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David Gilmour Live at Pompeii - hour-long version on UK's BBC TV Saturday Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 13 November 2017

David Gilmour - Live at Pompeii deluxe CD and Blu-ray box setSome advance notice for fans in the UK and certain parts of Europe: a 60 minute version of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii will be broadcast on BBC Two TV at 10.40pm on Saturday November 18th, and will feature solo material alongside Pink Floyd classics. More information, and the chance to watch on demand, will be at the BBC website shortly.

The show will be repeated on BBC Two on Thursday November 23rd, at 11:15pm, except in Northern Ireland.

Should the hour-long edit of the concert whet your appetite sufficiently to encourage you to buy the whole thing (if indeed you haven't already!) you can do so through the following links.

As a reminder, depending on the edition you go for, there are additional performances, documentaries, and much more. To be reminded of how the different versions are configured, check out the full details here.

DELUXE CD/BLU-RAY BOXSET:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
4LP VINYL BOXSET:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
2DVD EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
BLU-RAY EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
2CD EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
Roger Waters-scored When the Wind Blows getting Blu-ray/DVD release Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 09 November 2017

When The Wind Blows - BFI dual format Blu-ray and DVD release, January 2018On January 22nd, 2018, the British Film Institute (BFI) are releasing When The Wind Blows on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition, packed with special features including interviews, a making-of documentary and the public information film Protect and Survive (1975).

When the Wind Blows is a touching story about love, tenderness, humanity and hope in the face of nuclear war. Adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Ethel and Ernest) from his best-selling book, it features an original soundtrack by Roger Waters, and a title song by David Bowie.

The soundtrack by Waters has a number of fans: it's not a throw-away effort with little relevance to the film itself (unlike one or two of the other songs on the soundtrack) and is worthy of investigation if you are yet to hear it. As the Blu-ray/DVD includes an 'isolated music and effects track' we should be able to hear it in all its glory.

Jim and Hilda Bloggs (Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft) are a middle-aged couple who believe that the British government is in control as they prepare for nuclear war. When the countdown begins, they roll up their shirtsleeves and follow government guidelines (that were actually distributed to households around Britain in the 1970s). They paint their windows white, build a fortress of doors and pillows, take the washing in and put away two packets of ginger nuts, one tin of pineapple chunks and a good supply of tea.

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Roger Waters gets planet named after him Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
International Astronomical Union

Today, November 8th, the International Astronomical Union officially approved a proposal and announced that one of the minor planets discovered by their team is now officially named after Roger Waters.

As detailed on Wikipedia (we weren't sure what one was, so needed to look it up), a minor planet is an astronomical object in direct orbit around the Sun that is neither a planet nor exclusively classified as a comet. Minor planets can be dwarf planets, asteroids, and other objects. 495181 Rogerwaters is a main-belt asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter with an estimated diameter of around 2km.

For those who are after more (technical) information about this minor planet, and to see its orbit, you can find it at MinorPlanetCenter.net.

Our thanks to Michal Zolnowski and Michal Kusiak, who first discovered the object seven years ago, and who got in touch today with the news about the naming decision.

 
Happy Halloween! The 2017 Pink Floyd pumpkin is unveiled... Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The 2017 Pink Floyd pumpkin, on Brain Damage - carver, Joe RingusHappy Halloween to you all! Regulars to Brain Damage over the years will know that our friend Joe Ringus is a hugely talented pumpkin artist, and each year crafts a Pink Floyd themed pumpkin for Halloween (which is celebrated by many, principally this evening, but in a number of places it covers a number of days).

Those regulars will no doubt be as keen as we have been to see if Joe would be continuing the tradition this year, and if so, what design would be picked. The great news is that Joe has been hard at work yet again, and has done a lovely job yet again! We're delighted to share his incredible carving with you.

Joe said: "This year's Floyd-O-Lantern features the male/female flowers shown during "What Shall We Do Now" from The Wall film. It was a fun one to carve and the design comes across well on the pumpkin."

Thanks Joe - we think you've done another excellent job! It's a great tradition and we know many of our visitors love to see them.

If there are any other pumpkin artists out there who have created Floyd designs, we'd love to see them. In the meantime, click the thumbnail to the left to see Joe's hard, and careful, work in more detail.

 
Roger Waters 2017 North American tour concludes with a setlist change Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017

All good things must come to an end, and Sunday night saw the conclusion of the 2017 Roger Waters North American tour, with Rogers Arena in Vancouver host to the second of a brace of nights at the venue (with an appropriate name for Waters to perform in, it must be said...).

As a final show surprise, there was a change to the setlist, with recent addition Mother being dropped in favour of the concluding song suite of his recently released Is This The Life We Really Want? - Wait for Her, Oceans Apart, and Part of Me Died. This went down extremely well with the audience, and one wonders if the songs will become part of the set for when the tour resumes in January, in New Zealand.

It has been customary for almost every show on the 2017 tour to have a minute-long video posted by Roger on his Facebook page, looking at different aspects of the show, or life on the road. The final show is no exception, with Roger introducing the band (below); there are some slight visual spoilers in case you want to avoid seeing them:

 
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