as Daevid's designated frontman. Gong announced a 5-date UK for October 2015.  See "Gong 2015 are 'exactly what Daevid wanted'. Frontman Kavus Torabi explains current lineup's determination to continue"– Martin Kielty, Classic Rock Magazine, 18 May 2015.

Gong: You Can’t Kill Me 2015 UK tour dates
Oct 20: Bilston Robin 2
Oct 21: London Dingwalls
Oct 22: Leicester Musician
Oct 23: Glasgow Audio
Oct 24: Manchester Band On The Wall

Daevid Allen Obituaries/Memorials: a Brief Sampling

“Daevid Allen: The original anti-establishment hippie remembered.” Everett True. The Guardian. 13 March 2015.

“Gong, Soft Machine Founder Daevid Allen Dead at 77.” Daniel Kreps. RollingStone. 13 March 2015.

“Daevid Allen, Founder of Gong and Soft Machine, Dead at 77.” Evan Minsker. Pitchfork. 13 March 2015.

“Daevid Allen, Guitarist, Singer and Founder of Gong and Soft Machine, Dies at 77.” Peter Keepnews. The New York Times. 16 March 2015.

“Remembering Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong.” Randall Roberts. Los Angeles Times. 13 March 2015.

“Daevid Allen Dead at 77.” Martin Kielty. Prog. 13 March 2015.

“Daevid Allen dies aged 77.” The Wire.18 March 2015.

“Daevid Allen: 1938-2015.” Phil Alexander. MOJO Magazine. 13 March 2015.

“Daevid Allen dies aged 77.” Michael Bonner. Uncut Magazine. 13 March 2015.

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