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OUT NOW is the quite staggering Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-1972, a 27-disc box set of rarities! As you'll see from our review, going in-depth into the box set, there are countless gems and surprises throughout and a VERY worthy investment... Each 'year' pack was released separately on March 24th if you can't stretch to the full box set.

Coming soon is The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at London's V&A from May 2017 until October that year. Also, Roger Waters is performing a number of 2017 dates in North America - more than 50 shows have been announced... Hopefully some shows in European and the rest of the world will also be on the schedule at some point; in an interview he suggested there would be around 200 shows all in all. Oh, and also on its way, confirmed for June 2nd, is the new album from Roger Waters: Is This The Life We Really Want?

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Roger Waters: Is This The Life We Really Want? Vinyl & CD orders, new music revealed
Written by Matt   
Friday, 21 April 2017

This morning ordering for the physical editions of Roger Waters' new album, Is This The Life We Really Want? (which is being released on June 2nd worldwide) has begun and full links to secure your copy are below. As we mentioned yesterday, the physical album release includes a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket and a 4-panel soft pack CD.

To give you a taster of the new album, a track from it - Smell The Roses - has been released and can be heard in full here:

With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure that edition will be a very popular release. Thus, below we list dedicated ordering links for the vinyl AND the CD editions - 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!

IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT? CD:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT? 180g 2LP VINYL:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

NOTE: Some of the stores above are yet to list the releases as available to buy but the pages 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.

 
Another show added to Roger Waters' Us + Them North American tour 2017
Written by Matt   
Friday, 21 April 2017

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour 2017On sale next Friday, April 28th, is an addition to Roger Waters' Us + Them North American tour 2017 which kicks off in just over a month's time, bringing the current total up to 55 shows across North America. Roger will be taking the production to the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on June 25th, and this direct link at Ticketmaster.com will be the place to head for to get tickets.

For details of the entire tour announced to date, visit our Roger Waters 2017 tour page.

 
New Roger Waters album Is This The Life We Really Want - out June 2nd worldwide
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? 2017 album cover artwork

This afternoon the full announcement of the new Roger Waters album - his first rock album in 25 years, following on from 1992's Amused To Death - arrived, with the album, Is This The Life We Really Want? getting its global release on June 2nd.

The release on that date follows the start of his North American Us + Them tour, which begins exactly one week earlier on May 26th in Kansas City. Depending on the set list picked, the audience for the early shows may get a sneak preview of what is to come - Roger has already said that around 25% of the show will be new material...

The long-awaited album - the cover of which is to the left (click the thumbnail to see it rendered larger) is said to be "an unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times. Waters' forthcoming LP serves as a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as Animals and The Wall".

Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, U2), Is This The Life We Really Want? includes 12 new Roger Waters musical compositions and studio performances. The physical album release includes a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket and a 4-panel soft pack CD. All album formats, physical and digital, are available for pre-order from April 21st, and we have full details below to enable you to place your orders for the physical editions.

The musicians on the album are: Roger Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Nigel Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. When We Were Young
  2. Déjà Vu
  3. The Last Refugee
  4. Picture That
  5. Broken Bones
  6. Is This The Life We Really Want?
  7. Bird In A Gale
  8. The Most Beautiful Girl
  9. Smell The Roses
  10. Wait For Her
  11. Oceans Apart
  12. Part of Me Died

The lyrics for Wait For Her were inspired by an English translation by an unknown author of “Lesson from the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her),” by Mahmoud Darwish.

ORDERING INFORMATION:
With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure that edition will be a very popular release. Thus, below we list dedicated ordering links for the vinyl AND the CD editions - 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!

IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT? CD:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT? 180g 2LP VINYL:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

NOTE: Some of the stores above are yet to list the releases as available to buy but the pages 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.

 
New crustacean named after Pink Floyd
Written by Matt   
Friday, 14 April 2017
synalpheus pinkfloydi

One could imagine some inspiration from the Dark Side of Lagoon for this latest news story... sorry, couldn't resist! A new species of shrimp has been named in honour of Pink Floyd - the pistol, or snapping shrimp, now known as synalpheus pinkfloydi, uses its large pink claw to create a noise so loud (some 210 decibels, louder even than a Motorhead concert in their heyday) to kill its prey.

The team behind the discovery spoke to the BBC. Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History - a fan of the band since he was a teenager - said "I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old. The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band. We are all Pink Floyd fans, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new species of pink shrimp, we would name it after Pink Floyd."

Our thanks to everyone who got in contact with the information of this new discovery.

 
Roger Waters in conversation with TimesTalks - New York City
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The New York Times TimesTalksTickets are now on sale to see Roger Waters in conversation with Jon Pareles, the chief pop-music critic at The New York Times, on April 26th.

The duo will discuss Waters' first solo studio album in 25 years, entitled "Is This the Life We Really Want?" which is being released on May 19th. With no signs of slowing down, Waters will also be embarking on an extensive tour, "Roger Waters — Us + Them," kicking off on May 26th in Kansas City, then travelling around North America prior to shows anticipated to be announced for other parts of the world.

Taking place at Florence Gould Hall, East 59th Street in New York, the event starts at 7pm. It promises an evening of contemplative discussion about his storied career, his message of humanity, and how empathy is the key to getting the life we really want.

Buy your tickets from Ovationtix.com now.

 
Former AC/DC frontman interviews Nick Mason in Sky documentary
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Brian Johnson with Nick Mason, Sky Arts 'Life on the Road'The UK's Sky Arts TV channel have announced a new series of interviews hosted by former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, who left the band last year on medical grounds.

The six-part TV show explores what life is like touring the globe as part of a legendary rock act. Screened weekly on Sky Arts from Friday 28th April onwards, Brian Johnson's Life On The Road sees the vocalist interview six fellow rock icons to get an insight into the ups and downs of being on tour – from the euphoria of performing live in massive stadia to the debauchery, sleep deprivation and fallouts.

The show kicks off with Brian interviewing his friend of 40 years, The Who's Roger Daltrey, and follows with Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Sting, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott, and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. Announcing the show, Sky Arts said: "One of rock music's iconic and tour-hardened frontmen, Brian Johnson, gives us a brand new and exclusive take on one aspect of the rock and roll life: live performance, touring and being 'on the road'."

The schedule for Brian Johnson's Life On The Road is as follows:

  • Brian Johnson and Roger Daltrey – 28th April
  • Brian Johnson and Lars Ulrich – 5th May
  • Brian Johnson and Nick Mason – 12th May
  • Brian Johnson and Sting – 19th May
  • Brian Johnson and Joe Elliott – 26th May
  • Brian Johnson and Robert Plant – 2nd June

As yet, there's no indication that this will be aired outside the UK, although many places in Europe can also see Sky Arts via satellite TV.

 
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