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New French, Dutch and German magazines with Pink Floyd features Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 06 November 2016
Pink Floyd Icones Music - France, 2016 Pink Floyd in Oor - The Netherlands, 2016 Eclipsed magazine November 2016 with Pink Floyd

With the upcoming release of the now 28-disc Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-1972 box set (and the associated 2CD Cre/Ation highlights/sampler set) there are (unsurprisingly) a number of magazines available in various countries, all focusing their attentions and energies toward features on the band and their music.

There are three new magazine issues that have appeared in mainland Europe, and available now in selected stores and newsstands.

In France, the new issue of Music Icons (number 2) is focused on Pink Floyd. As with the other two magazines we mention in this news item, we've not seen the publication itself but in the publicity for it, they note that it contains: exclusive graphic work of Pink Floyd by Storm Thorgerson, a preview of the V&A exhibition in London in 2017 (with tickets to win), unpublished interviews with Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the true story of Animals, the complete discography, and a detailed look at the box set.

For those of you in The Netherlands, the November issue of Dutch magazine 'Oor' also has a cover story on the band - 'The early years of Pink Floyd'. Over 12 pages, there are nice colour photos, an overview of their early years (in The Netherlands), Syd, 'The Early Years' and the writer tries to find the tree they're leaning against in the '67 photoshoot in the Leidsjebosje (the one with Roger in the purple cape). The tree is gone… Our thanks to Liesbeth Bliek for the information on this particular magazine.

Finally, Michael Nickel kindly tells us about Germany's Eclipsed Magazine (issue dated November 2016) with a nice 1967-era shot of the Syd Barrett-era Floyd on the cover. The main article - Abende der Gegenkultur (Evenings of counterculture) includes Nick Mason talking about the "crazy early years: Syd, David, French girls and a treasure". In the magazine there is a special five page press interview with Nick, which took place in Hamburg in a conference room of Warner Records this year, and a special Peter Jenner interview about the early years of the band, conducted at the Haldern Pop Festival 2016. More info on the magazine can be found at Eclipsed.de.

 
New, long Roger Waters interview Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 05 November 2016

WTF podcastWhilst Roger Waters is normally a good interviewee these days, with an open and expressive nature talking about life and music, a new interview has just appeared which leaps straight into the "must hear" category.

The WTF podcast hosted by Marc Maron has interviewed various people over the years including such diverse individuals as Keith Richards, Ben Stiller and President Barack Obama. The podcast is a free download through this link at wtfpod.com, and has Roger on superb form, talking a wide range of subjects from his own solo career, through to his Pink Floyd bandmates, John Lennon, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and the state of the world.

The interview lasts around 90 minutes and feels like an indepth chat between friends over a pint, rather than any kind of rigid, structured discussion. The initial part of the podcast might seem a little odd, with chat about his cats, but once you get past this, to Roger's appearance, you'll find yourself absorbed from beginning to end.

Our thanks to everyone who emailed in with the info about this interview.

 
Roger Waters - second show in Quebec City, Canada, 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 01 November 2016
Roger Waters - Us + Them North American tour 2017

Due to demand for tickets, a second Us + Them show has been added to Roger Waters' 2017 North American tour. The concert, at the Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City, will take place on Saturday, October 7th 2017.

This second show to take place at this venue goes on American Express presale from tomorrow (Wednesday, November 2nd) at 10am, and there are radio station, Ticketmaster AEG and venue presales taking place from Thursday, November 3rd at 10am.

For the regular sale of tickets, which starts on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th at noon, visit Ticketmaster.ca. Using our link also helps toward the ongoing running costs of this site, and is appreciated!

For details of all the currently announced concerts on Roger's 2017 tour, click here and select the show(s) of interest.

 
Happy Halloween! It's the 2016 Pink Floyd pumpkin Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 31 October 2016

Pink Floyd Halloween pumpkin design - Joe Ringus 2016Happy Halloween! Regulars to Brain Damage over the years will know that our friend Joe Ringus is a hugely talented pumpkin artist, and each year crafts a Pink Floyd themed pumpkin for Halloween (which is celebrated by many, principally this evening, but in a number of places it covers a number of days).

Those regulars will no doubt be as keen as we have been to see if Joe would be continuing the tradition this year, and if so, what design would be picked. The great news is that Joe has been hard at work yet again, and has done a phenomenal job once again! We're delighted to share his incredible carving with you.

Joe said: "The tradition continues! This year's pumpkin goes back to The Wall with the image of the Mother. It's yet another rendition of Gerald Scarfe's creative illustrations. Happy Halloween!"

Thanks Joe - we think you've done another excellent job! It's a great tradition and we know many of our visitors love to see them. If there are any other pumpkin artists out there who have created Floyd designs, we'd love to see them. In the meantime, click the thumbnail to the left to see Joe's hard, and careful, work in more detail.

 
Nick Mason shares advice with young musicians Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 30 October 2016

Earlier this year, Nick Mason appeared at BIMM London for a Masterclass, in front of a keen audience. BIMM is the British and Irish Modern Music Institute and is a group of six independent colleges which specialise in this type of music. Nick talked about Pink Floyd, how he got started in music, and had plenty of advice for the musicians in attendance. Here's an edited video of the event:

 
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