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Last year was busy, with things such as the deluxe box set marking the 50th anniversary of The Dark Side Of The Moon, with a new remaster of the album, coupled with a number of other things including books and the Wembley 1974 TDSOTM recording. Some of the elements (including the official book) have also been released separately - full details here.

A long hoped for reissue of Richard Wright's Wet Dream, remixed by Steven Wilson with a new stereo AND surround mix, is out now, and absolutely superb, really bringing a forgotten gem back to life and it sounds better than ever.

Wonderful news is now through that there's a number of UK and European dates announced for the Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2024 Set The Controls tour, after the 2022/23 shows managed to exceed everyone's hopes and expectations!. In the meantime don't forget that there's the live recording from London's Roundhouse on Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, and 2LP which is really excellent.

Talking of tours...THIS IS NOT A DRILL, the Roger Waters 2023 tour (Roger's "first farewell tour") proved an unmissable show for many! Roger has also released his The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux album and performed a couple of dates at London's Palladium. His memoir could even see publication this year - so watch this space!

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Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets reveal 13 more European dates
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 20 February 2024

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - 2024 Set The Controls tour of Europe; all datesSome good news for many of you in Europe - Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets have just revealed thirteen more European dates for July and August 2024.

Details of all the dates and venues are shown below and on the Saucers 2024 tour page, but in summary, they are adding numerous dates in Germany, along with shows in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Austria and...Slovenia!

The regular sale of tickets starts on FRIDAY (February 23rd, 2024) at 10am CET - local time (9am UK time), via the links given below. UPDATE: as at Wednesday (February 21st) it seems some of the shows - the German dates, France, and maybe other locations - are starting to run presales, which don't seem to need special passwords, so we suggest you grab tickets now rather than waiting for Friday!

 
Roger Waters - Dark Side Redux picture disc in 2024 Record Store Day
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 15 February 2024

Roger Waters - Dark Side Redux picture disc in 2024 Record Store DayJust revealed is the list of exclusives that will be made available as part of the 2024 Record Store Day, which is being held on 20th April at all participating, independent stockists.

Amongst the huge array of special editions, all of which are produced in varying degrees of limited numbers, is one for the Roger Waters collectors out there. As you will be aware, last year he released his Redux of The Dark Side Of The Moon, which - on vinyl - was issued in nine different versions, from standard black to almost any colour you like.

Nine always felt an odd number (literally) for this release, and a tenth edition has just been revealed. On the Record Store Day list, they have included a limited edition 1LP picture disc of the album that will be individually numbered in a die-cut sleeve. There will be 3000 copies worldwide, so actually in greater numbers than some of the different colour variants of the album, which were all 2LP sets. We suspect they've been able to squeeze the album (without the additional track that came with the vinyl versions last year) onto a single LP, but obviously we don't know at this stage if there has been any editing to help it fit.

And, as we've mentioned previously, all the limited edition items are released just through RSD participating stores on 20th April 2024 - go to RecordStoreDay.com or RecordStoreDay.co.uk for more details of who those will be. A reminder that it will ONLY be these stores participating; the stores themselves can't sell it online - the record will become available for customers coming through the door of the store from the morning of the 20th (and not before), in limited quantities - first come, first served, and only one copy per customer. After RSD, if copies remain, the retailers may put them for sale online (and of course, there'll also be copies on eBay inevitably...).

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets announce UK tour for June 2024
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets announce UK Set The Controls tour for June 2024Just announced - Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets will be playing fourteen dates on their Set The Controls tour around the UK, as their European tour expands. The last time they played the UK was April/May 2022, so it is a treat for the band to be back in June this year!

Last year, of course, the band played shows in Australia, preceded by a string of European dates including a stunning night in the excavated ruins of Pompeii, with the modern city of Pompei conferring honorary citizenship on Nick.

Tickets for the new dates - detailed below - go on sale on Friday (February 16th) at 11am UK time, from MyTicket.co.uk.

Nick Mason said: "Six years ago when I got behind the drums again and we started playing the early Pink Floyd material, it was a real pleasure on so many levels. Many of the tracks had never actually been played live, so to have performed them all over the world has been something we've all enjoyed immensely. To get the opportunity to come back to the UK for another tour is something the band and I had been hoping we would be able to do, so to say "we're back" feels good!"

Here's all the dates for you:

 
Mark Knopfler gathers 60 guitar legends including David Gilmour for charity single
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 08 February 2024

Mark Knopfler's Guitar Heroes CD, 12A new, very special recording of Mark Knopfler's anthemic 'Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)' has been recorded at west London's British Grove Studios to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

Performed by Mark Knopfler's Guitar Heroes and produced by Knopfler's longtime collaborator Guy Fletcher, the track features an unprecedented line-up of some of the greatest guitarists and musicians in history. Amongst the sixty-odd contributors (listed in full below) are David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, and many more. Roger Daltrey (honorary patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust) plays harmonica, with drums by Ringo Starr and his son, Zak Starkey, with Sting playing bass guitar.

The instrumental begins with the final recording of Jeff Beck, who died last year.

Released March 15th, the single will be released on CD, 12” with etched b-side, deluxe CD+BluRay (exclusive to the official store), download and streaming (including a Dolby Atmos mix). It features artwork which has been designed by Sir Peter Blake (The Beatles, The Who, Band Aid).

Full list of contributors:
Joan Armatrading, Jeff Beck, Richard Bennett, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Brown, James Burton, Jonathan Cain, Paul Carrack, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Jim Cox, Steve Cropper, Sheryl Crow, Danny Cummings, Roger Daltrey, Duane Eddy, Sam Fender, Guy Fletcher, Peter Frampton, Audley Freed, Vince Gill, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Keiji Haino, Tony Iommi, Joan Jett, John Jorgenson, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Greg Leisz, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Phil Manzanera, Dave Mason, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Robbie McIntosh, John McLaughlin, Tom Morello, Rick Nielsen, Orianthi, Brad Paisley, Nile Rodgers, Mike Rutherford, Joe Satriani, John Sebastian, Connor Selby, Slash, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Zak Starkey, Sting, Andy Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Ian Thomas, Pete Townshend, Keith Urban, Steve Vai, Waddy Wachtel, Joe Louis Walker, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, Glenn Worf, Zucchero.

Cancer is different when you are younger: it can be harder to get a diagnosis, cancer treatments can be less effective for young people, and accessing clinical trials can be harder. This project is raising funds for two charities that are dedicated to supporting this specific age group. Teenage Cancer Trust funds specialist nurses and youth workers to be there for a young person when cancer has turned their world upside down and to help make sure cancer doesn’t rob young people of the best years of their life. Teen Cancer America partners with hospitals throughout the United States to develop specialized facilities and services for teens and young adults with cancer.

You can place your orders for this single now, with proceeds going to these most worthy of charities, through the official store via this link (they have a store exclusive of a deluxe CD+Blu-ray), or you can get the 12" single through HMV online and other stores should have this too, including Amazon. The CD is also available through HMV online and other stores including Amazon should start listing it soon.

Finally, here's a short taster of it:

 
Hipgnosis Exhibition opens in Germany
Written by Matt   
Monday, 05 February 2024

Hipgnosis Exhibition 'Breathe' in Oberhausen, GermanyA recently opened exhibition of Hipgnosis pictures and artwork in Germany has been attracting a lot of interest from visitors, along with local media. Co-curator Aubrey 'Po' Powell was in touch with us, to provide some more detail on this for you all.

Po said: "The Hipgnosis Exhibition 'Breathe' opened on Sunday 21st January to an enthusiastic crowd of 400 people. The exhibition runs over 3 floors of this wonderful gallery and contains 150 Hipgnosis pictures, curated by myself and John Colton of the Browse Gallery, Berlin. There has been great press and TV coverage.

"The initial rooms celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and all the artwork that has been designed by Hipgnosis or Storm Studios over the past fifty years related to that celebrated album. The Ludwig Schloss Gallery is in Oberhausen, 30 minutes by car from the centre of Dusseldorf. Germany has always been a huge admirer of Pink Floyd, and Hipgnosis, and this marks the sixth exhibition held over the last five years in that country, with many thanks to the continued support from Pink Floyd."

For more information on the gallery, and the exhibition - which runs until May 2024 - please visit Ludwiggalerie.de. Our thanks to Po for the update, as well!

 
Pink Floyd releasing The Dark Side Of The Moon Crystal Clear 2LP Collector's Edition
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 31 January 2024

Pink Floyd releasing The Dark Side Of The Moon Crystal Clear 2LP Collector's EditionA date for the diary for (we suspect) a lot of you: on April 19th, Pink Floyd will be releasing a Collector’s Edition of The Dark Side Of The Moon on crystal clear vinyl. This will be a 2 x 180g single sided LP set, featuring UV artwork print on the non-groove side (so side 1 on the first record, and side 2 on the second). From the initial pictures of it, and from seeing other UV releases, it promises to be a wonderful looking addition to the collection!

The technology is fairly new, and from the limited examples from other artists already released, it gives great looking results. This new edition of The Dark Side Of The Moon features the prism spectrum seen through the playable side of the vinyl whilst maintaining the best quality sound. Packaged in a slipcased gatefold sleeve, it also comes with an exclusive poster.

It's great to see them use this pioneering UV printing process. The images are printed with a high end UV printer, using UV-LED light to dry the permanent ink on the side without audio on which the image is printed. This combination of one-sided audio and the UV print (on the side without audio) combines the best of both worlds: great audio and a beautiful image to enjoy.

You can order this special edition through the following links, whilst helping this site with its ongoing running costs, at no additional cost to you, as we participate in the Amazon affiliate programme. You can order through Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. You can also order from HMV.com.

 
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