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WELCOME TO BRAIN DAMAGE, YOUR PINK FLOYD, NICK MASON, DAVID GILMOUR AND ROGER WATERS NEWS RESOURCE!

First, we hope you are all staying safe and well in the current global situation.

Thanks for all your support last year, and here's looking forward to, hopefully, some MAJOR changes to this website this year! The first stage was a move of host - and that's been done now with thanks to our friends at 3B Digital for their invaluable help.

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour has been rescheduled to 2021, with all the UK and European dates moving where possible. There's also the live recording from London's Roundhouse on Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, and 2LP which is out now - and really excellent! If you've been any of the band's shows, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on what you experienced.

Talking of tours...THIS IS NOT A DRILL, the upcoming Roger Waters US/Canadian tour has been postponed to 2021 (again, due to the global situation). It sounds like it is going to be another unmissable show, so worth the extra wait. Full details here. Roger has also announced the release of his Us + Them concert film, which looked great in the cinemas - more details here!

Sadly, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains finished its latest staging, in the Spanish city of Madrid. Hopefully the next location for this unmissable wander through the band's history will be announced at some point... but, of course, this too will be affected by C-19. More details as we get them!

Oh, and to keep you going whilst staying at home, the superb Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 box set is now out, along with a 2LP or 1CD highlights set. Check out our review for more information.

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Nick Mason interviewed about Pink Floyd, Abbey Road, and his Saucerful Of Secrets
Written by Matt   
Friday, 18 September 2020

Hopefully many of you have now received your copies of the truly excellent Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse - out today - and we'd love to know what you think of it! Do please get in touch to let us know your thoughts...

As is normal for this sort of release, there's been plenty of interviews (indeed, we've included some here on the site already) but today there's been one with a bit of a difference. Nick has spoken to the team at the legendary Abbey Road Studios whilst he was there during the mixing of the album. Sitting in the reconfigured Studio Three, Nick talks about the studios, Pink Floyd, and the Saucerful Of Secrets project:

 
New Guy Pratt interview; Guy and Gary Kemp podcast launches
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 17 September 2020

On the eve of the much anticipated release of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets: Live At The Roundhouse, there's a couple of things involving Guy Pratt which may help ease you through the wait for the postman to deliver the goodies to your house!

The first is the start of an ongoing series of podcast interviews conducted by Guy with his Saucers bandmate, Gary Kemp. Rockonteurs aims to bring the "real stories behind real music", promising "exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes". The first podcast is a 40 minute chat with a further fellow bandmate - none other than Nick Mason! Episode two is also now available, and features Sir Bob Geldof, who of course played Pink in The Wall movie. Later episodes will find Gary and Guy talking to Phil Manzanera, Trevor Horn, Chris Difford, and others.

You can hear and subscribe to the podcast via your favourite podcast service; here it is on Spotify:

If that's not enough to keep you going, Guy has also been speaking to RollingStone.com in a lengthy, and typically honest and revealing interview, which you really should check out here. Find out more about his background, the artists he played with, how he got the job with Pink Floyd, and brings the story up to date with a lot of background to the Saucers. It's a great read!

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LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE - Blu-ray: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE - 2CD/DVD: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE - DOUBLE VINYL LP: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
 
Trailer for new Dune movie includes version of Floyd's Eclipse
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

At the time of writing this, more than 23 million people have already viewed the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Dune, Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic, and interest in the music included in the trailer has skyrocketed.

In the 1970s, director Alejandro Jodorowsky never got past plans for a Dune film, and famously approached Pink Floyd about writing the score. With this new version, director Denis Villeneuve decided to give a serious nod to that, and includes Eclipse (from The Dark Side Of The Moon) as the key underscore of the trailer.

The legendary Hans Zimmer came up with the new version for the trailer, which involved a hefty cast of musicians and singers. He and his choral contractor Edie Lehmann Boddicker put together a 32-voice Los Angeles ensemble, with 12 performed the lyrics with choral parts by the remaining 20. Lehmann Boddicker said: "He wanted to pay homage to the original, very back-phrased sound, a little spaced-out, so the vocals would not sound urgent. There's a kind of joy happening in the track, a lot of hopefulness. It's not despondent, just very peaceful and sounding not of this planet."

Musicians included in the trailer were programmer Steven Doar, Chinese-American cellist Tina Guo, Colombian bassist Juan Garcia-Herreros and English guitarist Guthrie Govan (well known for his work with Steven Wilson). Zimmer told Variety in June: "I can keep a lot of musicians busy – in Australia, in Europe, in England, in America. I'm sort of working on four continents. Time zones are not my friend right now."

Our thanks to those who have got in touch regarding this, including Vaughan Burton. Here's the trailer for the film, including THAT music:

 
New book: The Lyrics Of Syd Barrett
Written by Matt   
Monday, 07 September 2020

ImageAs the publisher's rightly note, "legendary Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett's songwriting was unique, memorable and utterly brilliant." Viewers of the recent Von Trapped events, put on by Polly Samson, David Gilmour and family, will be aware, David has recently been working away on checking Syd's lyrics for publication in an upcoming book.

That book has now been announced: The Lyrics of Syd Barrett. It is published by Omnibus on February 18th, 2021 in Europe, and May 6th, 2021, in North America.

Featuring 56 songs and a foreword by Pink Floyd's first manager, Peter Jenner, and an introduction by Rob Chapman (author of Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head), this beautifully illustrated and official book compiles Syd's extraordinary lyrics together for the very first time.

It is bound to be a popular choice for many, and pre-orders are now open for this book. You can order it through the following links, taking advantage of Amazon's free pre-order price guarantee - should their asking price drop at any point between you ordering it, and publication, they will automatically charge you the lowest price during that period! Ordering through our links also helps with BD's ongoing running costs, and we really appreciate it:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

 
Happy Birthday, Roger Waters!
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 06 September 2020

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 77th 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 performed his highly acclaimed Us + Them world tour, which was filmed and was shown in cinemas worldwide last October, with the home release of it on Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP vinyl and DVD coming out early next month (more details and ordering links here). He 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.

Plans were in place (and tickets went on sale for) a 2020 North American tour, called This Is Not A Drill, with the stage presentation being "In The Round". Of course, because of Covid-19 the shows have been put back until some point next year, and we are waiting on the revised dates for these. Should be another impactful presentation that will prove to be another "must see"!

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

 
Two new interviews with Guy Pratt
Written by Matt   
Friday, 04 September 2020

Guy Pratt in Vinyl Guide podcast Ahead of the release, in just two week's time (on September 18th), of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse on Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, and 2LP, Guy Pratt has recently undergone a couple of great interviews.

The first of these was for the Upwards at 45 Degrees website, where Guy talks the Saucers, Floyd, Bowie, and much more. Find out who are "the sun-dried tomatoes of rock and roll" and why, the significance of Frank Sinatra, and get some great detail on the development of the Saucers set list. You can read the interview here: https://bit.ly/2EOOExt.

The other interview is in podcast form, with the episode titled More Than The Sideman, and focuses on Guy and his extensive career. Conducted by The Vinyl Guide, Guy details how he landed the Floyd gig after Roger departed, and provides 'behind the scenes' insight into the world of Pink Floyd, the touring, the recordings, the reunions and more. Additionally Pratt provides a detailed insight to the highly regarded Toy Matinee project with Patrick Leonard and Kevin Gilbert, his history in comedy and much more. It's an incredible, one hour and fifteen minute listen, and as with the interview in the first paragraph, we heartily recommend it. Hear it at: https://bit.ly/2GyMDpH or via your favourite podcast platform - search for The Vinyl Guide, and Guy's interview is episode 237.

 
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