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As most of you now know, there's now been the full announcement of The Endless River, the new album taken from the Division Bell sessions, which promises to be fascinating. We've got full details of the various versions available from November 10th...

Elsewhere, 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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David Gilmour on BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show - Friday
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Chris Evans - BBC Radio 2 Breakfast ShowBBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show tomorrow (Friday, October 31st), which airs between 6:30am-9:30am UK time, "gets that Friday feeling going" with a range of guests joining Chris in the studio for a chat, including the band Counting Crows, the actor Hugh Bonneville, and our very own David Gilmour.

We expect that David will be in to talk about the upcoming Pink Floyd album, The Endless River, which is just about a week away for a number of you (depending on your location).

Chris's show was one of the first worldwide to play Louder Than Words, the song which concludes the album, and Chris's easy nature and wit should make for an entertaining interview.

BBC Radio 2 can be heard on DAB and FM radio, via Freeview, Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable, and via www.BBC.co.uk/radio2, which will allow listeners around the world to tune in. The BBC's iPlayer service (at their website, and on Virgin Media) will allow listening on demand for seven days from the date of broadcast, principally for those in the UK, but this does also work in many other countries.

 
David Gilmour and Nick Mason - RS Endless River article
Written by Matt   
Monday, 27 October 2014

Rolling Stone Magazine - logoThis weekend, (and appearing in their November 6th, 2014 issue, number 1221) Rolling Stone posted an interesting article looking at Pink Floyd's The Endless River, and includes a look to the future - with David Gilmour talking about his next album, and hopes for a tour.

In parallels with his old bandmate, Roger Waters, David noted of the success of the 1994 Division Bell tour that "the whole thing was becoming bigger than I liked. I wasn't enjoying the lack of connection with the audience."

Preferring to concentrate on family and smaller scale solo material, David focused his efforts away from the Floyd, but recently heard the tapes they recorded in 1993 - around 20 hours worth - and he "realized there was something good to be tweaked out of all this stuff. Anything we had of value is on this album. Trying to do it again would mean using second-best material, and that's not good enough for me." The article then talks about some of the background, and creative processes, behind The Endless River, with comments from Phil Manzanera and Nick Mason.

As expected, there is no thought of touring TER, particularly without Richard Wright. David: "Without him, that's kind of impossible. I'm really enjoying my life and my music. There's no room for Pink Floyd. The thought of doing any more causes me to break out in a cold sweat."

Some good news regarding a new solo album from David though: "It's coming along very well. There are some sketches that aren't finished, and some of them will be started again. There's a few months' work in it yet. I'm hoping to get it out this following year. Then I'm hoping to do an old man's tour, not a 200-date sort of thing. There haven't been many discussions about the tour, but [smaller venues] like Radio City Music Hall sound like the right sort of vibe for me."

The final word has to go to Nick Mason. "If David resigns, that leaves me in total control of Pink Floyd. I'll go out on the road playing the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon, just the drum parts. It'll be quite dull. Please know that I'm joking!"

 
Pink Floyd's The Endless River goes In The Studio
Written by Matt   
Monday, 27 October 2014

Pink Floyd - The Endless RiverAs expected, respected US radio show In The Studio, hosted by Redbeard, is about to turn its focus to the forthcoming album from Pink Floyd, The Endless River, which appears in stores worldwide principally between November 7th - 10th (depending on where you live).

We understand that the interview with David Gilmour and Nick Mason, conducted recently on Astoria, David's houseboat studio, will air on US radio starting Monday 10th November. From 9am EST on that date, radio stations will have access to the programme, and will put it into their schedules in the regular slot for the show. It is a 75 minute programme, excluding ads, of interviews plus music from the album, designed to fit a 90 minute segment, so stations can have it ad free or up to 15 minutes of ads during it...stations can run it at any time they choose from 6am to midnight local time, between November 10th and November 30th. Those of you in North America should check your normal local listings to find out when you can tune in to the show.

For those of us outside the US, the interview (without the music, or any ads) will be on the inthestudio.net website to stream on demand. This should appear on the website shortly after it has aired on the radio.

 
Storm Thorgerson signed Syd Barrett prints auctions finish today
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 25 October 2014

Storm Thorgerson signed Syd Barrett print auctionsThis afternoon, the pair of very special, and rare, Syd Barrett related Storm Thorgerson prints on eBay will be coming to the end of their auction period. The auctions are due to finish just after 4pm UK time.

In each of the two special auctions, there is an authentic, and personally signed, Storm Thorgerson fine art print. These are being sold by Syd Barrett's sister Rosemary Breen through us (with the approval of OneFifteen, the management team who look after Syd's affairs) with all the money raised being used by Rosemary for charitable causes.

Both are signed to Rosemary by the late Storm, and both are pieces of artwork he created in tribute to Syd. The first, for 2010's "An Introduction to Syd Barrett", was created by Storm for the following reasons. "Firstly, to be vivid and colourful to reflect Syd's creative imagination. Secondly, to be varied and diverse, which is why there are illustrations to all his songs, and thirdly to hint at the darker, sadder side of Syd's life, hence the mirror which is not a mirror, the feather trees of autumn, and the escaping swan, breaking free from the confines of upbringing and education".

The second fine art print is officially known as Tribute to Syd Barrett, but also known as 'S' for Syd, and initially (as Storm has written in pencil under the image), Green Doors. It was created by Storm for The City Wakes, a tribute event for his late friend Syd that was held in Cambridge 2008.

Both are handsigned by Storm and he has hand-numbered it to Rosemary as edition 1 of 1. There are no others in this edition for each print, making them very special. They are also framed.

An item such as this would grace any Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd fan's collections, as well as benefitting some great causes. With Storm sadly no longer with us, this now sold-out, high quality print will never again be available signed by the man himself, and with it having been gifted to Syd's sister, it makes it even more special. It would also be a wonderful Christmas present for the Floyd fan in your life.

With just a few hours left of the auction, you will need to get your bids in now! Good luck to all of you bidding on these very unusual, and special, items.

 
Pink Floyd - The Endless River EPK - part two
Written by Matt   
Friday, 24 October 2014

Those of you who regularly visit our Facebook page will have seen this already this afternoon, but for those of you yet to join the gang over there, here is the second part of the longer EPK for Pink Floyd's upcoming album The Endless River. No indication yet how many parts there will be, but this is definitely worth watching, and also talks about the background to the recordings which became TER - and how they were originally going to be used.

If you missed the first part, you can see it here on YouTube. Now, here's the second part of the EPK for your enjoyment:

 
I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig - new book out now
Written by Matt   
Friday, 24 October 2014

I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig - Beau PhillipsPublished earlier this year in the US is "I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig", a book by Beau Phillips and including a foreword by Sammy Hagar.

Phillips is a former radio DJ, programme director and VP/General Manager of influential US rock stations, later turning his hand to changing the fortunes of MTV Networks output on television. This book spills the beans on his various interactions with rock's then upcoming superstars, along with rock royalty, who, in the eighties, set certain standards of behaviour backstage and in hotel rooms.

"I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig" is an absorbing and fun look at his experiences with the likes of Led Zep (and the inevitable throwing of TV sets from hotel windows), the excesses of ZZ Top, the kindness of Sir Paul McCartney, golfing with Jimi Hendrix's father, the tension caused by an interview arranged with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and the championing of various previously unknown stars. The book is an easy read, in a conversational style - you feel like you are relaxing in a bar, with Phillips regaling you with stories from his professional life. Some are "right time, right place" experiences, others clearly demonstrate the discomfort when things go wrong!

As the title implies, one of Phillips' stories concerns the inflatable pig used during the Floyd's late 80's touring. His radio station at the time negotiated the loan of it, to provide them with some great publicity whilst promoting the Floyd shows which were in town. Needless to say, not everything went smoothly, and Phillips tells an entertaining story of how things went so wrong, and his efforts to get Algie the pig feeling better.

It is now available in US bookstores, online from Amazon.com, and you can also order it (and find out more info) at PinkFloydsPig.com.

 
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