Site History
21/09/16 Added a page for VdGG's new studio album: Do Not Disturb. This includes a review by renowned blues drummer Jim Christopulos.
26/08/16 A new date?
Van der Graaf Generator - 1968 - Manchester Magic Village

James Thomas suggested to me a few weeks ago a possible alternative scenario regarding Van der Graaf Generator's performance at the Magic Village club in Manchester. The Box: Apr. '68 England, Manchester, Magic Village Club - supporting Tyrannosaurus Rex (2 piece). A book by Bill Sykes about Roger Eagle, "Sit Down! Listen to This!", gives us a date: 28th April 1968, a Sunday, but no other mention.

Van der Graaf Generator - The Book: Hammill and Judge as a duo even played at Manchester's Magic Village Club supporting Tyrannosaurus Rex. Nick Pearne wasn't present at this gig because he didn't own a working instrument and there was nothing for him to play on. "Peter and I put together a set,” says Judge, “with Peter on guitar and lead vocals, and me singing harmony, playing recorders and ocarinas and such like, and playing percussion - bongos, shakers, and for one number an old typewriter.” PH from the sleevenotes for the CD version of the Aerosol Grey Machine: "We continued as a duo. We played at the magic village (prop: Roger Eagle, later of Eric's), supporting Tyrannosaurus (later, T) Rex among others."

Bill Sykes' book makes no mention of Tyrannosaurus Rex playing on April 28th but does list them playing on March 16th. So the question is; did VdGG in fact support Tyrannosaurus Rex on March 16th? And then return for a proper gig on April 28th?

Judge: We certainly played the Magic Village more than once, but how many times and when exactly, I don’t know.

The next known gig happened on 22nd Feb 1969, by which time Judge had left the band. But if he recalls playing more than once then this lends credence to the theory that they supported Tyrannosaurus Rex in March and then returned in April.

PH: Gosh, honestly can't remember but I suspect we played a couple of times there at least. We impressed Roger on our first appearance haha!

There is unlikely to be any documentary support for this theory but Bill Sykes' book indicates that Roger Eagle regularly allowed local bands to play as support, usually unpaid and at short notice.

The Live List

18/06/16 Someone (Andy Watson) has posted a recording of a PH gig in Renens (Lausanne), Switzerland, on YouTube which gives us a new date (8/3/74) now added to The Live List. Thanks to Mik for the info.
03/11/15 A ticket for the Wilmslow Grammar School gig in '73 came up on Ebay recently so we now know the date: The Live List. Thanks to Mik for the info.
14/06/15 Jim came across an advert showing two further Dutch gigs in 1975, now added to the Live List.
07/05/15 Added a page for VdGG's new BBC Sessions album: After The Flood.
04/05/15 Added a review from the Sussex Express dated 23rd July 1971 to the Fool's Mate page. Thanks to Alan Terrill.
07/03/15 Added a page for VdGG's new live album: Merlin Atmos.
02/02/15 Added a new date to the Live List - 8th Feb 1970 - Peterborough. Interesting spelling. Thanks to Paul Young of They Played Peterborough.
02/05/14 Added a ticket for the Orléans, France gig to the Live List. It was previously thought that the gig on this day took place in Grenoble. There are different listings. Thanks to Pascal Dekyndt for the scan.
20/03/14 Added a ticket for the Massey Hall, Toronto gig to the Live List. Thanks to Warren Brubacher for the scan.
31/01/14 Added the piece ("The Albums That Built Prog") from Prog mag to the Least We Can Do page. Thanks to Douglas Fergus for the scans.
30/01/14 Added some photos that Jim found on the web of Dave Jackson playing with Peter Gabriel in 1979 to the Jaxon page.
29/01/14 Added a photo that Jim found on the web of Nic Potter playing with Chuck Berry in 1972 to the Nic page.
26/01/14 Added "Medley" (Lighthousekeepers/Sleepwalkers) from the BBC session recorded on 24th October 1977 to the Mp3 Downloads page.
06/07/13 Added last night's gig in Pistoia, Italy to the Live List.
04/07/13 Added last night's gig in Milan, Italy to the Live List.
03/07/13 Added last night's gig in Udine, Italy to the Live List.
Lots more stuff has been added to the UK pages.
01/07/13 Added last night's gig in London to the Live List.
29/06/13 Added last night's gig in Manchester to the Live List.
28/06/13 Added last night's gig in Glasgow to the Live List.
27/06/13 Added last night's gig in Bilston to the Live List.
25/06/13 Added last night's gig in Amsterdam to the Live List.
23/06/13 Added last night's gig in Dresden to the Live List.
22/06/13 Added last night's gig in Erfurt to the Live List.
21/06/13 Added last night's gig in Darmstadt to the Live List.
19/06/13 Added tonight's gig in Hamburg to the Live List.
18/06/13 Added last night's gig in Berlin to the Live List.
17/06/13 Added last night's gig in Prague to the Live List.
02/04/13 A new date: Gin Mill Club in Godalming on 13th September 1970, added to the Live List.
27/03/13 Added a live performance of "Roncevaux" to the Mp3 Downloads page. This was recorded in Italy on 1st August 1972 and appears to be the only known live recording. The track appeared on Time Vaults.
13/03/13 Added "A Cloud as Big as a Man's Hand" by Heebalob to the Mp3 Downloads page. See Van der Graaf Generator - The Book for the Heebalob story and how this track became part of "Killer".
24/02/13 Tweaked some of the info relating to Italian gigs in the Live List following resarch by Paolo Carnelli for his new book: VdGG - The Italian Biography. Included are the cancelled dates following the gear theft in Dec 1975 and a poster for the Lugo show on 15th Feb 72 courtesy Paolo.
21/11/12 I've added a ticket for the "Charisma Festival" that featured PH and DJ to the Live List. This show took place in Rome on 22nd Jan 73 having been moved from the 19th. Thanks to Paolo Carnelli for the scan.
20/11/12 Added "The Boat of Millions of Years" as performed by PH and DJ in Rome on 22nd Jan 1973 to the Mp3 Downloads page. Only one other live recording of this song is known but the quality is poor. This is a rarity.
10/11/12 Added the YouTube clip of VdGG playing "Flight" for the first time at NEARfest in June.
20/10/12 Added a little ditty from Bern 1971 called "A Plateful of Sky at Least" to the Mp3 Downloads page.
30/09/12 As an accompaniment to V is for Van der Graaf Generator on the John Peel Archive site I've added "An Epidemic of Father Christmases" to the Mp3 Downloads page.
04/09/12 Added more bits and pieces to the recent Japan gigs pages: The Live List. Thanks to Keith Richards.
29/08/12 Added pages for the recent Japan gigs to the Live List.
Also added more reviews to the Alt page courtesy of Douglas Fergus.
29/07/12 Added a page for the latest VdGG album entitled Alt to the Album Index.
07/07/12 Added pages for the current US tour to the Live List. Pages now up for all the North American gigs with setlists, photos etc.
05/05/12 Phil Smith has transcribed the music to Pilgrims, also accessed from the Still Life page, and Forsaken Gardens, also accessed from the Silent Corner page.
05/04/12 Added a piece that appeared in OOR magazine in April 1977, where PH plays chess, to the Peter Hammill page. Thanks to Harold van Zessen for the scans.
11/01/12 A new date: MSG Darlington on 7th December 1968, added to the Live List. Thanks to David Blackwell.
26/11/11 Added some photos of Jaxon and Judge in Italy to the Where Are They? page.
Also added two magazine pieces from August 2011: VdGG in Record Collector and Guy Evans in Modern Drummer.
10/09/11 A new date: Hornsea on 16th October 1970, added to the Live List. Supported by a flyer.
Also added a nice poster for the Notts festival on 10th May 1969.
26/05/11 Added some extra items to the A Grounding In Numbers page. Thanks to folks who sent in scans.
16/04/11 Added lots more stuff to the Vicenza and Manchester pages.
14/04/11 Added more stuff to the Milan page.
13/04/11 Added lots more stuff to the Cesena page.
10/04/11 Added a page for last night's gig in Cesena, Italy to the Live List. Also added pages for Milan and Rome.
09/04/11 Added a page for last night's gig in Vicenza, Italy to the Live List and added some photos to the Berlin page.
08/04/11 Added a page for the gig in Prague on 2nd April 2011 to the Live List.
There are also pages up for Berlin and Hamburg.
06/04/11 Added pages for the gigs in Cambridge on 28th March 2011 and Utrecht on 30th March 2011 to the Live List.
03/04/11 Added a page for the gig in London on 27th March 2011 to the Live List.
03/04/11 Added a page for the gig in Manchester on 26th March 2011 to the Live List.
01/04/11 Added a page for the gig in Glasgow on 25th March 2011 to the Live List.
25/03/11 Added a page for last night's gig in Leamington Spa to the Live List.
14/03/11 I've written a tribute to my friend Tim Locke, who died in November.
02/03/11 The new album, A Grounding In Numbers, now contains an interview with Peter Hammill done for Cherry Red TV. There's also news of a single release on the front page.
16/02/11 Added a poster for the VdGG gig in Brussels on 27th September 1976 to the Live List. Thanks to Erwin Cornelis.
12/02/11 Thanks to Joost de Heer for a scan of the rear of Now and Then as released by Magnum in 1991.
30/01/11 Added a flyer for the VdGG gig in Dundee on 24th April 1971 to the Live List. Thanks to Colin Robertson.
23/01/11 Added a page for the new album: A Grounding In Numbers.
19/12/10 Added a page for the gig in London on December 18th 2010 to the Live List.
19/09/09 Added a phone interview that Jaxon did with the Record Mirror from Germany in May 1971 to the Live List. Thanks to Jim Christopulos.
07/05/10 During this lull in VdGG public activity, I have added two tunes to the Mp3 Downloads page: Necromancer and Tintagel (see the page for more detail).
The forthcoming PH solo UK and Japanese tours can be found on the front page.
There is a new photo on the front page of the band taken in Devon last month during recording of the new album (to be released later in 2010).
07/12/09 Added a ticket and flyer for the VdGG gig in Manchester on 11th March 1972 to the Live List. "Van der Graaf - more than just a rock & roll band - Peter Henill." Thanks to Sean T.
07/10/09 Peter Hammill has announced some upcoming solo gigs including one in London. See the concert info on the front page.
18/08/09 Added a few more artefacts to the Italian tour pages: Guastalla, Sardinia and Trieste. All of course available via the Live List.
06/08/09 Added a page for the gig in Sardinia on July 31st 2009 to the Live List.
05/08/09 The Italian Study Group's book of lyrics, "Dark Figures Running", is now available again following a re-print. Info on the Links page.
03/08/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Trieste to the Live List.
30/07/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Guastalla to the Live List.
11/07/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Quebec City to the Live List.
And a page for the gig in Ottawa on July 8th.
10/07/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Montreal to the Live List.
07/07/09 Added a page for the Hamilton gig on July 5th to the Live List.
Thanks to Mike Lane for a ticket from Peter Hammill's solo show in Toronto on December 12th 1978, added to the Live List.
05/07/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Toronto to the Live List.
04/07/09 Added a page for the Pittsburgh gig on June 30th to the Live List.
And a page for the gig in Annapolis on July 1st.
01/07/09 Added a page for the Buffalo gig on June 29th to the Live List.
30/06/09 Added a page for the NEARfest gig on June 19th to the Live List.
28/06/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Milwaukee to the Live List.
And a page for the gig in Boston on June 23rd.
And a page for the gig in Washington on June 24th.
27/06/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Chicago to the Live List.
And a page for the gig in Cleveland on June 25th.
22/06/09 Added a page for last night's gig in New York City to the Live List.
25/04/09 For French speakers, I have added a link to the new Lost and Found PH and VdGG forum to the Links Page.
19/04/09 Roar Sørensen from Norway has provided the actual date of the VdG show that took place in Oslo as 28th Feb 1977 and has also provided photos of the event. These have been added to the Live List. Thanks to him and also to the photographer, Gisle Rostvåg.
At that time there was also a gig in Stockholm. I know from the note on the reverse of the photos that this concert was in March 1977 but not the actual day. If the Oslo gig was on 28th Feb then the Stockholm gig was probably on the 1st or 2nd of March.

Also thanks to Aymeric Leroy for help in sorting out various French matters. The summer 1976 French festival situation is a bit clearer and also a gig that took place in December 1970 as reported in Extra magazine.

14/02/09 Thanks again to "Couchnoise Sean" for these items added to the Live List: 22nd June 1973 - Leeds Queens Hall programme; 13th Nov 2005 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester extra artefacts (including a fan photo with Jamie Fogg).
27/01/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Malaga to the Live List.
24/01/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Aschaffenburg to the Live List.
22/01/09 Added a page for tonight's gig in Prague to the Live List.
22/01/09 Added a page for last night's gig in Budapest to the Live List.
10/12/08 Thanks to "Couchnoise Sean" for some bits and pieces added to the Live List: 11th April 1971 - Croydon ticket, 5th May 1971 - Wuppertal poster and a Flyer for a solo gig on 19th April 1974 in Malvern with Gryphon that was presumably cancelled because PH was in Canada that day.
23/09/08 Thanks to Frank Uit de Weerd for a new date added to the Live List: 6th March 1977 at the Stokvishal, Arnhem, Netherlands.
06/09/08 Thanks to Luca Alberici for a few items added to the Live List: VdGG Marquee 6th Sep 1970 advert, VdGG Sussex Uni 1st Nov 1970 poster, VdGG Lyceum 14th Oct 1971 advert, PH Marquee 20th Sep 1972 advert and Listing (new date, although it does appear on the Marquee website) and VdGG Reims 8th Dec 1976 ticket.
30/08/08 Updated the Japan tour page with photos and goodies.
27/06/08 Added a page for VdGG's current gigs in Japan - setlists only at the moment...
04/06/08 Www.peterhammill.com goes live.
01/06/08 Added a page for Peter Hammill's recent solo Tour of Spain.
06/05/08 Added the review in Classic Rock magazine of the QEH, London gig.
05/05/08 Added some pictures of David Jackson playing with Osanna in Rome to the News Page.
There is a new Newsletter up at Sofa Sound.
22/04/08 A Moscow page is now up.
21/04/08 Added yesterday's not-so-good review in the Sunday Times to the Trisector page.
18/04/08 PH has added the lyrics for Trisector on SofaSound so I have added the usual links to the tracks on my Trisector page.
08/04/08 There are now pages for the shows in Livorno, Amsterdam, Wolverhampton, London and Portugal.
28/03/08 The Easter 2008 tour is underway, so there is now a page for last night's show at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. A great show that featured five tracks from the new album Trisector.
27/02/08 Although not released yet, reviews of Trisector are starting to appear. The German magazine Eclipsed have made it their album of the month.
02/02/08 The Trisector page is gathering momentum... A review by Jim Christopulos has been added.
22/01/08 There is now a Trisector page - not much there yet...
31/12/07 As the year draws to a close, Peter Hammill has posted a new Newsletter on his website. The first few dates of the March/April 2008 tour are announced, along with some details about the new album, "Trisector", to be released in mid March 2008. Happy New Year!
02/12/07 Thanks to B Mcauley for this poster advertising the UMIST show of May 8th 1976, added to the Live List.
05/11/07 A great piece of history has emerged from Italy in the form of an 8mm film of what is believed to be part of the afternoon show in Ravenna on July 29th 1972. No sound of course, but there are some stills from the film on the Live List. Thanks to Simone Mazzilli and Silvio Amenduni.
01/11/07 I've just been listening to Dorie Jackson's first album entitled The Courting Ground and it's very good. Dorie's father David plays saxes and flute. Also out is a single by The Tribal Elders that's rather catchy and definitely worth a listen. Links on the front page.
18/10/07 Thanks to Nigel Allan for this ticket for Peter Hammill's show in Solihull on September 18th 1973, added to the Live List.
12/10/07 Ricardo Odriozola has written a musical guide to Pawn Hearts. See the Pawn Hearts page for details.
03/10/07 Thanks to Mick Capewell of www.marmalade-skies.co.uk for a new date: 7th November 1969 in Fulham.
12/08/07 Added a ticket (half ticket actually) for the gig in Marseille on May 22nd 1975 to the May 1975 French Tour page. Thanks to Pascal Marques for the scan.
01/08/07 Thanks to Toti Torruella, Jose Mari Agirrezabala and Crawford Scott for material from the San Sebastian gig. See the Live List for material from the recent European short tour.
28/07/07 Thanks to Luca Fiaccavento for some great photos of VdGG in Umbertide, Italy. See the Live List for material from the recent European short tour.
26/07/07 Thanks to Claude Wacker for some great photos of VdGG at the Berg Herzberg Festival in Germany last week. See the Live List for material from the current European short tour.
06/07/07 Added a poster to the Vital page. Thanks to Sean of www.couchnoise.com for the image.
05/07/07 Added a ticket to the Live List: 20th Nov 1977, Bordeaux. Thanks to Fred from France for the scan. I originally had this flagged as "maybe didn't happen", because it doesn't appear on Chas Dickie's date sheet (see The Book), but as Fred was there, I suppose it did. The gig was probably slotted in late in the day.
01/07/07 Added, what is believed to be, a Spanish promo to the Pawn Hearts page. Thanks to Gaeton Breton for the images.
24/05/07 Now that there is a short lull in VdGG activity, let's get back to the important stuff...
One new date added to the Live List: 3rd Nov 1969 in Glasgow, and an advert for the show at Klooks Kleek on 7th Jan 1969. Thanks to Ian Russell.
23/04/07 Check out the Live List for material from the current tour, including the show in Krakow.
22/04/07 Still adding stuff from the tour to the Live List, including yesterday's show in Poland.
19/04/07 Lots more stuff from the tour now added (Live List), including yesterday's review of the Barbican show in the Independent. There is also the piece that appeared in Friday's Independent on the Wolverhampton page.
17/04/07 Material is now gradually appearing from the last few gigs of the current tour: Live List. More to come...
07/04/07 There's more material up now on the individual German gig pages, accessed from the Live List, including a nice shot of the band's gear before the Hamburg show.
Also look out for an interview with Jim Christopulos (co-author of Van der Graaf Generator - The Book) on BRTO-Radio in the Netherlands. You can listen to a webstream on their site www.paperlate.nl.
It's on between 19.00 and 21.00 UK time, Sunday 8th April.
05/04/07 The 2007 live tour is underway, and I've been setting up individual pages for the gigs on the Live List. Not much material so far, but hopefully some will be forthcoming later in the week when people get home. There are a couple of photos from Nurnburg though, and we have the setlists. Included are two new songs: Specs (re-named to All That Before) and Lifetime.
In the meantime, please send in any photographs or other virtual artfacts. All items used will be credited.
22/01/07 Added three new adverts to the Live List: Groovesville July 5th 1970, Marquee August 23rd 1970 and Starlight Rooms, Boston Sept 5th 1970. Thanks to Annette Palazzo for the scans.
17/01/07 Added The Long Hello single from 1977 to The Long Hello page. Reportedly it was also released in Yugoslavia where it reached Number One! Thanks to Herman Permentier for the scans.
06/01/07 Added an advert for the Chelsea College gig on Feb 20th 1971 to the Live List. Thanks to Mick Capewell of www.marmalade-skies.co.uk.
21/12/06 Added a picture of Guy Evans playing with Subterraneans to the News Page. Thanks to Sean Kelly.
31/10/06 Added a ticket for the Marquee gig on July 27th 1976, and a review of the next night, to the Live List. Thanks to Tim Toogood.
30/10/06 Added a ticket for the Victoria Palace show on October 16th 1977 to the Live List. Thanks to Tim Toogood.
16/10/06 Heart-throb Hammill in Sun Annual for Girls!
29/09/06 Added more information about bonus tracks on the forthcoming Peter Hammill solo re-masters to be released on October 30th: Over and The Future Now. Also released are: pH7 (Bonus material Mr X and Faculty X from the BBC - 12 Sept 79) and A Black Box (no bonus material).
27/09/06 News of the VdGG three-some announced.
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