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Pink Floyd release The Dark Side Of The Moon 50th Anniversary teasers Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 16 January 2023

Just appeared this afternoon: a very short, intriguing teaser for the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's iconic album, The Dark Side Of The Moon. With its release in March 1973, it is clear that this momentous anniversary is not to go unmarked. As teasers go, it is probably one of the least revealing ever! Should there be more, we will update this story...

Update: a second one was added on Tuesday, and gives a date of March 2023. Will there be more information, or another teaser, today? We shall have to wait and see...

Update: yes - another teaser and seems to be the final one, as retailers look to be starting to list products. We'll have full details later today!



 
New issue of Spanish language Animals Pink Floyd Magazine out now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 16 January 2023

Animals fanzine issue 21Now available to buy online is the latest issue (number 21) of the Spanish language Animals Pink Floyd Magazine, published by BD's good friend José Abellán.

This extremely well produced, glossy, 48 page magazine - as ever - covers a range of topics. From the cover, you may well guess that there is a healthy amount of coverage of Animals. They take a detailed look at 45 years of this album, via pictures and comments from people, with a particular look at the visual side of the album, the Spanish releases, and the 2018 Remix which was recently released.

There's also a look at the band's November 16th, 1974, concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley, an exclusive interview with Nick Mason (again printed in Spanish) accompanied by a review of the Madrid concert by Nick's Saucerful Of Secrets, and an article on Rick Wright's incredible Broken China album.

To purchase the fanzine, which as we noted earlier is written in Spanish, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , where you can find out the postage cost for your location, and arrange payment.

 
Saucers' guitarist Lee Harris talks Syd Barrett with Willie Wilson's & David Gilmour's help Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 16 January 2023

Syd Barrett smilingLee Harris, who plays guitar in, and came up with the concept of, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, was recently approached by Syd Barrett's nephew, Ian Barrett, to write a short piece about a favourite song of Syd's, and to talk about what it means to him. That song turned out to be Here I Go, which was recorded on April 17th, 1969, and appeared on The Madcap Laughs, Syd's first solo album.

SydBarrett.com's Story Behind The Song added Lee's thoughts on the day that would have been Syd's birthday. Lee talks about why the song is a significant one for him, and why he chose it for the website's feature, noting that he found it "a funny, charming and, for Syd, conventional song that is probably quite the opposite to what most people think of when they think of him".

Lee goes into some detail on the origins, and the recording of the song, in the article. Adding to the interest and illumination of the song, Lee got in contact with Willie Wilson, who played drums with David Gilmour in Jokers Wild (and later, alongside Nick Mason on The Wall tour). Willie then fills in some information that hasn't been public knowledge before.

Whilst writing the piece, and in light of Willie's comments, Lee asked David Gilmour about it, who double checked the multi-tracks and added his own comments about the creation of the track.

You can check out the whole article here at SydBarrett.com.

 
Jeff Beck passes away; David Gilmour posts tribute Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 12 January 2023

David Gilmour and Jeff Beck, London 2009Very sad news broke last night - the acclaimed, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck died at the age of 78. His family posted the following on his Twitter page: "On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss."

David Gilmour posted the following on his and Pink Floyd's socials: "I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years. Polly‘s and my thoughts go out to his lovely wife Sandra. He will be forever in our hearts."

Jeff's career started when he left Wimbledon Art College to join Screaming Lord Sutch and the Tridents, subsequently joining the Yardbirds in 1965 when Eric Clapton left. A couple of years later he formed his own Jeff Beck Group (with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood in the band). In later years, he concentrated on his successful solo career.

The quality and style of his guitar playing led to many guest appearances. His work on Roger Waters' 1992 album Amused To Death was a musical highlight of that work, and during Jeff's gigs at the Royal Festival Hall in London, September 2002, he was joined onstage by Roger for them to play What God Wants parts 1 and 3.

Two years later, Jeff shared the bill with David Gilmour for the 2004 Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and in July 2009, again at the Royal Albert Hall, David and Jeff performed an extended version of Jerusalem, William Blake's poem that became a hymn (seen to the left), followed by Hi Ho Silver Lining (one of Jeff's biggest hits) with David on vocals and lead guitar.

In May 2018, Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story was released on DVD and Blu-ray, which includes contributions from David Gilmour as well as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and many more.

 
Happy Christmas; Abbey Road film and Floyd live recordings released Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Wish You Were ChristmasWell, it's that time of year when would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your support and kindness - the site is done purely for you, and as the current version of the site alone approaches 100 million visitors (with the previous version of the site reaching 21 million), we look forward to continuing to bring you news and information from the Floydian world!

Whatever your plans for Christmas, the Holidays, and the New Year we hope you have a peaceful, happy and healthy time, and here's to 2023! Roger Waters will be touring again with his striking This Is Not A Drill, this time in Europe, and fingers are crossed that Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets head out on the road again after such a superb 2022 tour. There's also the small matter of the 50th anniversary of The Dark Side Of The Moon, of which there's already been a couple of books (one of which is billed as an official publication) announced.

In the meantime, there's a couple of bits of interest which should help you tick away the moments that make up what would otherwise be a dull day! First, for those with access to the Disney+ streaming service, there's a new documentary by Mary McCartney called If These Walls Could Sing. This is an absolutely fascinating look at London's EMI Studios (as they used to be known) in Abbey Road. As befitting a place which has had so many top musicians through its hallowed doors, the documentary features new interviews with many of them, and from a Pink Floyd perspective, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters all talk about their experiences there. A solid and absorbing look at the building and the work undertaken there.

The second thing, which will probably take up a lot more of your time, is this. As could be almost seen as a bit of a Christmas present to the fans, the band have quietly released a number of 1972 recordings on the various streaming services, and also the band's official YouTube channel. The quality is rather variable - and some of the dates/venues aren't necessarily 100% correct - but the shows give a fascinating insight into the development of The Dark Side Of The Moon. The earliest recordings are amongst the first full public performances of the initial version of the album, which underwent many dramatic changes as they refined aspects on the road before heading into the recording studio where songs changed heavily again, to what we all now know and love.

The 1972 recordings released are listed with dates and venues as per the original bootlegs, and show as:
Southampton Guildhall, UK, 23 January; Carnegie Hall, New York, 5 February (actually 2 May); Rainbow Theatre, London 17, 18, 19, 20 February; Taiikukan, Tokyo, Japan, 3 March (probably 6 March); Osaka Festival Hall, Japan, 8 March; Nakajima Sports Centre, Sapporo, Japan, 13 March; Chicago Auditorium Theatre, USA, 28 April; Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, 18 May; Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 22 September; Empire Pool, Wembley, London, 21 October; Ernst-Merck Halle, Hamburg, Germany, 12 November; Palais des Sports, Poitiers, France 29 November; Palais des Sports de L’Ile de la Jatte, Saint Ouen, France, 1 December; Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, 5 December; Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland 9 December; "Alternative Tracks 1972".

As with the batch released last year focused on 1971, these are not expected to be around for long, so make the most of them over the holiday and new year period before they disappear! Our thanks to those who emailed to let us know about these.

 
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