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Pink Floyd News at Brain Damage websiteWELCOME TO BRAIN DAMAGE, YOUR PINK FLOYD, NICK MASON, DAVID GILMOUR AND ROGER WATERS NEWS RESOURCE!

We hope you are all staying safe and well in the current global situation.

There's now over 80 dates for Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2022 tour with hopefully some more dates and places to come, and the postponed US/Canadian shows due to be rescheduled. In the meantime there's the live recording from London's Roundhouse on Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, and 2LP which is out now - and really excellent!

Talking of tours...THIS IS NOT A DRILL, the upcoming Roger Waters US/Canadian tour is now in 2022. 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, on Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD and 3LP!

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains in Los Angeles, California for its first (and slightly delayed) US staging has been extended until January 30th! It's an unmissable wander through the band's history and hopefully its next location will be confirmed soon.

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Nick Mason - a very happy birthday to you!
Written by Brain-Damage   
Thursday, 27 January 2022

Nick Mason - 2016 Goodwood Festival Of SpeedAll of us here at Brain Damage offer our very best wishes to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who celebrates the very special occasion of his birthday today (January 27th). We all hope you are going to have a great day, Nick!

The cornerstone of the band, he had his first drum kit at the tender age of 13. A member of Pink Floyd since the earliest iterations, he is the only one to have appeared on every one of their albums. Thanks to his late father Bill, he has been a "petrol head" from a young boy, and cars have been - and remain - one of his major passions in life. His most recent book, Passion for Speed, is worth checking out, as is the DVD of the same name focusing on his Ferrari Enzo car (with Nick heavily involved). Of course, for those who haven't read it, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd is an absolute essential read, and available in a variety of editions: hardback, softback (paperback) and an audiobook, which is read by Nick himself...

Nick has contributed to a number of magazines on motoring issues over the years (including a fascinating monthly column in Octane Magazine), and also became president of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He is a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, and a life member and Guardian of the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club). He has been involved in motor racing since the early 1970s and has entered Le Mans five times.

Musically, of course, the big news over the last few years was the launch of his new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets. The four initial, small gigs in May 2018 held in London lead to a very successful and critically acclaimed European tour in September. This was followed, of course, in 2019 with dates in the US, Canada, and more dates in the UK and Europe. 2020 saw the release of the superb London Roundhouse concert film on audio and video formats, and was due to see the band play more shows. Sadly, the pandemic put the halt on any such plans for 2020, and 2021.

The January/February 2022 tour of the US and Canada has also been postponed, and fingers are firmly crossed that these dates are rescheduled for later in the year, and that the upcoming UK and European dates - due to start in mid-April - go ahead as planned.

Many happy returns, Nick, and see you on the road!

 
Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - mono 180g vinyl coming
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 13 January 2022

Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - mono 180g vinylFor the 2018 Record Store Day, one of the more popular and sought after releases was a new mono edition of Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, the band's superb 1967 debut album. The mono mix on the album was remastered in 2017 from the original mono analogue tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman.

For those who missed out on this one-day-only release (which came with a Pink Floyd Records catalogue number of PFRLP26), there's some great news.

This excellent sounding mix is coming on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, on March 4th 2022. It comes without the additional outer sleeve and poster that the Record Store Day edition came with, instead appearing in the classic cover (with a removable sticker), as per the picture shown here. The record labels mimic the original black and gold Columbia records labels.

It has a catalogue number of PFRLP38, for those who are keeping track of all those - and we know a few people who are doing just that!

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As an alternative you can also order the new edition of this classic album from the UK based HMV store which may be a preferred option for you.

 
Pink Floyd's Echoes - new Mojo Magazine takes a close look
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 13 January 2022

Mojo Magazine, March 2022 front coverThe new issue of the UK's Mojo Magazine (cover date March 2022, issue number 340) includes a feature - "Echoes Then And Now" - focused on Pink Floyd's masterpiece.

In their preview of the issue, Mojo notes that "fifty years since he helped write the song that lit Floyd’s future path, Nick Mason is taking Echoes on the road. But will Roger Waters join him this time?" Their feature promises an in-depth look at the piece, and knowing how Mojo's articles are normally written, it should be a detailed and accurate feature on Echoes.

Elsewhere in the magazine, amongst a wide range of other things, and subject of the cover photo, there's a piece in honour of the recently departed Michael Nesmith of the Monkees – and with the help of an exclusive new Micky Dolenz interview, they celebrate the group once dubbed the Prefab Four and explore the insanity of their 60s rise and fall. Also in the issue is Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder (with a tribute from his friend, Pete Townshend), a look at Al Green's anthemic Let’s Stay Together, also celebrating its 50th, a Mick Rock feature, Dusty Springfield, Van Der Graaf Generator, and much more.

UPDATE: The feature runs for 11 pages and is a fascinating look back at the genesis of Echoes, fuelled by the memories of Nick Mason and John Leckie, and also includes a look at the recent Saucerful Of Secrets tour rehearsals, revealing more songs that have been plucked from the Floyd back catalogue to perform live once Covid allows! There's also a look at the ill-fated Household Objects project, and some background to the day that Roger Waters joined the Saucers on stage in New York City.

Always a great read, the magazine is due to arrive in UK stores around now, and will be available in selected locations worldwide as an import, in due course. Alternatively, you can order (worldwide) online through the GreatMagazines website which is owned and run by the publishers of Mojo.

 
Los Angeles staging of Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains extended
Written by Matt   
Monday, 10 January 2022

Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at Los Angeles Vogue Multicultural MuseumSome important news regarding the latest staging of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which we hope that any of you who have yet to catch it in Los Angeles, California, will find useful.

The truly unmissable exhibition, in its latest iteration being held at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles, was due to run until January 9th, 2022 at this Hollywood Boulevard location. However, the Museum are now running the exhibition until January 30th, a three week extension!

You can buy tickets for the exhibition, and get more details, at VMMLA.com. Admission prices range from $30 to $46 (plus applicable fees), and the audioguide is included in the price. Those who have been to previous stagings of the exhibition will know how good the audioguide is - an essential part of the incredible experience! With the very limited time left to visit, if you are intending to go, don't hang around.

Also, for those who can get to Hollywood but can't do the exhibition itself, we understand the museum store has a separate entrance so the limited edition goodies they have can be bought by passersby as well as exhibition attendees...

 
New book: "The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems Volume 2" - Chris Hewitt
Written by Glenn Povey   
Wednesday, 05 January 2022

The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems Volume 2For those who enjoyed reading Volume 1 of the fascinating insight, The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems, then Volume 2 is a must. This impressive softback landscape volume stretches to 180 pages with a mountain of rare and previously unpublished photos and ephemera of festival events and equipment.

In many respects its pornography for PA geeks and techies, but there is interest here for those with a casual interest in the UK festival scene of the 70s as well. Fans of Pink Floyd will obviously find this a fascinating read but there's also a good chunk devoted to Led Zeppelin and their relationship with WEM. As with Pink Floyd's PA equipment, Chris has amassed a great deal of their vintage original equipment as well, photographed here in their original configuration alongside vintage photos of the band on stage.

Volume 2 also expands to another level Pink Floyd's PA set up for Live At Pompeii that was covered in Volume 1. Reproducing an interview with Adrian Maben by correspondent Paul Powell Jr. and website founder Matt Johns that appeared in Brain Damage back in 2003, a raft of photos from 'backstage' accompanies the article. Taking this a stage further, Chris persuaded, during lockdown, members of the Australian Pink Floyd to recreate, using all of Chris's vintage WEM gear, the actual Pompeii PA set up albeit in the less illustrious setting of an open field in Cheshire over an ancient amphitheatre in Italy! Nevertheless, what was achieved was quite incredible, made all the more remarkable by the fact that not only does Chris have all the correct gear, but some band members also use vintage equipment as well.

There's also a wonderful chapter on the modes of transport bands used in the 60s and 70s – delightful photos of Commers, Bedfords and Transits, the trusty workhorses that got the band and their gear between gigs.

A good chunk of the second half of the book focusses on the more technical aspects of PA systems, with an excellent look at Pete Watts – Pink Floyd's PA guru in the early 70s as well as photos from Chris's personal archive when his PA company Tractor was making its mark, as well as large festival PA systems and manufacturers and suppliers including RSD, RSE, Mitrex and ASS among others.

As with Volume 1, it is a thoroughly engaging read and the archival photos are a real treat. Overall, whilst it does have content that is lost on the casual reader it is an equally fascinating account of how PA systems developed through the 60s and 70s.

You can order The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems Volume 2 by Chris Hewitt from the publisher at DeeplyVale.com.

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2022 US/Canada tour postponed
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets logoIn an unsurprising, and arguably sensible move - bearing in mind the current global situation with Covid-19 and the Omicron variant, which is spreading extremely fast - the January/February 2022 Saucerful Of Secrets tour of the US and Canada has now been postponed until later in the year.

The band's social media channels note the move "with great regret" and point at the "uncertainty surrounding the Covid pandemic". We think this is totally understandable and an eminently sensible move, despite any disappointment. Everyone's health has got to be the priority at the current time. Venues involved are suggesting that the rescheduled dates will be taking place in the Fall (Autumn) of 2022, which we all hope will see things on a much better footing than at the moment.

As most of you will have had experience of Covid-related postponements of various events, you will know that as a ticket holder, you are advised to hold onto your original tickets and await further information from the venue and/or ticket company where you purchased your tickets.

Once we have the revised dates, we will let you all know. Rescheduling dates is a difficult thing, to ensure a logical and achievable route, so we'd expect it to take a little while, particularly with the Christmas and New Year seeing businesses and venues either closed for the festive period or on reduced staffing.

 
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