One of the many pleasures of the current Why Pink Floyd remaster and collectors edition box set programme is the way that, wherever you turn, Pink Floyd are back in the press, on TV, or on the radio. It's about time!
Earlier this week, Nick Mason was interviewed on US satellite station XM/Sirius channel 26 'Classic Vinyl', on Thursday September 27th at 12 noon EST, and this hour long show can be heard via Youtube through the following links: part one, part two, part three, and part four.
Also, this time in the UK, Nick was on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends on Monday. For those who missed this, you can still hear the interview with him, and the sneak preview of the Stephane Grappeli guest appearance on Wish You Were Here, via the BBC iPlayer service in selected countries. Our thanks to Jason Pyke and Kevin Whitlock for the info on this one.
This coming week doesn't let up on the Floyd front, and the BBC in the UK have scheduled a large amount of coverage, beginning tomorrow on BBC Radio 2, and peaking Friday night on BBC6 Music where their Pink Floyd Night runs from 7pm, right through to 4am the following morning! Here's the full schedule of what's coming up:
First up, on the UK's BBC Radio 2 Monday evening (October 3rd) at 10pm is "The Record Producers: Pink Floyd". In this hour long programme, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Pink Floyd with access to original multitrack recordings and contributions from David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Joe Boyd and others. A "few extra surprises along the way" are promised, so definitely one to tune into! More details here.
The main bulk of the BBC's coverage takes place on Friday (October 7th) on BBC6 Music. They start things off in the early hours, with the airing of Wish You'd Been Here: The Pink Floyd Story part 1 at midnight, followed by Wish You'd Been Here: The Pink Floyd Story part 2 at 3am.
This is just an appetiser for the evening itself, which runs as follows:
- 7pm - 9pm: Now Playing @6Music
Tom Robinson reflects on seven days of music conversation online and 6
Music listeners collaborate via a phone-in to build a playlist devoted to Pink Floyd, and to find out what the listeners think of the band
- 9pm - 10:30pm: The Record Producers: Pink Floyd
Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Pink Floyd with access to original multitrack recordings and contributions from David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Joe Boyd and others. This is an extended version of the show that BBC Radio 2 are broadcasting on Monday (October 3rd)
- 10:30pm - 11pm: The Producer's Playlist
Steve Levine presents a personal choice of Pink Floyd highlights including See Emily Play, San Tropez from the Meddle album and The Division Bell's High Hopes
- 11pm - 12am: Pink Floyd at the BBC
A selection of archive recordings made at, and for, the BBC from Pink Floyd, taken from Top Gear, BBC Night Ride, and BBC In Concert at the Paris Theatre in Regent Street
- 12am - 1am: Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone
Described as a "compendium of audio gloop hosted by King of Freaks, Stuart
Maconie", this focuses on Ummagumma and the more experimental side of Pink Floyd, along with an interview with Nick Mason
- 1am - 2am: Desert Island Discs on 6 Music - David Gilmour
A repeat of the BBC Radio 4 show featuring David Gilmour as guest castaway, picking his favourite music and other items for his island residence
- 2am - 3am: Desert Island Discs on 6 Music - Roger Waters
A repeat of the BBC Radio 4 show, this time featuring Roger Waters as guest castaway
- 3am - 4am: The Thing About Syd
A repeat airing of the BBC documentary about Syd Barrett
Finally, on Sunday, October 9th at 3pm, BBC Radio 2 devotes two hours to "Johnnie Walker's Sounds of the 70s". Johnnie goes back to the 70s with Pink Floyd. He talks to David Gilmour and Nick Mason about being at the forefront of the prog rock explosion.
Our thanks to David Haddock and to Danny for their help with this information.