The unlikely news was announced on November 29th 2004: Van
der Graaf Generator will reunite for at least one gig at
the Royal Festival Hall on May 6th 2005! Also, the band
will release a double CD of new material some time prior
to the gig!! Further gigs follow, "as long as the vibe
The classic line-up got unannounced together and played
Still Life as the encore of a Peter Hammill gig at the
Queen Elizabeth Hall on February 20th 2003. Guy was
only equipped with a tambourine, though. This was the
second reunion and the second song played together in
public by the classic Generator line-up in about 26
years. Probably this and maybe collaboration on Judge's
Curly's Airships some years earlier triggered the agreying
men to think about playing and recording together again?
After a lot of e-mail exchanges during the summer of 2003
followed by a planning meeting in London in September,
they agreed to get together in February 2004 at Pyworthy
in North Devon for recordings, which they managed despite
Peter Hammill's heart attack the previous December. A
lot of jamming went on and several new numbers were
recorded. Overdubs continued during the summer of 2004
at different locations.
From Peter Hammill's press release December 2004: "I was
getting constant offers regarding a reunion, including
one from the South Bank. Until then I had never taken
them seriously; but now it seemed as though there might
be some interest. We talked and we realised that we met
more often at the funerals of former members of our road
crew. So if it was to be undertaken, it should be while
all four of us were still alive!"
VdGG will perform songs "ancient and modern", and
further recordings are expected in the autumn of 2005.