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The first dates of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour have been announced! They will take place in April/May, in Ireland and the UK, followed by some European shows too, which goes into early June. Hopefully for those elsewhere, more dates are to be announced, as well as the live recording from London's Roundhouse to be released! If you've been any of the shows, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on what you experienced, or if you are going to one of these new shows, please get in touch!

Sadly, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains has now finished its latest staging, in the Spanish city of Madrid. Hopefully the next location for this unmissable wander through the band's history will be announced soon...more details as we get them!

Oh, and in case you missed it, Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 box set has been announced, along with a 2LP or 1CD highlights set. The highlights sets are coming out on November 29th, with the full box set arriving two weeks later!

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Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder 2019 Screening - New York City
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Thursday, 05 December 2019
Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder private cinema screening, New York City, December 4th 2019

For many years, fans have been clamouring for a DVD release of Delicate Sound of Thunder. It (finally) arrives on December 13th, in full re-master glory, and boasting improvements that honour its previously under-appreciated legacy. New York City got a sneak-peek of this new version last night (December 4th) at the historic Village East Cinema, as did Chicago and San Francisco, in a trio of one night only, private screenings.

It is a well-known fact that when David Gilmour re-launched Pink Floyd with 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, its promotional tour kick-off was riddled with uncertainties, insecurity, and self-doubt – but ended in record-breaking success.

This entire story arc was captured at its bookends in two films: early performances in Atlanta, just a few weeks into the tour, were filmed and would eventually be bootlegged as the Calhoun Tapes; latter performances, recorded at Nassau Coliseum just a few months before the tour ended, landed an official release in the form of Delicate Sound of Thunder.

Delicate Sound of Thunder captures a band in top form, rejuvenated, confident, and financially viable. The contrast between the original edit and the new edit of this official release is largely rooted in a spectacular balance between detail and panorama.

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European dates, and more UK dates, added to 2020 Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets tour
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of SecretsSome great news for many of you: with Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets clearly loving life on the road, the thirteen dates already announced in Ireland and the UK in April/May 2020, have been augmented with a further four shows in the UK, and fourteen in Europe! One of the additional UK shows is in a venue that Nick would have been rather familiar with in the earlier days of Pink Floyd...

For those yet to check them out (and if so, where have you been?!), Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets brings together some familiar names, all great musicians: joining Nick are Gary Kemp and Lee Harris on guitar, Guy Pratt on bass, and Dom Beken on keyboards. Before coming together to form Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, Kemp was best known for his work with Spandau Ballet, Harris as having played guitar with The Blockheads (Ian Dury's band), Pratt needs no introduction, and Beken was principally known for his work with The Orb, and Transit Kings (with Pratt). The band play early Pink Floyd songs, concentrated on the period of 1967-1972.

Tickets for the additional eighteen concerts, which are really not to be missed, have just gone on sale, via this direct link at SeeTickets.com for the UK dates, with different outlets for the European shows, links below. The dates and venues for the dates so far in 2020 are as follows, with the newly added concerts shown in bold:

Each date above links off to its individual show page, which should build into a record of each concert, a home for your reviews, pictures, and more!

This is a very special opportunity to experience Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' and 'A Saucerful Of Secrets', through to 'Obscured By Clouds'. The band have been very highly praised by fans and the media alike for the quality and uniqueness of each performance - the Saucers clearly have a wonderful time performing together, and that comes across clearly in the music.

 
Four-part Pink Floyd podcast - The Lost Art Of Conversation
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 24 November 2019

Pink Floyd - The Lost Art of Conversation podcastAvailable on all podcast platforms from tomorrow is The Lost Art Of Conversation, an exclusive look at Pink Floyd's upcoming box set, The Later Years, which is out on December 13th.

To mark the release of The Later Years, David Gilmour gave BBC Radio’s Matt Everitt unprecedented access with his only interview about the project, the result of which is the four part podcast which will be available weekly on Mondays from 25th November, via your chosen podcast service.

Covering the material and stories featured in The Later Years box set, the episodes are split into four key themes from the band's career from 1987 to the present day, delving into the multi-faceted elements of Pink Floyd's creative output:

The Studio
David talks about the band's return to the jam sessions in the recording studio and embracing new technology when faced with mountains of new advances in synthesisers and other instruments.

Artwork
David tells of his ideas for the band's artwork including how his simple sketch of a single, empty bed was transformed by the artist Storm Thorgerson into the epic image of hundreds of beds on the cover of A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Live Performances
How the band were preparing for the terrifying prospect of the upcoming tour, only added to by the enormous pressure facing them whilst rehearsing in a massive aircraft hangar at Toronto airport.

Unreleased New Material from the box set
David talks about the many hours of new and rare material included in The Later Years, his memories jogged by watching footage of the band flying around in promotional airships over Miami beach, watching hapless swimmers surrounded by sharks.

You can subscribe to this four-part look at The Later Years via PinkFloyd.lnk.to/Podcast with the episodes available via all normal podcast platforms. More details of The Later Years boxset, and 2LP/1CD highlights packages, can be found here, including ordering links. Finally, here's a teaser for the first episode, which can be heard in full tomorrow:

 
David Gilmour helping Mick Fleetwood celebrate Peter Green at London Palladium
Written by Matt   
Monday, 11 November 2019
Mick Fleetwood & Friends celebrate the music of Peter Green - London Palladium, 25 February 2020

As one-off concerts go, this sounds quite special! On February 25th, 2020, Mick Fleetwood hosts a celebration of the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium.

Fleetwood has lined up musicians such as Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman to perform on the night. "The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognise the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music," Fleetwood said. "Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician."

Alongside the invited guest musicians, the house band consists of Fleetwood alongside Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze and Ricky Peterson, and the concert will be filmed for eventual release.

Money from the event will go to the very deserving Teenage Cancer Trust charity, and tickets go on sale on Friday (November 15th) at 10am GMT via Ticketmaster UK. There are a number of tickets available in a Ticketmaster presale, again through that link.

 
See David Gilmour guesting with The Pretty Things from new release
Written by Matt   
Friday, 08 November 2019
The Pretty Things - The Final Bow deluxe set featuring David Gilmour and Van Morrison

Just released is The Pretty Things Final Bow, a limited edition 5 disc (2CD, 2DVD and 10" vinyl) release housed in a 52 page deluxe hardback book. The legendary band's final live performance, recorded at the London's O2 Indigo in December 2018, celebrates 55 years of the "greatest band most people have never heard of". The Final Bow captures The Pretty Things at their rocking and unique best across 3 sets of classic tracks - the entire concert - featuring guest appearances from David Gilmour and Van Morrison.

The first 500 copies of the deluxe set include an insert signed by Phil May and Dick Taylor. The Final Bow represents The Pretty Things's remarkable history on two concert film DVDs and a live audio recording on the two CDs as well as a special 10" of Phil May and Dick Taylor's track selections.

The 52-page hardback book is packed with live photography by Judy Totton, 'The Gospel according to Mark St. John' extensive sleeve notes and Phil and Dick's individual sleeve notes telling their tales of the ballsy, arrogant and ambitious band.

The evening was transformed from unmissable to sensational with the guest performances of David Gilmour on classics including Cries from the Midnight Circus and LSD, and legendary vocalist Van Morrison on blues classic Baby, Please Don't Go and soul standard You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover.

You can see David performing She Says Good Morning with The Pretty Things from the show, here:

The Pretty Things frontman Phil May told Prog magazine, "After 55 years, saying goodbye to The Pretty Things electric band was a seismic, emotional blow and a genuine life loss, for all the band and our manager. But, to be forced into it on health grounds, when the band was riding high, creating great new music and touring so successfully, throughout the world, made matters worse. But, life's a bitch and then you die...

"That said, this box set and what it represents, as a lasting tribute to the band I love, the life we have lived, and the way we have lived it, in music and performance, is unparalleled. I know I’m lucky, I, and the band, made it through a 2-hour 45-minute performance, in the best form we could have hoped for and we all feel that we created a performance, worthy of The Pretty Things at their best.

"That we captured it on film and on record, that we had our great, old friends, David Gilmour and Van Morrison alongside us and creating the moment and that, most of all, the O2 was sold out with our friends, old and new, young and old, and the people that we have done it for and who made it possible for us, was the icing on the cake."

As well as the deluxe edition, there's also a 140gram heavyweight vinyl edition available, with a selection of tracks from the evening. You can order either through the following direct links. Please note the price varies heavily between the different Amazon stores, so you are best to check neighbouring Amazon stores to see if they have it for a better price - they all ship worldwide.

THE PRETTY THINGS: Final Bow - deluxe 2DVD/2CD/10" vinyl:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
THE PRETTY THINGS: Final Bow - 2LP vinyl highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
Pink Floyd The Later Years box set - further price drop
Written by Matt   
Friday, 08 November 2019
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set cover
Pink Floyd - The Later Years deluxe box set contents
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 Highlights CD/2LP vinyl cover

Back in August, Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 was confirmed and detailed. It will appear as an 18-disc (if you include the two singles) box set, a double vinyl LP with selected highlights from the set, and a CD release of these highlights too. The box set (and digital version) is released on Friday, December 13th, this year, with a 2LP/1CD (and again, digital version of this) 'highlights' edition released on Friday, November 29th. Click here for the track listing of the box set.

Some good news for those who have been wondering about ordering it, or for those who already have, through Amazon - they have reduced the price in a number of their stores for the box set. At time of writing this, Amazon UK are currently offering it for £272.76 which is the lowest price they've had for it, so far. Those who have already pre-ordered it through them will automatically pay the lowest price it was advertised for, between when they ordered it, and release date, so there's no need to cancel your order and re-purchase. Each Amazon store seems to set their own price, so it is worth shopping around, and also note they will send things like this worldwide.

For those who need reminding, let's take a look at what is on offer. Looking at the largest item first, the box set, this consists of 5 CDs in a 60-page hardback book, 6 Blu-rays and 5 DVDs, each in gatefold wallets, 2 7" vinyl singles with material never released, a 40-page hardback photo book, replica tour programmes, and a reproduction memorabilia collection. The box set offers over six hours of previously unheard audio and over seven hours of previously unseen audiovisuals from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, The Division Bell and The Endless River albums.

The CDs take in the 2019 remix of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, a 2019 remix of Delicate Sound Of Thunder, a disc of live B-sides and unreleased material from The Division Bell, and a new remix of the 1990 Knebworth concert. With AMLOR, the album is presented for the first time in 5.1, and has been updated and remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson. The release of The Later Years project gives an opportunity for a fresh overview of this album. By returning to some of Richard Wright's keyboard parts and recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

The Blu-rays include 5.1 surround sound mixes of the above, as well as The Division Bell, a restored and remixed Delicate Sound of Thunder and includes additional tracks not on the original release, a re-edited PULSE, the full Venice 1989 and Knebworth 1990 concert films (Knebworth includes Great Gig In The Sky), along with music videos, the full range of tour screen films (including the very amusing Money screen film from 1994 with a very retro looking alien complete with ray gun), documentaries, and a new film by Ian Emes for The Endless River album. The DVDs replicate the above material with the exception of the surround sound mixes, which are only on the Blu-rays.

The two 7" vinyl singles host two previously unreleased songs - Arnold Layne from the 2007 Syd Barrett tribute concert at the Barbican, and Lost For Words recorded at the rehearsals for the 1994 Earls Court shows.

The double vinyl LP and CD "highlights" packages bring together a flavour of the full set, taking in tracks from Knebworth, The Division Bell sessions, the Momentary Lapse remix, Delicate Sound and more. This has different artwork to the box set.

If you missed it, here's another sneak preview from The Later Years that is now available to hear - the 2019 remix of One Slip, which BD's Ed Lopez-Reyes has reviewed elsewhere on our site.

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can order the various editions through the following direct links, taking advantage of Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you will automatically pay the lowest asking price between placing your order, and release, whilst giving Brain Damage much needed help with running costs without costing you any extra. We really appreciate it too! All the below should be live when you read this, or if not, shortly.

PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - deluxe box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 2LP vinyl highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 1CD highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
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