Started in feb 1978 as The Pain ’78. Changed name to Von Gam within the first year
Some 150 gigs so far, mostly in 1978-1983.
The band took a ”short” break after the gig at ”Rock-källaren” in Växjö, Sweden April-23, 1983. Was reunited in Stockholm in November-14 2015 for the Release party of ”Vägra Raggarna Benzin”.
Still do occasional gigs with guest drummer.
Socke - Guitar & Vocals
Fripps - Bass & Vocals
Tjup - Drums & Vocals (-2015)
Friends & Support (2016-)
Jimmy T - Drums
The band members met in grade school and one night aprox. ten years later in 1978 being in their mid-teens they got the crazy idea to start a band. No knowledge, no instruments, no music, but the next day they started to promote Von Gam in their hometown. They studied posters of rock bands to figure out the next step and came to the simple conclusion that a three man band has to consist of; One drummer, one bass player and one guitarist.
Since Socke had had a two week crash course in acoustic guitar, he was selected as a lead guitar player. But both Fripps and Tjup were eager to play the drums since they considered strings to be a complication. They decided to draw a lot to see who would get to play the drums. Fripps won the draw, which meant that he got to call on an ad for second hand drums in the local newspaper. If they were still for sale when he called, he would get to be the drummer. Tough luck! They were sold and Tjup who got to call on the next ad got to buy a fancy Pearl drum set in gold and could announce himself a drummer! :-)
Fripps, now assigned as the bass player, without never ever having even seen one in real life, accepted the fact, as did the rest of the band their brand new instruments and titles ;)
At that time Von Gam’s promotions skills definitely exceeded their musical ability and they where immediately booked for two concerts within the first two weeks. The two debut concerts were held for aprox. 300 people and was refereed too in the local paper as ”Most likely a big debut for the band...”, What a surprise ; )
In chronological order, more or less anyway :)
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