Original member of Gong and prog rock icon, Steve Hillage, has confirmed a new collaborative album and UK tour with Japan's leading progressive rock band ROVO, and his band SYSTEM 7.
The new album, produced by Steve Hillage and Tatsuki Masuko, is entitled PHOENIX RISING and will be released on Monday 23 September, followed by two UK concerts in March 2014.
UK dates include Manchester Ritz (Friday 7 March) and London o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (Saturday 8 March). Fans will receive a free mp3 download of the 5-track Hinotori EP when they order tickets.
The Hinotori EP will also be available as a digital download on Monday 3 June from from iTunes and Bandcamp. A limited edition collectors' CD of the EP is available from www.planetgong.co.uk.
ROVO are a Japanese progressive rock/jam band featuring two drummers, bass and keyboards, led by guitarist Seichi Yamamoto and electric violinist Yuji Katsui. SYSTEM 7 is the dance music project of Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, presenting a unique combination of tech-house beats and live playing, who have had a strong influence on the development of psychedelic ambient and electronica.
The PHOENIX RISING concert will highlight a sophisticated blend of electronic beats and live instrumentation, made possible by the skilled musicianship of eight players, including two live drummers. Hillage fans can be assured that, in the format of PHOENIX RISING, his masterful electric guitar style will be fully unleashed, with extensive soloing and duets with the electric violin of Rovo's Yuji Katsui.