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Gryphon Reunion Concert in London, UK- June 2009

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Topic: Gryphon Reunion Concert in London, UK- June 2009
Posted By: Gryphonic
Subject: Gryphon Reunion Concert in London, UK- June 2009
Date Posted: April 07 2009 at 03:07
Hello Gryphon fans!  It's official - Gryphon are playing live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 6th June 2009.

Tickets can be bought online here -, or by telephoning the box office on +44 (0)871 663 2500

Here's a copy of the press release...

32 years ago Gryphon disappeared without trace under the onslaught of the new and totally unforgiving Punk Rock movement.  This was rather a surprise to their very loyal fan base, as Gryphon had represented one of the most interesting and unusual bands of the British progressive movement.

In 1973 Gryphon were commissioned by Sir Peter Hall to write the music for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Tempest”.  They went on to perform the music at the Old Vic, being the only band of its type ever to have performed there.

Gryphon toured the US in late 1974 as a support act to Yes, playing stadium gigs including the Houston Astrodome, Texas, and Madison Square Garden, New York.  They also supported Yes on a UK tour as well as support for Steeleye Span in the same year, and even appeared on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio concert series.  They were later supported by Richard Digance at a sold-out concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.  During this period alone they played in front of approximately 500,000 people.

Gryphon are to date the only band to have appeared on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 all in the same week!  This is testament to the diversity of their music and how difficult it was to classify the group into one specific genre.  The five studio albums they produced between 1972 and 1977 demonstrate their evolution from an all-acoustic medieval music quartet to a progressive stadium rock band.

On Saturday 6th June 2009 the original band will return to play an acoustic concert of material from their first two albums, “Gryphon” and “Midnight Mushrumps,” at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank in London.  For this performance they will be joined by special guest Graham Preskett.

For further information please contact Claire Bannister on 0208 398 0225 or [email protected]

Posted By: The Hemulen
Date Posted: April 07 2009 at 05:26
Is there really any need to go making another thread in the SAME sub-forum for this (as well as yet another, in a less appropriate one)? Seriously, not a way to endear yourself to members of this site.

I'll be attending this gig, incidentally. I hope whoever's responsible for this spamming account isn't too formally connected with the band as it's a pretty shoddy way to behave.

Posted By: Gryphonic
Date Posted: April 07 2009 at 05:45
My most sincere apologies - I am new to this forum and am finding things very difficult to navigate here as the site is so large and comprehensive!  I didn't know whether this post would fit best under 'Prog News, Press Releases' or 'Prog Gigs, Tours and Festivals', as it is effecitvely a press release *about* a gig, and so I thought that it couldn't hurt to post under both titles as it would increase the chance of anybody interested in Gryphon being able to find it!  It was certainly not intended as spam.  If people find this offensive or annoying is there anybody who can help me remove it?

Posted By: The Hemulen
Date Posted: April 07 2009 at 06:32
Apology accepted, by me at least. The admin team may well come along and tidy things up in due course so I shouldn't worry too much.

Anyway, I must say I'm very excited about this concert. I never got to see Gryphon back in the day due to the slight inconvenience of not being born at the time.

Posted By: GryphonReunion
Date Posted: May 30 2009 at 16:56
STOP PRESS!!! Free GRYPHON concert/open dress rehearsal TOMORROW (Sun 31May) at Epsom College, 5.30pm !! Please phone your friends and pass it on !

GryphonReunion QEH London 6 June

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