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Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera - to open in Cincinnati next week Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 12 July 2018

Some of you will recall our posts from the end of 2016, and the start of 2017 about Another Brick in the Wall, the award-winning new opera based on Pink Floyd's The Wall. Following the incredibly successful run in Canada, it has moved south of the border to the US, and Cincinnati Opera, in Ohio, will present it for the first time in the country from July 20-31, 2018, with tickets priced from $35 to $190.

Created with Roger Waters's full endorsement, it depicts Pink's journey from madness to redemption as never seen before, with sets created by designers from Cirque du Soleil, colossal video projections, a cast of 80, and a 70-piece orchestra in the pit. The production sold out its entire 10-performance run at the world premiere in Montreal last year. Read our fully illustrated review of the Montreal staging here.

For more information, and to buy tickets for any of the performances, visit www.cincinnatiopera.org/the-wall.

UPDATE: Sam Jacobson was at one of these performances, and reviewed it for the classical music/opera website Bachtrack which you can read through this link. Worth checking out in case you are interested in attending any future stagings that may be arranged and announced...

 
Ron Geesin: An Improvised Life - documentary airing on UK TV, Saturday Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Ron Geesin: An Improvised Life documentary 2015"Indescribable, and not to be missed!" This is Nick Mason's take on the subject of this recent documentary, and to my mind, this is also a fair reflection on the film itself. 'Ron Geesin: An Improvised Life' is a fascinating, one-hour look at this truly unique composer, musician, adjustable spanner enthusiast, performer and artist. Whilst most visitors to Brain Damage will be fully aware of his work with Pink Floyd, co-composing Atom Heart Mother, and working (principally) with Roger Waters on the soundtrack to The Body (which features a full, uncredited Floyd performance on one track), other aspects of his career won't be so familiar to most.

'Ron Geesin: An Improvised Life' is having its first UK broadcast at 9pm this coming Saturday, July 14th. It is being shown on the Sky Arts channel, which is available via Sky, Virgin Media, Talk Talk TV and Now TV.

The documentary gives a potted history of Geesin, with some fascinating pictures and footage of his first major exploits in the world of music: joining the jazz band The Original Downtown Syncopators. 'An Improvised Life' shows how his piano playing in this band lead to other things; soundtracks for adverts, appearances in television productions, and suchlike.

Geesin himself talks of his activities, with the help of his wife Frankie, and various key people from throughout his career. News to me was how he was support act for a couple of major performers - The Who and Genesis.

Pete Townshend talks at length about Geesin, who had him open for The Who twice - until Roger Daltrey had to "have a word" with Geesin as he'd been too popular with the audience as a support act! Townshend called him "badly behaved, and a vigilante" in his performance, and draws parallels with the likes of Syd Barrett (whom Townshend shares his memories of).

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Roger Waters being awarded O2 Silver Clef Award Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 05 July 2018

O2 Silver Clef AwardsArtists including Roger Waters, Robert Plant, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, and Stereophonics are among the winners of the 43rd O2 Silver Clef Awards.

Presenter Edith Bowman will host the event, which raises money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, tomorrow (Friday, July 6th) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, while coverage from the red carpet will be presented by Peter Andre.

Roger Waters and Robert Plant are being honoured for their contribution to music and will be presented with the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award and the Integro Outstanding Award respectively. Stereophonics pick up the American Express Icon Award, while Ellie Goulding is awarded the Liz Hobbs Best Female Award and George Ezra will take home the AEG Presents Best Male Award.

The hotel where the ceremony is taking place is situated on Park Lane, handily next to Hyde Park, where Roger will be performing in the evening. Many congratulations on the award, Roger!

UPDATE: Roger collected his award from Brian Eno, prior to headlining the British Summer Time show across the road in Hyde Park. "Checking the history books, Pink Floyd did the very first free concert in the park in 1969 so that's a great memory," said Roger. "Well done Nordoff Robbins for the great work that you do with the children who need the help of music as a healing force in their lives."

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - BBC interview now online Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 05 July 2018

Tickets for the 21-date Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets European tour in September this year are selling very well in most cities, with some venues understandably completely sold out now.

Having seen the four inaugural shows in London in May, we urge you to go to see the band in their upcoming dates if at all possible - it's a concert you really won't want to miss!

To help spread the word about The Saucers, back on June 26th, the UK's BBC 6 Music Breakfast's Matt Everitt sat down with Nick to talk about how it feels revisiting the past and some of the most influential and psychedelic music ever created. Here's the interview (with thanks to Dave Carlin for the link to it):

 
Green Is The Colour...Roger Waters numbered limited edition vinyl album out soon Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 25 June 2018
Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? Limited numbered European only green vinyl Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? Limited numbered European only green vinyl
Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? Limited numbered European only green vinyl

Marking the current dates of the Roger Waters Us + Them European tour 2018, it is now officially confirmed that Sony Music are releasing a special, green double vinyl edition of his recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want?, exclusive to Europe.

The edition is limited and numbered, and we suggest that those of you interested in adding this lovely looking release to their collections, get your orders placed early as it won't hang around for long.

The album will appear in selected stores from July 6th (a couple of weeks time) and can be ordered through the following direct links: Amazon UKAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy. If you reside outside these countries, please note that all Amazon stores ship vinyl worldwide. Also, using our Amazon links helps us hugely with ongoing site running costs and we really appreciate it!

 
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