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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at London's V&A is now closed, but the organisers are about to announce where it is opening next. Watch this space!

Roger Waters is performing a number of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 2018. The spectacular tour (that may have further dates added) coincides with the recent album from Roger Waters: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Finally, out now for those who missed the concerts (or indeed, cannot wait to relive them!) are the recordings of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii on CD, LP, DVD, Blu-ray which are out now. Some other goodies form part of the package (especially the boxset) so worth checking out the details!

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Roger Waters adds two further nights in Australia for February 2018
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 19 November 2017

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour 2018Just as we think all dates for the Roger Waters 2018 Australian/New Zealand/European Us + Them tour have been revealed, two further dates have just been announced!

Here are the newly announced dates:

Dedicated pages for each newly announced show on the tour are now live, joining the show pages already shown in the 2018 Roger Waters tour area. If any further dates on the Australian/New Zealand/European tour is announced, a page for each concert will be in place: the location to find out information on each show, and to see, once the concert has taken place, pictures, video and commentary.

 
Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound and Great Dance Songs released today on 180g vinyl
Written by Matt   
Friday, 17 November 2017
Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder 180g heavyweight vinyl
Pink Floyd - A Collection of Great Dance Songs 180g heavyweight vinyl

Today (November 17th), Pink Floyd Records have reissued A Collection Of Great Dance Songs and Delicate Sound Of Thunder on vinyl, the first time they have been available on this format for well over twenty years. These are the band's first 'best of' and live albums to be remastered on vinyl. If you've had a knock on the door today, with the postman/woman delivering them, or indeed you've visited your local record shop to pick them up, we'd love to know your thoughts on these latest releases!

Over the past two years, Pink Floyd Records has released the entire studio collection as stereo remastered versions on heavyweight 180g vinyl. All are mastered from the original analogue studio tapes with album artwork faithfully reproduced. The same applies to these best of and live albums.

Originally released in 1981, A Collection Of Great Dance Songs was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA in 2001. The compilation album contains alternative mixes and versions of the band's classics including Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) and Money.

Recorded live over five nights in August 1988 at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY, Delicate Sound Of Thunder became infamous for being the first rock album to be played in outer space.

With many of you out there committed vinyl enthusiasts, we're sure that these editions will be very popular. Thus, for those who haven't got their copies yet, below we list dedicated ordering links for both albums on vinyl - 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!

A COLLECTION OF GREAT DANCE SONGS 180g vinyl:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER 180g 2LP vinyl:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
Italian Floyd fanzine Heyou - new issue published
Written by Matt   
Friday, 17 November 2017
Heyou issue 30
AyseDeniz Gokken with Alberto Durgante, Floydseum

Just published is the latest issue (number 30 - cover date November 2017) of the Pink Floyd fanzine "Heyou" run by our friends over at the Italian website of the same name. The 52-page dual language magazine (in Italian and English), which is published every six months or so, catches up with things in the Floyd world this year.

The magazine has as its major focus Roger Waters: his Us + Them tour, and his recently released album, Is This The Life We Really Want? with a reprint of a Rolling Stone interview, a full translation of all the lyrics, and a look at the rehearsal show at the very start of the tour.

Elsewhere there is an interview with Turkish pianist/composer/arranger AyseDeniz Gokcin, who combines classical music with other genres, particularly rock music. She is particularly known for her adaptations of Pink Floyd's music. The publishers of Heyou arranged what we hear was an "incredible performance by AyseDeniz" with a supporting group of musicians, The Echoes, on Sunday, November 12th at the Dario Fò theater in Camponogara-Venezia. After the performance, reinterpreting the music of Pink Floyd in a classical, Lisztian style, Alberto Durgante made her an honorary member of the Floydseum cultural association, which he is president of. See photo, left.

As with most issues of Heyou, there's a chronological look at things that have happened in the last few months in the news pages, ranging from various magazines published with Floyd content, to re-issues, books published, and more. Strangely, there is a very brief mention of David Gilmour's Live at Pompeii project - one would expect much more about this in the magazine.

More details of the Heyou fanzine can be found at www.heyou.it/fsubscrbd.html, where you can get individual copies, and subscription enquiries (four issues costing 30 euros within Europe, and 40 euros outside Europe) should go to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - make sure you mention Brain Damage when you write!

 
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine KQED unused footage
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason during KQED recordings, April 1970

In April 1970, Pink Floyd were in the midst of touring North America, and arranged a deal with small local television station KQED in the San Francisco area for an hour-long live performance to be recorded. As with Pompeii, there was no audience as they ran through the set at the Fillmore Auditorium in the city, on the 30th of the month. All for the princely sum of $200!

The performance was broadcast at the time, and last year made available officially on The Early Years box set (and subsequent "breakout" editions which focused on each year). Recently though, KQED unearthed raw footage of Pink Floyd's performance, which, incredibly, included a half hour of music not included in the original broadcast. After months of negotiations, KQED has been granted the right to exclusively premiere film of one of those songs, Astronomy Domine, which can be seen through this link.

The full story of how a small TV station managed to get the Floyd to perform their set for the KQED cameras, and how the additional footage was discovered, visit KQED.org.

 
David Gilmour Live at Pompeii - hour-long version on UK's BBC TV Saturday
Written by Matt   
Monday, 13 November 2017

David Gilmour - Live at Pompeii deluxe CD and Blu-ray box setSome advance notice for fans in the UK and certain parts of Europe: a 60 minute version of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii will be broadcast on BBC Two TV at 10.40pm on Saturday November 18th, and will feature solo material alongside Pink Floyd classics. More information, and the chance to watch on demand, will be at the BBC website shortly.

The show will be repeated on BBC Two on Thursday November 23rd, at 11:15pm, except in Northern Ireland.

Should the hour-long edit of the concert whet your appetite sufficiently to encourage you to buy the whole thing (if indeed you haven't already!) you can do so through the following links.

As a reminder, depending on the edition you go for, there are additional performances, documentaries, and much more. To be reminded of how the different versions are configured, check out the full details here.

DELUXE CD/BLU-RAY BOXSET:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
4LP VINYL BOXSET:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
2DVD EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
BLU-RAY EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
2CD EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
Roger Waters-scored When the Wind Blows getting Blu-ray/DVD release
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 09 November 2017

When The Wind Blows - BFI dual format Blu-ray and DVD release, January 2018On January 22nd, 2018, the British Film Institute (BFI) are releasing When The Wind Blows on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition, packed with special features including interviews, a making-of documentary and the public information film Protect and Survive (1975).

When the Wind Blows is a touching story about love, tenderness, humanity and hope in the face of nuclear war. Adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Ethel and Ernest) from his best-selling book, it features an original soundtrack by Roger Waters, and a title song by David Bowie.

The soundtrack by Waters has a number of fans: it's not a throw-away effort with little relevance to the film itself (unlike one or two of the other songs on the soundtrack) and is worthy of investigation if you are yet to hear it. As the Blu-ray/DVD includes an 'isolated music and effects track' we should be able to hear it in all its glory.

Jim and Hilda Bloggs (Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft) are a middle-aged couple who believe that the British government is in control as they prepare for nuclear war. When the countdown begins, they roll up their shirtsleeves and follow government guidelines (that were actually distributed to households around Britain in the 1970s). They paint their windows white, build a fortress of doors and pillows, take the washing in and put away two packets of ginger nuts, one tin of pineapple chunks and a good supply of tea.

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