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Joined: Dec. 1999
||Posted: May 06 2005, 05:40
We're very sad to report the passing of Pierre Moerlen, who unexpectedly died in his sleep on the night of May 2nd/3rd. He was 52.
Pierre's contribution to Mike's music in the 1970s and 80s was huge, first appearing alongside Mike in the premiere performance of Tubular Bells in 1973, before going on to play percussion (including tympani, drums and vibraphone) on all of Mike's 1970s albums from Ommadawn onwards, and on the 1979 and 1980 tours. The frequency of their collaborations lessened during the 1980s, but Mike still made use of Pierre's tuned percussion skills on Crises and Islands, as well as giving Pierre cameo appearances in his Moonlight Shadow video and a TV performance of To France.
Mike also returned the favour, guesting on Pierre Moerlen's Gong's Downwind and Gong Live albums.
Pierre was unquestionably a superb musician, who will certainly be greatly missed by many, not least us here at tubular.net
News from planetgong.co.uk, thanks to Captain Cavern for passing it on