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June 29th 1974.
Kevin Ayers, Nico, Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, Kevin Coyne,Gong, Gt Moore and the Massed Reggae guitars.
The stage and the stacks , during Gongs act © Ian Loveday
Recollections by attendees.
Kevin Ayers, Gong, Nico
Love your site, thought everyone else had forgotten that day.
I have photos somewhere; if I can find and scan them I’ll send them to you.
I can still see Nico playing The End. It was the most haunting moment of the afternoon. She seemed to be squeezed in between sets, just played the one song and then vanished without fanfare. I will never forget it.
This is like unravelling my brain to see what’s in there……………….not much from my recall. Thank God I took a few photos or I’d not have remembered I was there at all.
I DO remember Kevin Ayers well though – and Jesus !
The Kev gig I was at was the 1974 one – it kept coming up as 1970 with Pink Floyds and I know I didn’t see the Floyd until they did THE WALL.
So persistence has paid off – I was at the Gong gig and did see Kevin Ayers with Nico (although I think she only did one or two songs). In fact I can hardly remember her and I was a big Velvets fan.
Can you help me track down the audience recording – I’d really love it. I do trade some real rare Todd Rundgren and Zappa if you are interested, or know someone who is.
Mass outbreak of plate throwing during Gongs set ....© Ed Sijmons visit Ed's Flickr site to see more excellent rock/jazz pics
© Ian Loveday
a quick note: I was present at this great event (I was just 17!). The
memories of it are still fairly vivid, even if I can't remember what tracks
were being played by the artists - apart from Nico's "The End"
of course! I have a paper plate that was thrown out into the audience
which has printing on it concerning GONG! The plate was then signed by
Nico, several members of Streetwalkers and Alvin Lee (who didn't perform).
I also have a few small colour photos that might be possible to display
on your site at a later date. These picture Streetwalkers, Kevin Coyne,
Kevin Ayers, Gong and (possibly) G.T. Moore.
up to this concert from South Wales on my own, just 4 weeks after a few of
us had travelled up for the June 1st 1974 ACNE concert.
Gong, wonderful Gong were fantastic - a lot of praise should go to their 'switch doctors' (sound engineers) as their blend of glissando, sax and space whispers spread across Hyde park. I think this was my favourite Gong line-up. I thought someone had spiked my drink when it looked as if I was seeing the stage through one of those machines that have ping-pong balls in them with bingo numbers on them but the 'balls' spread around and turned out to be the paper plates with the poem on them. Nico didn't go down a storm - again I don't think her music was suited to an outdoor festival on a sunny day.
Kevin Ayers came on to wrap up the proceedings,
as usual with Kevin there was a false start. This time due to him getting
electric shocks off the mic - "This mic is fucking shocking!". His
band, The Soporifics, were on good form Archie Leggett creating earthquakes
of bass riffs and Ollie Halsall was just about the hottest guitarist around
at that time. The highlight of their set for me was the old Ayers song from
the Softs first album, 'We did it again'. There were a few additional people
up on stage jamming during this - Nico on tambourine and Pierre Moerlen on
sax. Whatever, it got everyone up on their feet. All in all a pretty wonderful
© Ian Loveday
© Ian Loveday
Gong was just great. I can remember Pierre Morelan's drum rhythms were just so hard...in beat...so Jazzed...so powerful and synchopated..."On the Road" like Kerouac...yeah, it was such a great concert. Didn't have any money so I didn't drink or have any pot. It probably would've been even greater. And I didn't take any fucking pics. what a nerd ball I was. Or maybe it was that travel Europe on $10.00 a day mentality I had. Ah what the fuck! It was super anyway...Long live those who search for new sounds...sure ain't happening much in this day & age...
GT Moore onstage © Ian Loveday
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