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Daevid Allen - Six Months To Live

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  • Daevid Allen - Six Months To Live

    Hello you Kookaburras,

    OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists, ) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck.

    The original surgery took much of it out, but the cancer has now recreated itself with renewed vigour while also spreading to my lung.

    The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live.

    So My view has Changed:

    I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight.

    I am a great believer in “The Will of the Way Things Are” and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.

    I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.

    I believe I have done my best to heal, dear friends and that you have been enormously helpful in supporting me through this time.

    So Thank you SO much for being there with me, for the Ocean of Love and Now, importantly, Thank you for starting the process of letting go of me, of mourning then transforming and celebrating this death coming up – this is how you can contribute, this would be a great gift from those emotionally and spiritually involved with me.

    I love you and will be with you always
    - Daevid xxx -

    Really very sad about this

  • #2
    Terrible news.
    "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"


    • #3
      What a dignified response. Incredibly sad but to face it in this way is admirable.
      "As technology has advanced, vinyl records are outdated as they are music from the 19th Century so only hipsters and elderly people buy vinyl records".

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      • #4
        Man that's sad news. For the small crew of longhairs I knocked about with in my youth, Gong were the nuts. Still got plenty of time for them today.
        No surprise he is so philosophical about it. Saw Gong a few times, and also Daevid when he was having a bit of a renaissance, in some very small venues which were quite magical.
        Time to give You a dusting off I reckon.
        Good luck Bert!
        Everyone tear down your own little wall
        That keeps you from being a part of it all
        Because you've got to be one with the one and all
        You've just got to be close to it all


        • #5
          Originally posted by Tsundoku View Post
          What a dignified response. Incredibly sad but to face it in this way is admirable.
          Yeah, this in spades. Absolutely and without question one of my favourite musicians and people. Only ever had the chance to see him in person once but even that one time confirmed his legend status in my eyes. Fare ye well, sir.


          Formerly, lecturer at the University of Rome, with two commas and a full stop in the normal way.



          • #6
            Absolutley gutted, Daevid and Gong completely changed the way I think and appreciated music, opened my head up to all sorts of different influences and made me smile wide. Too young to see them first time around but saw Daevid solo many times and Gong throughout the 90's and beyond. Best gig was seeing them in a small club after they had reformed, it was pretty much the 'You' line up albeit without Hillage and Tim Blake. After the initial forum gigs where they first got back together with Pip Pyle on drums which I attended, Pierre Morlein rejoined them and they toured Europe and America for a year. By the time I saw them they were as tight as they were in 1973. Never seen a gig like it, completely blew me away and so honoured to have been able to see it in such a cosy venue. I will probably never see anything like that again.
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            • #7
              Very sad news. I've seen Gong a couple times, and also saw Daevid on his co-headliner tour with Kevin Ayers back in the 90s. After that gig, I got to meet him and talk with him. He came across as one of the truly nicest artists I have met, and I've met some quality people in that profession. He seemed to be a genuinely good man, and radiated warmth and calmness. That he wrote what was posted above comes as no surprise to me at all. Bon Voyage, Daevid.


              • #8
                Awful news

                I saw Gong live twice, two of the best, most memorable gigs I've been to, the music, the costumes and the extremely strong spliff odour. Happy memories that I will cherish forever! He has indeed "contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans".

                Hope the passing will be as serene and painless as possible.
                Everything in Greece is arpa kolla


                • #9
                  Someone once told me that the name "Gong" came from Daevid living in the city of Wollongong (South of Sydney). Here in Australia the city is often referred to as "The Gong".
                  I have never been able to substantiate that claim. Sounds like it may be plausible but I'll wait until I hear otherwise from anyone who may know for sure one way or another.