Roger Waters has just released the 5.1 surround mix of Amused To Death and we're hoping that the long-awaited release of Roger Waters The Wall Live on DVD/Blu-ray won't be too far behind the cinema screenings worldwide at the end of September 2015. We're hoping, too, that Their Mortal Remains returns to the calendar, even if not in Milan but somewhere else. As 2014 has shown, there's always the potential for surprises!
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Following two nights at the historical Hollywood Bowl, David's production moves over to the venue in the Inglewood area, some three miles east of LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). The Forum (known for sponsorship purposes as The Forum Presented by Chase, previously known as the Great Western Forum and commonly known as the Fabulous Forum and the LA Forum) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Inglewood, seating over 17,000, which opened in 1967.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, 7th August, at 10am PST, through Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Forum box office, or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. We are sure though that demand will be high for this concert, and wish all of you aiming to get tickets for this, the best of luck.
Not content though with this world-exclusive interview with such a key member of the Floyd world, we also launched our competition, featuring a very special prize to give away
to one lucky Brain Damage visitor - a copy of the limited picture
disc edition, personally signed by none other than Roger himself!
Adding to the rarity value, this particular example DOESN'T feature a stamped number. You can see the prize itself at the top of
To date, we've had over 500 entries, most of which are correct, but if you are yet to enter, time is running out...
To enter, all you need to do is answer this question correctly:
Who played bass on the album? (Hint: it wasn't just Roger)
Email your answers to
with the subject line of "Amused To Death competition", and include
your name and mailing address. The closing date is TOMORROW, August 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
It was created by "Alasdair and Jock from Trunk Animation, the London-based production house, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The hand-drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton's Paradise Lost, from which Rattle That Lock lyricist Polly Samson drew her inspiration. The poem itself encompasses twelve books, concerning the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
"Trunk directors Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, alongside producer Richard Barnett, assembled a team of 12 animators, artists and compositors, who worked continuously over three months to bring the narrative and many technical elements together. The team developed the narrative and took its main inspiration from the first three books of Paradise Lost, but also drew on details from across all twelve volumes. The film follows the fall of Satan from the kingdom of Heaven and his subsequent journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth."
The 11-page world exclusive interview is fascinating stuff, and handsomely illustrated with some new pictures and a range of older shots. With the interview taking place as Gilmour's upcoming album Rattle That Lock was being finalised, he talks about the creation of the album, the origins of some of the material, and reveales some of the personnel involved.
The lion's share of the piece has Gilmour, as well as the likes of Aubrey "Po" Powell, reflecting on their history. There's also talk of the future, including the possibility of another solo album before too long...
Elsewhere in the magazine are features on, amongst others, the Grateful Dead, including a special cover-mounted CD compiling a live version of an album which never had an official release. Also, in the week following the Newport Folk Festival, in which Roger Waters played a well-received set, there's a look back at the earlier days of the event.
You can buy Uncut in all good UK stores from today (although a handful seemed to have been selling it the last couple of days), and it will be available in selected outlets worldwide as an import. Alternatively, you can buy it (again, worldwide) via the Newsstand website.
On Friday, July 24th, Roger Waters played the historic Newport Folk Festival: this marked Waters' first full performance since the last show on The Wall Live tour, in Paris, France in 2013 (special performances at the Stand Up for Heroes concert in New York City, New York, at the Perfect Earth/Azuero Earth Project benefit concert in East Hampton, New York, and in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium consisted of anywhere between one and just a handful of songs); the occasion also marked the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's controversial performance at the same festival...
50 years ago Bob Dylan rocked Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival by simply plugging in: an acoustic, folk hero made music history by dividing an audience into a manifestly polarized sea of cheers and jeers. This followed a change in his own recorded work: that same year, Dylan had released Bringing It All Back Home, a half electric and half acoustic album, to the disfavour of folk purists and the acclaim of rock enthusiasts.
With all that history and its quinquagenary anniversary serving as a backdrop, Roger Waters delivered what will be remembered as one of the most iconic and unique performances in the festival's narrative - all on the same day that his 1992 classic album Amused to Death was re-released in 5.1 Surround Sound.
The Newport Folk Festival can generally divide audiences as much as Dylan himself did in 1965. The festival has a history of pulling together a range of acts that can be placed under the "folk" umbrella for a large and diverse number of reasons. This wide net was cast over Waters' own appearance as he paired up with My Morning Jacket.