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Prog Magazine makes The Final Cut Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Prog issue 88The new issue of the UK's Prog Magazine (issue 88) appears in stores across the country on Thursday, and as you'll notice from the striking cover, has a focus on Pink Floyd's 1983 album, the final one to include Roger Waters.

The cover story is all about the making of The Final Cut and how the album shaped the future for both Floyd and Roger Waters ever since. The ten-page feature is a detailed and fascinating look at the project, and includes historical interview material with Roger, David Gilmour, keyboard player Andy Bown, engineer Andy Jackson, and photographer Willie Christie, who explains how the "video EP" came about for The Final Cut.

There's also a two-page chat with Roger about his current run of live dates in Europe, plans for filming the shows, and other things he is working on (this piece is adapted from a longer interview with Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2, which we mentioned back in April).

Elsewhere in the magazine, there's a page and a half looking at Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, including a great, full page review of the recent Dingwalls concert, the band's first ever public appearance.

The issue comes in a bag with a ten track CD, two free early Marillion posters and a copy of the Be Prog! My Friend festival programme. The magazine also includes interviews with Klaus Schulze, David Cross & David Jackson, Traffic, Spock's Beard, The Sea Within, Arena, Temples On Mars, Arjen Lucassen, The Decemberists, Lunatic Soul and more...

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

Guy Pratt is the Inglorious Bassterd in Halifax and Manchester Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 07 June 2018

Guy PrattHaving recently completed the Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets world tour (which - as Nick himself noted - was so extensive it played both Camden, AND Putney, in London) Guy Pratt is getting ready for a trio of his own stand-up shows.

As we've mentioned before, tomorrow (June 8th) sees his appearance as part of the 2018 Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in Co. Carlow, Ireland, but if you aren't able to make that, and live in the more northerly parts of England, there's a couple more opportunities for you, which take place after the Saucers complete their upcoming European tour, tickets for which are now on sale (details here).

The show, Guy Pratt is the Inglorious Bassterd, is a collection of hilarious tales from the mini-bar and the absurdities of life on the road for the touring musician, which has wowed crowds around the world, and is not to be missed. His excellent book 'My Bass And Other Animals' (reviewed here) has become a cult classic and he now travels the world sharing his hilarious stories in this one man standup show.

You'll be able to catch Guy at the following venues:

Uncut Magazine invites your questions for Nick Mason Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 07 June 2018

Uncut MagazineThe UK's respected monthly music publication Uncut are offering a special opportunity to Pink Floyd fans. Nick Mason, the Floyd mainstay and now, Saucerful Of Secrets bandleader, will field your enquiries in a future issue of Uncut.

As the only ever-present member of Pink Floyd throughout their history, Nick has seen a thing or two. He's drummed on every Floyd album from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to The Endless River, played every show from The Countdown Club to Live8.

Right now, Mason has chosen to shed new light on Pink Floyd's visionary early output with the formation of Saucerful Of Secrets specifically to play pre-1973 material. Having now played four small shows in London, the worldwide reaction to the band - and the setlist - has been spectacular and a full European tour is booked for the autumn.

Of course, Mason is not just a drummer – he’s also a writer, racing driver, qualified pilot and solo artist, thanks to his albums from the 80s made with the likes of Carla Bley, Robert Wyatt and Rick Fenn.

We bet a number of you have some burning questions for Nick; if so, send your questions by next Wednesday, June 13th, to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  – the best ones, along with Nick's answers of course, will be published in a future issue of Uncut.

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - European tour on sale now! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 25 May 2018
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets

This week has seen Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets wowing fans who have travelled from around the world, witnessing four intimate, and critically acclaimed, shows in London. The shows, held in Camden and Putney, showcased the very special presentation of early Pink Floyd songs, with some expected selections alongside some inspired choices, some of which have never been performed live.

The band - Nick, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken - have really exceeded any expectations, and the concerts have been truly memorable experiences.

With those shows now concluded, thoughts have now turned to sharing the experience with more people, and this morning, a 21-date European tour has been announced. The dates, places and venues are all shown below. Tickets for the shows have just gone on sale, with the exception of Paris (which goes on sale on June 1st), and to buy them, use the direct links below.

Full European Tour Dates:

As normal, we have set a dedicated page for each of these shows with hopefully all the info you need, and once the shows have taken place, they will have reviews, pictures and more...

The Pretty Things final concert plans guests including David Gilmour Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 25 May 2018
The Pretty Things - final bow concert

After 55 years of live performing, The Pretty Things - the iconic, 1st wave, R&B cult heroes, formed by ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor, and singer, Phil May - will retire from electric performances at the end of this year.

With a huge history of musical and cultural "firsts" at their core - the “longest hair in the world”, first ever rock and roll drugs bust, most arrests of any band, first ever "garage" single, first ever rock-opera, first U.K. band to win Rolling Stone Record of the Year, arrested for discharging a sawn off shotgun, first band to regain full control of its entire recorded catalogue and so on...

With such influential work as their ground-breaking masterpiece and world's first rock opera S. F. Sorrow, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, they remain a hugely significant artistic and creative force. They are now calling it a day on the road, and playing their final ever live show at the end of the year.

This farewell show - in London - will feature guest appearances from significant old friends David Gilmour, Van Morrison and Bill Nighy and some new young gunslingers to make sure they go out like they came in - with all guns blazing and taking no prisoners.

They play their final performance at Indigo at The O2 on 13 December 2018. Tickets go on sale this morning, Friday May 25th, at 11am, via

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