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IT'S HERE - David Gilmour's excellent new album, Rattle That Lock which was released on September 18th, 2015, worldwide! We've reached the end of David's European concerts, which have been incredible. In December, there's some shows in South America, then a number of North American shows next year (plus a show in Poland, too)...
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.
We'd love to know what you think might be on the horizon. Join the conversations over at our Facebook page!
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With a spirit no doubt of "If you can't beat them, join them", they are running a trio of special Black Friday offers, which run until Monday (November 30th). Here's what StormStudios are offering: "Friday may be black and Monday a little Stormy but we'd like to offer you the chance to add a splash of colour to this winter weekend with a trio of special offers. At the top of the tree is a significant price reduction on our high quality (very) limited numbered fine art silkscreen of 'Transmissions'. Designed for Gentlemen Without Weapons, Storm and the the studio went to legendarily preposterous lengths to capture this image [shown to the right]. Yes, those are genuine telegraph poles! View a clip about the making of this cover from Roddy Bogawa's 'Taken By Storm' documentary here. In addition we also have a lovely new limited fine art print of the concept sketch created for an album cover by South African band Machineri, copies of our gorgeous weighty anthology 'The Gathering Storm' and freshly released DVDs of 'Taken By Storm'. Full details here."
The Gathering Storm was a book we hugely enjoyed, and are sure you will to. Check out our review of this book here. If you are yet to get this book, their Black Friday deals might encourage you to snap up the DVD and book (unless your budget stretches to the print) - something we are sure you won't regret.
The world of music documentaries is full of studies of musicians, bands and the like, but little attention is paid to one of the most important sides of the music business - the visual side. Stop the average person in the street, in any country, and most will recognise the Floyd's iconic Dark Side of the Moon prism, one of the biggest selling t-shirts of all time. Play them some of the music though and they might struggle to name the band, or the album.
For most people, album covers are an essential part of the tapestry of their musical world and journey. The images can conjure up all manner of thoughts and memories (good and bad) and the covers themselves have arguably convinced most of us to buy an album to check it out (with varying degrees of success).
One key team behind a significant amount of most people's record collection covers are Hipgnosis. Taken By Storm - The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis is a fascinating, amusing, touching and thought-provoking documentary looking at the design team's history and methodology. As we know, Storm was always determined to go his own way (much to the exasperation at times of record company staff) and do everything as much as humanly possible entirely for real, rather than cobble things together in a computer.
Very ably directed by Roddy Bogawa, the documentary features interview segments throughout, with the likes of Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Steve Miller, 10cc's Graham Gouldman, Alan Parsons, and many more, giving their memories and anecdotes of working with Storm over the years. These are blended with archive footage of Storm and Po from their earlier days, and more recent footage of both either discussing their work, or actually creating it. There's plenty of great material, including some good Floyd stuff - such as a flight over the beds on the beach whilst in the middle of the Momentary Lapse cover shoot.
Two things relating to the Roger Waters The Wall Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl releases for you today. First, there are now some more details and clarification regarding the recently announced Super Deluxe Edition. We've had a lot of questions about various aspects of this set, and this update should answer some of the questions we are getting on a daily basis.
The set, which is exclusively available from the Roger Waters Online Store at the price of $500, plus tax, shipping and for many (as it is shipping from the USA) import tax and duties, is a limited edition of just 3000. Each one will be signed by Roger himself (but none of his bandmates will be signing it).
The "hand applied graphics" which were mentioned when the set was announced is basically this: the boxes will be set up in a Los Angeles warehouse like a massive wall, and Brazilian graffiti artist team Osgemeos will paint a mural on this wall of boxes. Each box then will have a piece of this mural. The picture here shows Osgemeos's artwork on one of Roger's pigs.
COMPETITION: WIN THE FILM ON BLU-RAY: We also have a nice little competition to run today - we have two copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to lucky BD visitors! To enter, all you need to do is answer this question correctly:
Which concert on The Wall tour featured the longest wall?
Email your answer to
with the subject line of "The Wall Blu-ray competition", and include your name and mailing address. The closing date is December 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!
This week, of course, sees the release of Roger Waters The Wall on DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, CD and download, and to help mark the occasion, Brain Damage has the online video premiere of In The Flesh, with thanks to our friends in Roger's camp!
If the above - or the timelapse video that we posted as another exclusive yesterday - whet's your appetite, you can place your order for the various standard editions through the following direct links. As a reminder, there's also a Super Deluxe Edition which can only be purchased from the Roger Waters online store, and costs $500 plus shipping and taxes, but for those who prefer the standard editions, please use these links:
As you'll have noticed, not all the Blu-ray editions are currently available from all the Amazon stores. However, they will all ship items internationally, so if your chosen store doesn't have what you are after, consider using an alternative. For the audio side of things, if you prefer things digital, orders can be placed via this iTunes direct link.
Released this week are the various iterations of Roger Waters The Wall - Roger's highly anticipated movie of his Wall tour, which ran from 2010-2013, coupled with footage of his "road trip", visiting sites and areas where his father and grandfather fought and died. The film was shown around the world in selected cinemas on September 28th, and since then, some cinemas have had further showings (including tonight, particularly in Italy). This release has been a very popular topic of conversation, with dozens of emails arriving with us every week. Hopefully the details below of contents will help answer questions for those who haven't been in touch!
To celebrate the release, and to give Brain Damage visitors a sneak peak at what the video formats offer, we have an exclusive time lapse video from the Buenos Aires performances, showing just how much effort is made in the construction of staging for an event like this.
As a reminder, Roger Waters The Wall is released this week as a digital download, as a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a 2-disc Blu-ray special
edition. The physical editions are now available to order through selected outlets, and we have details below of what
each edition contains, and where you can get them from. There is also an audio release: an album of Roger Waters The Wall on triple vinyl (3LP) or double CD, via Sony Music. For those with a healthier bank balance, there is also the Super Deluxe Edition, which is limited to
3000 signed copies, exclusively from Roger's online store at $500 plus
tax, shipping, and - for some - import duties as it is shipped from the
US. This includes some extra items, currently unavailable elsewhere, including a book and additional Blu-ray, and the score on vinyl, all in a custom box.
As a reminder, tonight David Gilmour: Wider Horizons airs on the UK's BBC2 TV at 9:45pm. Having seen the entire 72-minute programme at the start of this week, we are sure that you will - like we did - find it a fascinating look at the man and musician, taking in the various elements of his life. There are a lot of archive photographs and footage of David from his early days before Pink Floyd, but more than that, it is a warm and relaxed glimpse into life with his family.
The BBC website describes the documentary as follows: 'After a break of nine years, David Gilmour steps back into the spotlight with a number one album and world tour. This film is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest guitarists and singers of all time, exploring his past and present. With unprecedented access, the film crew have captured and detailed key moments in David Gilmour's personal and professional life that have shaped him both as a person and a musician.'
The show airs tonight (Saturday 14th November), at 9:45pm UK time, on BBC2 and BBC2 HD, which is viewable via digital terrestrial, the various digital platforms including Virgin Media and Sky, and online at the BBC website. It will also be available to watch on demand via the BBC's iPlayer service after it has aired on TV.
To give a flavour of the show, other than our exclusive screenshot here, if you've yet to see it, here's a quick video preview: