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New book: Pink Floyd in De Kuip '88 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 06 April 2021

Pink Floyd in De Kuip '88 book coverThe name Charles Beterams will be familiar to some of you. Owner of the Floydstuff online store, and the Tonefloat record label, Charles has also been the author of some excellent PF books: Pink Floyd On Forty-Five, Pink Floyd in De Polder, and Pink Floyd in Nederland. Although the books (with the exception of "...On Forty-Five") are written in Dutch, they are still fascinating for the non-Dutch speaker due to their design and photographs throughout.

Anyone in Holland who thinks of Pink Floyd will remember the many legendary concerts the English group gave in the Netherlands. Paradiso and Fantasio in Amsterdam, 1968. The Concertgebouw and De Doelen, 1969. Kralingen, 1970. Ahoy' Rotterdam, 1971 and 1977. After an absence of more than ten years, the return to Dutch soil was eagerly awaited in 1988. The fans wondered: will David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright be able to put on a show that can compete with the many spectacular stadium concerts of the 1980s? For the first time, Pink Floyd would be playing in Rotterdam's Kuip stadium. A new generation of fans would see the band at work and expectations were therefore sky-high.

In this new book, Pink Floyd in De Kuip '88, all aspects of the preparations - which took almost a year - are covered, with a lot of previously unpublished archive and photo material. It gives a fascinating look behind the scenes of the realization of the concerts in Stadion Feijenoord, as De Kuip is officially called. Spitfires that fly past and only take off in Rotterdam, props that fly over, fireworks and a breathtaking audiovisual spectacle. But above all a story of 'deeds not words' and for the almost 100,000 people present - and many outside the stadium - two evenings to remember.

The book - which is being published on June 11th, 2021 - will be a luxury bound hardcover edition, with 112 pages on heavyweight paper. It's a limited and numbered edition of 500, which we understand is already half-way to be completely sold, so if you are interested, don't delay! You can place your order at now.

Nick Mason's Saucers guitarist Lee Harris chats with Tim Renwick Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 06 April 2021

Many of you now will have seen the first two of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets' guitarist Lee Harris's "Live At Lee's" which he is sharing on his social media pages - these looked at how he approached a couple of the songs in the Saucers repertoire. For the third episode, he recorded something a little different - a chat with fellow guitarist Tim Renwick.

Tim, of course, has had a long history with the Floyd (amongst others on his extensive CV which is a bit of a who's who of top musicians) taking in things like Roger Waters' 1984 tour, Pink Floyd from 1987 onwards (including the 2005 Live 8 appearance at London's Hyde Park, and playing guitar on The Division Bell and Richard Wright's Broken China. We've mentioned before on Brain Damage that Tim remains very active, with some lovely solo albums available from his website.

Here's the interview:

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - 2022 European tour dates Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of SecretsOur last news item brought the disappointing but totally understandable, and expected, notification that the 2021 European tour for Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets was having to be postponed.

This afternoon, many of the revised dates have been announced, and the details are as below. As most of you will now be familiar with, your ticket agent or the venue will be in touch in due course if you have tickets for any of the shows below, with details of the revised date and with refund information if you are unable to make the new date. There is no need to contact them prior to hearing from them.

Some dates still to be advised/confirmed:

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets postpone European tour Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 22 March 2021

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets stageIn a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, due to the current Coronavirus restrictions and potential new waves of infection being experienced in some places, the upcoming Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets European tour is being postponed.

On their official social media channels, the band said:

Whilst really disappointing, the current Covid-19 situation sadly means we're having to delay the European #SaucerfulOfSecrets shows again. Please bear with us as we work on getting new dates for all the shows; hopefully we will have the revised dates for your diary very shortly!

The tour was due to start on May 19th - less than two months away - and despite the start of the vaccine rollout - it would have clearly been too early for a tour to start. Restrictions in place at the time might have meant that only partial capacities would be permitted, and with the majority of tickets sold, how would a venue or promoter decide who would be the lucky ones still able to attend, and who would miss out?

Obviously the bad (if expected) news was tempered with the great news that revised dates are being worked on. It must be incredibly difficult to come up with a multi-country tour schedule which works logistically, particularly with the number of artists who will be undergoing the same exercise. Once we have the revised dates, we will let you all know.

Polly Samson & David Gilmour - A Theatre For Dreamers book & music events cancelled Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 19 March 2021

In a move that isn't overly unexpected with the ongoing global situation with COVID-19, the already rescheduled three evenings presenting A Theatre for Dreamers - An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour in Manchester, Birmingham and London (on June 25th, 26th and 28th), have now sadly been cancelled.

They ask that ticket holders do NOT contact the box offices and wait to be contacted by their respective venue's box office team, who will each be processing the refunds. For full details on refunds (including Terms and Conditions), particularly with regard to those who already received their book signed by Polly and photo signed by Polly and David, or who were due to pick these up from the venue on the evening of the show they had tickets for, please click here.

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