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Pink Floyd The Division Bell - metal headMarking its 20th anniversary, Pink Floyd's The Division Bell deluxe box set is out now, and the new surround mix on blu-ray is superb! There's also been the announcement of The Endless River, a newly announced album taken from the Division Bell sessions - The Big Spliff material perhaps? "The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains" opens in Milan, Italy, in September, and tickets are now available.

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...

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Win tickets for Aussie Floyd at Old Royal Naval College
Written by Matt   
Friday, 18 July 2014

Greenwich Music TimeAs we mentioned last month, the Greenwich Music Time Festival is a new outdoor concert series held in one of the most historic locations in London. Set on the banks of the River Thames at Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed masterpiece the Old Royal Naval College, it is a four-day celebration of music in a fully seated outdoor theatre.

Held during the August Bank Holiday weekend, the event opens on Wednesday, August 20th running until Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. The first night (the 20th) has headliners The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and subsequent nights offer Jools Holland, Russell Watson, Goldfrapp and a variety of special guests.

We know that the Aussie Floyd are a popular act with many Brain Damage visitors, and indeed, the Aussies first played in the UK over twenty years ago for the first International Brain Damage fan convention at Wembley, so we've got a long history with them. Tickets are now available through However, we've got three pairs of tickets to give away to the lucky winners of our latest Brain Damage competition!

Pink Floyd Venice concert - 25 years later
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Nights of WonderWith today marking the 25th anniversary of Pink Floyd's concert in Venice, in front of not just the gathered masses there, but an estimated worldwide audience of 100 million watching the television broadcast, it is an appropriate day to update you on The Night Of Wonders which has just opened.

The exhibition, being held at Spazio Porto, the former church of Santa Marta in Venice - offers rare photos, videos and collectibles relating to this concert. At the weekend, the opening included some special guests - director Adrian Maben, along with Fran Tomasi, promoter of the Floyd concert in the lagoon in front of St Mark's Square 25 years before, and one of the driving forces behind The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains.

As you'll see from these pictures, supplied by president of the Cultural Association Floydseum Alberto Durgante, the opening saw a further guest appearance - a large inflatable pig welcomed the attendees for the ribbon cutting. As Alberto told us, many visitors enjoyed the exhibition, composed of a lot of photos and memorabilia from the 1989 tour, the Verona 1989 gigs, and, most prominently, the Venice concert. In addition, there is a section concerned with the David Gilmour gigs in Venice, 2006.

BBC poll of top 100 guitar riffs of all time
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

BBC Radio 2 haveBBC Guitar Season just launched a listener vote to find the top 100 guitar riffs of all time, the results of which will be revealed in a marathon broadcast next month.

A panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers have drawn up a list of riffs ranging from Money by Pink Floyd to Metallica's Enter Sandman, via such diverse tracks as The Shadows' Apache, Blondie's Atomic, Chic's Good Times, and Rush's Spirit Of Radio.

Radio 2's Head of Music, Jeff Smith says listeners will love the range of music featured on the list. "We've all been brought up with the most amazing guitar riffs throughout the history of pop music. [The panel has] drawn up a strong and eclectic mix". The poll is part of their Guitar Season.

Fans can cast their vote via the Radio 2 iPlayer page until 5pm (UK) on July 25th. The results of the poll will be revealed one month later - August 25th - across different BBC Radio shows.

Our thanks to Bert van Kalker for tipping us off about this poll...

Crosby and Nash NOT appearing on Pink Floyd's The Endless River
Written by Matt   
Friday, 11 July 2014

David Gilmour, recording The Division Bell on AstoriaThe announcement of Pink Floyd's new album, The Endless River, has resulted in the inevitable flurry of discussion and rumour, all trying to elaborate on the official 75 word statement that was put out on the Floyd's social media platforms and website.

The album, which is due in October 2014, consists "of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright." Despite this, in some quarters people have speculated that: Roger Waters could appear on it (absolutely not), it is entirely new music just by David and Nick and therefore cannot be considered Pink Floyd without Richard being on there (absolutely not) and that they will tour it (again, absolutely not). There are also fake images flying around proporting to show things like the tracklisting, and cover artwork, despite these being created by fans, and some people have assumed that these are leaked images.

The latest story appears on the Ultimate Classic Rock website where they state Graham Nash and David Crosby are guesting on the album. This story has been picked up by other media and is spreading quickly. However, a source close to Pink Floyd has told us that Crosby and Nash are singing on a solo Gilmour track, NOT on The Endless River. Their contribution continues their working partnership with Gilmour on his solo work that began with the 2006 On An Island project, with the pair not just appearing on that album, but guesting at a number of concerts on the tour that year as well. UCRs assertion that Crosby and Nash would be on The Endless River has caused some concern amongst fans, so we're happy to be able to set your minds at rest that their story is incorrect.

Pink Floyd's The Division Bell 20th Anniversary edition vinyl 2LP review
Written by Paul Powell Jr.   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell 20th anniversary 2LPCelebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, The Division Bell is also one of Pink Floyd's most popular albums with estimated worldwide sales of 17 million. While nearly everyone found something to like in the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box set, it was the vinyl LP that really got my adrenaline going. Given the past few years upsurge in vinyl LP interest and sales, we are going to take a closer look at the vinyl 2-LP edition of The Division Bell, which is now available.

What makes a really amazing record? Great analog recordings and their subsequent vinyl pressings are coveted by music fans for their many positive characteristics. The warmth and soul of a great record is absolutely timeless. Records today remain as vital today as ever, with no regard to decades of technological change. As vinyl junkies dig for the old wax, younger fans send sales of new LPs skyward. Some records are sleepers, but many have real attitude. It is a fact that many records have changed the trajectory of human history. I think most would agree that every ounce of human emotion can be found in their grooves. In their purest form, records are actual physical containers of recorded sound; real musical waveforms are pressed into its vinyl grooves. They simply sound better. As any serious music lover will tell you, vinyl LPs scream to be taken off the shelf and played!

Pink Floyd confirm new album The Endless River
Written by Matt   
Monday, 07 July 2014

This afternoon, Pink Floyd's Facebook page and their website have confirmed the news that broke over the weekend of the forthcoming new album.

They state: "Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album The Endless River in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the Summer".

Naturally we will endeavour to bring you all the confirmed news about this as quickly as we can. The worldwide response to this has been phenomenal and it is bound to be the highlight of many fans' year. As soon as further details, including pre-ordering links, are available we will let you know.

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