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First, a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays to you all! Whatever you celebrate and however you celebrate, hope you have a good one! UPDATE: WE'RE SO SORRY FOR THE LATEST ADVERT INFESTATION - WE THOUGHT WE'D FIXED IT. THEY ARE NOTHING TO DO WITH US, AND WE'LL KEEP WORKING AT GETTING RID OF THEM!

Although Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour of the UK and Europe in September is just a happy memory for many of us, some tickets are still available for their five UK shows next year as well as the 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... Also, the Roger Waters 2018 tour has now sadly concluded in South America; it's a truly spectacular show - wonder if we'll get any more performances next year?

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German festival show added to 2019 Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Night Of The Prog Festival, Loreley, GermanyAn early Christmas present for some of our German readers - Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets have just extended their 2019 tour, adding a show at the Freilichtbühne at Loreley, in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

The band will be headlining the middle day of the three day Night of the Prog Festival being held at Loreley, which plays to some 15,000 people each day. The festival have progressively been announcing acts for each day, and some of these can already been seen at the official website which can be found at NightOfTheProgFestival.com.

A range of tickets for the festival are already on sale, and with this announcement, we're sure they will sell quickly. You can obtain them from wiv-ticket-shop.com - there are a range of options including accommodation, and a choice of buying tickets for individual days, or for the entire festival.

As normal, we have set up a dedicated page for this particular concert (found here) which, with your help, will have all sorts of useful information, pictures, reviews and more.

 
December 2018 issue of Italian/English Floyd fanzine Heyou
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Heyou - Pink Floyd fanzine - issue 32

Just published is the latest issue (number 32 - cover date December 2018) of the Pink Floyd fanzine "Heyou" run by our friends over at the Italian website of the same name. The 52-page dual language magazine (in Italian and English), which is published every six months or so, catches up with things in the Floyd world.

The magazine has as its two major focuses, Roger Waters performing live as part of his Us + Them 2018 tour in Milan, Italy, and Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - in particular their pub gigs in May this year. The Waters in Milan piece is a review of the show, taking in every aspect, from arriving at the venue, greeted by bootleg t-shirts and scarves, through each song in the show.

The principal part of the analysis of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets is a review of the Half Moon, Putney show of May 23rd - the middle show of the three performed there. There's also an interview with Nick conducted by Rock Cellar, which Heyou reprints with an Italian translation too.

Elsewhere there is an article about a Floyd exhibition staged in Padova by the Floydseum, focused on the band's Italian shows. There's also a review of AyseDeniz Gokcin's concert with The Echoes Acoustic Experience, and a reprint (again with an Italian translation) of the press explanation of the story of Roger's The Soldier's Tale release.

As with most issues of Heyou, there's a chronological look at things that have happened in the last few months in the news pages, ranging from various magazines published with Floyd content, to re-issues, books published, and more.

More details of the Heyou fanzine can be found at www.heyou.it/fsubscrbd.html, where you can get individual copies, and subscription enquiries (four issues costing 35 euros within Europe, and 45 euros outside Europe) should go to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - make sure you mention Brain Damage when you write!

 
Antique shop dealerís brush with luck - Syd Barrett painting found
Written by Seamus Enright   
Monday, 10 December 2018
Maggie Matthews of Virginia's Junk with the Syd Barrett painting

Our thanks to Seamus Enright from The Anglo Celt newspaper, a weekly publication in Cavan, Ireland, for sharing with us the following story and pictures. You can see the original story at AngloCelt.ie.

The artwork in question goes up for auction tomorrow in a sale at Bonhams in London with a guide price of £3000-5000, alongside some other Pink Floyd items, including a marching hammer animation cel, a couple of the Floyd's touring flight cases, and a contact sheet print from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason's cover photo shoot.

Syd's artwork though is arguably the prime item amongst them, and below, you can find out the background to its recent discovery... UPDATE: the painting sold for £8150 (€9003) on December 11th at Bonhams.

A local antique dealer has had an incredible brush with luck after a €50 painting bought at auction was found to be the work of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett, and could be worth up to five figures.

Maggie Mathews of the ironically-named 'Junk' in Virginia, [County Cavan, Ireland], says she was drawn to the roughened composition of a young girl when perusing items at one of Dublin's weekly bric-a-brac auctions.

"It was her eyes that drew me in. She was sitting on a table, filthy and covered in dust, as if you weren't supposed to see her really," Maggie explains, of a painting that otherwise could have been destined for the dump.

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David Gilmour talks Shine On, on BBC Radio 4 this month
Written by Matt   
Friday, 07 December 2018
BBC Radio 4 - Soul Music

Just announced is a UK radio broadcast which should be worth tuning into on Boxing Day (December 26th).

The BBC's Radio 4 continue their Soul Music series on that day, with a show to be aired at 9am UK time (and repeated at 9:30pm the same day) taking a detailed look at Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

The series is an analysis of pieces of music that have a powerful emotional impact, and in this edition, David Gilmour recalls the day that Syd Barrett unexpectedly appeared at Abbey Road Studios when the Floyd were recording Wish You Were Here, and talks about the song which bookends the album.

Other contributors will also discuss what makes the song so special for them. After broadcast, it will be available as a podcast on the BBC Sounds app, or via their website.

 
New Pink Floyd book published in France
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 06 December 2018
Pink Floyd: Which One's Pink - book by Alexandre Higounet

Some news for (principally) our French speaking friends - there's a recently published Pink Floyd book which may be of interest to them.

The book, "Pink Floyd - Which One's Pink?" was published in France on October 18th, by Le Mot et le Reste publishers, and written by Alexandre Higounet. Whilst we've not seen a copy of it, the synopsis of the book is as follows:

"How can Pink Floyd's music be precisely defined? How can its evolution be explained over time? The author offers an original reading grid to understand its mechanism and deep essence. Built from a detailed analysis of each member's contributions, the book defines what makes the Floydian sound so emblematic, as well as it shows that far from being the result of chance, the various evolutions of Pink Floyd's music actually meet a specific logic, akin to musical tectonics where Rick Wright's place is far more central than the often mentioned Waters-Gilmour partnership."

The book is written in French, and can be ordered from Amazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon UKAmazon.comAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy or directly from the publishers.

 
Unearthed - 1974 interview with Floyd cover designers, Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey 'Po' Powell
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

On November 12th 1974, the respected BBC television series the Old Grey Whistle Test (which focused on the music scene of the time) conducted an interview with Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell), and Roger Dean, most notable for Yes and Asia covers, and a friend (and flat mate) of Storm.

The interview, which can be viewed below, gives an insight into the trio's thoughts and approach at the time, with Dean in particular complaining about the small space that cassette tapes afforded a cover designer. Eight years later, of course, the compact disc was to appear, with similar compromises in packaging.

 

Our thanks to Malcolm Walker for tipping us off about this video.

 
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