HILLAGE LIFE

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On 17th March 2023, Madfish will release Steve Hillage ‘LA Forum 31.1.77’, the latest addition to a string
of lovingly restored, previously unreleased live recordings from this pioneering musician’s archive.
Available on CD only, this live album captures the Steve Hillage Band in truly exceptional form.
Recorded at the LA Forum during the band’s early 1977 US tour with ELO, the set list features mostly
tracks from Steve’s cherished ‘L’ album including psych heavy, elongated covers of Donovan’s ‘Hurdy
Gurdy Man’ and the Beatles’ ‘It’s All Too Much’. With the addition of 3 bonus tracks taken from a later
show at the Rainbow Theatre, London, alongside a 16-page booklet with unseen photographs, the ‘LA
Forum 31.7.77’ release is a worthy addition to Steve Hillage’s notable solo catalogue.
Steve recalls, “Each of the LA shows had a full house of 15,000 people, most of whom were unfamiliar
with our music. We had only a quite short set time as support act, and with the band firing on all cylinders
and the excitement of playing to a large crowd, we were giving it a full power blast, which I think comes
over well on this recording. Apart from the first track, a really good version of ‘The Salmon Song’, the
set was all from the L album, and these early 1977 shows, and the final ones when we got back from
the USA in March, represent the peak time of the band we had put together the previous summer.”
STEVE HILLAGE LA FORUM 77
(Recorded Live at the The Forum, Inglewood, California 31st January 1977)

  1. The Salmon Song 7:15
  2. Hurdy Gurdy Glissando 11:47
  3. Hurdy Gurdy Man 7:01
  4. Lunar Musick Suite 10:16
  5. Meditation of the Dragon 4:15
  6. It’s All Too Much 9:08
    Bonus Tracks recorded Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London March 26th 1977
  7. Aftaglid 4:54
  8. Electrick Gypsies 6:00
  9. Not Fade Away (Glid Forever) 8:05
    Steve Hillage: Guitar, Vocals
    Miquette Giraudy: Synthesiser, Vocals
    Clive Bunker: Drums
    Colin Bass: Bass, Vocals
    Christian Boulé: Rhythm Guitar, Glissando Guitar Phil Hodge: Keyboards
    Basil Brooks: Synthesiser, Sequencer, Flute
    The release of ‘LA Forum 31.1.77’ coincides with the Steve Hillage Band ‘Golden Vibe’ tour. Originally
    planned for 2021 but postponed due to the pandemic, the dates for March/April 2023 include a show at
    London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.
    Steve and members of Gong will be returning to the stage for the first time in 3 years on a 12 date
    ‘Golden Vibe’ UK tour, playing cuts from his cherished solo albums Fish Rising, L, Green and Motivation
    Radio – plus a few surprises and never before played live tracks taken from Steve’s illustrious
    catalogue.
    Steve and synthesiser-playing partner Miquette Giraudy are honoured and grateful to once again
    have the members of Gong playing as the Steve Hillage Band:- Kavus Torabi – Guitar,
    Vocals : Dave Sturt – Bass, Vocals : Fabio Golfetti – Guitar, Glissando Guitar, Vocals : Cheb
    Nettles – Drums, Vocals : Ian East – Sax, Flute
    Playing support will be The Utopia Strong, the adventurous electronic-based project of:- Kavus
    Torabi – Guitar : Steve Davis – Modular synths, Programming : Michael J. York – Multiinstrumentalist, Programming.
    From acid rock to acid house, musician Steve Hillage has been on an incredible, transcendent journey
    for the past 50 years. An integral figure in the Canterbury Scene and a key member of 70s cosmonauts
    Gong, Steve has gone on to forge a successful solo career that incorporates several ground-breaking
    albums as well as being one half of electronic project System 7. His CV includes collaborations with
    The Orb and Todd Rundgren as well as being producer of the Simple Minds post punk Krautrock
    inspired double LP Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call.
    Tickets via www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.gigsandtours.com
    THE STEVE HILLAGE BAND – plus special guests The Utopia Strong
    2023 ‘GOLDEN VIBE’ UK TOUR
    21.3.23 Cambridge The Junction
    22.3.23 Norwich Epic Studios
    23.3.23 Newcastle University
    24.3.23 Nottingham Rock City
    25.3.23 Manchester O2 Ritz
    26.3.23 Glasgow SWG3
    28.3.23 Southampton The 1865
    29.3.23 Exeter Phoenix
    30.3.23 Bristol O2 Academy
    31.3.23 Birmingham O2 Institute
    01.4.23 London O2 Forum Kentish Town
    02.4.23 Brighton Concorde 2
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