Progressive rock trailblazer Steve Hillage and his band are to play three live shows in the UK — their first under the name of the Steve Hillage Band for ten years — in June 2019. Prog magazine reports that the line-up for the shows will be the current incarnation of the frontman’s former band, Gong.
The set list for the shows, in Cambridge, Manchester and London, will be comprised almost entirely of the albums Hillage made when he was in the ascendancy as a solo artist: his first four releases in his own name between 1975 and 1978, Fish Rising, L, Motivation Radio and Green. The concerts will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Steve Hillage Band’s first full British tour.
”I’ve done a number of guest spots with them and there’s definitely a good relationship between us,” Hillage tells Prog. ”When we played in Japan in October, I talked to the guys about this, and they were very happy to be involved. All of them are high calibre musicians, which is what’s needed, and Kavus Torabi is a strong singer in his own right, so he’ll be helping me on that front.”
Interest in the events will be stoked by the success of Hillage’s box set Searching For The Spark, which in 2017 won the Reissue of the Year title at the Prog Awards. He also reveals that if the June dates go well, the band will play further shows. He has already announced a performance on 21 July at the Night of the Prog Festival in Loreley, Germany.
The UK shows in 2019 by the Steve Hillage Band are on 6 June at Cambridge Junction; 7 June at the Manchester O2 Ritz; and 8 June at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. More information is available at Hillage’s page at gigsandtours.com.
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