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The US/Canadian leg of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2019 tour has now come to an end, after running through March/April 2019, and a handful of dates in the UK in late April/early May. They now take a short break before European dates in July! If you're going to any of the shows, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on what you experienced!

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains has now opened in the Spanish city of Madrid. Running until September 2019, PF's Creative Director Aubrey "Po" Powell thinks this staging of the exhibition is the best so far... 

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Roger Waters' Us + Them film hits cinemas October; tickets on sale next week
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Roger Waters - Us + Them concert film poster

Roger's highly anticipated new movie, with the full title of "Roger Waters Us + Them, a film by Sean Evans and Roger Waters" has had its cinema screening dates now confirmed. It will be shown in a participating cinema (hopefully) near you on October 2nd and 6th ONLY. Tickets for the screenings go on sale July 17th, when details of cinemas that will be screening it will be revealed, through RogerWatersUsAndThem.com.

Us + Them is said to feature state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event. Anyone who saw The Wall cinema screenings will know how well that was presented, so expected similar quality this time around too!

Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Roger and his band perform to over two million people worldwide, the film features songs from legendary Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?

Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver "this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love".

As yet there are no details of a home release on DVD/Blu-ray of this concert film, but rest assured we will let you know as soon as the details are available.

 
Martin Popoff: "A huge proportion of metalheads love Pink Floyd"
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Tuesday, 09 July 2019
Martin Popoff released his book Pink Floyd: Album by Album on June 26th of last year. On the one year anniversary of the book's release, Brain Damage sat down to chat about his projects and about his experience writing and editing the book - which included interviews with Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess and Genesis' Steve Hackett. Popoff's most recent releases are Born Again!: Black Sabbath in the Eighties and Nineties, Judas Priest: Turbo ‘til Now, and Aces High: The Top 250 Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s. He shared his view on a number of issues confronting the music industry, on drumming, and on Pink Floyd's place in history. 
 
Pink Floyd Album by Album book cover
Brain Damage: Pink Floyd: Album by Album was released on this day, last year. How was that project different from previous ones, i.e., did you feel the Pink Floyd connoisseurs you interviewed were different from experts on other bands that you had interviewed for other projects? 
 
I wouldn’t say there was a difference. The same mix of celebrities, rock stars, super experts like yourself! But as you know, as more of a hard rock/old man heavy metal guy, it was fresh and fun for me to do something like this, especially to get re-educated again on the pre-Dark Side of the Moon albums, which I hadn’t paid much attention to in recent years.
 
BD: To what extent do you try to balance your own input on each album in a book like this, relative to the input from those you are interviewing? 
 
The fun part is I get to say my say completely in the fairly long and involved intros to each album. After that I’m perfectly happy leaving all the views up to everyone else. I might have leading questions that I ask over and over where I seem to be soliciting a certain response, and maybe because they are leading questions, they do steer the narrative, but other than that, for this style of book, it’s all about the views of the contributors after the introduction.
 
BD: Were there any particular surprises in the process of writing Pink Floyd: Album by Album?
 
Yeah, because actually your input, I learned quite a few cool little trivia bits about the last few albums. And again, I really got to digest and restructure and re-memorize all those old albums. It’s really quite a remarkable career, how completely crazy Pink Floyd were allowed to be leading up to Dark Side of the Moon.
 
BD: Did you ever entertain the idea of including the live albums (other than the live material on Ummagumma)?
 
No, with five books like this, I just thought talking about the live albums would be the most boring thing. To me, I’m famously not a live gig guy or a live album guy. In fact, once I’ve seen a band two or three times, I almost feel like I never need to see them again. Ha ha, this is actually true, and I’m barely exaggerating, really, but I have these conversations with like, Rush tribute bands, maybe some of the people who were actually in the Rush: Album by Album book, who invite me to their gig, and to let them down easy, but actually, I’m not kidding here, this is actually the truth, I tell them that if Rush themselves were playing the bar down the street like they were, I probably wouldn’t even go. Okay, the truth is, I would go to say that I was there, but I wouldn’t stay for the whole thing! I just don’t care. To me the important part is the writing of the song, and between the music and the lyrics, the lyrics are more important.
 
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David Gilmour Guitar Collection auction raises $21.5million for climate crisis charity
Written by Matt   
Friday, 21 June 2019

As you'll have seen from our coverage of the event yesterday, the sale of the David Gilmour Guitar Collection at Christie's New York, in aid of the charity ClientEarth, was wildly successful, with every item selling easily, raising $21,490,750 / £16,935,185/ €19,035,147. It was the most valuable musical instrument sale in auction history, and took place in a pair of packed salesrooms (a second room opening due to sheer volume of people). The numbers attempting to be involved with the sale meant that Christie's were forced to move the start time by an hour, to better accommodate everyone.

Of the 126 lots sold, there were a few record breakers. In particular, the Black Strat achieved $3,975,000, setting a world auction record for any guitar. At the foot of this news item we have the list of top ten items based on final sale price yesterday. Here's the moment that the Black Strat sold:

On hearing how much the sale of David's instruments had raised for them, ClientEarth CEO James Thornton said: "This is a truly humbling and extraordinary gift, which goes beyond our wildest expectations. It's difficult to express just how deeply grateful we are to David for choosing ClientEarth as the beneficiary of this historic auction. The law is one of the most powerful tools we have to tackle the world's increasing environmental problems. This gift is a phenomenal boost to our work using the law to tackle climate change and protect nature. It will allow us to play an even greater role in addressing the climate crisis and securing a healthy planet for future generations."

Christie's note that, in the lead up to the auction, over 12,000 fans booked hour-long time slots at the tour stops in London, Los Angeles and New York to get up-close to the guitars. In excess of 500,000 people viewed the content around the sale on Christies.com, and more than 2,000 bidders from 66 countries registered for the sale. 97 percent of all guitars in the sale were sold to or directly underbid by online registrants. 38 percent of the lots were purchased by online bidders.

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[UPDATED] David Gilmour Guitar Auction - today's the day!
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 20 June 2019
David Gilmour - Guitar Auction, 20th June 2019, Christies New York City

Good morning! It's the day that many Pink Floyd fans have been waiting for - today, at 10am EST (3pm UK/BST) at Christie's in New York City, over 120 of David Gilmour's guitars are up for auction, raising money for charity (more about that shortly). These range from his most iconic and best known instruments, through to ones that he has accumulated over the years and have less sparkling CVs.

The day, the event, seems to have polarised a significant amount of the Pink Floyd community. There's those who are excited, and have mentally committed a certain amount of money so they can place a few bids, with the hopes of getting their hands on one of David's instruments, whatever it might be.

There are also those who are sad (some, desperately) about his selling of the bulk of his collection. Those people should rest assured - he stated recently that he was keeping at least 20 guitars, including a replica Black Strat that is seemingly incredibly close in sound and feel to the original. In a recent fan Q&A, he said: "Don't fret too much. I still have a few lovely guitars that I couldn't let go. A 1945 Martin D18, my Fender Esquire nicknamed The Workmate and a Black Gretsch Duo-Jet to name but three." On being asked what it is about the Workmate that led to him keeping it over 0001 and the Black Strat, he responded: "I'm just too fond of the Workmate."

He has also made it clear that he isn't finishing with the creation and performance of music ("No, no. It does not mean retirement"), and on being asked "Have you retained sufficient guitars to make another album, and play more live shows? Do you have any such plans?" he gave a simple "Yes and yes". Great news for all those concerned that this auction was seeing David conclude this element of his life.

Last night, David revealed where the money raised today would be going:

As things happen today, we will endeavour to keep this page up to date with all the latest occurrences, sale prices of items, and such like, shown below. Stay on this page and refresh it for all the latest information on what's taking place! The latest items will be at the top, so scroll down to see older updates. By the way, please let us know if any of you are lucky winners of any of the guitars/cases on offer today...

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David Gilmour Guitar Auction: Sky Arts special coming soon
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Sky Arts logoWith the imminent sale of many of David Gilmour's guitars, there's currently plenty of press attention and coverage, particularly in the US.

As you know, Christie's New York is handling the upcoming sale of a significant chunk of David's personal guitar collection. With more than 120 guitars, including his preferred Fender models of Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, the auction on Thursday (20th June) marks a rare opportunity for guitar aficionados, musicians and collectors to explore one of the world's most comprehensive groupings of guitars that hooked a generation.

Tomorrow sees the final opportunity to visit the exhibition of the guitars in New York. Entry is free, but advance reservations are essential. Below you can see a short piece on CBS television in the US, looking at the sale.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: For a more in-depth look at the sale, and the guitars in question, there's a 35 minute Sky Arts television special being aired on 28th June at 7:30pm. "Auction: David Gilmour Special" should be a fascinating look at this somewhat unexpected sale. It will be available in the UK, and no doubt a number of places in Europe (depending on satellite reception), via Sky, Virgin Media, Talk Talk TV and Now TV. It may also be available post-broadcast on the sky.com website.

 
At Christie's: Something Bittersweet
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Saturday, 15 June 2019
The Christie’s David Gilmour Guitar Collection exhibit has made its way through London and Los Angeles and has now landed in New York City… where all the David Gilmour guitars you have seen played live over the years, or that you have listened to an endless amount of times on albums, are about to sojourn into an entirely new existence.

Yesterday, at 11:00am Eastern Standard Time, a small group of guitar and Pink Floyd enthusiasts waited patiently in the lobby at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza exhibition space to catch what may be the last glimpse anyone will get of some of David Gilmour’s most famous guitars. And just like that, as Christie’s musical instrument specialists and hosts invited everyone in, the small crowd trickled into different parts of the exhibit: some looking to take each guitar in with great pause, others going straight for “The Black Strat,” “The Red Stratocaster,” or #0001. These guitars were all on display in separate rooms, songs that were performed on them over the years piping through speakers directly underneath and around them. 
    
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