Van Der Graaf Generator will head out on their first headline tour in seven years in May 2020.
Peter Hammill (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Hugh Banton (organ, bass) & Guy Evans (drums, percussion) will play a total of five headline shows calling it at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bath Forum and London Palladium.
The shows are happening 50 years on from Van Der Graaf Generator's first UK album release, ‘The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other.’
24-hour presale tickets to the tour go on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 10am on Thursday 26th September.
Peter Hammill, Guy Evans and Hugh Banton
Unlike their last tour in 2013, which revisited two long-form pieces “Flight” and “A Plague of Lighthouse-Keepers”, the forthcoming shows will not feature long Van Der Graaf Generator pieces.
A press release reads: ‘Instead will be assembling constantly varying sets of shorter works, ancient and modern.
‘The intention here, as with all the material, is not to attempt to recreate the exact sound and style of the original but rather to tap into its spirit and reinvent it in a twenty-first century form.
‘Clearly, VDGG continue to push forward, acknowledging that they are a group with a certain history, but also stating the case that they are an emphatically modern one.’
Peter Hammill says: “Here we are again, then. Fifty years after the release of TLWCD, how exciting – and daunting – it is to once again step out into the glorious chaos of VDGG live performance. Yes!”
Guy Evans adds: “OK, so the melting drum kit at the last VDGG soundcheck did cue pause for thought. Thankfully both it and yer sticks man have re-solidified. I'm so very up for this!”
Hugh Banton comments: “It’s time once more to hang up my progressive techie lab-coat and entice the progressive organist back to his seat, stage left. I'm eagerly anticipating exploring the new 2020s-styled sound world of this latest VDGG incarnation!”
See Van Der Graaf Generator at the following shows:
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall – Sun 3rd
Manchester Bridgewater Hall – Mon 4th
Birmingham Symphony Hall – Tue 5th
Bath The Forum – Thu 7th
London The Palladium – Fri 8th