The ever metamorphosing entity that is GONG launches, as ever, into unknown – and
unknowing – territory with a new tour for 2021, destined to be talked about, discussed, and
argued over, up and down the land.
From its beginnings in a French commune in 1967, through the Virgin Records years,
mismanagement, court cases, break-ups and rejoinings, deaths and rebirths – there has
always been a continuous thread of beautiful, dangerous and extraordinary music.
The current holders of the flame have come together over the last eight years; sinuous bass
player Dave Sturt joined just as the album 2032 was shown to the world; Ian East (Sax, Flute)
was the next to blow in through the portal; Fabio Golfetti brought his guitars from Brazil
(after working with Daevid Allen for many years); Kavus Torabi (lead vox and guitars)
appeared to Daevid in a vision; Cheb Nettles (drums) just sort of turned up.
In 2015, Daevid Allen passed away. His influence and legacy were honoured on the band’s
subsequent album, Rejoice! I’m Dead! (2016). Over the past year GONG has performed with
Steve Hillage Band (himself a former member of the 1970s GONG line-up) and released the
critically acclaimed album The Universe Also Collapses (2019).
Gong’s musically diverse world includes shades of psychedelia, space rock, jazz, avant-garde,
krautrock and surreal soundscapes.
“Postponing our November (2020) tour was the mother of all drags,” confesses Kavus
Torabi. “We promised the transformation of utilitarian rooms across the country into
shimmering psychedelic temples, bursting with radiance one and all, only to find ourselves
all blindsided by an unprecedented metamorphosis.
Gong had no time for the old normal, so now in 2021, let us unleash THE NEW ABNORMAL!
There’s a revolution coming and, by the gods, it’s going to need a soundtrack. Let us congregate, sing praises to the moon and love, love, love.”
This Is The Moment And Now Is The Time
Kavus Torabi: Vocals, Guitars
Dave Sturt: Bass
Ian East: Sax
Cheb Nettles: Drums
Fabio Golfetti: Guitars