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|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.|
|15/09/06||Added a poster to the In Camera page. Thanks to Peter Vetterman for the image.
Also added MM gig listings for Southend, Guildford, Cambridge and Southampton during October 1975, to the Live List. Thanks to Annette Palazzo for the scans.
|12/09/06||Peter Hammill has added three Italian gigs to his November European schedule. Also, Nic Potter and Dave Jackson will be playing in Lecco on September 15th. And Judge releases a new album. See Forthcoming Attractions and New Releases for info.|
|09/09/06||Added more information about bonus tracks on the forthcoming Peter Hammill solo re-masters: Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night, The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, In Camera and Nadir's Big Chance.|
|08/09/06||Added the review in Rockerilla magazine (June 2006) of Van der Graaf Generator - The Book.
"Two fans, a long-term British and a younger American, webmasters of the official VdGG website, sign an extraordinary opus which immediately becomes the absolute reference point on the subject. The biography of the apocalyptic lords of prog-rock, in a luxurious hard-cover edition for over 300 pages, is literally filled with colour pictures and is the 'labour of love' which springs from the collaboration of all the characters involved - sometimes marginally - in the research on Hammill and friends. The beginnings, the first conquests and the recording adventures are traced back, as well as the pictoresque experiences 'on the road' with a wealth of details on the italian missions, which remain unforgettable for better or worse. The strong accent on technical aspects is very important, because the changes personally made by Jackson and Banton to their instruments were very important for the overall sound: so important that one of the book appendices is devoted to the different organs which the latter used. Thanks to the strong character of the protagonists, the writers yield a very strong story, which in many points entwines with that of the Charisma label. The epilogue was unexpected, when the book was planned: and the epilogue was last year's reunion, which is only rapidly examined and which will hopefully yield material for a future new volume." (Thanks to Marco for the translation)
|06/09/06||You can now watch the POP2 TV show of May 27th 1972, that featured Van der Graaf Generator, on the French TV INA website. The clip costs €6 and features VdGG playing Lost, Killer and Octopus at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. The show took place on March 18th 1972.|
|03/09/06||It seems that the Rutherglen festival planned for August 28th 1971 was cancelled. See the NME (21st August 1971) piece added to the Live List for details. Thanks to Mick Capewell of www.marmalade-skies.co.uk for the clipping.|
|30/08/06||Spin CD's are offering the first four Peter Hammill solo Charisma re-masters for £11.99 each or all four for £40. The release date is September 25th. More info on the front page.|
|16/08/06||Added three adverts from the Melody Maker of July 18th 1970 to the Live List: Romford July 20th, Marquee July 26th and Van Dike August 1st 1970.|
|15/08/06||Added an English translation of the review of Still Life that appeared in the French magazine, Best, in April 1976. Thanks to Damian McVeigh.|
|14/08/06||Peter Hammill October/November tour dates announced.|
|28/07/06||Added a ticket for the VdGG gig in Utrecht on September 24th 1976 to the Live List. Thanks to Teunis van der Veen for the scan.|
|24/07/06||Added some stills from the video of VdGG at the de Montfort Hall in Leicester.|
|11/07/06||I managed to obtain an original copy of the International Times from 1968 where Hugh placed the advert (see The Book for the full story). It's on The Early Days page. I'm sure that's Arthur Brown on the cover... I have also reproduced more of the Smallads page, as some of the other ads are quite amusing.|
|10/07/06||I recently acquired this copy of the original Man-Erg master tape recorded at Trident Studios in 1971.|
|04/07/06||Further to the March 77 debate (the Live List), I have checked the Stockholm photo's in the PHSA and they are merely annotated "03/77", but definitely Stockholm. I've concluded that the Oslo and Stockholm gigs must have been before the Dutch gigs or after the German ones.|
|03/07/06||Teunis van der Veen has informed me that he attended a VdG gig at RASA, Utrecht, Holland on March 9th 1977. We have that date listed for a gig in Oslo that came from The Box, which appears to be incorrect. There is also an advert in OOR for that tour which bears out Teunis's diary entry (the Live List). That's clear enough, but unfortunately, the next day VdG are listed as playing in Stockholm, which is supported by pictures from the PHSA. The photos might be incorrectly annotated, which seems likely as the OOR advert has VdG not playing in Stockholm. Did anyone see VdG on March 10th 1977?|
|18/06/06||Added two Melody Maker Student Statement clippings to the Live List. These mention: Imperial College - 28 November 1970, with Genesis. It seems that Cochise were meant to support VdGG following a missed gig at Imperial College the previous week because they were "arrested by the French customs", but Genesis played instead. Cochise actually supported Quintessence at University College, London, on November 28th; and Central London Polytechnic - 28 January 1972. Thanks to Annette Palazzo for the second one.|
|14/06/06||Added some bits and pieces from Tim Toogood's VdGG scrapbook to the Live List. These include tickets for: Roundhouse - 18 April 1976, Bristol - 16 November 1976, Bath University - 21 October 1977, and an advert for Peter Hammill's gigs at the Wigmore Hall - 7+8 September 1974. Thanks Tim.|
|04/06/06||Added two nice posters from the 1975 London re-formation shows at the Victoria Palace on July 27th and the New Victoria on August 30th.
Thanks to Ray for the images.
|19/05/06||Apologies for the lack of recent updates, but I just haven't felt like doing it since Jamie died. For those interested, I have put together a small personal tribute.
Normal service will no doubt resume shortly...
|01/05/06||Added an advert, review and letter relating to the Marquee gigs of 4th and 5th June 1978 to the Live List. Thanks to Mark Vernon.|
|30/04/06||Added a piece from Melody Maker about the "Scorched Earth Presentation" at Olympia in October 1975 to the Live List. Thanks to Mark Vernon.|
|16/04/06||Added a poster for the VdGG gig in Utrecht on September 24th 1976 to the Live List. Thanks to Teunis van der Veen for the image.|
|15/04/06||Added three more reviews of The Book - The Wire (UK), Jam (Italy) and ioPages (Netherlands). All links on the front page.|
|07/04/06||With the help of Mark Uwland, we have compiled an index for The Book. It's in pdf format and can be downloaded and printed.|
|31/03/06||Added the Uncut piece from the February 2006 edition. VdGG reunion stuff can be found on the Reunion News page.|
|25/03/06||Added another Norton Canon picture to the 1975 Pictures Page. Thanks to Adrian Haegele for the image.|
|23/03/06||Added a ticket for the Peter Hammill solo gig at the Rainbow in London on October 1st 1978 to the Live List. Thanks to Steve Burns for the image.|
|16/03/06||Added a ticket for the Peter Hammill solo gig at the Commonwealth Institute in London on April 5th 1974 to the Live List. Thanks to Keith Hoskins for the image.|
|5/03/06||Added a link to some pictures of Mr Averell playing (with Dave Jackson) to the Crossing Border Festival page.
Also added four after-show pictures to the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester page, courtesy of Allan Openshaw.
|02/03/06||Added three adverts to the Live List - 27th March 1971 in Birmingham, 11th December 1971 in Isleworth and 19th December 1971 in High Wycombe.|
|01/03/06||Added three adverts to the Live List - 21st June 1971 in Chelmsford, 26th June 1971 in Sheffield and 25th Feb 1972 in Gravesend.|
|28/02/06||Added four adverts to the Live List - 8th Feb 1969 at Eel Pie Island, 7th December 1969 at Farx, 2nd July 1970 in Newcastle and 20th November 1970 at the Country Club.
Thanks to Annette Palazzo for a review of Maida Vale that appeared in Q magazine (1998) and a piece that appeared in Melody Maker (1st July 1972) about a possible split.
|27/02/06||Added two adverts to the Live List - 4th March 1972 in Bromley and 12th April 1970 in Bletchley.|
|19/02/06||Added a new date to the Live List - 14th May 1970 at the "Progressive Proms" in Liverpool. May 1970 is becoming a busy month.|
|30/01/06||Added the review in Record Collector magazine (Feb 2006) of Van der Graaf Generator - The Book.|
|28/01/06||Added a picture of Jeff (or Geoff) Peach to the Aerosol Grey Machine page. It's from the 1970 album "Every Which Way". Thanks to Alastair Murphy for the scan.
Also added some of Charlotte Hendry's comments to the Crossing Border Festival page. Thanks Charlotte.
|23/01/06||Finally added a couple of pictures of Dave Jackson playing with Mr Averell at the Crossing Border Festival on 19th November 2005. Thanks to Eelco Van Londen for the photo's.|
|20/01/06||Added a ticket for the University gig in Brussels on 11th November 1975 to the Live List. Thanks to Bernard Clist for the scan.|
|18/01/06||Added a new date to the Live List - 21st May 1970 at Jimmy's in Brighton. Alan Terrill was there, so can confirm that the gig took place. Thanks to Mick Capewell of www.marmalade-skies.co.uk for the clipping.|
|07/01/06||Added an advert for the Central London Poly gig on 28th January 1972 to the Live List. Thanks to Alison who spotted this in the back of the MOJO Classic edition scanned yesterday.|
|06/01/06||Added the piece from MOJO and Q (depending on where you live) Classic Special Edition from earlier in 2005. VdGG reunion stuff can be found on the Reunion News page.|
|30/12/05||Peter Hammill announces the end of "this incarnation" of Van der Graaf Generator in his latest newsletter.|