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Rattle That Lock - David GilmourAlmost with us, a string of 11 European David Gilmour concerts taking place in September/October, as well as a number of North American shows next year (plus a show in Poland, too). Gilmour's new album, Rattle That Lock, is released on September 18th, 2015, worldwide.

Roger Waters has just released the 5.1 surround mix of Amused To Death and we're hoping that the long-awaited release of Roger Waters The Wall Live on DVD/Blu-ray won't be too far behind the cinema screenings worldwide at the end of September 2015.

Whilst Roger himself hasn't confirmed it, talk is of him undertaking a solo tour next year, as well as his autobiography, and his next solo album should be released too - we suspect to coincide with the tour. We'll let you know once we have confirmed details of all of this.

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See exclusive, private screening of Roger Waters The Wall in NYC!
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 30 August 2015

Roger Waters The WallWith just a month to go (yesterday) until the screenings across the world of Roger Waters The Wall, we have information for you of all the countries where you will be able to see the film on September 29th, as well as a very special opportunity in the latest Brain Damage competition! As a reminder, the film itself is followed by The Simple Facts, a conversation between Roger and Nick Mason, answering questions submitted by fans from around the world.

The image here shows all the countries currently scheduled to participate in screening the film, with a note that coming soon, four other major countries will be also joining in the fun next month - Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.

If you've yet to book your tickets for this, ensure you visit RogerWatersTheWall.com. However, if you are in or around the New York area, you might want to try your luck in our latest competition, to win a place for you and a friend to attend an exclusive screening of the film...

Here are (to borrow a phrase) The Simple Facts of what's on offer:

  • Three lucky winners will each be able to bring a friend along to the event
  • It is a private and intimate screening of 'Roger Waters The Wall' at a secret, undisclosed location in Midtown Manhattan on September 14th at 5pm, so a condition of entry is that you MUST be able to attend the location at that time and date
  • On that note, travel and accommodations are not provided - these will be your responsibility
  • The movie will be presented in Dolby Atmos surround sound, the format in which Nigel Godrich mixed the sound in
  • The organisers ask that you arrive a bit early if possible
  • With your entry, please state your guest's name too, as the organisers will require BOTH names to permit entry to the venue

To win a pair of seats at this exclusive event, all you need to do is answer this question correctly:

  • Name all the members of the band who played guitar during a typical show on Roger's 2010-2013 Wall tour

Email your answers to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line of "The Wall NYC competition", and include your name, home address, and if you are a winner, your guest's name too. The closing date is September 5th, 2015, and all entries received by the end of that date will be in with a chance of winning. Just one entry per household please - and best of luck to you all!

Remember, you must be able to be in Manhattan around late afternoon on September 14th! Good luck, and however you see Roger Waters The Wall, we hope you enjoy it.

 
The story of a signed guitar
Written by Chris Leith   
Thursday, 27 August 2015
David Gilmour-signed Fender guitar

Here at Brain Damage, we always like hearing visitors' personal accounts and thoughts about things Floyd related. Sometimes, there are interesting tales behind signed items in people's collections - such as Chris's, below...

In July 2015, I arranged for (possibly) the most prized possession of my Pink Floyd memorabilia collection to be finally professionally framed for wall hanging, it having sat either on a guitar stand or in a guitar bag, for the best part of nearly 15 years.

The reason this means so much to me, other than the obvious joy of having a guitar with a personalised signature of David Gilmour, but moreover the story behind the sheer chance opportunity, in which I was able to obtain his signature and the decision to choose a piece of my collection for signing. Unable to decide, I simply walked into my local guitar store and purchased a guitar. Why not?

Here is the entirely true story:

In about 2000, I was, and still am, involved in insurance for my career. This involved visiting people, at work or at home, who have submitted an insurance claim which required investigation. I had been given a claim where I was visiting someone at their home and in discussion with them noticed a strange, fairly unusual 'pub style' mirror on the kitchen wall, which said "Iron Maiden Edinburgh Odeon 1981 – sold out".

Already a number of years into being a Pink Floyd fan and collector, I seized on this and asked him about it. He said used to be a roadie for Iron Maiden in the 1980s. When I asked what he currently did for a living, he explained he was a road manager for Roxy Music and personal assistant to Phil Manzanera. I fell off my chair.

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Exclusive David Gilmour music on CD with new Mojo Magazine
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mojo Magazine, October 2015The new issue of the UK's Mojo Magazine, cover date October 2015/issue 263, is published this coming Tuesday, August 25th, and should prove irresistible to David Gilmour fans.

Not content with what the magazine are referring to as "a major new interview with Gilmour", and based on past articles in Mojo it should be an in-depth discussion covering much ground, the cover-mounted CD should make for very interesting listening. The magazine explained that around two year's ago, "Gilmour very kindly sent Mojo a cover version of The Beatles' Here, There And Everywhere. We enjoyed his reworking of the Fab Four so much that we wanted to share it and after a spot of cajoling he's finally agreed to let us include it on free CD that comes with the new edition of Mojo".

"I really wish I had been in The Beatles," Gilmour told the magazine. "[They] taught me how to play guitar, I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything. They were fantastic."

The cover of Here, There And Everywhere was recorded with his son Joe, and is previously unreleased anywhere. It's a key track on David Gilmour & Friends, sitting alongside their collection of music designed to celebrate Gilmour's life, work and influence. They note that "a number of Gilmour's closest collaborators appear on our bespoke compilation while the guitarist is featured on six of the tracks himself, including songs from Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and The Pretty Things."

The magazine will be available from Tuesday next week in all good UK stores, and subsequently elsewhere in the world in a number of outlets as an import. Alternatively, single issues can be ordered direct through GreatMagazines.co.uk.

 
David Gilmour adds third and final Chicago show for 2016
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Chicago Auditorium TheatreExceptional demand for the North American concerts on David Gilmour's 2016 tour, coupled with a personal desire by him to play small, interesting venues, has resulted in a third and final show being sandwiched between the two shows at the United Center in Chicago. This newly announced show, taking place on April 6th, 2016, is being staged at Auditorium Theatre.

This particular venue - full name, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University - is small, seating just under 4,000 people, and looks stunning, as you'll see from the picture to the right. The venue was completed in 1889 and looks to retain many of the original features. According to David's official Facebook page, he was keen to play a theatre, and fondly remembered this particular venue from touring with the Floyd in the early 1970s.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st at 10am CDT, through Ticketmaster.com although please be aware that demand will be incredibly high for this small venue, so you might need to be patient and keep retrying. From experience of other North American shows, you might also want to try calling Ticketmaster on the phone as there seems to be a separate allocation for telephone orders, and some people had much better luck via this route for shows which went on sale earlier.

As before, as an additional incentive, purchasers of tickets online who are resident in North America will be emailed a code, redeemable on the CD of David's new album, Rattle That Lock. This is subject to terms and conditions, which should be available to you from the ticketing website.

 
Classic Rock Magazine - 32 page Pink Floyd special
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 15 August 2015

Classic Rock Magazine, September 2015The new issue of the UK's Classic Rock magazine - published this week, issue 214, cover date September 2015 - is a real Pink Floyd feast. The magazine serves up a 32-page special on the Floyd within its page, which is designed to look at the band's 50th anniversary, and so Classic Rock "celebrates the dark and light sides of a monumental career".

The coverage gradually works through the band's history - from The First Gig, The First Producer and so on through to recent days, with the very sad passing of Syd and Richard. There are some wonderful pictures - including a set from Libby January - and a great selection of shots from over the years taken by Jill Furmanovsky, most previously unseen, including a lovely shot of Roger and David during the Live 8 rehearsals.

Talking of which, there's a really nice piece with the main protagonists in the Live 8 story, giving their memories of how events unfolded.

Of principal interest though is a new, six-page interview with David Gilmour. Excerpts of this interview have been picked up by various parts of the international press, all seizing on the one thing that will come of absolutely no surprise to even casual Floyd fans - David's comments that Pink Floyd as a working band are no more. Far more interesting are his recollections of his years in the band - and you find out which Floyd memory makes him cringe! He also talks about his new album in detail, and also what he thinks of the world of music in general these days.

The magazine is now available from all good UK stores, and will be in selected outlets worldwide in due course as an import. Alternatively, you can buy individual issues (again, worldwide) from their official store.

 
Roger Waters: Amused to Death - 2015 heavyweight vinyl 2LP
Written by Paul Powell Jr   
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Roger Waters - Amused to Death - 2015 heavyweight vinyl

We are now going to take a quick look and critical listen to what has become Roger Waters’ most enigmatic musical work, Amused to Death, which was re-released at the end of July 2015 in a variety of editions, including the special vinyl treatment discussed here.

When the vinyl LP was first released in 1992 on the Columbia label, compact discs were dominant in the marketplace and vinyl LPs were marginalized. Consequently, the limited production run of the original Amused to Death LP makes it very rare now and extremely expensive to acquire. In hindsight, I really should have purchased a copy back then, so I cannot comment on the sound quality of this particular pressing. According to the Discogs web site, each vinyl record weighed around 130/140 grams, which was normal weight for records pressed during that period. Columbia Records issued the LP in Europe and the Netherlands where the record labels were orange or red depending on the country of origin. The single sleeve cover mirrored the CD graphics, while the lyrics and other credits are contained in a full-size booklet insert.

On a side note, a few years ago I picked up what I understood was an 'unofficial' vinyl LP copy of Amused to Death. Presented on the 'CBS Sony' label, it looked intriguing. Not owning an original vinyl copy of Roger's masterpiece was unacceptable to my record collecting sensibilities, so I proceeded to purchase the substitute, problem solved, so I thought. Well, the old saying "You get what you pay for" certainly rang true in this case. My new copy of Amused to Death looked enticing at face value but upon closer inspection a few details concerned me.

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