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Sorin
May 11th 2022
A fantastically well “oiled” trio, visibly energized by the fact of being in Milan. Hammill was in great vocal form, Guy Evans is the same drums magician and Hugh Benton, as always, secured the “back stage” with amazing bass pedals and creative organ. It was also the opportunity to listen some oldies, which became true pillars of the prog rock. All together, it has been an unforgettable evening!
Milan, Italy@
Teatro Nazionale CheBanca
May 8th 2022
a magnificent concert. The only group among the greats of progressive to be able to move between old and new songs without losing any of their magic. The only absence of the electrified sax is felt .. the only thing that has been missed in certain moments is that of the electrified sax ..
Roma, Italy@
Sala Petrassi
emiliano
May 4th 2022
Bellissimo
Roma, Italy@
Sala Petrassi

About Van der Graaf Generator

Van der Graaf Generator is a seminal 1970s English progressive rock band.

The band first formed in 1967 while its members were studying at Manchester University. The three-piece was comprised of Peter Hammill (guitar and vocals), Nick Pearne (organ) and Chris Judge Smith (drums and wind instruments). They secured a record deal, but only one single ('The People You Were Going To') was released before they split up in mid-1969. Along the way, Pearne was replaced by Hugh Banton.

Later in 1969, a new Van der Graaf Generator – Peter Hammill (guitar, piano and vocals), Keith Ellis (bass guitar), Hugh Banton (keyboards) and Guy Evans (drums) – formed during the recording of an album that was originally intended to be a solo effort by Hammill. This album, The Aerosol Grey Machine, was initially only released in the United States.

Further changes in personnel preceded their second album, The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other. Ellis left and was replaced by David Jackson (saxophone and flute), while Nic Potter (bass guitar) was added to the line-up. A new sound was established, leaving behind the psychedelic influence of The Aerosol Grey Machine in favour of darker textures influenced by jazz and classical music. The album was well received, and was swiftly followed by H to He, Who Am the Only One. Potter left mid-way through the recording, and the band decided to carry on without a bass guitarist, with Banton substituting with the organ's bass pedals. Robert Fripp of King Crimson contributed guitar to 'The Emperor in His War-Room'.

The Hammill/Banton/Jackson/Evans quartet that resulted from H to He, Who Am the Only One is now considered the 'classic' line-up, and went on to record Pawn Hearts, which is considered by many to be their finest work. It contains just a few tracks, 'Lemmings (Including Cogs)', 'Man-Erg', the 20 minute concept piece 'A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers' – very much in keeping with the times. Fripp again provided a cameo appearance on guitar. The album proved highly successful in Italy, topping the chart there for 12 weeks. They toured Italy for a while, but the shows were plagued by different extremist organisations from Red Brigade to neo-facists. The band toured extensively from 1970 to 1972, but a lack of support from the record company and possibly also financial difficulties caused the band to implode and Hammill left to pursue a solo career.

The three remaining members recorded an instrumental album with Nic Potter, Ced Curtis and Piero Messina under the name The Long Hello. The album The Long Hello was released in 1973.

Hammill's split with the band was not acrimonious, and Banton, Jackson and Evans, among others, all contributed to his solo work at various times. By 1975 the band were ready to work with each other again, and three new albums were recorded in just 12 months. The sessions were produced by the band themselves (all previous VdGG albums had been produced by John Anthony at Trident Studios), and displayed a somewhat tauter, more streamlined sound. Godbluff in particular saw Hammill making significant use of the Hohner clavinet keyboard. Still Life followed within the same year.

Following World Record, first Banton and then Jackson departed. Nic Potter returned, and in a typically eccentric move Banton was replaced by a violinist, Graham Smith This line up produced probably the most exciting and enduring of all Van der Graaf's work The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome. The band also shortened its name to 'Van der Graaf'. Only two albums were recorded, one of them live, before the band split for the last time in 1978, again amicably.

One album of 'new' material was released after the split. Time Vaults is a collection of out-takes and rehearsal recordings from the 1972–1975 hiatus. The sound quality varies from demo standard to very poor, however.

The classic line-up occasionally performed together following the split. In 1991, they played several songs at a fortieth birthday party for David Jackson's wife. In 1996, the quartet appeared on stage during Hammill and Evans's Union Chapel concert to perform 'Lemmings (Including Cogs)'. In 2003, Banton, Jackson, and Evans joined with Hammill to perform 'Still Life' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Following the Queen Elizabeth Hall performance, discussions between the band members led to writing and rehearsal of new material in summer 2004. A double CD, Present, containing this material was released in April 2005. A reunion concert took place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 6 May 2005, followed by several European dates in the summer and autumn of 2005. The concert in Leverkusen, Germany on 5 November 2005 was filmed for a TV show ("Rockpalast") and was broadcasted on January 15, 2006.

According to Peter Hammill's official website, since November 2005 David Jackson is not a member of the band anymore, and the remaining trio expects to be doing several shows in the first half of 2007, with the intention of releasing a new album later in the same year. A live album, Real Time , was released on March 5, 2007 on Hammill's label, Fie! Records. It contains the entirety of the band's 2005 concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

The first trio recording "Trisector" was released on March 17, 2008. Live dates are booked in Europe in March and April, and in Japan in June.

The band is named after a piece of electric equipment designed to produce static electricity, the Van de Graaff generator. It appears that the misspelling is accidental.
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Fan Reviews

Sorin
May 11th 2022
A fantastically well “oiled” trio, visibly energized by the fact of being in Milan. Hammill was in great vocal form, Guy Evans is the same drums magician and Hugh Benton, as always, secured the “back stage” with amazing bass pedals and creative organ. It was also the opportunity to listen some oldies, which became true pillars of the prog rock. All together, it has been an unforgettable evening!
Milan, Italy@
Teatro Nazionale CheBanca
May 8th 2022
a magnificent concert. The only group among the greats of progressive to be able to move between old and new songs without losing any of their magic. The only absence of the electrified sax is felt .. the only thing that has been missed in certain moments is that of the electrified sax ..
Roma, Italy@
Sala Petrassi
emiliano
May 4th 2022
Bellissimo
Roma, Italy@
Sala Petrassi

About Van der Graaf Generator

Van der Graaf Generator is a seminal 1970s English progressive rock band.

The band first formed in 1967 while its members were studying at Manchester University. The three-piece was comprised of Peter Hammill (guitar and vocals), Nick Pearne (organ) and Chris Judge Smith (drums and wind instruments). They secured a record deal, but only one single ('The People You Were Going To') was released before they split up in mid-1969. Along the way, Pearne was replaced by Hugh Banton.

Later in 1969, a new Van der Graaf Generator – Peter Hammill (guitar, piano and vocals), Keith Ellis (bass guitar), Hugh Banton (keyboards) and Guy Evans (drums) – formed during the recording of an album that was originally intended to be a solo effort by Hammill. This album, The Aerosol Grey Machine, was initially only released in the United States.

Further changes in personnel preceded their second album, The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other. Ellis left and was replaced by David Jackson (saxophone and flute), while Nic Potter (bass guitar) was added to the line-up. A new sound was established, leaving behind the psychedelic influence of The Aerosol Grey Machine in favour of darker textures influenced by jazz and classical music. The album was well received, and was swiftly followed by H to He, Who Am the Only One. Potter left mid-way through the recording, and the band decided to carry on without a bass guitarist, with Banton substituting with the organ's bass pedals. Robert Fripp of King Crimson contributed guitar to 'The Emperor in His War-Room'.

The Hammill/Banton/Jackson/Evans quartet that resulted from H to He, Who Am the Only One is now considered the 'classic' line-up, and went on to record Pawn Hearts, which is considered by many to be their finest work. It contains just a few tracks, 'Lemmings (Including Cogs)', 'Man-Erg', the 20 minute concept piece 'A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers' – very much in keeping with the times. Fripp again provided a cameo appearance on guitar. The album proved highly successful in Italy, topping the chart there for 12 weeks. They toured Italy for a while, but the shows were plagued by different extremist organisations from Red Brigade to neo-facists. The band toured extensively from 1970 to 1972, but a lack of support from the record company and possibly also financial difficulties caused the band to implode and Hammill left to pursue a solo career.

The three remaining members recorded an instrumental album with Nic Potter, Ced Curtis and Piero Messina under the name The Long Hello. The album The Long Hello was released in 1973.

Hammill's split with the band was not acrimonious, and Banton, Jackson and Evans, among others, all contributed to his solo work at various times. By 1975 the band were ready to work with each other again, and three new albums were recorded in just 12 months. The sessions were produced by the band themselves (all previous VdGG albums had been produced by John Anthony at Trident Studios), and displayed a somewhat tauter, more streamlined sound. Godbluff in particular saw Hammill making significant use of the Hohner clavinet keyboard. Still Life followed within the same year.

Following World Record, first Banton and then Jackson departed. Nic Potter returned, and in a typically eccentric move Banton was replaced by a violinist, Graham Smith This line up produced probably the most exciting and enduring of all Van der Graaf's work The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome. The band also shortened its name to 'Van der Graaf'. Only two albums were recorded, one of them live, before the band split for the last time in 1978, again amicably.

One album of 'new' material was released after the split. Time Vaults is a collection of out-takes and rehearsal recordings from the 1972–1975 hiatus. The sound quality varies from demo standard to very poor, however.

The classic line-up occasionally performed together following the split. In 1991, they played several songs at a fortieth birthday party for David Jackson's wife. In 1996, the quartet appeared on stage during Hammill and Evans's Union Chapel concert to perform 'Lemmings (Including Cogs)'. In 2003, Banton, Jackson, and Evans joined with Hammill to perform 'Still Life' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Following the Queen Elizabeth Hall performance, discussions between the band members led to writing and rehearsal of new material in summer 2004. A double CD, Present, containing this material was released in April 2005. A reunion concert took place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 6 May 2005, followed by several European dates in the summer and autumn of 2005. The concert in Leverkusen, Germany on 5 November 2005 was filmed for a TV show ("Rockpalast") and was broadcasted on January 15, 2006.

According to Peter Hammill's official website, since November 2005 David Jackson is not a member of the band anymore, and the remaining trio expects to be doing several shows in the first half of 2007, with the intention of releasing a new album later in the same year. A live album, Real Time , was released on March 5, 2007 on Hammill's label, Fie! Records. It contains the entirety of the band's 2005 concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

The first trio recording "Trisector" was released on March 17, 2008. Live dates are booked in Europe in March and April, and in Japan in June.

The band is named after a piece of electric equipment designed to produce static electricity, the Van de Graaff generator. It appears that the misspelling is accidental.
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Genres:
Rock

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