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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 to be released in September which some of you will have seen at the cinema screenings in March. If you've been any of the shows, we'd love to hear from you with your thoughts on what you experienced, or if you are going to one of these new shows, please get in touch.

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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Two new songs released by Jon Carin on Spotify
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 08 August 2020
Jon Carin, the Grammy Award winning musician, singer, songwriter and producer who has been a longtime collaborator with Pink Floyd and the solo careers of David Gilmour and Roger Waters, amongst many other top musicians, hasn't been taking it easy during lockdown. Roger's This Is Not A Drill tour was due to start on July 8th this year, and so Jon would have been in the thick of rehearsals for the concerts when lockdown struck. As you know, that tour has been postponed until next year, and we are awaiting the revised dates once they have been confirmed. It now seems like he's been working hard on new material of his own, and two new songs have just been released onto Spotify, which are well worth checking out. The first of these is Like a Drug, an acoustic guitar driven song that is a nice, chilled listen. The other is called Fear Of Everything, a punchier song which gives more prominence to drums and keyboards, and we hope that these two songs are a taste of more to come from Jon. You can 'Follow' the Jon Carin artist page at Spotify to access these two songs, and over time, hopefully more.
Upcoming Sotheby's auction includes original Gerald Scarfe Wall drawings for Pink Floyd
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Gerald Scarfe - Pink Floyd The Wall original drawings in upcoming Sotheby's auction

A date for the diaries of the enthusiasts of Gerald Scarfe's incredible work for Pink Floyd on The Wall. In an upcoming auction at Sotheby's, no less than eight original Scarfe drawings are included in the sale, with six of the eight being Wall related.

Sotheby's "Summer Miscellany" auction runs from July 28th - August 4th, and full sale details, with each drawing viewable in good detail, can be found at the website of with the auction house recommending the use of Google Chrome for viewing their sales (although we found that other browsers seemed to work fine, but if you are intending to bid, it might be worth using Chrome to be on the safe side).

The individual Scarfe lots are as follows:

Click on the above links to see the individual items and for more details. Estimates start from £2000 and bidding opens this coming Tuesday (July 28th).

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets: UK tour, with extra dates, moves to April/May 2021
Written by Matt   
Monday, 20 July 2020
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets

Today we bring you the news that we're pretty sure 99% of you have been expecting. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UK dates lined up for October 2020 for Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets have been postponed until April/May next year when things will hopefully be a little more settled and a sense of some normality will have returned. At the moment, we'd be amazed if any indoor concerts happen this year.

The press release for the move rightly notes the "uncertainty surrounding us all" due to the pandemic, and makes it clear that it "is important to the band that those who are planning to attend the shows are able to do so safely and without concern for their health and wellbeing. To achieve this, and to allow people the opportunity to plan their travel to and from the concerts, postponing until April 2021 was the best option."

With the move of the shows, they've managed to add three new dates to the schedule, and have had to cancel two of the existing shows as they were unable to reschedule them. So, the shows in Gateshead and Southampton have now gone, but have been replaced with shows in Newcastle and Portsmouth, which were as close as they could manage to the original locations. Holders of tickets for the cancelled shows can receive a refund from their ticket provider. 

Tickets for the five additional shows have just gone on sale (at midday, today, UK time) from SeeTicketsTicketmaster and other normal agents including the venues, so if you are intending to go to one of these additional shows, we suggest you buy now to get the best choice of seats. All the other shows remain on sale, but for the revised dates. The new UK tour schedule is follows:

  • Tuesday 13th April - Leicester De Montfort Hall  - TICKETS
  • Wednesday 14th April - Guildford G Live  - TICKETS
  • Friday 16th April - Croydon Fairfield Halls  - TICKETS (new show)
  • Sunday 18th April - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall  - TICKETS (new show)
  • Monday 19th April - Portsmouth Guildhall  - TICKETS (new show)
  • Tuesday 20th April - Sheffield City Hall  - TICKETS
  • Thursday 22nd April - London Royal Albert Hall  - TICKETS
  • Saturday 24th April - Plymouth Pavilions TICKETS (new show)
  • Monday 26th April - Brighton Dome  - TICKETS
  • Tuesday 27th April - Bath Forum  - TICKETS
  • Thursday 29th April - Oxford New Theatre  - TICKETS
  • Friday 30th April - Ipswich Regent Theatre  - TICKETS
  • Saturday 1st May - Cardiff St David's Hall  - TICKETS
  • Monday 3rd May - Liverpool Philharmonic  - TICKETS
  • Tuesday 4th May - York Barbican  - TICKETS
  • Wednesday 5th May - Newcastle O2 City Hall  - TICKETS (new show)
  • Friday 7th May - Birmingham Symphony Hall  - TICKETS
  • Saturday 8th May - Manchester O2 Apollo  - TICKETS
  • Sunday 9th May - Edinburgh Usher Hall  - TICKETS

    All existing tickets remain valid on a venue-for-venue basis and tickets are still available to purchase from the links above, or the venues themselves. Using our ticket links gives a small but vital contribution to the ongoing running costs of Brain Damage without costing you any extra and it is hugely appreciated!

    Polly Samson: "A Theatre for Dreamers" (London: Bloomsbury, 2020)
    Written by Kevin De Ornellas   
    Wednesday, 15 July 2020
    A Theatre For Dreamers - Polly Samson

    In the latest of our BD visitor contributions, our good friend Dr Kevin De Ornellas, who is Lecturer in English Renaissance Literature, at the School of Arts and Humanities of Ulster University, takes a detailed look at A Theatre for Dreamers, the new book from Polly Samson. The audiobook for this expands on the lockdown broadcasts Polly and her husband, David Gilmour, have done, with new music created by David specifically for the project.

    Many of you have bought, or are thinking of buying, Polly's book, and indeed some of you will have got a copy when you bought a ticket for the (delayed) evenings hosted by Polly and David, which are also due to include some of the new music. For those curious, Kevin kindly expands on what he found upon reading the book...

    If you are looking for an easy read, a summer page-turner, this is not it. A Theatre for Dreamers is a difficult book, a book that is highly allusive and sometimes ethereal in quality. Although the basic story is very simple - a woman remembers being on Hydra with a bunch of creative types in 1960 as she coincidentally deals with revelations about her mother - the novel is layered with feeling and complex memory. The plot is not always linear - most of the novel describes memories of 1960 but we start off in 2016 before we go back to the late 1950s and by the end we have stopped off at Paddington Station in 1970 and returned again to the island some decades later. This structure makes sense: memories do not come to us in a neat, linear way so there is no need for this memory-fixated novel to be conveyed in a strictly linear trajectory.

    There is a large cast of characters: although we see everything from the self-consciously subjective eyes of Erica, the first-person narrator, she is greedy for experience and observation of varied humanity - put simply, she is interested in lots of people. Getting to know these people takes a lot of effort: for example, on page 215 alone we have to engage with the following named characters: Francine, Charmian, Leonard, Marianne, Jimmy, Bobby, Robyn, Bim, Axel, Angela, Marianne, Demitri, Charlie and Edie. Engaging with this novel necessitates commitment. Some of these characters are very significant to the novel as a whole; some are more incidental. It is worth making the effort because this is an intellectually substantial as well as emotive novel. 

    Roger Waters et al appearing in free stream of Newport Folk Festival film
    Written by Matt   
    Sunday, 12 July 2020
    Roger Waters et al - Our Voices Together film

    A date for the diaries of all you Roger Waters fans out there... having previously attended the Newport Folk Festival, there was a fair chance that Roger would have appeared at this year's event, as it was scheduled to fall just before his brace of concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden in August.

    Roger's concerts were of course postponed until next year (and we are still awaiting the revised dates), and, as expected, this year's Newport Folk Festival also has followed suit, and won't be taking place in Rhode Island this year, all due to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. However, the organisers of the Festival have arranged for a weekend of livestreams they've called "Folk On Revival Weekend".

    Taking place on the same weekend that the festival was originally scheduled - July 31st through to August 2nd - "Folk On Revival Weekend" will feature three distinct webcasts, two of which are ticketed. All proceeds will go to the non-profit organisation Newport Festivals Foundation.

    The webcast Roger fans will most want to see though is the third of the three webcasts, and the one which is free of charge to stream.

    On August 2nd at 8:30pm EST, Our Voices Together will give artists "a place to speak truth to power. The film will present new performances from Roger Waters with Lucius, Jason Isbell, Tom Morello, Carlile, Jim James, Langhorne Slim, and others.

    Our Voices Together will be available via this direct link at YouTube.

    Roger Waters Us + Them 2CD, 3LP, DVD and Blu-ray announced
    Written by Matt   
    Tuesday, 16 June 2020
    Roger Waters Us + Them physical releases (Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD, DVD)

    The news that many of you have been waiting for - the physical editions of the Roger Waters Us + Them concert film have now been announced, and will be released on October 2nd, 2020.

    Whilst the digital edition is now available to purchase or rent from your preferred outlet in 4K, HD and SD digital formats, we've had a lot of emails and messages asking us when people can get their hands on the Blu-ray, DVD, CD or 3LP vinyl of this spectacular recording. Whether you go for the digital download, the Blu-ray, or DVD, you'll have access to two additional concert songs not included in the original film shown in cinemas - Comfortably Numb and Smell The Roses - along with the short but fascinating documentary style feature A Fleeting Glimpse, which looks behind the scenes.

    Let's take a closer look at the contents. The 2CD set features the show (minus C Numb and Roses) split across the two discs, with the split coming where the intermission of the show was. So, you have on disc one: Intro / Speak To Me / Breathe / One Of These Days / Time / Breathe (Reprise) / The Great Gig In The Sky / Welcome To The Machine / Deja Vu / The Last Refugee / Picture That / Wish You Were Here / The Happiest Days Of Our Lives / Another Brick In The Wall Pt 2 and 3. Turning to the second disc, this contains: Dogs / Pigs (3 Different Ones) / Money / Us And Them / Brain Damage / Eclipse / The Last Refugee (Reprise) / Deja Vu (Reprise).

    The 3LP vinyl edition follows the above track list, but is split as follows: LP1 Side A: Intro - The Great Gig In The Sky; LP1 Side B: Welcome To The Machine - The Last Refugee; LP2 Side C: Picture That - Another Brick In The Wall Pt 3; LP2 Side D: Dogs; LP3 Side E: Pigs (3 Different Ones) - Money; LP3 Side F: Us And Them - Deja Vu (Reprise).

    The Blu-ray and DVD editions have the same contents but obviously the Blu-ray will be presenting the material in higher quality. These present the whole show (as per the 2CD track listing, but obviously not split), along with the live performances of Comfortably Numb and Smell The Roses, and the documentary A Fleeting Glimpse.

    Needless to say, this is bound to be a popular release when it appears on October 2nd. You should be able to place your orders for this through the following direct links (the use of which benefits Brain Damage at no extra cost to you, and is hugely appreciated by us as help towards the ongoing running costs of the site):

    ROGER WATERS US + THEM 3LP VINYL: Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
    ROGER WATERS US + THEM Blu-ray: Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
    ROGER WATERS US + THEM DVD: Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
    ROGER WATERS US + THEM 2CD: Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 

    If your chosen retailer is yet to have the order ready to place, please try again later as they make the page live with all the details. Ordering now will also mean you will benefit from Amazon's Pre-order Price Guarantee, meaning you will automatically pay the lowest price they have charged between the time of your order, and the release date.

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