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Thanks for all your support last year, and here's looking forward to what 2020 will bring, including, hopefully, some MAJOR changes to this website!

The first dates of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour have been announced! They will take place from April-June, in Ireland, the UK, and Europe too. 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!

Talking of tours...THIS IS NOT A DRILL is the upcoming Roger Waters US/Canadian tour this year, which sounds like it is going to be another unmissable show. Full details here.

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 the superb Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 box set is now out, along with a 2LP or 1CD highlights set. Check out our review for more information.

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Written by Matt   
Monday, 27 January 2020

At some point in the next day or so this site will be unavailable for a short while. Due to some technical changes being imposed on us by our current site hosts, we are being forced to move to new site hosts which will hopefully eradicate the adverts which are appearing some of the time, and may also give a performance boost to things too.

We are taking this step despite it meaning we will lose a lot of money, but hope it brings a more enjoyable experience for all our visitors.

If you find BD not available, please try again a little later, as we don't have a firm timescale for how quickly this work will complete. Thanks so much for your patience and understanding, and for your support of the website.

Happy birthday, Nick Mason!
Written by Matt   
Monday, 27 January 2020

Pink Floyd The Early Years box set unveiling and Q&A - Nick Mason and Matt EverittAll of us here at Brain Damage offer our very best wishes to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who celebrates the very special occasion of his birthday today (January 27th). We all hope you are going to have a great day, Nick!

The cornerstone of the band, he had his first drum kit at the tender age of 13. A member of Pink Floyd since the earliest iterations, he is the only one to have appeared on every one of their albums. Thanks to his late father Bill, he has been a "petrol head" from a young boy, and cars have been - and remain - one of his major passions in life. His most recent book, Passion for Speed, is worth checking out, as is the DVD of the same name focusing on his Ferrari Enzo car (with Nick heavily involved). Of course, for those who haven't read it, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd is an absolute essential read, and available in a variety of editions: hardback, softback (paperback) and an audiobook, which is read by Nick himself...

Nick has contributed to a number of magazines on motoring issues over the years (including a fascinating monthly column in Octane Magazine), and also became president of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He is a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, and a life member and Guardian of the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club). He has been involved in motor racing since the early 1970s and has entered Le Mans five times.

Musically, of course, the big news recently was the launch of his new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets. The four initial, small gigs in May 2018 held in London lead to a very successful and critically acclaimed European tour in September. Last year, of course, the tour continued with dates in the US, Canada, and more dates in the UK and Europe. 2020 sees more UK and European shows, and hopefully the release of the London Roundhouse concert filmed last year!

Many happy returns, Nick, and see you on the road!

Roger Waters: This Is Not A Drill - US/Canada tour 2020
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 23 January 2020

This Is Not A Drill - here is the news that many of you have been waiting for. This afternoon, the dates and venues of the 2020 Roger Waters US/Canadian tour have been revealed.

From recent interviews, Roger has said that it is a brand new production (with the aforementioned ...Not A Drill tagline), with the show being presented in the round, and we suspect, with a new setlist. In this interview, from the Rolling Stone website, a new video has Roger in great form, talking about the tour:

This promises to be another truly memorable Roger Waters production! Tickets for all the 31 shows below go on sale on Friday, January 31st (so just over a week's time) at 10am local time. The direct ticketing links are below too, for your convenience.

Tickets for all these shows go on public sale on FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st at 10am local time. Click on the TICKETS links above for direct links to secure yours! As before, each show will have its own dedicated page on this site, full of logistical information to make your visit to it easier (maps, websites) as well as pictures and reviews after the shows have taken place. If you are going to one (or more) of these shows, please let us know!

Video interview with Roger Waters
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Below is a recent, hour and a half interview with Roger Waters, posted online by The Global Consortium for Sustainable Peace. The fascinating, wide-ranging chat conducted by Professor John Haas of Cerritos College, covers a wide range of subjects as you may expect, with Roger sharing his views on things such as nature, human rights, BDS, and music, including touring.

He talks about his concert plans for this year - dates in the US, Canada and Mexico - and answers questions about playing at the border wall. From our busy email inbox, we know that many of you are keen to know what is happening with his next tour (which he has said will be a new production) and as soon as we have the confirmed information we will of course let you know.

Here's the interview:

UK's Prog Magazine celebrates 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Wall
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Prog Magazine issue 105, with Pink Floyd The Wall 40th anniversary feature

Just arrived in UK stores, and available worldwide online is the new issue (issue 105, January 2020) of the UK's Prog Magazine. Always a decent read, this month's issue has three features in particular of interest to Pink Floyd fans.

First, there's a two-page look at Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, and in particular, the band's UK and Ireland tour this year. With comments from Nick and guitarist Lee Harris, it finds the band missing the stage, and looking forward to being back on it in the spring when the dates resume.

The main feature is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's epic double album The Wall in a ten-page feature. They talked to Nick Mason, Bob Ezrin, Gerald Scarfe, and Bob Geldof about how the album evolved into a live extravaganza, a movie and how it pretty much broke the band. It's a lively, and fascinating, look at this wide-ranging project.

The Wall feature is followed by a two-page interview with the Floyd's Creative Director Aubrey 'Po' Powell, and Andy Jackson, long-time collaborator with the band who mixed and produced much of the music on The Later Years. There's also brand new and exclusive interviews with Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Marillion, Sons Of Apollo, The Flower Kings, Edison's Children, Kaprekar's Constant, Nightmare Scenario, The Blackheart Orchestra, American Tears, Field Music, Lee Abraham Music and more...

Plus there's the results of the 2019 Readers' Poll (with Nick Mason in the top ten drummers, and the Saucers in the top ten event category), and a look at 50 years of the legendary Friars Aylesbury venue. And music from Oak, The Dave Foster Band, Stuckfish, Moonshot Band and more on the CD.

If your local store doesn't stock this magazine, you can get a copy, shipped anywhere in the world, through this direct link.

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon SACD reissued
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 07 January 2020

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon SACD 2020 reissueTo be released on January 24th, 2020, is a long-awaited reissue of the hybrid multichannel SACD (Super Audio CD) of Pink Floyd's iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Originally released in the format (having a separate stereo layer playable on all normal CD players) in 2003 as mark of the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the album, the SACD proved very popular. However, it has been out of print for some years, so the reissue later this month will be welcomed by many.

The release is by Analogue Productions, and seems that they will be selling it exclusively through their store, and preorders are now being taken. The mix is the same as the 2003 release, but we understand the packaging has been updated and the retailer are noting that it is presented in a "deluxe" format.

SACDs provide high audio quality, and in certain cases (such as this, and the other Floyd SACD, Wish You Were Here) multi-channel, surround mixes too. The DSOTM and WYWH SACDs both sound superb, and it is worth checking to see if you have suitable equipment to play multichannel SACDs. A number of Sony CD players are compatible with SACDs, and indeed some Playstation 3 consoles play SACDs with no problem. Other makes of CD/DVD/Blu-ray players do support the format, but this varies from model to model. As our contributor John Malcolm notes, there are a number of "universal" players out there which include SACD in their capabilities. It is worth checking the specifications of players, particularly if you are looking to pick up a cheap, second-hand machine on eBay and suchlike.

If we hear of other retailers who are selling this title, we will let you know.

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