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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 UK dates moving to later this year currently, and the European dates moving to 2021. There's also the live recording from London's Roundhouse on Blu-ray, DVD/CD 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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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.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
ROGER WATERS US + THEM Blu-ray: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
ROGER WATERS US + THEM DVD: Amazon.com Amazon UK Canada Germany France Italy Spain 
ROGER WATERS US + THEM 2CD: Amazon.com 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.

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour - 3 dates moved, 3 dates added!
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - 2021 tour addition of Portuguese shows

Some great news for our friends in Europe - we now have news, announced this morning, of the remaining three dates of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour we were waiting on being rescheduled, and these have been bolstered by the addition of three further shows!

First, the rescheduled shows:

All existing tickets for these rescheduled shows remain valid for the new dates, and there is no need to contact the venue or ticket agent to check. They may well be in touch about this change anyway. Now we turn to the newly added shows:

Obviously any further changes or new dates, we will let you all know.

In related news, the highly anticipated Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse release is still coming out on 18th September, in three different editions (Blu-ray, 2CD/DVD set, and a double vinyl LP), and should be an essential purchase. 

You can order the various editions through the following direct links, taking advantage of Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you will automatically pay the lowest asking price between placing your order, and release, whilst giving Brain Damage much needed help with running costs without costing you any extra. We really appreciate it too!

 

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 
 
 
A Theatre For Dreamers audiobook releases include David Gilmour music
Written by Matt   
Monday, 15 June 2020
A Theatre For Dreamers audiobook - Polly Samson with David Gilmour

David Gilmour will release his first new song in five years - Yes, I Have Ghosts - via an upcoming audiobook (available from June 25th) for A Theatre for Dreamers, the latest novel by Gilmour's wife and long-time collaborator, Polly Samson. The recording also features music Gilmour wrote for the story to accompany Samson's narration. The wide release of Yes, I Have Ghosts will follow the audiobook, becoming available a week later.

David said: "Polly's vivid and poetic writing, coupled with her very natural narration voice, made joining forces to produce the audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers a fantastic and fulfilling experience. The two worlds seem to seamlessly link, and music can really help to bring audiobooks to life in unexpected new ways. We were also lucky to have our daughter Romany in lockdown with us to contribute harp and additional vocals. I am really pleased and proud of how Polly's words and my music have entwined in this audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers."

Polly noted that "We didn't set out to work together on the audiobook, but lockdown meant I had to narrate and I'm grateful to David for stepping into the producer's chair. We wanted to explore the creative possibilities of the format and produce something new, refreshing and innovative. Collaborating with David - as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums - we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don't think has been done before."

David said on his Facebook page that he was "thrilled with how this has worked out. Sad for the actor who had to pull out but Polly Samson's narration surprised us all and it's been a great project for me during lockdown to also add some instrumental passages between chapters and to record the A Theatre for Dreamers inspired song, Yes, I Have Ghosts, with the help of our daughter, Romany."

This release will be available in a variety of formats. On June 25th, it will become available via Amazon UK as part of its Audible offering in an unabridged format, lasting 10 hours and 25 minutes. Coming on September 1st are a few other formats, looking at the publisher's (W. F. Howes Ltd) website - unabridged eAudio, an unabridged 10CD set, and an unabridged 1CD with the audio in MP3 format. Ordering details/links for these other formats aren't yet available, but we will update you when these are known, as indeed we will when details of the separate release of Yes, I Have Ghosts become available.

 
Polly Samson & David Gilmour - A Theatre For Dreamers book & music events move to 2021
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 03 June 2020
A Theatre For Dreamers evening event

In a move that isn't overly unexpected with the current global situation with COVID-19, with the UK still experiencing significant deaths and infections, the already rescheduled three evenings presenting A Theatre for Dreamers - An Evening of Words and Music with Polly Samson and David Gilmour have been rescheduled to June 2021.

All tickets will be valid for the new shows, which have been previewed via The Von Trapped Family broadcasts on Polly's Facebook page, and any new purchases will receive a signed copy of the hardback version of the book by Polly Samson and a signed photo by Polly and David Gilmour, which can be collected on the night of the rescheduled shows from the venues themselves.

Existing ticket holders should have already received their book and photo through the post.

Here are the revised dates, all in England:

  • Friday 25th June 2021 - Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
  • Saturday 26th June 2021 - Birmingham, Town Hall
  • Monday 28th June 2021 - London, Central Hall Westminster

If you are unable to attend the revised date, and need details of refunds, click here.

 
Happy birthday, Gerald Scarfe!
Written by Matt   
Monday, 01 June 2020

Gerald Scarfe and Roger Waters, 2010. Photo: Jane ScarfeOur very best wishes go to Gerald Scarfe today as he celebrates his birthday. Gerald, of course, is a graphic artist with a long history with the Floyd, from the 1974 tour programme caricature, through to his most famous work on The Wall, and beyond that, working with Roger Waters on his Pros and Cons project. Many happy returns to Gerald on this very special day from all of us here at Brain Damage

For those who haven't seen it, Gerald's superb "The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall" is the authorized, definitive book about the Wall project and includes new commentaries from the surviving members of Pink Floyd: Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, together with the director of the film, Sir Alan Parker. Roger Waters has written the foreword. The album imagery, stage performances and film were created in close collaboration with Gerald Scarfe, and his massive archive includes original storyboards, animation cells, concept drawings, models and other three-dimensional material together with photographs of the creation and staging of the live performances and the filming of The Wall. It even covers the 2010-2013 tour. Our review and full ordering details can be found here.

The accompanying photo of Gerald Scarfe and Roger Waters in Scarfe's studio, shows them going through material for the Wall book [click the thumbnail to view it in more detail]. It's a lovely, personal look at work on the book, and was taken by Jane Scarfe (Asher), and was provided to Brain Damage as an online exclusive around the time the book was coming out.

Last year, Gerald brought out another couple of (excellent) books. Long Drawn Out Trip tells his life story in detail for the first time. With captivating, often thrilling stories, he takes us back to his wartime childhood and the terrible curse of asthma, through his days as an advertising draughtsman, to his field reporting in Vietnam and the giddy highs of rock 'n' roll. He also reveals the process of cartooning - and the ways that certain subjects have reacted to his visions of them. Along the way he has been car-jacked in Derry, dined with royals, and thoroughly upset Mrs Mary Whitehouse. It is a very personal, wickedly funny and caustically insightful account of an artist's life at the forefront of contemporary culture and society. 

You can order Gerald's Long Drawn Out Trip book now through the following direct links: Amazon UKAmazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

Long Drawn Out Trip was followed by another book, designed to complement it - Scarfe: Sixty Years of Being Rude, an incredible looking, fully illustrated retrospective art book. This 576 page book isn't cheap, although is well worth considering for enthusiasts of his work. Here are the direct links: Amazon UKAmazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

However, if you really want to treat yourself, there are a couple of very special, exclusive editions available at ScarfeBook.com. Both editions from that website contain a signed print, and the Artist’s Edition also includes an original piece of Scarfe's unique artwork!

 
Roger Waters: Us + Them coming to digital next month
Written by Matt   
Friday, 22 May 2020
Roger Waters: Us + Them digital film release

Good news for all those who have been patiently waiting for news of the domestic release of the concert film 'Roger Waters: Us + Them' - the digital release of this has just been announced.

The film documents the 156 date 2017-2018 tour which played to a combined audience of 2.3 million across a number of countries, and was quite an incredible spectacle, coupled with a great set list and a powerful message at the heart of it all.

The review by BD's Ed Lopez-Reyes noted that "the intersection of beautifully crafted sound and footage combined with director Sean Evans' ability to turn an action-packed, live performance into an atmospheric, ethereal experience, raises the bar for concert video...". Those who were fortunate enough to catch the film in cinemas last year seemed to be universally knocked out by it (as we were). 

For those who want to relive the show, digitally, you'll be able to catch it in 4K (Ultra HD), HD and SD formats from June 16th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and available on the Apple, Googleplay, and Amazon platforms from that date.

Included will be some "all-new post-feature content" which includes two additional concert songs missing from the original feature (Comfortably Numb and Smell the Roses) as well as A Fleeting Glimpse, a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour, which we think is the one that was shown following the screening of the main feature in cinemas last year.

We're hoping that the physical release won't be too far away now, for all those who want this on DVD/Blu-ray, or CD (and hopefully vinyl too). As and when we get any confirmed information on these, we will of course let you know.

In the meantime, mark your diaries for June 16th and the digital release of Us + Them!

 
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