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P-Floyd bring their hit production Seven Deadly Sins to London Print E-mail
Written by Goran Nystrom   
Thursday, 29 December 2016

Seven Deadly Sins[Brain Damage note: The author of this piece will be the narrator of the concert, so has a personal perspective on this, giving some insights into what to expect with the show...]

In Sweden, a curious production of Pink Floyd songs, related visuals, and storytelling, has travelled the country leaving a trail of glowing reviews. The band is P-Floyd and they are known to spare no efforts in presenting a show with strong sonic and visual impact. The new production is an interesting approach of how to tell the Pink Floyd story, including many of the band’s twists and turns, playing pertinent songs to follow the storyline. All this has been adapted to fit the classic concept of the seven deadly sins, with a narrator taking the stage between songs and seamlessly fitting stories and visuals into the overall musical concept.

Seven Deadly Sins offers P-Floyd in an audio-visual production intertwining with contemplation of the fatal weaknesses that make us the people we are – and particularly as they relate to the front figures of Pink Floyd. The audience can expect large investments in sound, lighting and theatrical elements, but above all a unique Pink Floyd experience from one of the world's foremost concept bands. In Sweden, the newspaper reviews have talked about “absolute top class”, “the total Pink Floyd experience”, “best concert of the year”. Thanks to such reception, the show is now scheduled for an arena tour next autumn, including the Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm.

During their twenty years as a band P-Floyd has played many sold out concert halls in Scandinavia. The most important events however are the ones played in the open pit mine converted into a concert arena, Dalhalla, a stage used for opera music and also by the likes of Neil Young and Sting. For this they have been awarded ”Live Act of the Year” at the Dalecarlia Music Awards. Their shows there are filled with lasers, video, theatre, pyrotechnics, stunt flying and even mountaineering - treating Pink Floyd's musical heritage as if it were their own, never afraid of innovation.

On October 27th this year, P-Floyd’s Jan Stumsner (guitars) and Peter Holmstedt (bass) joined Men On The Border and a full symphony orchestra in celebrating Syd Barrett, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, the location of his last ever concert. Now the full band is coming over to present their work to a London audience, having now announced a unique one-off performance of Seven Deadly Sins at the Union Chapel, London on Friday May 26th 2017. Depending on how well this is received, and tickets are selling well, more UK shows may be on offer in the future. Tickets can be purchased through Eventim UK.

 
Nick Mason talks favourite drummers on US radio tomorrow Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 29 December 2016

SiriusXM Deep Tracks logoThose of you in the US, with satellite radio service SiriusXM, have a special treat lined up for tomorrow. In a special show, Nick Mason shares the drummers who’ve influenced him and left their mark on rock and roll.

Tune into Deep Tracks (channel 27) at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow (Friday, 30th December) to hear Nick count down his 13 favourites. You can also see the list of his favourites at this page, which also has details at the very bottom of how you can sign up for a 30 day free trial (in the US only).

Deep Track’s 13 Most Influential Drummers in Rock and Roll will replay on 31st December at 8 a.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET; 1st January at 4 a.m. ET and 12 p.m. ET; and 2nd January at 10 a.m. ET.

 
Nick Mason on the 1966 Roundhouse launch event for International Times Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 23 December 2016

London's Roundhouse at 50On its 50th anniversary as a concert and entertainment venue, London's Roundhouse has interviewed Nick Mason about Pink Floyd's appearance as part of the legendary 1966 opening night.

The event was an 'All Night Rave' - the official launch of 'underground' newspaper the International Times, on October 15th that year, and amongst the performers were the Floyd and The Soft Machine, alongside steel bands, a drag ball, costumes, jelly and much more. Attendees were urged to "Bring your own poison, bring flowers & gass filled balloons". There was also a "SurPRIZE for shortest & barest"...

The event quickly became a thing of legend, although Nick was able to dispel some of the rumours, despite quipping "Well obviously I can't remember a thing, so I'll have to invent it for you." Despite the well-maintained, modern concert venue it has become today, back then things weren't quite so luxurious. "It had fallen into disuse. There was no lighting and no power as far as I remember. We actually had to bring in a 13-amp extension lead from some building just outside. Every now and again the power would overload and all sound would be lost while someone went to reset the fuse."

As events go, it dramatically exceeded expectations. "It was one of those things where they expected a hundred people and a thousand turned up. Certainly [Blow-Up director] Michelangelo Antonioni was there and a number of other luminaries of the time. I think Paul [McCartney] was there. There's a bit of confusion because the more likely candidate would have been John [Lennon], but yes, Paul did come down."

Nick also tries to recall Joel Brown's light show projected over the band and the stage backdrop. "Whatever we did would have been unbelievably small time. This was our first actual real gig to more than 50 people. Apart from anything else the power coming in wouldn't have been sufficient to do very much more than a couple of amplifiers and a very modest PA system… almost any band now would have far more."

To read the full interview, visit 50.Roundhouse.org.uk.

 
Two new German magazines featuring Pink Floyd - out now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 22 December 2016
German Rock Classics magazine - Pink Floyd special

Currently in stores across Germany are a couple of new magazines, which feature rather similar names. One of these - Classic Rock - is a monthly publication, and the other - Rock Classics - is a special edition.

The first of these (Classic Rock) is the German edition of the magazine which originated from the UK, and has a December 2016 cover date. The main feature is an exclusive look at The Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome album, and the cover therefore has the new blue tongue logo. However, one of the other lead stories on the front is Pink Floyd – Die besten Songs der Prog-Urgiganten (Pink Floyd – The best songs of the ancient prog giants). The article covers 14 pages, and is an album by album analysis of the band, with comments written by various contributors about many of the songs.

You can get this in stores now, or order online through shop.pmedia.de.

The other magazine - shown here to the left (click the thumbnail) is Rock Classics Magazine, special edition number 17, cover date December 2016/January/February 2017. Pink Floyd - Legenden Des Rock: Genie und Wahnsinn – Mythen und Fakten (Pink Floyd - Legends of Rock: Genius and Insanity – Myths and Facts) is a 116 page publication, an updated version (inspired by The Early Years box set) of a magazine which originally came out in 2011. It's an edition very similar to the special issues of "The Ultimate Collector's Edition" of Uncut. It looks at Pink Floyd from the beginning to the end – album by album and of course many side features. There's also a lot of rarely seen pictures, not the normal Getty Images material.

There's also a free CD: "Sons & Daughters of Pink Floyd", with a cover version of "Careful With That Axe Eugene" from “The Electric Family” on it (as a bonus track). You can get it in German stores now, or order online via slam-zine.de.

Our thanks to Michael Nickel for the information about these current German publications.

 
Pink Floyd The Wall - 35th anniversary 70mm screenings in London Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 18 December 2016
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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of its original release, The Prince Charles Cinema in central London has six showings of the 70mm print of Alan Parker's Pink Floyd The Wall coming up on various dates in January. Most of these are in the evenings, although there is one lunchtime/early afternoon screening on a Sunday at the end of the month.

The movie of The Wall will be presented from a 70mm 6 Track Dolby print. Please note: the 70mm print has suffered light colour fading. The screens take place at the following times/dates:

  • Saturday 7th January 2017, 8:45pm
  • Monday 9th January 2017, 8:45pm
  • Sunday 15th January 2017, 8:45pm
  • Thursday 19th January 2017, 8:45pm
  • Sunday 29th January 2017, 12:45pm
  • Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:45pm

Click here for tickets: PrinceCharlesCinema.com. For those who want to attend but haven't been there before, the Prince Charles Cinema is located at 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY (map here). Our thanks to Jason Pyke and David Haddock for the information about these screenings.

 
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