Roger Waters has announced some 2016 dates, with Roger joining an incredible line-up for a pair of mega-shows in California, in October, and is preceeding them with shows in Mexico City. Could there be a wider solo tour soon? He is apparently working further on his autobiography, and his next solo album could be released to coincide with the tour. We'll let you know once we have CONFIRMED details of all of this.
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Gerald Scarfe is holding an exhibition at the Barbican Library in London during the next couple of months, from September 5th - October 31st,2016. Called "Music & Scarfe", it covers the side of his career that doesn't include his political work, and concentrates on the stuff he's done within the world of music.
Inevitably, with his work for the band over the years, from 1974 through to The Wall in particular, Pink Floyd is to play a decent size part within the exhibition – apart from some original work, there will be prints and also some really interesting memorabilia. Some of his designs for The Wall have never been exhibited before.
Gerald is also making an appearance at the Barbican Library on 14th September between 12.30pm - 1.30pm to sign books etc.. If you are in or near London whilst the exhibition is on, it should definitely be worth checking out.
Roger Waters is going unplugged and joining the likes of Metallica, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones for Neil Young's 30th annual acoustic Bridge School Benefit Concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, on October 22nd and 23rd.
The lineup also includes Case/lang/Veirs (the project of singer-songwriters k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs), My Morning Jacket, Cage the Elephant and Nils Lofgren, as well as Neil Young performing with his band Promise of the Real (featuring Willie’s son Lukas Nelson). All the acts are scheduled to perform both days.
Tickets, priced from $44.50 to $199.50, go on sale at 10am EST next Monday, August 29th. Proceeds benefit the school Neil and ex-wife Pegi Young founded in 1986 to help children with severe speech and physical impairments. The event has previously featured performers like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Elton John, Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Santana and more, with this year's participants Metallica having previously performed at the show twice.
On September 23rd 2016, the continued reintroduction of the Pink Floyd catalogue on vinyl will see the release of Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds all remastered from the original analogue master tapes, and on 180gram heavyweight vinyl. The aforementioned vinyl of The Wall and The Division Bell will be available from August 26th.
AHM was released in 1970, featured the much-loved, pastoral cover, and was the Floyd's first album which reached the number one position in the charts.
Echoes, arguably Meddle's highlight, gave listeners in 1971 a side-long epic which became an instant fan favourite.
As for 1972's Obscured By Clouds, this was a soundtrack album for the French film ‘La Vallée’, but many fans can see the clear parallels to the album which was to follow, The Dark Side of the Moon - so if you've yet to experience it, it is worth a good listen.
Already available on 180g vinyl are the band's first four albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, Ummagumma, which were released in June.
With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure these will be very popular releases. The dedicated ordering links are below - using these will give a small but vital contribution to the running costs of Brain Damage, without costing you a penny/cent extra, and we really appreciate it!
NOTE: Some of the stores above are yet to list the releases but the links are there for when they do. If your chosen store doesn't have it yet, please keep trying, or consider an alternate store - Amazon ship vinyl worldwide.
Continuing the programme are The Wall and The Division Bell, both available from August 26th, and both being 2-LP editions with gatefold sleeves. They have been mastered from the original analogue tapes and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl as with the other titles. The Division Bell restores the full running time of all tracks over 2-LPs - the original vinyl release had the album edited to fit onto a single LP - and the sleeve includes additional stone/metal head pictures.
With mastering by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, the records will be manufactured and distributed by Warner Music for the UK and Europe and by Sony Music for North America and the rest of the world.
With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure these will be very popular releases. Here are the ordering links - using these will give a small but vital contribution to the running costs of Brain Damage, without costing you a penny/cent extra, and we really appreciate it!
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On September 16th 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment release the live concert film Face The Face by Pete Townshend's Deep End as a DVD and CD set. This is the first official release of the band's third and final full length concert, which was captured by the German TV series Rockpalast at MIDEM in Cannes on January 29th 1986.
The recording features David Gilmour on lead guitar throughout and the set includes a mix of Townshend and Who classics such as Face The Face, Secondhand Love, Rough Boys, Give Blood, Won't Get Fooled Again, Behind Blue Eyes, Pinball Wizard and more.
As on the existing Deep End in Brixton live disc, Gilmour is included performing Blue Light from his 1984 album, About Face.
Around of the time of the Deep End shows, Townshend had this to say about Gilmour: "Among players — particularly among British players — he's incredibly highly rated — adored, I'd say. And he has a way of putting incredible feeling into everything that he does. I suppose technically, he's very good. But that’s not the important thing. The important thing is the way that he plays."
At present, pre-orders can be made via Amazon.com and Amazon Canada. We expect other Amazon stores will be offering this shortly, but if not, both Amazon stores above ship internationally.
Recently, the Honda motor company enlisted renowned classic car racer Nick Mason for a test drive of a Honda NSX at Castle Combe. At an exclusive event at the circuit, Mason went for a spin in the original Honda NSX – a 2005 3.2-litre engine model in Imola Orange, and the first production car to have an all-aluminium body.
In the video he talks cars, music, and the 50th anniversary of the band...