The great Daevid Allen – one of the key psychedelic rangers, amazing guitar players, leader of Gong and key influence on Syd Barrett and all round good bloke has died of cancer.
One of the great psychedelic pioneers and the definition of rock eccentric and plain brilliant guitar player and our favourite loon and frontman of the fantastic Gong Daevid has died of the cancer he announced last month.
LTW once had the please of hanging out for an afternoon with the madcap genius at Beautiful Days festival where Gong had stolen the show with a mind and body bending set that saw the guitar genius dance around in a spandex silver suit like a pixie on space dust.
All afternoon he was side stage watching the bands and we talked of everything from the tripped out sixties to his old mate Syd Barret and the glissando guitar technique that they both shared to modern music and the world as it is now. He was brilliant company – combining the enthusiasm of a teenager with the wisdom of a tribal elder and the madness of a witch doctor.
See you oWe have always loved your madness and your records. Shine on you star spangled genius!
LTW quite him in an interview about Syd Barrett here