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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, with the dates moving to later in the year, depending on the situation at that time. There's also the live recording from London's Roundhouse on Blu-ray, DVD/CD and 2LP to be released in September (it's moved from April) 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.

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 fairly soon... 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 in isolation, 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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Polly Samson & David Gilmour free live stream Thursday
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Polly Samson & David Gilmour - A Theatre For Dreamers free live Facebook stream launch event

Some of you will have had tickets for launch events to mark the release of Polly Samson's new book, A Theatre For Dreamers, which were scheduled for this week in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Due to the current pandemic, understandably these events (which were to feature, alongside Polly, David Gilmour and guests performing some music, including a new song) have moved to September.

However, Polly and David both still wished to mark the book's release on its publication date, and so have decided to host a live stream via David's official Facebook page tomorrow evening.

As yet, there are no details of what the stream will include, although a video has been shared of them getting ready for this in a studio space. Apart from Polly reading passages from the book, to give watchers a flavour of it, chances are also that at the very least an acoustic guitar might be picked up by David, to accompany her.

Make sure you tune in tomorrow (Thursday, April 2nd) at 8pm BST/3pm EST at www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour to see what occurs. The stream may well also be available to watch on demand after the event.

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Royal Albert Hall concert moves to new date
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - UK tour October 2020

An update for those of you who have been wondering about some of the dates on the upcoming UK and Ireland Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour. Whilst most of the shows had been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were still three shows where revised dates hadn't been declared.

One of those three - the May 7th show at London's Royal Albert Hall - has been moved to October 20th. Tickets remain valid for the revised date, and ticket holders are (as ever) advised to keep hold of their tickets and confirmations for this show.

There are two other postponed shows from this leg of the tour which are yet to be announced - Dublin on April 29th, and Southampton on May 4th. Hopefully work is ongoing on getting new dates for these events and once we have the information, we will let you all know.

It must be a difficult logistical exercise to come up with revised touring schedules which work with spare dates at the venues (some will have bookings, even if not yet announced, for next year already) whilst not turning the tour into a completely illogical journey!

We're also expecting the European tour, due to start in Brussels on May 18th, to be postponed as well with the current global situation, and again, once we have the relevant information, we'll let you know.

 
Nick Mason interview in new Reader's Digest magazine
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Reader's Digest UK April 2020 with Nick Mason interview

For many, the long running pocket-sized magazine Reader's Digest is something they'd tend to come across in waiting rooms and other places, with a mix of articles that prove diverting while you are waiting to be called. It started back in 1922, and is read in localised editions all around the world. The April 2020 issue of the UK edition, however, has proved a definite surprise...

The cover alone features someone you'd not tend to associate with Reader's Digest - the actor, Samuel L Jackson. Next to his right ear, though, is the headline for the article that Floyd fans in particular will be interested in: an eight page interview with Nick Mason "on patience, parenting and Pink Floyd".

The principal thrust of the article is Nick looking back at his life, from the very early days of family holidays, and being introduced to the world of cars (including a picture I'd not seen before of a 13-year-old Nick admiring an old Rolls Royce), through to the development of the band. This covers the very early days, right up to his current project, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets (although there is little about this).

You can purchase this issue online for despatch worldwide, rather than having to venture out to try and find a copy in one of the few stores still open at the moment.

 
Roger Waters postpones his 2020 tour until next year
Written by Matt   
Friday, 27 March 2020
Roger Waters - This Is Not A Drill tour

In news that I think many of us were expecting, Roger Waters has this evening postponed his 2020, This Is Not A Drill tour of North America until 2021. In his update about this, Roger said: "THE BAD NEWS: I've had to postpone my THIS IS NOT A DRILL tour until next year. Bummer, but if it saves one life, it's worth it."

As yet, revised dates are not known, but these will be advised in due course. Ticketholders are advised to hold onto their original tickets and await further information.

More information as we get it... 

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Roundhouse release postponed
Written by Matt   
Friday, 20 March 2020
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Live At The Roundhouse

The current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation has claimed another postponement today.

In a statement issued on their social media channels, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets have noted that: "Due to the current situation and considering the well-being of our fans we've taken the decision to move the release date of 'Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Live At The Roundhouse' to September 18th."

With the widespread closure of physical stores in many places, and many countries, it isn't a surprise they have taken this step, and of course, priorities of movement should be urgent food and medical supplies. Having seen the film at the cinema, we can assure you it is worth the extra wait...

UPDATE, 25 MARCH: In an update on their social media channels, there was some detail shared on the date change. "The band, and Sony Music, wanted to offer some further clarification of the reasons:

- At such extraordinary times they want to do all they can to help, prioritising post / deliveries for vital supplies & limiting interaction for these very important delivery workers to ensure everyone's safety

- Sony's main warehouse has been placed on lockdown with no date confirmed for re-opening so they cannot complete the manufacture, or supply stock, on this or indeed any other Sony release currently

- Music retailers, particularly small, independent stores, will be hit hard by these closures and we want to support them by issuing this at a time where each store can be open for customers. Additionally to this, Amazon has informed all record companies non-essential products like CDs and DVDs will not be prioritised and may not be shipped

"At this difficult time we want to support our fans, and the wider public, and safeguard their health. We are planning to release some more new full song videos digitally for you all to enjoy starting this week so stay tuned for further details and most importantly, stay safe." 

 
Life, the Universe & Pink Floyd: Rare Hitchhikers Guide returns to vinyl in RSD
Written by Mark Naisbitt   
Friday, 20 March 2020
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - 2020 RSD 3LP release

In these times when many of us are stuck at home, either due to lockdown, or self-isolating, we were delighted when Mark Naisbitt, a BD regular, got in touch with an article he'd written about the link between Pink Floyd, and Douglas Adams - specifically his Hitchhiker's Guide project which spanned book, radio, TV, film and commemorative towels (amongst other things). If anyone else out there fancies adding their thoughts about, well, anything Floyd related really, do please get in touch. We'd love to include your contributions to the site!

To celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Douglas Adams epic Sci-fi comedy a rare, specially reworked version returns to vinyl which may be of interest to Pink Floyd fans. Author Douglas Adams and the band have a long time association. The original BBC radio series made its debut in 1978 and quickly became a cult hit evolving into books, TV and a couple of vinyl albums which Floyd fans would appreciate. Adams re-wrote the script for the first six episodes and they were recorded for the two albums, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (part one) by Original Records in 1979 and part two, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, following in 1980.

So what's of interest to Floyd fans?

Well, the original radio show ended with our heroes stealing a spaceship belonging to the admiral of a battle fleet. Adams, friends with Floyd at the time, altered the ending so that they steal a black, completely frictionless ship intended to crash through a star as part of the exotic light-show by the intergalactic rock band Disaster Area who are really Adams referencing Floyd going through the Wall-era protracted bust up at the time. Floyd, of course, previously released Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, which doubtless gave Adams the idea. The album version was the basis for the subsequent BBC TV series in 1981.

The album features the famous cover, 'Don't Panic' ,in large friendly letters, by Hipgnosis, who worked on covers for Floyd & ELO among many others. It also contains a line not in the radio version. Upon landing on the barren planet Magrathea, Arthur Dent mentions to Ford Prefect, "Ford, do you realise that robot can hum like Pink Floyd?"

Douglas Adams maintained his association with Floyd and suggested the title The Division Bell to them. He also played guitar with the band on stage during one of the Earls Court Pulse gigs in 1994. It was on his 42nd birthday, a number of significance to Hitchhiker fans! This is documented in Nick Mason's book Inside Out and videos are around on YouTube.

Sadly, Adams died suddenly of heart failure in 2001 aged only 49. David Gilmour played at his memorial service in 2001, and also at what would have been Adams's 60th birthday party in 2012. Adams official biography is called Wish You Were Here.

As part of this year's Record Store Day (now delayed to June, subject to change depending on how the current situation develops) the original radio series are being re-released on vinyl by the Demon Music Group. Hitchhiker's Guide (the first book) is being coupled with the second book's series, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, on three 180g coloured vinyl LPs. After years of being expensive second-hand rarities, Floyd fans who enjoy the Guide can now get their hands on a copy. However, they're being limited to 750 copies...Oh well, grab one while you can! For this ageing Hitchhiker, it's almost worth getting a new vinyl deck to time-travel back to '78 with Arthur, Ford & Zaphod for some fun, adventure and pretty wild things for less than 30 Altairian dollars a day...

 
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