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

2016 is shaping up to be a very interesting year, if 2015 is anything to go by - releases from David Gilmour and Roger Waters and of course the surprise appearance of Pink Floyd 1965 - Their First Recordings. Coming up, David's North American tour from March. There's also 13 confirmed shows in mainland Europe, and four shows at London's Royal Albert Hall to conclude matters in September.

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

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US presidential candidate promises "to reunite Pink Floyd"
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 07 February 2016

As in most countries, politicians in the US often promise the impossible, and this week in a classic case of electoral hyperbole, presidential candidate John Kasich, of the Republican party, has "promised to reunite Pink Floyd" if he gets elected!

In an interview with news organisation CNN, Kasich stated that "If I'm president, I am going to once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple songs. And since we have so much trouble in America with our finances, I'm going to start with a little song they created called 'Money.'"

He also said that his favourite concert of all time was Pink Floyd playing The Wall in Pittsburgh - we presume he either meant Roger Waters (whom he called "an incredible artist") in 2006, 2010 or 2012, or Pink Floyd playing the odd song from the album live back in 1988 or in 1994.

Whatever happens in the contest for the White House, this is going to be one electoral promise which is guaranteed not to happen! Our thanks to everyone who wrote in about this.

 
David Gilmour announces further 11 European concerts
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016

David Gilmour 2016 tourThis morning, an additional 11 concerts were announced by David Gilmour as part of his 2016 Rattle That Lock tour, all taking place in mainland Europe.

As we've come to expect from David, some of the venues have come very much as a surprise, either in terms of location or the venue itself. Some of the venues look wonderful and should prove memorable places to see the show.

Tickets for the newly announced shows, as well as the Stuttgart show which was revealed yesterday, go on sale at 10am CET (Central European Time) on Friday (February 5th). Full information including the relevant links to the ticket agencies, as well as (in some cases) telephone booking lines, will be found on the individual show pages which are found in the David Gilmour 2016 Tour zone.

Finally, here are the European dates in full:

The tour then concludes with the four dates previously announced for London's Royal Albert Hall, in September.

 
David Gilmour performing in Stuttgart in July
Written by Matt   
Monday, 01 February 2016

Schlossplatz, StuttgartJust announced is a second concert to take place in mainland Europe this year as part of David Gilmour's 2016 Rattle That Lock tour, which restarts on March 24th at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. July 14th sees the production arrive at Schlossplatz, in Stuttgart, Germany.

The last time that David performed in the city was back in 1989 during the Pink Floyd tour that year, when the band played the Neckarstadion. Roger Waters performed in the city in 2002, at the Schleyer Halle.

For the first 100 years or so of its life, Schlossplatz was closed to the public and was a military parade ground. Situated next to two other popular squares in Stuttgart, getting to and from the site should prove simple for concertgoers.

Every year Schlossplatz is home to major outdoor events such as open-air concerts, children's fairs and parts of the Christmas market including an outdoor ice rink. During the 2006 World Cup Finals the square regularly held more than 40,000 spectators who watched live matches on 3 huge screens.

Tickets for this concert go on sale on Friday (February 5th) at 10am CET (Central European Time) through normal official agents. More details as we get them.

 
New book: The Complete Pink Floyd - Glenn Povey
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Complete Pink Floyd book by Glenn PoveyHot on the heels of yesterday's news about Glenn Povey's forthcoming book, 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock', we have information about Glenn's other publication from Carlton Books due out on the same day (March 3rd) which is called 'The Complete Pink Floyd' (with the additional advice of it being 'The Ultimate Reference', elsewhere on the cover).

Becoming quite the prolific author, Glenn is of course the founder of the original Brain Damage magazine, which lead to this website in 1999. His books 'In The Flesh', revised as 'Echoes', have been truly essential reference works and this major revision to 'Echoes' promises to be the cornerstone to every Floydian book collection.

We're hoping to bring you a review of the book soon, but here's a taster of what to expect from the publishers: "The Complete Pink Floyd...lists every concert, every appearance, every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the world's most famous bands. Acknowledged expert Glenn Povey...has been allowed access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person to do so). This complete reboot of the original is illustrated with all-new material, including hundreds of photographs and rare memorabilia. Every solo concert has been updated for Waters and Gilmour, and details of the band's many re-released albums have been added, including never-before-published research into their earliest recordings from 1965. The original Echoes was a great book but this full upgrade is it essential reference for any serious Pink Floyd fan."

We've a feeling that 'The Complete Pink Floyd' will become an almost daily reference for us, and with Glenn's past record and credentials, we're sure it's going to be a popular book. You can place your orders for it now, for despatch on publication, and benefiting from Amazon's 'pre-order price guarantee' (automatically paying the lowest price they offer an item for, between the time you order it and release), through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

 
Phil Manzanera - happy birthday!
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 31 January 2016
Phil Manzanera

The highly respected musician and producer Phil Manzanera celebrates his 65th birthday today (Sunday, January 31st), and all of us here at Brain Damage wish him many happy returns!

Finding fame with Roxy Music, his talents have been sought in other musical areas, with production becoming a significant part of his career more recently. He has been a friend of David Gilmour for some time, and this has lead to his roles on the On An Island and Rattle That Lock albums and tours, and his work on Pink Floyd's 2014 album The Endless River brought the work to its fruition.

Last March, his latest solo album, The Sound Of Blue, came out to critical and fan acclaim, and shortly he is to resume his role in David's band for the Rattle That Lock tour, which continues in North America from March 24th.

We hope you have a great day, Phil!

 
Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock book coming soon
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 30 January 2016

Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock book by Glenn PoveyPublished on March 3rd by Carlton Books is 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock'. Written by Glenn Povey, it is an updated and expanded version of 'Treasures of Pink Floyd' which appeared in late 2012. Glenn was the creator of Brain Damage magazine (the forerunner to this website) and author of essential books such as In The Flesh and Echoes.

'Treasures...' told the band's history with words, pictures and facsimile memorabilia. The book recounted every decade of the band's existence and every album they recorded, contained profiles of all five members and discussed the significant influence they had on music and culture across the world. We saw 'Treasures...' as a great companion piece to 'Echoes', expanding on some of the more visual content that 'Echoes' has alongside the concert listings and other detail. It's also an ideal book for the Floyd novice, hungry for more information on the band and its music.

This celebration of the visual side of Pink Floyd - a band for whom the visual aspect has always been a vital element of their being - has been expanded and updated with 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock', which brings the story up to date. There's no pull-out memorabilia in this edition, but despite this small change, the new edition should prove a great addition to your Floydian bookshelf.

You can preorder the book now, through the following direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

 
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