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Roger Waters joins Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets in NYC last night Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 19 April 2019

As the North American leg of the 2019 Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour heads towards it's conclusion, prior to the string of UK dates at the end of April/start of May (with a number of European dates in July), last night saw the band at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Much to the surprise of the audience, as the band readied themselves to start Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, a familiar face appeared on stage, as BD contributor, Ken Langford explains: "Roger delayed the start of the song by making maybe a minute's worth of comments. He then proceeded to sing the lyrics for Set The Controls, to bang the gong, to almost leave before the song was over, and then to finish out the song. The mallet for the gong broke at one point, and I said to my companion "Break The Hammer Again." Listen to the recording of 11th March 1973 for the reference.

"He hugged every member of the band, and appeared again on stage for the final bow after Point Me At The Sky. A fantastic treat for all in attendance!"

Nick and his band are back at the Beacon tonight, but we suspect lightning won't strike twice - guest appearances like this are normally very much one-off events. 

Videos and pictures are starting to appear of the appearance, and this article at the Brooklyn Vegan is a great place to start. The following picture is from their Instagram page:

Limited blue vinyl 2LP of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell for 25th anniversary Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Pink Floyd's The Division Bell - limited blue vinyl 2LP 25th anniversary edition

Just announced: helping to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, a limited release of the album in translucent blue, heavyweight vinyl as a 2LP set, is coming on June 7th, 2019. It echoes the original limited blue vinyl release by Columbia Records in 1994.

It will be joining the other albums released by the band's new label - Pink Floyd Records - and will bear catalogue number PFRLP 31. Featuring the 2014 master by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and the late Doug Sax of the Mastering Lab, California, it comes as a double LP (as did the 2014 black vinyl release) to ensure all the songs are presented in full. The original 1994 single vinyl release required the songs to be edited to fit.

As expected, the packaging is of high quality again; the records are housed in a gatefold sleeve with four different images of specially-created heads, and two full-colour lyric/image inner bags. On its original release, the album debuted at number 1 in the UK, US, Australian and New Zealand album charts, reaching the top spot in six other countries, and to date has sold over 12 million copies.

At the time, David Gilmour said: "The three of us went into Britannia Row Studios, and improvised for two weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick-started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive."

Ordering links: We're sure it's going to be one that many of you won't want to miss out on. If you do want to add this to your collection, please use these direct links to help support the running of Brain Damage: Amazon UKAmazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Not all the ordering pages are live, but should be very shortly.

REMINDER: Saturday's Record Store Day: Pink Floyd's A Saucerful Of Secrets Mono 180g vinyl Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 11 April 2019

Pink Floyd: A Saucerful Of Secrets 180g vinyl mono remaster for Record Store Day 2019A reminder for you, should you need it: on Saturday, Record Store Day 2019 Pink Floyd are re-releasing their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets on vinyl. Remastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman from the original 1968 analogue mono mix, the release is the latest from Pink Floyd Records, which has supported Record Store Day (RSD) since the label's launch in June 2016.

The limited-edition Record Store Day release is on premium 12" 180 gram black vinyl, with a black poly-lined inner sleeve, and a faithful reproduction of the original sleeve, including the Columbia logo, under which imprint (via EMI) the early Pink Floyd released in the UK. The Columbia logo has been used by kind permission of owners Sony Music Entertainment.

Originally released in June 1968, A Saucerful Of Secrets represents a change in line-up and direction. Co-founder and original songwriter Syd Barrett contributed only one song to the album and his live appearances became more erratic. So unreliable were Syd's live appearances that fellow founder members, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason decided to draft in David Gilmour, a friend of Syd's, also from Cambridge.

The album reflects this transition, containing a mixture of material, from the almost music hall Corporal Clegg through Rick's dreamlike and melodic See Saw and Remember A Day to the title track – an 11-minute, four part instrumental excursion that both harked back to their UFO freakouts and looked forward to the longer, more anthemic instrumental sequences that were to become one of their signature elements.

This mono edition of A Saucerful Of Secrets follows the popular RSD release of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn in mono in 2018, and is released via RSD participating stores on Saturday (13th April). A reminder that it will ONLY be these stores participating; the stores themselves can't sell it online - the record will become available for customers coming through the door of the store from the morning of the 13th (and not before), in limited quantities - first come, first served, and only one copy per customer. After RSD, if copies remain, they may then put them for sale online (and of course, there'll also be copies on eBay inevitably...)

The full list of RSD releases for 2019 is available at

Two-part Mojo Magazine Pink Floyd special - part two now available Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Mojo Pink Floyd special magazine - part two

First revealed in February, and a reminder to you last month as sales of the publication have been extremely healthy (and it proved a struggle for a number of you to track one down in stores), the first part, known as Edition 1, of MOJO magazine's two-part Pink Floyd special collectors' edition is still available online in limited quantities, so don't delay. 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 good news for those who have been patiently waiting for part two, is that (from today) this second half can be found in UK stores now, while stocks last, or online naturally, and picks up where Pink Floyd Edition One: Echoes 1965-1973 left off. In Pink Floyd Edition Two: Echoes 1974-2019, the MOJO team covers the triumphant Wish You Were Here, the making of Animals and its flying-pig artwork, and deconstructs The Wall – brick by brick. They revisit Pink Floyd's Live 8 reunion, their surprise return to the studio with The Endless River, and pay tribute to Syd Barrett and Richard Wright. Bringing things right up to date, the magazine also goes "Flying high with Nick Mason's Saucers". Plus, among many classic, rare and previously unseen images, they've reprinted the Floyd's amazing hand-drawn 1974 UK Winter Tour programme in its entirety.

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 current tour of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets that began last month 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 present day.

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.

PLEASE NOTE that Edition 1 (part one) is selling incredibly well, and copies are becoming very hard to find. Edition 2 (part two) is bound to be similarly popular. Secure your copy of both now by purchasing online (available worldwide) through these links at the publishers:

Roger Waters Us + Them tour film to get cinema screening this year Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Roger Waters - Us + Them: global event cinema releaseIt has just been announced that Trafalgar Releasing have acquired the new Roger Waters film based on his 2017/2018 Us + Them World Tour, for a global event cinema release. Trafalgar were the company behind the similar events for Roger's film of The Wall, and David Gilmour's Live At Pompeii, the screenings of which were very successful, and well received by fans.

Roger and his band performed a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people throughout North America, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Latin America and Mexico, opening in May 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, and ending in December 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico.

The shows in Amsterdam were specifically filmed for release, but we wonder if shots have been included from other concerts on the tour. The image that Trafalgar have released with the news, and kindly supplied to us, shows Roger at London's Hyde Park [click thumbnail to see it in greater detail]. A great image, but suspect that this particular performance, on a very hot day last summer, won't be included in the footage.

Roger's manager, Mark Fenwick said: "Roger has been the innovator of theatre in arena and stadium rock and roll since the early 70's. He is legendary for pushing the boundaries of surround sound and visual entertainment with his message of love and humanity through Us + Them". Those who saw Roger's most recent tour will know what a visual tour de force it was, and we've got very high hopes that the film of the tour will represent the striking event well.

More news will be released in due course, with the global event cinema release scheduled for Autumn/Fall 2019. We then suspect the DVD/Blu-ray release will follow, either for the end of the year, or for early 2020.

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