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David Gilmour"The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains" has now been announced! Tickets for the exhibition, which opens in Milan, Italy, in September, are now available. If it's half as good as Interstellar in Paris, 2003, it should be fantastic. More information as we get it...

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of The Division Bell, along with a few other anniversaries. Also, Roger Waters has revealed work is moving apace on his new album, Crosby and Nash (amongst others) have revealed they've been helping David Gilmour out with HIS new material, and of course we should have things like the live Wall DVD/Blu-ray to enjoy at some point.

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Pink Floyd in Cambridge - BBC Radio special revisited
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 17 April 2014

Grantchester Meadows roadsign, CambridgeThis coming Friday, April 18th, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire are airing a new version of a one-hour special called "Pink Floyd in Cambridge". This originally aired back in December 2013, but we've been told that it has been slightly recut, and now includes audio of Syd Barrett speaking.

The special gives the "story of the early years" of the band, and proved popular - indeed, it has been nominated for an award. It also includes exclusive interviews with Jenny Spires who went out with Syd Barrett in the 60s, Warren Dosanjh who went to school with Syd and Roger Waters, and Wilf Scott who was a pyro-technician on Pink Floyd's "In The Flesh" tour of 1977.

The show airs at 6:30pm (UK) on Friday. BBC radio can be heard in various ways in the UK and many parts of Europe - FM radio, DAB Digital, or via various digital, cable and satellite television services. Many programmes and station can also be heard worldwide via the BBC website, either live or on-demand through the iPlayer service (which is also now available for mobile devices).

 
Pompeii and Circumstance: Adrian Maben and Pink Floyd
Written by Alfredo Marziano/Mark Worden   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Adrian Maben52 minutes of black and white edited footage shot at the Europa-Sonor studio in Paris in December 1971. The four members of Pink Floyd eat oysters and drink beer that a roadie has just bought at a local brasserie. They laugh, joke, smoke and offer elusive answers to the questions asked by director Adrian Maben, alternating work (David Gilmour and Rick Wright are busy overdubbing their voices on the master of "Echoes" that had been recorded at Pompeii two months earlier) with play (Roger Waters' eyes almost pop out as he blows smoke rings). This is the essence of "Chit Chat with the Oysters", which received its Italian premiere at Borgaro Torinese (near Turin, in northern Italy) on Sunday March 30th, along with a partially restored version of Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii". This was part of a two-day event organised by a group of fanatical Italian Floydiana collectors, "The Lunatics", who are also the authors of the book, "Pink Floyd – Stories and Secrets."

Maben, who was the event's guest of honour, says: "For me, those two films travel together as a couple and they complement each other. In some respects 'Chit Chat' is the opposite of Pompeii, but I'd love it if they could be shown together, one after the other. Chit-Chat has something that is completely missing from Pompeii. The group’s four members talk freely, they argue, they tease each other and make fun of everyone else including myself. I don't know of any other film in which they are so relaxed, spontaneous and amusing. Live at Pompeii was of course the exact opposite.”

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Nick Mason talks Pink Floyd at Borders Book Festival
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 13 April 2014

Borders Book FestivalThe Borders Book Festival takes place between 12th-15th June 2014, in Melrose (close to Edinburgh), Scotland. As part of the festival, Nick Mason will be in conversation with comedian and impressionist, Rory Bremner. This takes place in the Born in the Borders Marquee, on Thursday 12th June at 6:15pm.

Tickets for this appearance are now on sale priced at £10 (£8 for concessions), and can be purchased online from BBFBoxOffice.co.uk. Our thanks to Bob Follen and Dave Rogers for tipping us off about this event.

 
Roger Waters - Amused To Death reissue: further details
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 12 April 2014

Roger Waters - Amused To DeathAs many of you are already aware, later this year, Roger Waters and long term collaborator, Pink Floyd's sound engineer, James Guthrie, revisit Waters last solo album, Amused To Death. In pursuit of reimagining the music with brand new stereo and 5.1 mixes, James Guthrie captures Roger's original sonic intentions in 21st century definition for this important new release.

The music questions the omnipresent media culture which we now live in, which works to seduce us into apathetic oblivion in front of our flat screens, whilst the horrors of the world rumble on. This extraordinary album challenges our relationship to mass media and conjures an image of today's population amusing themselves to death.

The new mixes, along with additional never before released content and brand new graphics, will be included in the 2014 reissue release from Columbia/Legacy Recordings and Acoustic Sounds.

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Pink Floyd Princeton University Conference Launch event
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Saturday, 12 April 2014

Princeton Pink Floyd Conference flyerPigs were flying around Princeton University and in the Garden State Thursday night (April 10th) as organizers of the University's interdisciplinary Pink Floyd conference launched the multiday event with an open jam session ("If We All Pull Together: Pink Floyd Open Jam") at Small World Coffee. The café sits adjacent to the University campus, in the downtown Princeton, New Jersey area, about an hour southwest of New York City.

As previously reported by Brain Damage, a number of events, including a screening of "The Wall" and academic presentations analyzing the music and history of Pink Floyd will follow on the campus itself through this weekend. Pink Floyd producer and engineer James Guthrie will also host a "special world-premiere of his just-finished 5.1 mix of Roger Water's Amused to Death on state-of-the-art ATC speakers". Guthrie will deliver the keynote speech.

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Ben Watt with David Gilmour - special "live" video
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Ben Watt - Hendra (including David Gilmour)As many of you know, on April 29th Hendra, by Ben Watt (including a guest appearance by David Gilmour is released. After twenty years in Everything But The Girl, and ten years as a respected DJ and record label boss of Buzzin' Fly, Ben Watt announced last year he was putting everything on hold to complete some long-planned creative solo projects.

Hendra is his first solo album for over thirty years, released on his own new imprint, Unmade Road through Caroline International. David Gilmour adds plangent slide guitar and backing vocals on the track The Levels.

Ben: "We met by chance in London just before the album. We didn't know each other. He invited me to hear his demos. I thought he was joking, but two days later he texted me and invited me down to his studio and we got on well. During my album, The Levels seemed like a perfect track for him. I rang him up and he loved the song and he did it the same weekend. Wish everything was that simple sometimes!"

You can currently pre-order the CD from Amazon UK as a standard or deluxe edition, Amazon.com (US), Amazon CanadaAmazon Germany, and Amazon Espana.

In the meantime, via the Q Magazine website, a video has just been released of a special live stripped-back version of 'The Levels' featuring Ben on vocals and acoustic guitar, and David on slide guitar, recorded at David's Medina studio in Hove last month.

 
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