Daevid Allen has died. He was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist was co-founder of psychedelic rock groups Soft Machine and Gong. At the time of his death he was seventy seven and he lost his fight to cancer. The also solo artist just last month said he would stop all efforts to fight against an inoperable diagnosis. Today March 13, 2015 his this sad loss was confirmed via the Daevid Allen’s University Of Errors page on Facebook, which said: “Daevid est mort, Daevid is dead.” Last year he had a very extensive round of radiation therapy and got a clean bill of health but the cancer returned.
It was then, Allen said in a posting at PlanetGong, that he made a difficult decision.
“The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live,” he said. “So, my view has changed: I am not interested in endless surgical operations — and, in fact, it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight. I am a great believer in “the will of the way things are,” and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.”
Allen left his fans with a few kind words.
“I can only hope that during this journey,” he said, “I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.”
Tributes this morning included one from Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who said “Daevid Allen was an incredible musician and a great inspiration to me.”
Orlando Allen, Daevid’s son and a drummer with Gong since 2003, shared a remembrace. A new message on the band’s web site simply says: “Everything has stopped here in a house of tears. Tears first, celebration later.”
Daevid Allen has said the he hopes Gong will continue, even in his absence.
“There are those who want to hang on to me as the band’s founder-father, claiming that Gong cannot continue without my presence,” he said. “I will die soon enough, and then if Gong dies too, I would consider that this project will have fallen short. I see Gong as a tradition, a way of living music, not just a band.”