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Rodolfo Maltese, RIP

A member of Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso since 1972, guitarist Rodolfo Maltese passed away on Saturday, October 3rd. Rest in peace, Rudy.

Gong Reissues

In announcing the upcoming Universal Records Gong Trilogy box set, please note that the surviving members of Gong discourage purchase of the upcoming Charly Records box sets:

"Message de GONG

We, the surviving members of Gong, do not support BYG/Charly Records upcoming reissue of the Radio Gnome trilogy.

None of the surviving members of the lineups that created those recordings were ever signed to BYG or Charly Records.

VDGG Refugees video

Recently discovered promo video for Van Der Graaf Generator's "Refugees". Even the band doesn't remember it!


Kevin Ayers film planned?

This just in, campaign may start in autumn:
A teaser for the crowdfunding project "Why are we sleeping? A film about Kevin Ayers" by Dirk Fleiter & Leif Karpe

Dieter Moebius, RIP

Announced on Michael Rother's Facebook page:
"Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene. RIP, Dieter (Möbi)."
I'm sure he's up there making an album with Conny (Plank). The Swiss-born artist was 71 years old. RIP, elektronischen Pionier.

Chris Squire, RIP

Chris Squire passed away Saturday, June 27th, at age 67, ending his battle with leukaemia. Yes' Fragile, a birthday gift from my sisters on my twelfth birthday, started my progressive music journey, and of course, his bass playing was a big part of that. To wit, just listen to the opening moments of "Beyond And Before" from Yes' debut album: Squire's bass nearly defined Yes music. This photo, from Fragile's insert, was quite iconic for my young impressionable mind, as I tried to count the number of overdubs on "The Fish (Shindleria Praematurus)".


John Tout, RIP

From the Renaissance Facebook page,
"John Tout passed away this Friday, May 1st at 4.30pm from lung failure at The Royal Free Hospital, London, England. He was an amazing musician, highly contributing to the unique sound of the band from 1970 - 1980. He was the quiet (but funny) one in the band, always very caring towards the fans and good friend to Annie Haslam, Terence Sullivan, Jon Camp and Michael Dunford. He will always be in our hearts and music! Please share your thoughts and photos of John."

New Anekdoten album, Until All the Ghosts Are Gone

Very strong clip from the upcoming album from Anekdoten, Until All the Ghosts Are Gone, due April 14th


Daevid Allen, RIP

"Daevid Allen has passed on. He left today, this Friday the Thirteenth, at 1:08pm." Rest in peace.

Kansas documentary, Miracles Out of Nowhere

"In 1973, six guys in a local band from America’s heartland began a journey that surpassed even their own wildest expectations, by achieving worldwide superstardom...watch the story unfold as the incredible story of the band KANSAS is told for the first time in the Limited Edition DVD Miracles Out Of Nowhere"