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

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour has been rescheduled to this year, 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 this year (again, due to the global situation) although exact dates aren't yet available. It sounds like it is going to be another unmissable show, so worth the extra wait. Full details here. Roger has also released his Us + Them concert film, which looked great in the cinemas, on Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD and 3LP - more details here!

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is heading for Los Angeles, California for its first US staging at some point in 2021. It's an unmissable wander through the band's history. More details, including dates, 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. There's also a separate release now of Delicate Sound of Thunder Restored. Re-Edited. Remixed. on Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD, 3LP and deluxe 4-disc box, which looks great!

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Roger Waters records new version of The Gunner's Dream
Written by Matt   
Monday, 18 January 2021

This afternoon, Roger Waters has released a new version of The Gunner's Dream on his social media channels. The song was a stand-out track on Pink Floyd's 1983 album The Final Cut (the last Floyd studio album to include Roger), and he has performed it live in recent years on occasion (the last time being in Guadalajara, Mexico, on December 5th 2018).

In the accompanying post with the video, Roger talks about watching a 2013 documentary last night about Stanislav Petrov, 'The Man Who Saved The World'; it was Petrov who prevented nuclear war in 1983. This new recording of The Gunner's Dream is principally focused on Roger and his piano, but at appropriate points the rest of his current touring band join in too. Here it is:

What has 2021 got in store for us?
Written by Matt   
Monday, 18 January 2021

With the start of the new year, and the dreadful 2020 now thankfully just a memory, thoughts are now turning to what the future may bring, particularly on a Pink Floyd related front.

Whilst things generally are still very much up in the air, January is always a good time for - either serious or completely outlandish - speculation and pondering on things which might happen across the coming year.

Covid-19 put paid to concert plans last year of course. We were looking forward to shows that had been announced by Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, and Roger Waters with his This Is Not A Drill tour, which was to be "in the round" rather than the normal end stage presentation. Both tours were naturally postponed. Some places have tentatively resumed shows but most haven't yet. Will it take significant inroads into vaccinations, and infection rates/hospitalisations significantly reduced, before concerts will properly resume? Standing gigs would seem particularly unlikely for a while.

One thing that seemed clear last year was that once initial lockdown issues had been dealt with (for example, pressing plants and warehouses closed) and new working methods worked out, there was a buoyant release market for artists across the musical spectrum. Whilst a lot of the material was retrospective, with deluxe editions and suchlike, there was also a lot of new material released as well, some of which had been inventively recorded during lockdown. The normal, annual Record Store Day turned into three, pretty full events, with an additional raft of releases on Black Friday, and with National Album Day also taken into account, it was a busy time on the music front.

So, it's time for you to look into your crystal balls - what do you think or hope 2021 will bring us, in particular on the Floyd-related front? It would be interesting if you have other thoughts too. Record Store Day has been announced for June 12th, and there's normally some tasty things released that day. Will there be a Floyd-related release this year? When do you think gigs will resume? Drop us a line (at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and let us know what your views are!

Martin announces David Gilmour custom signature guitars
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 14 January 2021

David Gilmour with Martin guitars - photo by Polly SamsonDuring next week's NAMM Believe in Music Week, guitar manufacturers C F Martin & Co are introducing a brace of David Gilmour Custom Signature Edition D-35 guitars. Following the 2019 Christie's Auction, Martin's partners at Westside Distribution in the UK approached Gilmour, who agreed to collaborate with Martin on a six string and a twelve string D-35.

"I was so excited when Westside contacted us about the opportunity to build a signature model for David," said Fred Greene, Vice President of Product Development at Martin Guitar. "He is one of my all-time favorite guitar players, and having the chance to collaborate with him on an instrument was truly a bucket list moment for me. The collaboration is also a perfect fit for Martin Guitar, a company that shares David's hope for a more sustainable world that we can leave in good conscience for generations to come."

"Looking back on the design process," Greene said, "My first thought was that David might want a replica of his 1969 D-35, and, while that would be cool, it would not leave a lot of room for creativity. I was so excited to hear that he was more interested in creating something unique and special to this moment in time. I knew we could provide him with options and features that would allow this new instrument to exist on its own merits, while still drawing upon his original D-35 for inspiration. Much like David's music, this guitar is a unique and inspirational piece of art that hopefully will inspire others to create their own art."

The Martin Custom Shop created three prototypes that would later be presented to David for feedback. Typically made with rosewood, this is the first time Martin built a three-piece back "35" with sinker mahogany. The 6- and 12-string models are both finished in vintage gloss, a historic process normally available only on the Martin Authentic Series models. Both models have head stamps, as found on early Martin guitars, however, this is the first time in its history that Martin has created special head stamps for an artist signature edition.

Both guitars come in a slate blue case, a nod back to the blue case that David's original D-35 would have left the factory in all those years ago. Finally, and as if all this isn’t already special enough, every guitar bears a custom internal paper label, each one individually signed by David himself.

Martin will produce a total of 250 guitars, split between the 6-string and 12-string models. They will be available for purchase at select Martin retailers, with the partnership supporting the David Gilmour Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit

Photo by Polly Samson

Us + Them, Delicate Sound and the Saucers' Roundhouse releases reviewed
Written by Heather Fenton   
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Roger Waters Us + Them, Pink Floyd Delicate Sound of Thunder, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The RoundhouseOne of Brain Damage's regular correspondents is Heather Fenton, a frequent visitor to the site. She had the opportunity over the Christmas period to watch three of the biggest releases that came out during 2020 - the Roger Waters Us + Them live recording, the Restored.Re-edited.Remixed version of Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder, and Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse. Here, she compares and contrasts these markedly different releases. Which one comes out as her favourite? Read on to find out...

I finally got round to watching and listening to all the CDs/DVDs and this is what I thought. Going back first to October, and Roger Waters Us + Them. Having been to the live show at Manchester which was fantastic, then seeing the cinema showing in 2019 which left us feeling depressed, I said I would not get the DVD but of course I did. With Roger the live show is a spectacle and the atmosphere lifts the audience, but when its just you and the screen it lacks the lightness. Don't get me wrong, it was still very good but even revisiting Dark Side and all he is now very removed from Pink Floyd, which is what he wanted. The interpretation is all his but even a lot of the old favourites are more of a cover version (not tribute band) and come across hard especially when interspersed with his own more recent compositions. You would not want to play this every night!

Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder though was everything we have come to expect. The sound quality was greatly enhanced and as for the visual definition, it's now so sharp and the colours very vivid - almost iridescent - in Time. A joy to watch and an excellent worthy addition to the collection, and maybe one day Venice will follow suit.

But although Delicate Sound Of Thunder was excellent, a higher accolade would have to go to Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse. This leaves you with a real "feel-good factor". Light hearted, beautifully put together, lovely interviews throughout with the band members, and fascinating how they all got together. The songs and music are perfectly executed. Bet Gary Kemp never though he would perform Vegetable Man, and the split of Atom Heart Mother was inspiring. This is the one you can play over and over again and although there's not the visual spectacle of the other two, it allows you just to watch the action and really enjoy the performances. Well done Nick and the band!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Heather! We always welcome contributions from our visitors - if you've got anything you want to share with the wider community, please get in touch!

The Lyrics Of Syd Barrett - reminder, and book and print offer
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

The Lyrics of Syd BarrettBack on September 7th, 2020, we told you about the upcoming book, The Lyrics of Syd Barrett. As a reminder, this is due for publication by Omnibus in Europe on February 18th (just over a month away) and in North America, on May 6th.

Featuring 52 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 96-page book compiles Syd's extraordinary lyrics together for the very first time. David Gilmour has been a key person behind this book, working his way through Syd lyrics checking them for accuracy before the book went to the printers.

As the publisher's rightly note, "legendary Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett's songwriting was unique, memorable and utterly brilliant." This book is sure to be a popular choice for many; Syd's lyrics were captivating, sometimes playful, sometimes dark and painful, but always unforgettable. Alongside the lyrics are rare photos and artwork.

London based The Flood Gallery are offering the book in an exclusive bundle, coupling it with their numbered and artist signed Cream-Main Edition Syd Barrett poster - a limited edition of 85 - or only £10 extra. You can place your orders at

Other than The Flood Gallery, you can also order the book itself (the print is exclusive to the gallery) through the following links, which in the post-Brexit world might be preferable for some outside the UK. Ordering through our links also helps with BD's ongoing running costs, and we really appreciate it: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

Rare Pink Floyd items on BBC's Antiques Roadshow
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Last weekend, the BBC's long running and much loved Antiques Roadshow had a segment of interest. The show features normal members of the public going along to a "roadshow" that the BBC puts on in various places (stately homes, for example) with family heirlooms, items they've collected, and such like. The resident experts then talk about the items (often explaining detail about objects that the owner previously was unaware of) and give a valuation.

Occasionally, there are music-related items and as you'll see from the clip here, a March 1967 Pink Floyd poster, for their appearance at Enfield College of Technology, was included, alongside a promotional brochure about the band, and an early single.

The clip is hosted by the BBC and hopefully you'll all be able to view it - apologies if they aren't allowing it to be seen in your region.

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