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David Gilmour’s Wroclaw concert - construction/preparation video Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 30 December 2016

A very interesting little treat has now appeared online - a five and a half minute video looking at the construction and preparations for David Gilmour’s concert in Wroclaw, Poland, on June 25th this year, which was televised live in that country.

The video, below, gives a sense of just how many things need to be considered and sorted out for a show of this scale, with the added complication of the broadcast. Well worth a watch…

 
Roger Waters: Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera; dates added Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 29 December 2016

Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera; Montreal, March 2017 As we previous reported on March 5th 2016 (and first mentioned on our site at the end of 2015) Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera receives its world premiere at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada on March 11th 2017, with subsequent performances taking place through the month.

Due to the popularity of the show, some additional performances have now been announced, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com. For more information on Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera and other events, visit OperaDeMontreal.com.

The press conference for the series of performances was held at the Olympic Stadium, the scene of the infamous spitting incident which inspired The Wall. "It was unpleasant," said Waters. "I accept that. I was unpleasant. The audience was unpleasant. But it clearly had an effect on me and the story I tell is that it had some impact on me creating this piece of theatre, which is extremely valuable to me.

"I was pissed off or disaffected because of a large number of people who, with all due respect to the population of Montreal, were drunk and not really paying much attention to what was going on on stage and some kid was scrambling up the front [of the stage] and I think that I spat at him. I realised I was at the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing. And I needed to express that I didn’t feel human and we all want to feel human. My response to that was to write a show that involved building a huge wall between me and the people that I was trying to communicate with.

“At the end of the day, The Wall is about a journey from spitting in someone’s face towards a position where love becomes more important and our responsibility to those that share this planet with us becomes more important than our desire to engage in things that make us richer.”

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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.

 
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