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Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - 2019 tour starts tonight Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Stockholm, Sweden, September 2018Tonight sees the start of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Tour 2019, which takes in 45 dates in Canada, the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Malta and The Netherlands. The last public performance was in September, in Nottingham, England, and the entire 2018 European tour received huge acclaim from fans and critics alike. Those who have been fortunate enough to have seen the band in action already, will no doubt concur with this.

The picture to the left (click the thumbnail) is from the first night of the European tour last year, when the band kicked things off at Cirkus in Stockholm, Sweden. 

This evening at 8pm local time, the band will take the stage at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre. We're hoping that some Brain Damage regulars will be there to experience the thrill of the first night. Anticipation will surely be very high for their first North American appearance. How will the show go? What will the set list be? Will it be the same as heard at last year's shows - or have they changed things around, or indeed added anything to the set?

UPDATE: The first show, at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre, has taken place - and there was a revised set list! Rather than reveal spoilers here, you'll find more information over on the show page for that performance...

As ever, we will bring you all the information we can about this show, and all the subsequent ones on the tour. Of course, to do this the best we can, we really would love your help - if you are going to any of the shows, please report back afterwards with any comments you might have, pictures you've taken, or anything else of interest. You can do this by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or via our Contact Us page. We'd love to hear from you, and appreciate all contributions made to the site.

We hope, if you are seeing one of this year's shows, that you enjoy the performance, and have a great time!

 
Two-part Mojo Magazine Pink Floyd special - part one selling fast! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

MOJO Magazine Pink Floyd specials - issue 1 and 2As we mentioned last month, the first part - known as Edition 1 - of MOJO magazine's two-part Pink Floyd special collectors' edition is on sale now in UK stores. Housed in a gatefold card sleeve, with a mirrored prism on the front, and Atom Heart Mother's Lulubelle III pictured on the inside when opened up, the magazine covers the early period in the band's history: 1965-1973.

The editor, Mark Blake (he of the excellent Pigs Might Fly biography of the band) has put together the pair of 132 page magazines in part to tie in with the upcoming tour of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets that begins on March 12th in Vancouver. The publications pull together interviews and articles printed over the many years of MOJO magazine, and accompany them with many rare and previously unseen images of the band, to help trace the journey from the band's first steps, through to The Dark Side Of The Moon.

There were certainly a healthy number of pictures which I'd not seen before, and refreshingly for a special publication such as this, there is no advertising within its pages to artificially inflate the page count. Both parts should be worthwhile purchases for Floyd fans, providing plenty to read, and lots of visual entertainment too.

The second part, also known as Edition 2, will be available in UK stores from April 4th, and covers the period of 1974 to the present day. As you'll see from the image here, the cover of the second part has the band lurking behind a hole in the Wall...

PLEASE NOTE that Edition 1 (part one) is selling incredibly well, and copies are becoming very hard to find. Secure your copy now by purchasing online (it's available worldwide) through these links at the publishers:

 
David Gilmour guitars: Christies, London - book viewing slot now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 11 March 2019
David Gilmour (pic: Polly Samson)

As you know, Christie's New York is handling the upcoming sale of a significant chunk of the personal guitar collection of David Gilmour. With more than 120 guitars, including his preferred Fender models of Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, the auction on 20th June marks a rare opportunity for guitar aficionados, musicians and collectors to explore one of the world's most comprehensive groupings of guitars that hooked a generation.

As we noted, prior to the sale, the entire David Gilmour Collection will be on display at Christie's London between 27th - 31st March, followed by highlights of the collection on display in Los Angeles from 7th - 11th May, and will conclude with a full preview in New York from 14th - 19th June.

You can book your viewing slot for the London staging now - visit this page at Christie's website to select your preferred time. Reservations are free of charge, but necessarily limited to reduce congestion, so don't delay. At time of writing this, most time slots are still available, although some of the later slots each day are gone. For those unable to attend, the auction house had created an incredible virtual tour of the upcoming George Michael collection - hopefully they will create the same for David's guitars...

We have no idea if photography will be permitted at the viewing (a question we've had a number of times already) although if you pre-order the catalogue for The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, direct from Christies, you should have great pictures of every item on offer. The catalogues are priced at £30/$50/€45 each plus postage, and please note that catalogues will not be despatched until the week commencing 13th May, so it is unlikely to be available to purchase at the London or LA preview events.

 
David Gilmour guitar auction - order the catalogue now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 07 March 2019
The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, Christie's New York - catalogue

As we mentioned previously, Christie's New York is handling the upcoming sale of a significant chunk of the personal guitar collection of David Gilmour. With more than 120 guitars, including his preferred Fender models of Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, the auction on 20th June marks a rare opportunity for guitar aficionados, musicians and collectors to explore one of the world's most comprehensive groupings of guitars that hooked a generation.

In advance of the New York sale, the entire David Gilmour Collection will be on display at Christie's London between 27th - 31st March, followed by highlights of the collection on display in Los Angeles from 7th - 11th May, and will conclude with a full preview in New York from 14th - 19th June. Estimates range from $300 to $150,000 (although we suspect many of the instruments will sell for significantly more) with proceeds to benefit charitable causes.

We will bring you confirmed details of arrangements to view the collection in these three locations once we have them.

In the meantime, as from today you can pre-order the catalogue for The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, direct from Christies. These are priced at £30/$50/€45 each plus postage. Please note that catalogues will not be despatched until the week commencing 13th May, so it is unlikely to be available to purchase at the London or LA preview events.

 
David Gilmour - a very happy birthday to you! Print E-mail
Written by Brain-Damage   
Wednesday, 06 March 2019

David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall in London, October 2015Our very best wishes, and many happy returns, to David Gilmour who is celebrating his 73rd birthday today (March 6th)!

Born and raised in Cambridge, David became involved with various bands in the area, principally Jokers Wild who were a popular draw when they played, before joining Pink Floyd in 1968. More recent years have seen David concentrating on his solo career, and helping out chums on their musical projects on an ad hoc basis.

Of course, 2015 saw the return to his own music with the acclaimed release of Rattle That Lock, his latest solo album, which was accompanied by a tour of Europe, and North and South America. The tour took in some quite unusual and spectacular locations, perhaps the pinnacle being a return to the amphitheatre at Pompeii for a pair of shows - later released for fans around the world to enjoy at home.

Later this month, some 120+ of David's guitars - which are being auctioned to raise money for his charitable foundation, to aid people around the globe - will be on display in Christie's, London. As we get details of this opportunity to view the instruments, we will let you all know.

It just remains for us to wish David a very happy day! If you want to add your thoughts and wishes, you can do so at our Facebook page...

 
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