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The first dates of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour have been announced! They will take place in April/May, in Ireland and the UK. Hopefully for those elsewhere, more dates are to be announced, as well as the live recording from London's Roundhouse to be released! If you've been any of the shows, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on what you experienced, or if you are going to one of these new shows, please get in touch!

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is now open in the Spanish city of Madrid, and following an announcement of an extension, now runs until 27th October 2019. PF's Creative Director Aubrey "Po" Powell thinks this staging of the exhibition is the best so far... 

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Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets announce UK/Ireland tour for April/May 2020
Written by Matt   
Friday, 13 September 2019

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of SecretsSome great news for many of you: Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets are clearly loving life on the road, and this morning have announced a tour of Ireland and the UK visiting thirteen locations, playing a show in each, and on the whole taking the production to venues which they've not been to before.

For those yet to check them out (and if so, where have you been?!), Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets brings together some familiar names, all great musicians: joining Nick are Gary Kemp and Lee Harris on guitar, Guy Pratt on bass, and Dom Beken on keyboards. Before coming together to form Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, Kemp was best known for his work with Spandau Ballet, Harris as having played guitar with The Blockheads (Ian Dury's band), Pratt needs no introduction, and Beken was principally known for his work with The Orb, and Transit Kings (with Pratt). The band play early Pink Floyd songs, concentrated on the period of 1967-1972.

Tickets for the thirteen concerts, which are really not to be missed, go on sale at 10am UK time, on Thursday 19th September, via www.ticketmaster.co.uk, SeeTickets.com, and other normal agents. The dates and venues are as follows:

Each date above links off to its individual show page, which should build into a record of each concert, a home for your reviews, pictures, and more!

This is a very special opportunity to experience Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' and 'A Saucerful Of Secrets', through to 'Obscured By Clouds'. The band have been very highly praised by fans and the media alike for the quality and uniqueness of each performance - the Saucers clearly have a wonderful time performing together, and that comes across clearly in the music.

 
2019 Prog Magazine annual awards last night - Nick Mason & Tony Smith honoured
Written by Matt   
Friday, 13 September 2019
Nick Mason receives 2019

Last night, the 2019 Progressive Music Awards took place at the Underglobe in London (literally, under the Globe Theatre!). These annual awards, instigated by Prog Magazine, honour newcomers and established acts alike, along with other key individuals.

There were two key, Floyd-related awards given out last night - the first of these was Industry VIP, that was presented to Tony Smith. With a roster of top acts (including Genesis, and the various individuals/offshoot projects) he has also been Nick Mason's manager for some time, and Nick's Saucerful Of Secrets are under his wing too.

Talking of Nick, it was last night that he received his trophy as Prog God. This had been previously announced that he was due to be given the award at this year's ceremony, so all due preparation had been made. At the time the news broke, almost a month ago, Nick said: "I'm all in favour of recognition for drummers – particularly when it’s me – so I'm really delighted to be recognised as Prog God. It's hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it's still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue!"

As part of the Prog God announcement last night, a video was shown collecting highlights of his career to date, and included some of the recently shot live footage of the Saucers at London's Roundhouse (which looked great!). Nick did joke about hoping that he'd be winning "Best Newcomer" as well as "Lifetime Achievement" on the same evening!

The picture here is Nick during his acceptance speech, with comedian and host for the evening Al Murray (left) and Rory Bremner, which was posted on the Prog social media channels. The live stream they had running will hopefully be available to view on demand in due course; pictorial coverage and the full list of winners from the Progressive Music Awards 2019 will be printed in their special souvenir issue, which goes on sale from October 25 and will also be available to purchase, worldwide, online.

 
Many happy returns, Roger Waters!
Written by Matt   
Friday, 06 September 2019

Roger Waters - Berlin 2013The combined wishes of all of us on the Brain Damage team, along no doubt with many of you reading this, go to Roger Waters, who celebrates his 76th birthday today!

Roger was born in Great Bookham, Surrey, in 1943, moving to Cambridge when he was two years old. It was there that he met, and became childhood friends with, a number of key people in the story of Pink Floyd.

Of course, Roger has been extremely busy over the last few years, having successfully taken Dark Side Of The Moon on tour in 2006, through to 2008. On completing that, he immediately started work on a new version of The Wall - which finally opened in September 2010. That tour was spectacularly successful, wrapping up in Paris for show number 217 in September 2013. Recordings of that tour turned into the film, shown in cinemas and released on DVD/Blu-ray and as part of a mammoth, Super Deluxe Edition.

More recently, he performed his highly acclaimed Us + Them world tour, which was filmed and will be in cinemas worldwide at the start of next month (with tickets now on sale), prior to (hopefully) a domestic release. He's also released his latest solo album, Is This The Life We Really Want? as well as overseeing the release of the late Nick Sedgwick's book about the band, and in particular, the 1974 tour of The Dark Side of the Moon, and this week appeared outside the UK's Home Office, performing Wish You Were Here on acoustic guitar with Andy Fairweather-Low, in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

We hope you have a great day, Roger. Many happy returns!

 
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains gets Madrid extension
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains - Madrid, Spain extension to October 2019Just announced, and good news for those who have been meaning to get to the latest staging of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains...

Due to overwhelming praise from Pink Floyd fans in Spain and those who have visited from around the world, the promoters announced today that the exhibition in Madrid will be extended for six additional weeks. It is now scheduled to close on October 27th, 2019.

Tickets for the extra six weeks are now available through www.pinkfloydexhibition.es.

If the Spanish staging is anything like past iterations of this exhibition (which originally opened at London's Victoria & Albert Museum in May 2017) it is a wonderful journey through the years of Pink Floyd's history, even incorporating related items from the band member's lives pre-Floyd.

To see instruments, equipment, props, posters, and so much more that have been key elements, is a joy, and is not to be missed! Hopefully once the Madrid staging concludes, the exhibition will be packed up and on its way to a new location. Details of that, though, are yet to be revealed...

 
Roger Waters performing Wish You Were Here outside Home Office in London tomorrow
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 01 September 2019
Roger Waters performing WYWH in support of Julian Assange, London, September 2019

Roger Waters is to perform the song Wish You Were Here outside the UK's Home Office in Marsham Street, London in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday (2nd September) at 6pm. For those intending to attend, the nearest Underground station is Westminster.

The graphic shown here [click thumbnail] has been posted by Roger, as well as journalist John Pilger, who will be speaking to the crowds at the event, on their Facebook pages.

We will update this page with any video or pictures of the event - if you are attending,  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

UPDATE: Here's the streamed video of the event:

 
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 mega box set revealed!
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set cover
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 deluxe box set contents
Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 Highlights CD/2LP vinyl cover

After much rumour, various iterations of supposed contents, and the odd leaked picture of the set on a certain retail site, Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 has today been confirmed and detailed. It will appear as a 16-disc (or 18, if you include the two singles) box set, a double vinyl LP with selected highlights from the set, and a CD release of these highlights too. These will all be released on Friday, November 29th, this year.

Looking at the largest item first, the box set, this consists of 5 CDs in a 60-page hardback book, 6 Blu-rays and 5 DVDs, each in gatefold wallets, 2 7" vinyl singles with material never released, a 40-page hardback photo book, replica tour programmes, and a reproduction memorabilia collection.

The box set offers over six hours of previously unheard audio and over seven hours of previously unseen audiovisuals from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, The Division Bell and The Endless River albums.

The CDs take in the 2019 remix of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, a 2019 remix of Delicate Sound Of Thunder, a disc of live B-sides and unreleased material from The Division Bell, and a new remix of the 1990 Knebworth concert.

With AMLOR, the album is presented for the first time in 5.1, and has been updated and remixed by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson. The release of The Later Years project gives an opportunity for a fresh overview of this album. By returning to some of Richard Wright's keyboard parts and recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored the creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

The Blu-rays include 5.1 surround sound mixes of the above, as well as The Division Bell, a restored and remixed Delicate Sound of Thunder and includes additional tracks not on the original release, a re-edited PULSE, the full Venice 1989 and Knebworth 1990 concert films (Knebworth includes Great Gig In The Sky), along with music videos, the full range of tour screen films (including the very amusing Money screen film from 1994 with a very retro looking alien complete with ray gun), documentaries, and a new film by Ian Emes for The Endless River album. The DVDs replicate the above material with the exception of the surround sound mixes, which are only on the Blu-rays.

The two 7" vinyl singles host two previously unreleased songs - Arnold Layne from the 2007 Syd Barrett tribute concert at the Barbican, and Lost For Words recorded at the rehearsals for the 1994 Earls Court shows.

The double vinyl LP and CD "highlights" packages bring together a flavour of the full set, taking in tracks from Knebworth, The Division Bell sessions, the Momentary Lapse remix, Delicate Sound and more. This has different artwork to the box set.

As a sneak preview, here's Wish You Were Here from the Knebworth 1990 concert, now live on Spotify:

ORDERING INFORMATION:
You can order the various editions through the following direct links, taking advantage of Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you will automatically pay the lowest asking price between placing your order, and release, whilst giving Brain Damage much needed help with running costs without costing you any extra. We really appreciate it too! All the below should be live when you read this, or if not, shortly.

PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - deluxe box set:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 2LP vinyl highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
PINK FLOYD THE LATER YEARS - 1CD highlights:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
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