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Brain Damage - advert issue Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 13 September 2018

3B DigitalThank you all so much for your patience over the last couple of weeks; as many of you will be aware, at various points there have been obtrusive adverts appearing on the site, and in particular, over the main content.

This has been nothing to do with us, but sadly, and irritatingly, some external person managed to hack into the site and deploy this annoying code. As to what they were looking to achieve (over and above possibly the odd click of an advert) beats us. We're sure it has caused you just as much pain as it has us. At no point would any of your data, or your devices, have been compromised by this.

Many thanks to our fab friends at 3B Digital for their patient and skilful work on hopefully getting to the bottom of this very, very annoying issue.

We hope that everything stays looking as it should now, and again thank you for bearing with us recently. We will be closely monitoring things in case there's any future attempts to put the adverts back on...

UPDATE: the incredibly irritating people behind this attack on the site are persisting. We cannot understand what they are getting out of it, other than being extremely annoying to you, and us. As instances are identified, they are being dealt with and hopefully all traces will be eventually eradicated... 

Roger Waters guest appearance at Lucius' London gig on his birthday Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 08 September 2018
Roger Waters and Lucius, Union Chapel, London, 6th September 2018

Thursday evening (September 6th), which coincidentally was Roger Waters' 75th birthday, those present at the Lucius gig at the atmospheric Union Chapel, in Islington, London, were party to a real surprise.

During their set, Roger himself appeared to perform a couple of acoustic numbers with the band, the first song being Mother and the second, Goodnight Irene. BD contributor Rob Whitmarsh said about "this most magical night [that] I never imagined I'd be seeing Roger Waters performing a couple of songs in a church. The lighting was incredibly low (candle light and a couple of low level lights behind them), so my photos reflect this. I tried using a flash a couple of times, but it just reflected the air due to the atmosphere (probably candle smoke rather than dry ice).

Our thanks to Marcelo Paulo De Souza for the picture shown here (click the thumbnail) and for additional information about the show. Rob's pictures will be here shortly!

Nick's Saucerful Of Secrets - magazine round-up Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 07 September 2018
Guitarist Magazine, September 2018 Bass Guitar Magazine, September 2018

Two new magazines are in UK stores now, both with a specific musical bent, but with items of particular interest to us all as they have interviews with various members of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets. The band have had a reasonable bit of coverage recently in various magazines, but these more specialist publications delve a little deeper into some aspects (in a very accessible way to non-players).

First, the September 2018 issue of Guitarist (issue 437, far left) has, alongside a major feature on Martin acoustic guitars, a look at "Nick Mason on recreating Syd's guitar tones". This is covered in a nice, eight page article, interviewing Lee Harris, Gary Kemp, and Nick Mason (is it a first for him appearing in this magazine?). The article is a fascinating insight into how the band came together, and how the material was developed for the set list.

You can order this magazine online, worldwide, through this direct link to the publisher's own eStore.

The other magazine of note is September 2018's Bass Guitar Magazine (issue 160, left) which has Guy Pratt on the cover, holding two of his basses, and backed with the Saucerful swirl design. The five page article is an absorbing look into the project, with the interview also covering Guy's long and diverse career in music.

As with Guitarist, above, you can order this magazine online, worldwide, through this direct link.

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets on the road Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 06 September 2018

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden - 2nd September 2018Sunday saw the opening show of the European tour by Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, in the Swedish city of Stockholm. The performance at Cirkus, a 126 year old permanent indoor big top (used for concerts and other similar events these days) thrilled a rapt audience, with the beefed up light show, larger staging, bigger sound, and expanded setlist.

Full details of the additional songs (including one that the Floyd never performed live) as well as our review of the concert and a selection of pictures, can be seen over on the Stockholm show page.

Tonight sees the band take the stage in Amsterdam; if you have tickets for this or any future shows, we're sure you'll have a great time. If you are yet to get your tickets, don't delay... you won't want to miss out!

We've also had a number of questions about the merchandise on offer; for the first night, the range on offer included six t-shirts, one hoodie, a bandana, cap, drumsticks, a mug and a poster (which - for this show at least - had been signed). There were also signed copies of Nick's, Guy's and Gary's books on offer. Queues quickly built for the purchasing opportunities presented, and a significant amount seemed to be sold. Please see the pictures below showing the merchandise available in Stockholm, which shows the prices in Swedish Kroner:

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour merchandise Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour merchandise
Happy birthday, Roger Waters! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 06 September 2018

Roger Waters - Berlin 2013The combined wishes of all of us on the Brain Damage team, along no doubt with many of you reading this, go to Roger Waters, who celebrates his 75th birthday today.

Roger was born in Great Bookham, Surrey, in 1943, moving to Cambridge when he was two years old. It was there that he met, and became childhood friends with, a number of key people in the story of Pink Floyd.

Of course, Roger has been extremely busy over the last few years, having successfully taken Dark Side Of The Moon on tour in 2006, through to 2008. On completing that, he immediately started work on a new version of The Wall - which finally opened in September 2010. That tour was spectacularly successful, wrapping up in Paris for show number 217 in September 2013. Recordings of that tour turned into the film, shown in cinemas and released on DVD/Blu-ray and as part of a mammoth, Super Deluxe Edition.

More recently, he kicked off his Us + Them world tour, which so far has been performed in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Roger and the band are now on a break before the tour resumes in a month's time, in Brazil. He's also released his latest solo album, Is This The Life We Really Want? as well as overseeing the release of the late Nick Sedgwick's book about the band, and in particular, the 1974 tour of The Dark Side of the Moon...

We hope you have a great day, Roger. Many happy returns!

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