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  • Roger Waters announces third Athens Wall show
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 20.05.2011
  • This afternoon, a third Roger Waters Wall concert in Greece has been announced. The show takes place on Tuesday, July 12th at the OAKA Arena/Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2011-wall-tour/july-12th-oaka-arena-olympic-indoor-hall-athens-g.html), and tickets go onsale on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:30am, through Tickethouse (http://www.tickethouse.gr/) and online through Ticketpro (http://www.ticketpro.gr/). At time of writing this, the show will be the final one of the 2011 schedule. As a reminder, Roger's management have advised that the Greek shows are being filmed and recorded. As a result they are making it clear that all cameras and all mobile phones are strictly forbidden and will not be admitted to the venue. They point out that the use of flash from cameras and phones will have a catastrophic impact on the projected images on the Wall and consequently on the quality of the filming. This is an extremely serious issue. The actual recording is not the problem; it is the use of flash. Constant flashing from members of the audience totally destroys the images projected on the Wall and this means that the filming of this concert will be a failure .

  • Roger Waters appearing on BBC's Desert Island Discs
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  • 19.05.2011
  • Roger Waters appears as Kirsty Young's castaway on BBC Radio 4's legendary Desert Island Discs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/did) on May 29th at 11:15am. It is a forty-five minute programme, where the castaway selects their favourite music, book, and luxury item, to make life on a desert island more bearable. It is repeated the following Friday (June 3rd) at 9am. BBC Radio 4 can be heard on FM and DAB radio, digital cable, satellite and freeview, and via the BBC website where they have the excellent Listen Live and Listen Again facilities, allowing you to hear the broadcasts for up to seven days following transmission. Desert Island Discs is also available for download as a podcast via this link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/did) - they have extensive archives of old DID shows, including David Gilmour's 2003 appearance, which you can hear in full.

  • Nick Mason talks about Thursday's London Wall show with Roger Waters
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 19.05.2011
  • Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/behind-the-scenes-of-the-pink-floyd-reunion-20110518) have just interviewed Nick Mason on the historic scenes at London's O2 Arena last week, when David Gilmour and Nick joined Roger Waters during his Wall show there (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/roger-waters-joined-by-david-gilmour-nick-mason-at-londons-o2.html). Nick, who made a return visit to the O2 Arena last night to watch the show again, revealed his surprise last Thursday. It hadn't ever been quite finalized – there'd been talk about maybe playing in Paris or something else, so it was very nice to get there and see that [David] was there . He added: It was really nice to be sort of part of it and to show support for Roger, not that he really needs it. I suppose it's nice to have Roger wanting to register David and myself as part of it, in a way. It was sort of a mutual thing: it was nice to be recognized but also very nice to lend support to Roger and make it clear that we're not sort of punching it out in these auditoriums. We're not critical of him doing it. The full interview (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/behind-the-scenes-of-the-pink-floyd-reunion-20110518) provides a fascinating look at their thoughts, and the preparations for the guest spots. He also plays down the possibilities of future repeats of last Thursday night, or even a full scale reunion. It was a very nice thing to do but it could become a bit cliché if we kept climbing to the top of the Wall and kept hugging each other onstage. I mean, I think enough is enough. I mean, we're English after all. We don't do that hugging thing a lot.

  • New/improved official Pink Floyd websites
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 18.05.2011
  • massive Pink Floyd release programme recently announced (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/get-immersed-in-pink-floyds-back-catalogue-with-outtakes-rarities-and.html), the PinkFloyd.com (http://www.pinkfloyd.com) website has just undergone a dramatic overhaul. With a raft of new sections, running from News through the band's history, the designs, the music, and more, there's already plenty to discover on there. Focusing more on the release programme though is WhyPinkFloyd.com (http://www.whypinkfloyd.com/) which has loads of information on the different editions that will be with us from September. There's also a news feed app on the home page of the site which draws from a couple of decent sources! Both have a link to Facebook.com/PinkFloyd (http://www.facebook.com/pinkfloyd) which is sure to become a good source of day-to-day information and opinion - and a place where fans are able to provide their thoughts and feedback, so worth visiting. The official Pink Floyd Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialPinkFloyd) has also just been started up, and will be another destination you'll want to bookmark/favorite/store as over time it should become a treasure trove of great videos. To kick things off, they've posted a look at the upcoming Dark Side Of The Moon immersion boxset, and also official videos of Roger Waters' May 12th concert at the O2, with David Gilmour on Comfortably Numb, and Outside The Wall, with Nick Mason as well. See below for both of these, but be warned if you are trying to avoid seeing anything from The Wall tour, prior to attending your own chosen date, as they are full of spoilers!

  • Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon voted 'Best Album Cover'
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  • 16.05.2011
  • MusicRadar.com (http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-50-greatest-album-covers-of-all-time-444093) have just published the results of a survey of musicians and rock fans, declaring Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon as having the Greatest Album Cover of All Time . Storm Thorgerson's deceptively simple and striking image was just one of a number of the Floyd's cover which featured in the poll. Beating Nirvana's Nevermind and The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's into second and third places respectively, the Floyd also feature elsewhere in the top 10, with 1977's Animals. Will Groves, editor of MusicRadar.com, said: The Dark Side Of The Moon is conclusive proof that one simple, enduring image is the winning formula when it comes to album artwork, particularly when it's harnessed to such an iconic musical work. Any of the top 10 would have been worthy winners but the Floyd cover is a welcome reminder of a time when sleeve art meant much more than a jpeg a couple of hundred pixels wide in your iTunes library.

  • Roger Waters joined by David Gilmour & Nick Mason at London's O2 Arena
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 13.05.2011
  • May 12th show page (click here) (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2011-wall-tour/may-12th-o2-arena-greenwich-london-england.html), Roger played his trusty trumpet, David a mandolin, and Nick a tamborine! The morning following the show, the BBC's Breakfast TV programme covered the event, and many of you will be able to view Colin Paterson's Wall feature on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13389333) on demand.

  • Nick Mason talks about mammoth Pink Floyd reissue campaign
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  • 12.05.2011
  • A pair of interviews have been published today with Nick Mason, talking about the massive Pink Floyd reissue programme (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/get-immersed-in-pink-floyds-back-catalogue-with-outtakes-rarities-and.html) that was announced this week. The first of these, with Reuters news agency (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/12/us-pinkfloyd-idUSTRE7494B220110512), was conducted at the Hollywood EMI office, with Nick saying that There is a slight sense that we are coming to the end of the period where people will buy the physical record with all the packaging and the information and so on. I think it's really important to try and have a last go at that, because if we do end up just downloading everything from now on it would be a shame if there wasn't on record all that good artwork and the things that went with it . Elsewhere in the interview, which you can read here (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/12/us-pinkfloyd-idUSTRE7494B220110512), Nick talks of his pleasure that the Stephane Grappelli guest appearance was found and will be on the Wish You Were Here package. Mason also said he planned to attend the London stop of Waters The Wall world tour on Thursday. The other interview appears in Rolling Stone (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pink-floyds-nick-mason-reveals-story-behind-massive-new-reissues-20110511), where Nick reveals that the earliest material proved the biggest draw for him, particular tracks that emerged from the very back of the cupboard . When the subject turns to Roger Waters, he said: I hate to say this, because Roger is insufferable already, but his writing is extraordinary. The lyrics to Dark Side were written by a 20-something-year-old guy, but they're relevant to a 50- or 60-year-old guy. 'Time' or any of those songs have lasted extremely well. And the music has an abstraction to it that allows people to put their own visions on it. The songs leave a lot of scope for people to use their imaginations, paint their own pictures and make it a soundtrack to their thoughts and their lives. And you're most susceptible to that when you're a teenager . The full interview is online here (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pink-floyds-nick-mason-reveals-story-behind-massive-new-reissues-20110511).

  • Roger Waters tour interviews, and additional Greek concert
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 11.05.2011
  • With Roger Waters' production of The Wall arriving in UK today, with the first of six shows at London's O2 Arena, we start with some good news for those attending next week. The planned tube strike has been averted, meaning those using public transport to get to/from the O2 should be fine. For the London shows, more than 95 pupils from 12 secondary schools across the Tower Hamlets borough will join Roger on stage for Another Brick in the Wall. Yesterday saw Roger's show in Athens, Greece on July 8th (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2011-wall-tour/july-8th-oaka-arena-olympic-indoor-hall-athens-g.html) go on sale, and sold out within minutes. A second night there - July 9th (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2011-wall-tour/july-9th-oaka-arena-olympic-indoor-hall-athens-g.html) - has now gone on sale, and this show concludes the European tour (assuming no more are added). To tie in with these Greek concerts, Roger is interviewed on the DidiMusic site (http://www.didimusic.gr/index.swf). Talking of interviews, the Independent newspaper (UK) (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/the-wall-a-sprawling-masterpiece-thats-built-to-last-2281966.html) today publishes a chat they had with Roger. A fairly short interview, with the normal explanations of the relevance of The Wall today. A much longer, and very interesting, interview appeared over the weekend courtesy of the Irish Independent (http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/tales-from-the-dark-side-2640888.html). In this, Roger looks back at his very earliest days, and the fears he had that, as a baby, he had killed his father. After umpteen years of therapy, Roger admitted, I finally realised that a recurrent dream I had where I was terrified that I had murdered someone and I was going to get caught... I stopped having that dream when I realised I thought I had killed my father when I was a tiny baby. Because it is well known that children always feel responsible for their parents' divorce and they feel responsible, if they are young enough, for the death of a parent. Infants and very young children, because they are feel they are the centre of the universe, tend to take responsibilities...

  • Get immersed in Pink Floyd's back catalogue, with outtakes, rarities, and more
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 10.05.2011
  • Revealed today are details of a huge Pink Floyd release schedule, featuring all the studio albums newly remastered including unreleased music from the archives and collectors' box sets. With three of the major titles coming in three different editions each, there's an edition for every level of fan, from casual enthusiast, to the biggest Floydheads! The comprehensive release schedule kicks off on September 26, 2011, and encompasses CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, an SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album 'Best Of' collection. Vinyl editions are also in the works for release in due course. We're delighted to bring you details of the remasters, the collection boxset, the best of, and for three of the albums (so far) the three different special editions on offer - Discovery, Experience, and Immersion - and just what to expect for each album. We've also got those important pre-order links, so that you can secure your chosen release(s)...

  • Shine On: Pink Floyd in Focus - free exhibition at O2
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  • 09.05.2011
  • To coincide with Roger Waters' The Wall shows at The O2 Arena, the British Music Experience (http://www.britishmusicexperience.com/) (a registered not-for-profit charity) and Rockarchive, have gathered together a fascinating selection of images both of, and inspired by, the band's music from the mid 1960's to their Live 8 reunion in 2005. The exhibition, Shine On: Pink Floyd in Focus, includes rare images of Syd Barrett by Mick Rock, artwork from Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis studio, as well as candid images by Jill Furmanovsky, who has opened up her largely unseen archive to cast light on the band's dynamics as they recorded Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road and undertook the Dark Side of the Moon tour in the UK in the mid-70's. Even better, the exhibition will be free to ticket holders for Roger's concerts.

  • Win tickets for Aussie Floyd at Chester Rocks
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  • 07.05.2011
  • The Australian Pink Floyd have long been associated with Brain Damage, having been introduced to UK audiences at the first BD fan convention at Wembley in 1993. Since then, they've gone from strength to strength, and have recently been touring Europe to much acclaim. Another UK appearance has been lined up, and one lucky BD visitor will be in with the chance to win tickets to this year's hottest new summer festival, Chester Rocks . To win a pair of tickets for Sunday 3rd July, with has a great line-up including not only the Aussie Floyd, but also Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Leftfield, Echo and The Bunnymen, Feeder, I Am Kloot, Shaun William Ryder, and the Lightning Seeds, you'll need to enter our competition below!

  • Syd Barrett's Cambridge - 2011 walks reminder
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 02.04.2011
  • guided walks of Syd Barrett's Cambridge (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/walk-syd-barretts-cambridge-some-spaces-left-on-bd-tour.html), run by I-SpySydInCambridge (http://www.i-spysydincambridge.com/) in conjunction with Brain Damage. The walks, tours of the city that took in many of the more significant sites which were connected to the life and times of Syd, and the various bands which lead to Pink Floyd, provided fascinating and illuminating looks at those early days. The hosts of the tour - personal friends of Syd, who grew up with him - shared their own memories of school days and beyond with Syd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and other Pink Floyd illumni who lived and worked in Cambridge. They partnered with us for those two very special tours, and due to the success and enjoyment experienced on the walks, decided to run THREE special tours of Syd's Cambridge with us this year, and with available places being snapped up, we thought it a good time to remind those who haven't yet booked their spots, before they are all gone! The dates for 2011 are: June 18th, July 16th, and September 10th - all Saturdays. As with the 2010 tours, some special guests are again being lined up. Should all be great days and not to be missed!

  • "Barrett" - Russell Beecher & Will Shutes
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  • 18.02.2011
  • Many of you will recall that last year, we told you about Barrett, a new limited edition, high quality, large-format book that describes itself as the definitive visual companion to the life of Syd Barrett . With the book being published in March 2011, we've taken an indepth look at both the Classic and the 500-copy Signature editions, to see what the difference is between them, and what the additional book with the Signature edition has to offer. Neither edition is particularly cheap (but it will quickly become apparent why), so many people will be somewhat circumspect before deciding whether or not to indulge. Both editions are selling at a fair pace now, so if you are considering a purchase, don't leave it too long to decide... Barrett is the first book to have been made in conjunction with the Barrett family and the Syd Barrett Estate, and this has paid dividends with the material which has been uncovered and revealed for the first time. However, the publishers have cast their net far and wide, which has resulted in a wide variety of incredible, unpublished photos of the band, and Barrett, onstage and off. Despite our decades of research into the band, we enjoyed page after page of completely new pictures of them from their earliest days, coupled with family snapshots, personal letters, and Barrett's artwork through the years, from early pieces through to pictures done shortly before his sad passing.

  • "The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall" - Gerald Scarfe
  • http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/
  • 09.02.2011
  • Published in North America around September 15th 2010 to coincide with the start of Roger Waters tour, and slightly later in the UK and Europe, The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall is the incredible, authorized and definitive book by Gerald Scarfe about the project and includes new commentaries from the surviving members of Pink Floyd: Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, together with the director of the film, Sir Alan Parker. Roger Waters has written the foreword, and his conversation with Gerald runs through the book. The album imagery, stage performances and film were created in close collaboration with Gerald Scarfe, and his massive archive includes original storyboards, animation cells, concept drawings, models and other three-dimensional material together with photographs of the creation and staging of the live performances and the filming of The Wall. In the book, Gerald also relates his own experiences of working with the band from the early days of Wish You Were Here to the Pros and Cons Of Hitchhiking with Roger Waters, after his break with the other band members, as well as his work for the new live show of The Wall. We've taken a good look at the book (a real pleasure) and we think that the unique angle on the project that Gerald takes makes it an essential purchase, as you'll see in the review below...

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PINK FLOYD REDEFINE
THEIR EMI LEGACY

Major Pink Floyd release campaign, Why Pink Floyd…?, to include unreleased music from the archives, collectors’ box sets and complete studio recordings remastered.

Pink Floyd and EMI Music, whose association dates from 1967, announce a comprehensive release schedule, to be launched on September 26, 2011, encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps and a brand-new single-album ‘Best Of’ collection.

The legendary band, who are still one of the most successful and iconic artists of all time, recently signed an agreement with EMI which has allowed the development of a multi-format programme of packages, many containing archive material that has been collated during an extensive process between EMI and Pink Floyd for a range of media formats.

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