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The shortlived, five-piece Pink Floyd line-upMarking its 20th anniversary, Pink Floyd's The Division Bell deluxe box set is out now, and the new surround mix on blu-ray is superb! There's also been the announcement of The Endless River, a newly announced album taken from the Division Bell sessions, which promises to be fascinating.

Roger Waters has revealed work is moving apace on his new album, Crosby and Nash (amongst others) are helping David Gilmour out with HIS new material, and we should have things like the live Wall DVD/blu-ray to enjoy at some point. More information on all these as we get it, along with revised information on Their Mortal Remains, the Pink Floyd Exhibition, which was due to open mid-September but has been postponed...

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Nick Mason Q&A in London's Tower 47 - watch now
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Back in July, the UK's Tower 47, in Camden's Chalk Farm Road in London, was host to a Q&A with Nick Mason (something that stayed well below our radar, so apologies that we weren't able to let you know about this before now).

In an interesting chat with the compère, and small audience, Nick talks about musicians getting fair recompense for their work, including a look at Spotify, which had Pink Floyd joining the music streaming service at the same time as Radiohead left it! He also talks about the rise of social media, his influences and other bands, the Live8 reunion and the likelihood of anything similar to happen again, his favourite Floyd songs (and why), his early years in music, and much more. Well worth hearing his Q&A, which you can do through the following video:

 
Roger Waters' Ca Ira - Nashville gets US premiere of opera
Written by Matt   
Monday, 15 September 2014

Roger Waters - Ca IraWith his work on The Wall now virtually complete (with presumably just the home release of the film, along with any other cinema screenings, to come) Roger Waters has turned his attention back on his opera Ca Ira, for its US premiere at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. There will be two performances, with Roger narrating both, on January 29th and 30th, 2015.

The piece is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and a children's chorus. The Tennessean newspaper state that the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Blair Children’s Chorus will perform onstage with Waters. We understand that this will be a resumption of his narration role he performed on its last performance, in Gothenburg, Sweden, last year.

"We are thrilled and honored to have a legendary talent like Roger Waters at the Schermerhorn to debut this phenomenal production for an American audience," Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO, said in a news release. "We embrace any opportunity to expand our artistic mission with adventurous, ground-breaking projects, and 'Ca Ira' promises to be two nights of entertainment that Middle Tennesseans will never forget."

The ticket presales for Ca Ira begin at 10am CDT today for Nashville Symphony donors and subscribers. The public sale begins at 10am CDT on Friday at NashvilleSymphony.org, via phone at 615-687-6400 or at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
Richard Wright
Written by Matt   
Monday, 15 September 2014

Richard WrightToday, September 15th, marks the very sad, sixth anniversary of the passing of Richard Wright, and along with many around the world, our thoughts are with his family and friends today, as they remember him.

A founding member of the early Pink Floyd, his distinctive keyboard work was a cornerstone of the band's music, yet his contribution was, of course, so much greater than that, as a vocalist and songwriter, responsible for many significant pieces of music throughout the band's career. Richard was such a key member of the band, and without him, the band would surely have trod a dramatically different path. The affection of the fans for Richard was clear to see on the 2006 David Gilmour tour, where Richard often received the loudest cheers each night.

As with previous years, a steady stream of emails are arriving here from fans who are thinking of Richard today, and who will - like us - be playing his music in tribute throughout today. You can share your thoughts on Richard, his contribution to Pink Floyd, and his contribution to your own life, over at our Facebook page.

 
Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder 2014 2CD reissue/reprint
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 13 September 2014
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Around May 13th, Pink Floyd's 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder was the subject of a reissue/reprint in the US. Having been out of print for more than five years there, the return to availability of the album (particularly in that country) is sure to be welcomed.

It is presented in packaging that seemed to appear at the end of last year in Europe, and is markedly different from how it appeared on its original release.

Moving from the old style "fat" double CD case, to the now normal slim 2CD format, it is immediately apparent how different it is. First, a slightly different image from the Mr Sound and Mr Light photo-shoot appears on the cover, and rather than the original which contained the picture in a box centrally on the front, the image now wraps around the removable booklet. The rear shows the baobab tree cluster, but again fully using the space available. Inside, the discs repeat (as red or blue 'negative' images) the baobabs with a small "PINK FLOYD" and virtually unreadable track names and copyright info, rather than the old style plain text ones from 1988.

There are also some changes to the booklet itself, with some different live shots and other changes. Sonically, there are no changes, as it is not a remaster, and its release is really due to the band's move from Sony to Warner in the US. The repackaging - done by StormStudios - was a good way to give a decent refresh to a fairly tired, and dated, package.

Our thanks in particular to Michael Nickel for his help with this, as well as BD's own Ed Lopez-Reyes. For those who either never bought this live album originally, or who want to update their collection with this new edition, you can order it through the following direct links: Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.

 
Nick Mason interview for The Drummer's Journal
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 13 September 2014

Nick Mason in Drummer's JournalEarlier this year, online publication The Drummer's Journal released their Spring 2014 issue, which amongst other things, includes an absorbing interview with Nick Mason about life behind the kit for Pink Floyd, and more specifically for TDJ, his thoughts on drumming, drum stores, and such like.

In the interview, Nick reveals the Floyd album which he feels encapsulates the band as musicians, and why he feels it was so successful. He talks of solo material, and how little appetite he has for another solo album, and of the historic Live 8 reunion. For those familiar with Nick's turn of phrase you will know that this is an entertaining read!

The online magazine is available now as a free downloadable PDF file (so you might need Adobe Reader or similar to read it) through this direct link.

 
Pink Floyd feature in new Record Collector magazine
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 13 September 2014

Record Collector, October 2014The always absorbing UK magazine Record Collector has an unmissable article in the new edition (issue 432, cover date October 2014), which arrived in UK stores yesterday, September 12th, sporting an eye-catching promo shot of Pink Floyd from 1967.

Highlight of the magazine is a dual purpose, five-page feature on the Floyd. The first part takes a detailed look at some of the more notable global rarities, with updated valuations (the last set of valuations was almost six years ago) by Joe Geesin (yes, son of Ron, most notable for Floyd fans for Atom Heart Mother) with help from our friend, BD contributor Herve Denoyelle. Some incredibly rare examples are listed, where just one or two are known to exist, along with more regular releases which are nevertheless boasting a hefty value these days. Who knows what pricey gem you might have lurking in your own collections, that you are unaware of? The discography of Pink Floyd's global rarities makes for fascinating reading, particularly for those of us who have been collecting various things for many years now.

This is coupled with a look at what is known so far - and what has been rumoured - about the band's upcoming studio album The Endless River, which of course is based on the recordings done around the time of 1994's The Division Bell. The writer takes the little which has been officially revealed, and picks away at comments made on various Facebook pages by those involved to try to understand what we are likely to get when TER eventually is released (and as yet, there is NO official release date, despite the rumours and suggestions of dates such as October 27th and November 10th, both possible candidates based on normal scheduling of albums). The writer also takes a look at those known to be working on the recordings, particularly The Orb's Youth, bringing in the collaboration between them and David Gilmour on 2010's Metallic Spheres.

Elsewhere in the magazine are features on modern female metal, Kate Bush, Foreigner, British Soul, and a fascinating look at the huge variety of punk memorabilia and collectables. The magazine should be appearing now in all good UK stores, and will be available worldwide in selected outlets shortly as an import. It is also available to purchase online here.

 
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