OFF: GONG in LA, 6/2/99
henderson.120 at OSU.EDU
Thu Jun 3 08:27:52 EDT 1999
>The line-up was Daevid, Gylli, M. Howlett, Malherbe; the other two (guit and
>drums) are new to the band. The guitarist was good, fit in well w/the Gong
>thing, and was the most energetic.
Mark Hewins is his name. And I was amazed to see that his nose is perhaps
even larger than Daevid's. :)
I thought he was average at best. Steffe was the better choice, but I guess
he wasn't available.
>The drummer was good, but could not do the things Pierre M. could.
Chris Taylor is his name, and was a last minute replacement of course. I
thought he did just fine, and in fact, I preferred him to Pip Pyle on the
>Daevid and Gylli both wore several extravagantly silly costumes and played
>the auidence well.
>The set-list was something like this:
>1.IAO Chant (or Magick Mother Invocation)/Master Builder
>2.a song I didn't recognize
I think this might have been 'Pussy' from Camembert...at least that's the
way they did it at ProgFest.
>6.Eat that Phonebook
This was the highlight at ProgFest...wonderful version.
>That's it; they only played and 90 minutes. They _are_ getting up their in
>years, though, I'm sure Daevid has broken 60 and he looks 70.
Daevid has apparently been ill...at least I heard that's why he didn't
perform with University of Errors at ProgFest on Sunday as was scheduled.
>It was interesting to see the glissando guitar up
>close. I've been listening to Gong for about 4 years and never knew what the
>hell a "glissando" guitar was. Also, there was a sound I heard in Gong which
>I thought was a synth. Well, now I know it was the gliss; he just rubs this
>whammy-bar shaped thing against the strings...
Apparently, the object is a piece from a 19th c. French speculum, or at
least that's the long-perpetuated story/myth that I've always heard.
Appropriate in a way. :)
Keith H. (FAA)
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