Gong Gong

Gong are an international progressive rock band that incorporates elements of jazz and space rock into their musical style. The group was formed in Paris in 1967 by Australian musician Daevid Allen and English vocalist Gilli Smyth. Band members have included Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, Bill Laswell and Theo Travis. Others who have played on stage with Gong include Don Cherry, Chris Cutler, Bill Bruford, Brian Davison, Dave Stewart and Tatsuya Yoshida.

Gong's 1970 debut album, Magick Brother featured a psychedelic pop sound. By the following year, the second album, Camembert Electrique, featured the more psychedelic rock/space rock sound with which they would be most associated. Between 1973 and 1974, Gong released their best known work, the allegorical Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, describing the adventures of Zero the Hero, the Good Witch Yoni and the Pot Head Pixies from the Planet Gong.

In 1975, Allen and Smyth left the band, which continued without them, releasing a series of jazz rock albums under the leadership of drummer Pierre Moerlen. This incarnation soon became known as Pierre Moerlen's Gong. Meanwhile, Smyth formed Mother Gong while Allen initiated a series of spin-off groups, including Planet Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison, before returning to lead Gong once again in 1990 until his death in 2015. With Allen's encouragement, the band decided to continue, releasing the album Rejoice! I'm Dead! in September 2016.


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Gong Concerts

Date Detail Price
Nov10Tue
Gong
Gorilla
Manchester, UK
Nov11Wed
Gong
Oran Mòr
Glasgow, UK
Nov13Fri
Gong
The Crescent Community Venue
York, UK
Nov19Thu
Gong
Colchester Arts Centre
Colchester, UK
May3Mon
Gong
Colchester Arts Centre
Colchester, UK
May14Fri
Gong
The Crescent Community Venue
York, UK

Albums

 

Paris Bataclan 1976

Gonzo Multimedia
2013

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Emigrants

Leo Records
2011

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Zero To Infinity

One Eyed Salmon Records
2009

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Album 2032 by Gong

2032

G-Wave
2009

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