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Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Paris, France, September 2018WELCOME TO BRAIN DAMAGE, YOUR PINK FLOYD, NICK MASON, DAVID GILMOUR AND ROGER WATERS NEWS RESOURCE!

First, although Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour of the UK and Europe in September has now finished, some tickets are still available for their five UK shows next year - and on sale NOW is a full North American tour during March/April 2019! Full details here.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is now open in Dortmund, Germany; this latest staging runs until February 10th 2019. Tickets are now available through this direct link...

The Roger Waters 2018 tour has now resumed for the South American leg, which runs until the end of the year; it's a truly spectacular show - don't miss it!

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Gerald Scarfe: Stage & Screen exhibition going to Canterbury
Written by Matt   
Friday, 16 November 2018
Gerald Scarfe - Stage and Screen

Around a year ago, we told you about Gerald Scarfe's then current exhibition at London's House of Illustration, which ran until mid-February this year. For all those who missed it, there's another chance coming up to enjoy "Gerald Scarfe: Stage & Screen".

The exhibition looks at Scarfe's varied work for stage and screen. It's a rare opportunity to explore the extensive but little-known production designs by the celebrated political cartoonist. Storyboards, costumes and props are on display from Pink Floyd's The Wall, Disney's Hercules and English National Ballet's The Nutcracker.

Many of the works on display are being shown for the very first time as part of "Gerald Scarfe: Stage & Screen". Having seen the London staging, we are sure that again there will be a fair amount of Floyd-related material on display amongst his work for other projects, so should definitely be worth a visit if you are able to get to Canterbury, in Kent (found around 65 miles to the east of London).

"Gerald Scarfe: Stage & Screen" runs from Saturday March 16th, to Sunday 16th June, 2019 (but closed on Mondays), at The Beaney, along Canterbury's High Street, and is free admission. For more information, visit canterburymuseums.co.uk. Our thanks to Chris Leith for tipping us off about this! Picture: Pink Floyd – The Wall © Gerald Scarfe

 
Three more US shows added to the 2019 Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - on tourWell, this isn't a huge surprise - there's been overwhelming demand to see Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets on their 2019 North American tour, which takes place in March/April next year, and three more shows have just been added: a second night in Los Angeles, New York, and a show in Philadelphia, too.

The tour marks Nick's first full concert performances in North America since the 1994 Pink Floyd Division Bell tour; the last time he drummed in the US was during the 2006 Roger Waters tour. 

As with the European shows this year, the venues picked are more intimate than arenas, with some of the places being quite historic. This will ensure the special atmosphere of the show is retained; for those who haven't yet heard, or seen, any of the band's performances, you are in for an absolute treat. Using the smaller venues results in shows that are truly memorable, and you aren't seeing specks on a distant stage, or sat there watching large video screens on the sides.

The band focus on the early days of the band - with nothing performed from later than 1972. We'll leave it at that if you don't want to know what exactly was performed this year, although you will of course find full details of each show, including the setlist performed, over at the Saucers' 2018 page.

Tickets for these three additional 2019 North American shows go on sale on Friday (November 16th) as detailed below, at 9am/10am local time, through this link at Ticketmaster. Please support this site (particularly as we struggle with getting rid of the persistent adverts) by using the link here to go to Ticketmaster to purchase your tickets; we really appreciate it. We also suggest you don't delay getting your tickets - this really is a show you won't want to miss!

As normal, we have set up a show page for each individual concert, found here, and in the side menu, look for Nick Mason's SOS 2019, and there's no exception for these newly announced shows. Each page has information on that particular show - where the venue is (including a map), the capacity, where and when to get tickets, and as the show gets nearer/takes place, with your help it will have pictures of the show, reports on what happened, the set list, and so on...

Here are the all-important details of the additional opportunities where - and when - you can catch Nick and the band, and when tickets for your chosen show(s) go on sale:

Just to reiterate, tickets for these shows go on sale on Friday at the times detailed above, through Ticketmaster. Please support this site by using the link here to purchase your tickets; we really appreciate it.

 
Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera: Toronto next November
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Some of you will recall our posts from the end of 2016, the start of 2017, and from July this year about Another Brick in the Wall, the award-winning new opera based on Pink Floyd's The Wall. Following the incredibly successful run in Canada, it moved south of the border to the US, and was performed by the Cincinnati Opera, in Ohio. Good news for some of you - it is returning to Canada, with Toronto's Sony Centre For The Performing Arts host to the show for five performances, between November 13th - 23rd, 2019.

Created with Roger Waters's full endorsement, it depicts Pink's journey from madness to redemption as never seen before, with sets created by designers from Cirque du Soleil, colossal video projections, a cast of 80, and a 70-piece orchestra in the pit. The production sold out its entire 10-performance run at the world premiere in Montreal last year. Read our fully illustrated review of the Montreal staging here.

For more information, and to buy tickets for any of the performances, visit this direct link at Ticketmaster. Our thanks to Phil Evans for letting us know about this upcoming series of performances.

BD visitor Sam Jacobson was at one of the Cincinnati performances, and reviewed it for the classical music/opera website Bachtrack which you can read through this link. Worth checking out in case you are interested in attending these future stagings...

 
"The First Time: Stories & Songs from Music Icons" - Matt Everitt
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The First Time - Matt EverittJust published is an absorbing new book which brings together some of the biggest names in music to talk about their First Time. Using transcripts of interviews conducted by him over a number of years for his BBC Radio 6 Music show, Matt Everitt's book, "The First Time: Stories & Songs from Music Icons", reveals things like the subject's first gig, first record, and such like.

With a diverse list of interviewees as David Gilmour, Alice Cooper, John Lydon, Charlie Watts, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Elton John, Lars Ulrich, Michael Stipe, Brian Wilson and Jarvis Cocker, there are some dramatically different responses, and some very interesting insights. Some of the subject's "firsts" are endearingly cheesy or embarrassing, yet others have rather cool experiences they relate. The reality for most people, of course, if they are honest, is that their first gig, record or whatever can tend to be a little difficult to reveal to others! In the introduction, Matt has the tables turned and is interviewed by Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) who reveals his first gig was U2 in 1987, whereas Norman's was none other than The Wombles!

Each chapter starts with an introduction by Matt about his memories of meeting the subject, accompanied by newly created collage artwork and finishes with a Spotify link that will lead readers straight to the bespoke playlist of songs that are discussed in the interviews. The book compiles 40 interviews, and each reveal some great insights into the artist.

David Gilmour's interview takes a look at his earliest experiences of music - hearing, seeing and playing. He also touches on his early rehearsals with Pink Floyd, including the legendary "Have You Got It Yet?" that Syd was trying to get the rest of the band to learn... He reflects on Dark Side (coming out just five years after he joined the band) and life after the band. He also talks about his feelings about the late Richard Wright.

For anyone interested in music, and the influences that shaped the musicians and their sounds, the book is definitely worth checking out. As with all interviews, some subjects are more guarded than others, but nonetheless, their reticence or "political" answers can prove subtly revealing too.

To give a flavour of the book, here's a fun (and NSFW for language) video showing the launch of the book, with Matt interviewed by fellow presenter Sean Keaveny. Matt reveals some of the interviews which didn't go quite to plan:

Should you wish to add this to your Floydian bookshelves, please use these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Using our Amazon links also helps us hugely with ongoing site running costs and we really appreciate it!

 
One More Yard song out now, including Ronnie Wood and Nick Mason
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 08 November 2018

Out now: the video (see below) for one of the versions of One More Yard, a song created in tribute to the sacrifice of the young World War 1 soldiers and to raise awareness of today's war on cancer. The song appears on an EP of the same name, featuring four versions of the song, and performed by an interesting band.

It's a collaboration which includes Nick Mason, Ronnie Wood, Sinead O'Connor, Brian Eno, Imelda May and Cillian Murphy. The EP is part of the #Evamore100 project founded by Professor Sir Chris Evans. The project will see an album of songs produced and launched within the next six months and proceeds from these releases will go to a new cancer awareness trust which will provide expert clinical advice and guidance to cancer sufferers around the world - helping maximise their chances of controlling and overcoming their battles with the disease.

Nick said: "This is an outstanding project that allows people such as myself to pay our tribute to the young men of 100 years ago who fought for our freedom but also to do something to help young people facing cancer today."

For more details of the project, please visit www.Evamore.co.uk. To purchase a copy (it's digital only - no physical release at present) to help raise money for the cancer awareness trust, please visit iTunes/Apple Music, or Amazon Music.

 
Additional 2019 tour dates for Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - US and Canada!
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2019 North American tour - posterThere's no keeping a great band down! Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, fresh from the hugely acclaimed 21-date 2018 European tour (as well as the four London shows in May) have now announced a string of concerts for North America, taking place in March/April next year, and detailed below.

These shows mark Nick's first full concert performances in North America since the 1994 Pink Floyd Division Bell tour; the last time he drummed in the US was during the 2006 Roger Waters tour. 

As with the European shows this year, the venues picked are more intimate than arenas, with some of the places being quite historic. This will ensure the special atmosphere of the show is retained; for those who haven't yet heard, or seen, any of the band's performances, you are in for an absolute treat. Using the smaller venues results in shows that are truly memorable, and you aren't seeing specks on a distant stage, or sat there watching large video screens on the sides.

The band focus on the early days of the band - with nothing performed from later than 1972. We'll leave it at that if you don't want to know what exactly was performed this year, although you will of course find full details of each show, including the setlist performed, over at the Saucers' 2018 page.

Tickets for these 2019 North American shows go on sale on Monday (November 5th) and Friday (November 9th) as detailed below, at 10am local time, through this link at Ticketmaster. Please support this site (particularly as we struggle with getting rid of the persistent adverts) by using the link here to go to Ticketmaster to purchase your tickets; we really appreciate it. We also suggest you don't delay getting your tickets - this really is a show you won't want to miss!

As normal, we have set up a show page for each individual concert, found here, and in the side menu, look for Nick Mason's SOS 2019. Each page has information on the show - where the venue is (including a map), the capacity, where and when to get tickets, and as the show gets nearer/takes place, with your help it will have pictures of the show, reports on what happened, the set list, and so on...

Here are the all-important details of where - and when - you can catch Nick and the band, and when tickets for your chosen show(s) go on sale:

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