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Well, The Endless River, the new album taken from the Division Bell sessions, is out now. Many of you, we're sure, already have this - but whatever your views, we'd love to know what you think. Join the conversations over at our Facebook page!

Elsewhere, Roger Waters has revealed work is moving apace on his new album, Crosby and Nash (amongst others) are helping David Gilmour out with HIS new material, and we should have things like the live Wall DVD/blu-ray to enjoy at some point. More information on all these as we get it, along with revised information on Their Mortal Remains, the Pink Floyd Exhibition, which was due to open mid-September but has been postponed...

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Nick Mason interview on UK radio this evening
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Nick Mason - interview with Phoenix FM Phoenix FM presenter Michelle Ward spent some time with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason at his London offices on Wednesday 3rd December. The resulting interview is being aired this evening, at 6pm UK time, in an hour long show including music from Pink Floyd, old and new, alongside the chat.

Phoenix FM is a community radio station broadcasting on 98.0FM to Brentwood and Billericay, Essex, United Kingdom and also on line via Shoutcast and Tinychat. The interview will also be available on their website, through this link, following broadcast.

 
Roger Waters' Ca Ira - Nashville US premiere of opera update
Written by Matt   
Monday, 15 December 2014

Back in September, we told you that Roger Waters would be participating in the US premiere of his opera Ca Ira, at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. There were going to be two performances, with Roger narrating both, on January 29th and 30th, 2015, however, the performance on the 29th has now been cancelled.

The piece is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and a children's chorus. The Tennessean newspaper state that the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Blair Children’s Chorus will perform onstage with Waters. We understand that this will be a resumption of his narration role he performed on its last performance, in Gothenburg, Sweden, last year.

"We are thrilled and honored to have a legendary talent like Roger Waters at the Schermerhorn to debut this phenomenal production for an American audience," Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO, said in a news release. "We embrace any opportunity to expand our artistic mission with adventurous, ground-breaking projects, and 'Ca Ira' promises to be two nights of entertainment that Middle Tennesseans will never forget."

Tickets are now on sale at NashvilleSymphony.org, via phone at 615-687-6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office in Nashville, Tennessee, and here's a new video, just posted by Roger onto his official Facebook page, with him talking about the show...

 
Learning To Fly inspires Italian propeller makers
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 14 December 2014

Learning To Fly - propellerSomething slightly different for the Brain Damage Gallery pages today: an Italian based aircraft propeller company - GT Propellers - who have been producing props in wood and composite materials since 1969, have a Pink Floyd and David Gilmour fan in their midst.

Alex Tonini from GT has been in touch to tell us about the prop you see here. It is to honour the Floyd's 1987 track, Learning To Fly. Lyrics from the song have been applied to a laminated wood, 173cm sized prop which weighs around 4kgs. This type of prop is typically fitted to flying school/instructor planes with around 100HP - so Learning To Fly seemed eminently suitable!

A specialist in their field, GT Propellers have made more than 5,000 of the props running worldwide since 1990. They've created this special prop purely "for passion, and not for commercial purposes", and is due to go into service in the air, very shortly.

Below are some images from the creation of the custom propeller, through to the completed item, shown in a field but before it was attached to the front of a training plane, ready to inspire future pilots!

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David Gilmour joins Bombay Bicycle Club onstage for final Earls Court concert
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 14 December 2014

Last night (Saturday, December 13th), David Gilmour was amongst the guest performers to join Bombay Bicycle Club onstage at London's iconic Earls Court. The concert was the last ever gig to take place at the much-loved venue before it is demolished and the land redeveloped into housing and retail.

In his segment, almost half-way into the concert, Gilmour played lap steel guitar on the London band's own song 'Rinse Me Down', before he picked up an acoustic guitar and sang Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here', much to the delight of the packed-out crowd.

Gilmour was introduced onto the stage by Bombay Bicycle Club guitarist Jamie MacColl. "This man gave me my first guitar and was one of the first people to play this venue and by my count has played here more than 27 times," he commented. Pink Floyd first played Earls Court in 1973 (the first year concerts were held in the venue), performing The Dark Side Of The Moon, and returned many times, concluding the 1994 Division Bell tour with a string of dates with proceeds going to a range of charities.

 
Pink Floyd's The Endless River and TDSOTM - more chart news
Written by Matt   
Friday, 12 December 2014

The Dark Side of the MoonInterest in Pink Floyd's new album, The Endless River, shows little sign of waning, despite the heavy pre-sales/advance orders of the album, and the high sales figures seem on the week of release.

Amazon.co.uk has today revealed the most wished for artist albums of Christmas 2014, with British acts dominating the top ten. Pink Floyd's The Endless River, Ed Sheeran's X and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour top the chart, with One Direction's new release Four and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage rounding off the top five. Elsewhere on the chart are the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, and AC/DC.

Director of Amazon EU Digital Music, Steve Bernstein, said: "British music is currently undergoing a tremendous popularity boom, both in the UK and worldwide. It's really exciting to see the widespread appeal of younger artists such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and One Direction, as well as the likes of legendary acts such as Pink Floyd and Take That. Further, it's no surprise to see Pink Floyd at the top of the wishlist. Their album launch was one of the most successful in Amazon history and will be a welcome addition to any customers' stocking come Christmas morning."

As a side effect of interest in The Endless River, guess what album has returned to Billboard's 200 Chart? Yes, that's right - The Dark Side Of The Moon. The album has re-entered their top 20, at the number 13 spot. They credit this sudden jump in sales as "thanks to ultra-cheap pricing in the Google Play store (where the classic set was discounted to 99-cents in the tracking week ending December 7). It moved just over 38,000 album equivalent units last week, comprised mostly of pure album sales (nearly 38,000; up 940 percent). That's the album's highest rank since the October 15, 2011-dated chart, when it re-entered at number 12 following a new deluxe reissue. With 889 weeks on the chart, it continues to rule as the album with most charted weeks in the history of the tally. The next-closest album, in terms of longevity, is Johnny Mathis' Johnny's Greatest Hits, with 490 weeks." Obviously, these figures are US-sales only.

 
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words promo video background
Written by Aubrey Powell   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words promo videoPink Floyd’s Creative Director Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, fresh from finishing his book Hipgnosis Portraits, was tasked with the job of a promotional video for ‘Louder Than Words’, the first track released from The Endless River. As a Brain Damage exclusive, we bring you the story behind the video - in Po’s own words - which gives the background to the ideas in the video, the location, and some of the issues faced during the making of the video. And, if you’ve yet to see it, you can view it at the bottom of this article. Now, over to Po…

When Pink Floyd commissioned a video for ‘Louder Than Words’ there was no specific brief. This was totally normal. I had heard the music and read Polly Samson’s lyrics. The emphasis of the lyric seemed to be about the band, not specifically placed in any time frame, but more about their personal relationships in their nearly five decade career. “It’s louder than words this thing that we do” speaks volumes.

Pink Floyd have nearly always made some formal, or informal, statement about things they do, be it a reflection of social comment or a sense of political leaning. Writing an idea for a music video for them is complicated. It can be something current, but then it’s easily dated; it couldn’t really address the lyric as that would involve starting at the genesis of Pink Floyd through to the present day, and that’s more than a five minute film. What was required was something more observational, more a case of bringing an awareness of something that one might have no previous knowledge of especially if it effects the future of our planet. “It’s louder than words this thing that we do” was the line that caught my imagination.

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