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Pierre Moerlen (drummer in Gong) R.I.P.

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  • Pierre Moerlen (drummer in Gong) R.I.P.

    Sadly, another great musician has passed away :(

    PIERRE MOERLEN 1952-2005 Updated Wed 04 May 2005
    Pierre Moerlen died unexpectedly in his sleep at home in Strasbourg
    sometime on Monday night.

    "Pierre was the most technically skilful drummer I ever played with. At his
    peak - probably around the 'You' album period - there was none finer. I am
    very grateful that we were able to revisit our creative marriage when he
    returned to Gong in 1997 through 1999. A lot of old ghosts were laid to
    rest. I will miss him." - Mike Howlett

    farewell old brother
    well done & a happy afterdeath to yer
    in 1973 you were the best drummer in the world
    in 1999 you played yr last gong gig
    but you were always the first to leave the band
    & the first to really get out of it
    thank you for teaching me
    how to play with you
    enjoy your peace!

    daevid alien

    "The first time I met Pierre was in 1990 when he came to stay at the house
    I shared at that time with Daevid in Somerset. The three of us went out to
    eat at a local cafأ©, The Blue Note, which as it's name implies often had
    live music in the evenings. Two very good local jazz musicians, John
    Cartwright & Jackie Whitren were playing and as a happy Pierre got into
    what they were doing he started to play along using just his hands on the
    table top. In fact he got so into it that after a while, on the
    appreciative nod of John Cartwright at the electric piano, he even took a
    solo. And when he came to the end of the solo the whole, full cafأ©, who
    didn't know who he was, burst into loud, prolonged spontaneous applause -
    he'd been that good. I'll remember him with much fondness." Jonny
    Ken Boorman
    Purveyor of the Runestaff and Stormbringer Legends

  • #2
    Aw no - post Allen Gong was often lambasted for its lack of humour, but I am particularly fond of "Downwind" which features (as you'd expect) great drumming, but also some nifty guitar from out of context Mike Oldfield and Mick Taylor.

    Shame :(
    \"Killing me won\'t bring back your apples!\"


    • #3
      Every so often, way back in the Seventies, or Eighties, I'd be round at a friend's place and get royally zonked. Then someone would put some Gong on... WOnderful! :lol:


      • #4
        I loved Gong since the first time I heard them. "You", "Angels Egg" and "Flying Teapot" are wonderful albums.
        I didn't know much about PIERRE to be honest... but he was an amazing drummer.

        Away up to the great pothead pixie in the sky :(


        • #5
          Gong's lack of exposure to the general populace is all that prevented Pierre Moerlen from being mentioned in the same breath as people like Bill Bruford and Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cobham, or Tony Williams.

          Sing on, Brother....Play On, Drummer....


          • #6
            Gong had a formative influence on me alright. I liked Pierre Moerlen's Gong as well. Perhaps Daevid Allen's whimsical Pixie nonsense detracted a tad from the band's musical qualities. Everyone I knew associated them almost exclusively with dope smoking, which is fair enough I guess, but doesn't really aid mass exposure. Another one of the greats playing the 'great gig in the sky'

            The late 60s and early 70s for me were the heyday of rock (and no, I'm not quite that old!) I'm still digging out music I haven't yet heard from that era. If many more of these people pass on, I won't have any concerts to go to!
            \" ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell


            • #7
              Gong "You" is one of those albums I would want on a desert island with me.