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Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway Print E-mail
Written by Terje Aukland   
Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Last Monday (August 13th) at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway, Roger Waters participated in a very special event. A very small audience - just 200 people - got the opportunity to attend.

He gave the audience a lecture on music and politics. It was amazing! His hobby horse: war, fear and how the Western world (in particular) is responsible for destroying all kind of hope and belief in a good life for children.

Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - August 2018 Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - August 2018
Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - August 2018 Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - August 2018
Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - August 2018 Roger Waters at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo - August 2018

He talked about the nuclear weapon industry, Palestine/Israel, Donald Trump/US, and the Syrian conflict. But he was pretty modest on what influence he could bring to people all around. But, he pointed out, you don't have to give in!!

It is nothing but impressive that this man, 74 years old, spends his time wherever he tours with his wonderful Us + Them show, talking about children, all over the world, suffering due to (civil) wars. And most of the crisis is created by the Western nations, with the US and UK in leading key roles.

It was a very useful reminder for all of us in the audience.

And the big surprise: the lecture ended with two songs from Roger: Broken Bones and Mother. He was joined by Lucius, Gus S and Jonathan W, all from his current touring band. It was an amazing night!

Our thanks to Terje for his report and pictures. 

Geesin & Waters collaborate on new soundtrack Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Recently, Dan Geesin set off with Harry Waters to make some new music, nearly 50 years after their fathers, Ron Geesin and Roger Waters, collaborated on Pink Floyd's 'Atom Heart Mother' and on the album 'Music From The Body' (1970). This brand new and bizarre pop-opera music can be heard in the feature film Retrospekt (right), which will receive its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival 2018.

Artist Dan Geesin has always made his music and sound design for Dutch director Esther Rots' award winning films. He develops his sound work on a parallel path, never reading the film script. "Esther and I use the same stuff but we make our work in different ways. Our perspectives always intersect in the film."

Because one of Dan's favourite albums is Music From The Body, Dan decided to see if there was something in the blood and asked Harry Waters to collaborate on the orchestration of his songs. "Music From The Body is a brilliant music and sound work, saturated with melancholy and humour."

After Harry and Dan worked for nine months on the orchestra sound via the Internet, Harry flew to Amsterdam in February 2018 and they recorded everything with an orchestral ensemble and singers from the National Opera. "I think we brought the best out of each other. This is not what Harry makes with his band and it’s not what I have made before as a singer songwriter: it is oddly different and people like the uniqueness."

Retrospekt (the album) will be released as a download and on vinyl in December 2018. Listen to 3 of the 19 tracks through this link.

Nick Mason and his Saucerful Of Secrets: "We bring imperfection" Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 09 August 2018
Nick Mason in Billboard, August 2018

US music publication Billboard shares an illuminating interview with Nick Mason, talking about his new Saucerful Of Secrets band and tour. The piece explains some of the background to the project, including its origins in a suggestion from guitarist Lee Harris, and also reveals some of the thoughts behind the band's name, and material performed.

Nick said: "[The band name is] a quick way of explaining to people what we're doing. What I didn't want to get caught up in were a lot of people going, 'Well, why don't you play "Comfortably Numb"?' or 'Why don't you do something from The Wall?' I think the name itself indicates where we are and what we're doing."

The positive reaction to the recent quartet of shows in London seemed to catch Nick by surprise, with the audience as enthusiastic as the band members regarding the songs, and the approach to them. "I think we found a niche for ourselves, which is to do something that is not being done by everyone else, by the tribute bands or by Roger or David. It's a real return to some of the improvised sections and the atmosphere of the songs. The tendency in this day and age is to try and recreate things perfectly. We bring imperfection."

To read the entire article, visit Billboard's website.

Pink Floyd and Roger Waters veterans Scott Page & Robbie Wyckoff launch project Print E-mail
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Think Floyd Experience - concert, July 25th 2018Scott Page, saxophone and rhythm guitar player during Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" era has joined forces with Roger Waters veteran vocalist Robbie Wyckoff. The two are now part of an all-star band that will play Pink Floyd music. The band, Think Floyd Experience, will be streaming their first performance, taking place in West Hollywood, this evening (Wednesday, 25th July, 2018), on the Ignited Network.

These days, there is a sea of tribute bands – not just for Pink Floyd but for many other classic acts as well. Page, asked about what sets the Think Floyd Experience apart, said:

"Our intention is to extend the Pink Floyd legacy - but the idea is to bring a very high tech and experience-based element to it. Tech will be a big part of the experience. We're focusing a channel on the Ignited Network on the project and live streaming our first gig. The channel, Pink Floyd Exp, will eventually be on blockchain, etc. We plan to make Think Floyd Experience a virtual reality endeavour."

What sets the project apart is the history and the prominence of the musicians involved.

Page and Wyckoff are joined by Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins on drums, Fishbone's Norwood Fisher on bass, Kid Rock's Kenny Olson and Jon Stankorb (of Signs of Life, the American Pink Floyd – a tribute band of its own) on guitars, and Roberta Freeman, another Momentary Lapse of Reason tour alumnus, on background and lead vocals.

Page and Wyckoff met through Olson who had played with the two in separate projects. Page, in turn, met Olson through Fisher when they played a NAMM show related gig at the House of Blues in Anaheim (the Nights After NAMM All-Star Mash-Up) earlier this year.

But it was a gig with Fisher's band, Trulio Disgracias, which cemented things: Page and Perkins were guests with Trulio Disgracias at Los Angeles' famous The Mint club for a performance of "Wish You Were Here." During that performance the musicians got a vibe that they had a good thing going. Page had worked with Perkins in the past: he played on Jane's Addiction's 2003 album "Strays."

The concert begins at 8:30pm Pacific Standard Time (11:30pm Eastern Standard Time and 4:30am British Summer Time). Think Floyd Experience will perform at 9:15pm (Pacific Standard Time, or 12:30am Eastern Standard Time and 5:30am British Summer Time).

For those who are familiar with 80s movies, actor and musician Corey Feldman will be making a guest appearance.

In order to view the show live or otherwise (and access some of an obscure catalogue of behind-the-scenes videos and collectibles from Page's time with Pink Floyd) if you are unable to attend in person, you need to register on the Ignited Network at this link: Ignited Network Scott Page Invitation. This is for iOS devices, so iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Harold Robinson Foundation.

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets interview in new issue of Prog Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Prog issue 89, including Peter Gabriel and Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets

The new issue of the UK's Prog Magazine is published today (July 19th), and amongst the interesting articles about various artists who fall within the progressive music sphere, there's a very enjoyable, and insightful, interview with Nick Mason and his new band members Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt about their Saucerful Of Secrets supergroup, the joys of improvising, and why they definitely won’t be doing Comfortably Numb.

Accompanied by a couple of great, double page shots of the band backstage, and in action in their recent intimate London gigs, the interview is a fun and insightful look at how the band came together, what informed the set list, the importance of improvisation - as was done by the Floyd in their earlier days - and throughout it is clear how much all the band are enjoying the experience.

There's also a look, narrated by Nick, at his upcoming 3CD/3LP box set, Unattended Luggage, which is released on August 31st.

Peter Gabriel's on the front cover as there's a look at what went on when Peter left Genesis in 1975 up until the release of his first solo album Car in 1977 - a fascinating 20 months in which he grew cabbages, worked with a poet, released a little know single, covered The Beatles, went to see Bruce Springsteen and the Sex Pistols, and got Robert Fripp, Phil Collins, Sandy Denny, Keith Tippett and Percy Jones to play on a single by comedian Charlie Drake. And finally, with help from old Genesis pals Anthony Phillips and Richard Macphail, emerged as the solo artist in his own right, all illustrated with a load of previously unseen Gabriel pictures.

Also in Prog 89, there's an interview with Bev Bevan, the former ELO and Black Sabbath drummer, articles on other prog artists, concert and album reviews, and a cover mounted CD including music from Big Big Train, Regal Worm, Southern Empire, James McFadden and more.

You can purchase Prog Magazine, either as single issues or as a subscription, internationally through this direct link. Prog is also available on iPad, Google Play, Kindle and Nook.

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