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WELCOME TO BRAIN DAMAGE, YOUR PINK FLOYD, DAVID GILMOUR AND ROGER WATERS NEWS RESOURCE!

First, if you haven't already seen, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets are touring the UK and Europe in September and tickets are now on sale! Full details here.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is heading to Dortmund, Germany; this latest staging opens on September 15th, and runs until February 10th 2019. Tickets are now available through this direct link...

The Roger Waters European tour in 2018 is now taking place; it's a truly spectacular show - don't miss it! Talking of spectacles, 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.

Talking of releases... just announced is Nick Mason: Unattended Luggage, a 3CD or 3LP limited box set of his own albums, and this comes out at the end of August.

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Green Is The Colour...Roger Waters numbered limited edition vinyl album out soon
Written by Matt   
Monday, 25 June 2018
Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? Limited numbered European only green vinyl Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? Limited numbered European only green vinyl
Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want? Limited numbered European only green vinyl

Marking the current dates of the Roger Waters Us + Them European tour 2018, it is now officially confirmed that Sony Music are releasing a special, green double vinyl edition of his recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want?, exclusive to Europe.

The edition is limited and numbered, and we suggest that those of you interested in adding this lovely looking release to their collections, get your orders placed early as it won't hang around for long.

The album will appear in selected stores from July 6th (a couple of weeks time) and can be ordered through the following direct links: Amazon UKAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy. If you reside outside these countries, please note that all Amazon stores ship vinyl worldwide. Also, using our Amazon links helps us hugely with ongoing site running costs and we really appreciate it!

 
Retrospective on 50 years of Pink Floyd performing in Italy
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
One Of These Days - Italian Pink Floyd exhibition, 2018

Next month, One Of These Days, a retrospective looking at 50 years of Pink Floyd performing in Italy, opens in Padova. The exhibition, which is being held at Galleria Cavour, on Piazza Cavour, opens on July 21st and runs until September 9th, 2018.

The event is being staged by The Cultural Association Floydseum, the non-profit organisation consisting of some of the best known Italian collectors of Pink Floyd material, who aim to spread the word of all things Pink! They will be exhibiting photos, posters, written testimonies, records and rare memorabilia relating to the band's many appearances in Italy.

Admission to this will be free, and it will be open Tuesday to Sunday throughout the period, 10am-1pm, and 3pm-7pm. It is closed on Mondays. For more information, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains heading to Dortmund, Germany
Written by Matt   
Friday, 15 June 2018

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains - Dortmund, GermanyWell, the wait is over - the next location for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is a city that the Floyd played in a number of times, from the 1977 In The Flesh tour onwards. Dortmund is the city, and the Dortmunder U is the location.

The venue is a former brewery building, which for the last eight years has been a centre for the arts and creativity. Situated close to the city's centrally located railway station, it's in an ideal position. You can find out more about the museum, and the exhibition, via dortmunder-u.de.

With the Rome, Italy, staging of the exhibition, there were some adjustments to the items displayed, not least an inclusion of items specific to that country. We suspect the same changes will be made for Dortmund, with materials relating to German shows being included amongst the exhibits.

Whilst an official announcement is yet to be made, tickets have now gone on sale, and the venue website also has a section on the exhibition.

This latest staging of the exhibition opens on September 15th, and runs until February 10th 2019. Tickets are now available as a special presale through Eventim; you can buy them through this direct link.

 
Nick Mason's 'Unattended Luggage' 3CD/3LP box sets
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Nick Mason - Unattended Luggage 3LP box setReleased on August 31st, 2018 through Warner Music is Nick Mason's 'Unattended Luggage', a three album CD or vinyl box set of his albums 'Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports', 'Profiles' and 'White of the Eye'. These limited edition box sets will be available shortly before his acclaimed new band Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets begin their European tour at Cirkus in Stockholm on September 2nd.

For those who need reminding, 'Fictitious Sports' was Nick's debut solo album from 1981, which included collaborations with a variety of different musicians including Robert Wyatt and Carla Bley. 1985's 'Profiles' saw him hook up with 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn, and is a mainly instrumental album except for tracks Lie for a Lie which features vocals from Maggie Reilly and Floyd bandmate David Gilmour and Israel, sung by UFO keyboardist Danny Peyronel.

Finally, there's 'White of the Eye', another collaboration with Rick Fenn, a soundtrack for the British thriller movie of the same name. Originally released on January 1st 1987 on Harvest in the UK, and Columbia in the US, to coincide with the film's release, this is the first time the record has been made available for over 20 years, and the first time it will appear on CD.

Nick Mason said: "These recordings hold a very special place for me in my musical life. 'Fictitious Sports' developed initially from working with Mike Mantler, Carla Bley and Robert Wyatt on a couple of their projects, and benefited enormously from a whole crew of great musicians that I was introduced to by them at Grog Kill Studios in Woodstock.

"'Profiles' and 'White of the Eye' were an extension of working with Rick Fenn on some advertising and short documentary film soundtracks, which then developed into something more.

"Listening back after 30 odd years, I'm delighted they are getting the reissue treatment. I'm rather hoping that sales will be sufficient to damage the market in the original rare vinyl versions!"

For those not after the physical, 3CD or 3LP box sets of 'Unattended Luggage', the albums will all be available to download and through streaming platforms.

Below we list dedicated ordering links for both box sets - CD and vinyl - using these links 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!

NICK MASON: UNATTENDED LUGGAGE - vinyl box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
NICK MASON: UNATTENDED LUGGAGE - CD box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 

NOTE: Some of the stores above are yet to list the releases as available to buy but the pages are there for when they do. If your chosen store doesn't have it yet, please keep trying, or consider an alternate store - Amazon ship vinyl and CD albums worldwide.

 
Prog Magazine makes The Final Cut
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Prog issue 88The new issue of the UK's Prog Magazine (issue 88) appears in stores across the country on Thursday, and as you'll notice from the striking cover, has a focus on Pink Floyd's 1983 album, the final one to include Roger Waters.

The cover story is all about the making of The Final Cut and how the album shaped the future for both Floyd and Roger Waters ever since. The ten-page feature is a detailed and fascinating look at the project, and includes historical interview material with Roger, David Gilmour, keyboard player Andy Bown, engineer Andy Jackson, and photographer Willie Christie, who explains how the "video EP" came about for The Final Cut.

There's also a two-page chat with Roger about his current run of live dates in Europe, plans for filming the shows, and other things he is working on (this piece is adapted from a longer interview with Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2, which we mentioned back in April).

Elsewhere in the magazine, there's a page and a half looking at Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, including a great, full page review of the recent Dingwalls concert, the band's first ever public appearance.

The issue comes in a bag with a ten track CD, two free early Marillion posters and a copy of the Be Prog! My Friend festival programme. The magazine also includes interviews with Klaus Schulze, David Cross & David Jackson, Traffic, Spock's Beard, The Sea Within, Arena, Temples On Mars, Arjen Lucassen, The Decemberists, Lunatic Soul and more...

You can purchase Prog Magazine, either as single issues or as a subscription, in the UK and also internationally through this direct link. Prog is also available on iPad, Google Play, Kindle and Nook.

 
Pink Floyd at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1969
Written by Charles Beterams   
Thursday, 07 June 2018
Paradiso, Amsterdam

Charles Beterams is the author of the excellent, recently published Dutch-language book Pink Floyd In Nederland, which looks at the history of the band, as well as the various later solo projects, in that country. The full-colour 256-page hardcover book is a treat, even if you don't speak the language - the book is full of concert pictures (most of which have never been seen before), tour memorabilia (such as tickets, passes, adverts, posters, and production materials), rare record covers, and more. You can obtain the book from Dutch bookshops, or internationally via permafrostpublishers.com.

Just for the Brain Damage readership, he has very kindly provided an English translation of the section of the book looking at the troubled Paradiso concert in August 1969, the recording of which has finally been officially released on the box set, Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-1972:

Following Pink Floyd's performance at the second and final edition of the Flight To Lowlands Paradise Festival in Utrecht, late December 1968, nothing much is heard from the band in Holland, a few failing attempts and rumours aside. Early August 1969, however, Paradiso announces a Pink Floyd concert a few days later, on the 9th August. "Good news for those into the Floyd, as the well-known band from England will play the Paradiso for a sixty minute show, supported by The Dream from Tiel and Universal Delight from Vlissingen. Tickets are 7,50 Dutch Guilders [a little over 3 euros, ed.] and available from the venue. The concert starts at 8pm," newspaper De Waarheid writes on the 5th of August.

Pink Floyd in midsummer Amsterdam seems to be a good idea. Newspaper De Stem reports that a 'wave of heat and sweaty air is blowing out' in a beautiful article where the event becomes almost tangible. "The heat doesn't want to leave the city. The squares in Amsterdam are full of relaxing, calm, and barely dressed people. They walk slowly, sit a lot, drink. 'Get me something cold' is an often heard phrase. It is Saturday night. We come from boring The Hague and enter the busy centre of Amsterdam. Around the fountain on the clearly illuminated Leidseplein people try to cool down. We go a bit further down a dark Weteringschans and there the international youth temple Paradiso. Hundreds, really hundreds of boys and girls from everywhere insist in vain for the three entrances of the temple because IT is going to happen. Pink Floyd itself, the band 'that from now on only wants to do performances that matter' as the publicity people of Paradiso call it, will do that very thing right here, tonight. But for the time being, there are only a few ready for the gig, because the room is full, overcrowded."

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