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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 50 dates for Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2022 tour with hopefully some more dates and places to come. 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 is heading for Los Angeles, California for its first (and slightly delayed) US staging between 3rd September 2021 - 9th January 2022. It's an unmissable wander through the band's history. Tickets are now on sale - don't miss out!

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New edition of Ron Geesin's The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother book
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 18 September 2021

Ron Geesin's 'The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother'On November 19th, 2021, a new, paperback edition of the book we called "a fantastic read . . . witty and incredibly detailed" is published. Ron Geesin's 'The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother' is an in-depth look at the creation of the title track of the album, reviewed here when published in 2013 as a hardback, that offers a rare insight into the brilliant but often fraught collaboration between Pink Floyd and composer Geesin, the resultof which became known as Atom Heart Mother - the Floyd's first UK number one album.

From the time drummer Nick Mason visited Geesin's damp basement flat in Notting Hill, to the most recent performances of the piece in France, this book is an unflinching account about how one of Pink Floyd's most celebrated compositions came to life. Alongside unpublished photographs from the Abbey Road recording sessions (the only ones taken) and the subsequent performances in London and Paris, Geesin goes on to describe how the title was chosen, why he was not credited on the record, how he left Hyde Park in tears, and why the group did not much like the work. The Flaming Cow also explores its recent performances, and its new-found cult status that has led to it being studied for the French Baccalaureat.

The book - with a foreword by Nick Mason - really is a fantastic read, coupled with the wonderful, evocative black and white shots of the band, and hired players and choir, in the midst of work at Abbey Road. Most of these have not been seen before, and these along could be argued as worth the price of admission. Setting the tone perfectly is the foreword by Nick Mason. Typically self-effacing, it acknowledges the book for what it is: "a fascinating in-depth study of one particular work", an epic piece which Nick states "we remain fond of, proud of, and in my case slightly bemused by". It also has one of the funniest excuses I've ever heard a member of the Floyd use!

You can place your order for the new paperback edition - complete with an updated cover image - right now through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy. Using our links helps support the costs of running this website, won't cost you a penny/cent more, and we really appreciate it. At present it isn't being listed on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca but they DO list the previous, hardback edition.

 
Mark Fisher rock concert staging exhibition in Berlin
Written by Matt   
Friday, 17 September 2021

Just opened (on September 11th) at the Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin, Germany, is a new exhibition - Mark Fisher: Drawing Entertainment - which runs until January 16th 2022.

If the name isn't familiar, his work certainly will be. Fisher (1947–2013) was the greatest entertainment architect of rock sets and spectaculars. He created dazzling and innovative shows for the tours of the most famous singers and groups of our time including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson and Jean-Michel Jarre, as well as creating outdoor extravaganzas for Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil.

Before Fisher, audiences watched bands play on a bare stage with a few flashing lights and perhaps a bit of film flickering behind them. After Fisher, audiences participated in wild electronic sensory theatrical experiences. In Germany, and for the world, Mark Fisher is celebrated as the designer of that great historical moment watched live by nearly half a million people, and millions more on global television, where nine months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, amidst the ruins of the former no-man’s land between Potsdamer Platz and Pariser Platz, he constructed the legendary The Wall – Live in Berlin concert for Roger Waters and guest artists.

Mark Fisher drawings for Roger Waters The Wall Live In Berlin 1990

Mark Fisher’s drawings rock. He was an exquisite and beautiful draughtsman. Trained at the Architectural Association school of architecture in London in the 1960s, Fisher was taught by members of the famously influential Archigram Group who revolutionised futuristic design through their drawings of a high-tech world. Fisher started to explore the new pop architecture, and especially lightweight pneumatic structures which legendarily he put into practice with the giant articulated inflatable characters in his Pink Floyd and The Wall shows. As a stage designer, his drawings could be technical as well as dazzling: swirling rich pastels of radiant psychedelic light effects streaking across the night sky of velvet black paper. He was also of the generation who transitioned to computer-aided design (CAD) while never leaving behind his sense of drawing brilliance.

The exhibition on Mark Fisher will explore his career as an entertainment architect through nearly one hundred of his drawings, as well as sketchbooks, photographs and videos of his live concerts. Since the exhibition takes place in Berlin, one of the focal points that they highlight is the Roger Waters 'Live In Berlin 1990' show staging.

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which can be bought online, and ships worldwide. More information about the exhibition and venue can be found at tchoban-foundation.de and www.museumsportal-berlin.de. It is open Monday - Friday each week, between 2pm - 7pm, with Saturday - Sunday hours being 1pm - 5pm. Admission is an extremely reasonable €5 (or €3 for concessions).

Our thanks to good friend Martin Geyer for the information and picture of this exhibition.

 
Happy birthday Roger Waters!
Written by Matt   
Monday, 06 September 2021

Roger Waters - Berlin 2013The combined wishes of all of us on the Brain Damage team, along no doubt with many of you reading this, go to Roger Waters, who celebrates his 78th birthday today!

Roger was born in Great Bookham, Surrey, in 1943, moving to Cambridge when he was two years old. It was there that he met, and became childhood friends with, a number of key people in the story of Pink Floyd.

Of course, Roger has been extremely busy over the last few years, having successfully taken Dark Side Of The Moon on tour in 2006, through to 2008. On completing that, he immediately started work on a new version of The Wall - which finally opened in September 2010. That tour was spectacularly successful, wrapping up in Paris for show number 217 in September 2013. Recordings of that tour turned into the film, shown in cinemas and released on DVD/Blu-ray and as part of a mammoth, Super Deluxe Edition.

More recently, he performed his highly acclaimed Us + Them world tour, which was filmed and was shown in cinemas worldwide, with the home release of it on Blu-ray, 2CD, 3LP vinyl and DVD that followed (more details and ordering links here). He also released his latest solo album, Is This The Life We Really Want? as well as overseeing the release of the late Nick Sedgwick's book about the band, and in particular, the 1974 tour of The Dark Side of the Moon.

Plans were in place (and tickets went on sale for) a 2020 North American tour, called This Is Not A Drill, with the stage presentation being "In The Round". Of course, because of Covid-19 the shows were postponed, and delayed until next year, with the tour (potentially Roger's final tour, going by comments he's made in interviews) starting in July 2022. Should be another impactful presentation that will prove to be another "must see"!

We hope you have a great day, Roger. Many happy returns!

 
Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason remix - 2LP vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and 360 Reality Audio!
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 02 September 2021

Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Remixed And Updated CD & Blu-ray box setJust announced is the release of Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - Remixed & Updated on physical and digital formats (including some unusual ones) in October 2021.

Remixed and updated from the original 1987 master tapes for ‘The Later Years’ by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins, the album on Pink Floyd Records (PFR37) will be available from 29 October on 2LP heavyweight 180g vinyl (cut at 45rpm for enhanced sound quality), CD, CD & DVD, CD & Blu-ray and digitally with stereo and 5.1 mixes. In addition, for the first time, and from 19 October 2021, the album will be presented in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live musical performance for the listener using Sony’s object-based 360 Spatial Sound technologies. This new edition of AMLOR will also be released in Dolby Audio and UHD in addition to 360 Reality Audio, all of which will continue with other Pink Floyd releases.

The release of The Later Years project in 2019 gave an opportunity for a fresh overview of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, originally released in 1987. By returning to some of Richard Wright's original keyboard takes, and by re-recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored a better creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members. Nick and David explain:

David Gilmour said: "Some years after we had recorded the album, we came to the conclusion that we should update it to make it more timeless, featuring more of the traditional instruments that we liked and that we were more used to playing. This was something we thought it would benefit from. We also looked for and found some previously unused keyboard parts of Rick’s which helped us to come up with a new vibe, a new feeling for the album.

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New book - Pink Floyd: The Rob Verhorst Archives - in October
Written by Matt   
Monday, 23 August 2021

PINK FLOYD - THE ROB VERHORST ARCHIVES new bookOrders are now being taken for a book stuffed with 300 Pink Floyd concert pictures from 1977 onwards. Limited to just 1000 numbered copies (which are expected to sell quickly), Pink Floyd - The Rob Verhorst Archives, published on October 8th, 2021, is presented as a deluxe clothbound and hardback edition, with 200 heavyweight pages, and signed by the photographer himself.

Rob Verhorst’s career spans well over four decades. The publishers note that "David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason have been a common thread in his working years. The gentlemen of Pink Floyd, as a group but later also solo, often appeared before the lens of the Rotterdam-based photographer. A first encounter in Sportpaleis Ahoy’ in Rotterdam in 1977 made Verhorst decide to combine his two passions – photography and music – and to make it his profession. His picture of a deflated pig in Ahoy’ also inadvertently reveals a unique way of working. Verhorst not only goes for the big picture, but knows – like no other – how to capture details that only someone with an eye for detail and a strong urge for perfection can capture.

"His photos do not remain unnoticed for long and soon start to appear in newspapers such as Rotterdam's Dagblad and renowned music magazines like Muziekkrant OOR, Muziek Expres, Hitkrant and Music Maker. In the years that follow his photographs of the 1980 Pink Floyd shows at Earls Court in London to promote The Wall go global. In the 1980s, Verhorst is always there, everywhere. He ends up with David Gilmour in Muziekcentrum Vredenburg Utrecht in 1984 and Roger Waters in Sportpaleis Ahoy’ that same year. He documents Pink Floyd’s comeback in Rotterdam in 1988 and a year later in Werchter and the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. A picture of Pink Floyd in front of a battery of his colleagues during a photo session in Versailles in 1988 is a classic, just like so many others. Rob Verhorst’s photos of Pink Floyd – but also those of dozens if not hundreds other world acts – have become a staple of the renowned Getty Images catalogue.

"In 1990 Verhorst photographs The Wall for a second time – this time Roger Waters’ performance in Berlin – and frequently captures the former Pink Floyd bassist in the new millennium, in 2011 in Arnhem for a third time performing The Wall. He is one of the few – and perhaps the only one professionally – who has shot the three tours of the concept album in as many decades. For this book, Rob Verhorst made a selection of no less than three hundred iconic Pink Floyd photos, many of them previously unpublished. Together with memories and additional visual material from his archives they form an impressive collection and legacy."

Sounds like an essential purchase to us! The text in the book is in English, and pre-orders come with an exclusive poster. You can secure your copy now through Floydstuff.com, who will ship the book worldwide.

 
New book: "The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems" - Chris Hewitt
Written by Glenn Povey   
Friday, 20 August 2021

New book: Recently published is The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems, Chris Hewitt’s homage to the development of amplified sound systems spearheaded by Charlie Watkins whose company, WEM (Watkins Electric Music) was synonymous with the supply of PA systems to a raft of artists and festivals through the 1960s and 70s.

You need to have a basic understanding of the principals behind amplified sound systems to get a grasp on this book because it not only traces the history of sound systems but the individual components that made up those systems. It can get quite technically overwhelming but it is strangely compelling, not least because its author is a hugely enthusiastic authority, but is also a world renowned collector of vintage PA equipment. So much so that Chris has supplied his equipment for films including the recreation of the Live Aid stage for Bohemian Rhapsody and scenes in Elton John’s biopic Rocketman and more recently a recreation of David Bowie’s infamous July 1973 concert at Hammersmith Odeon for the soon to be released Sex Pistols film by Danny Boyle. (I’ll leave you to work out the connection.)

Watkins began the design and manufacture of amplifiers, mixing desks and speakers in the early 1960s when pop music was on an upward trajectory and venues were becoming ever bigger which in turn demanded better equipment. It was also surprising to learn how late in the day stage monitors became the norm.

Watkins, however, made a critical business error at the very outset – he thought that supplying the artists with his equipment for free – emblazoned with the recognisable red WEM logo - would encourage retail sales to would-be musicians. It is hardly surprising then that many acts took advantage of that offer – and not least Pink Floyd, but it ultimately became his downfall as other companies began making their own mark, including Marshall, Allen & Heath and Martin to name a few which ultimately spelt WEMs demise.

Unsurprisingly, WEM also spearheaded the supply of PA systems to the burgeoning festival scene and supplied systems to the early NJF at Sunbury, Windsor and Plumpton; all the Hyde Park free festivals; Isle of Wight and Bath. For anyone interested in that scene alone this book is a must with plenty of rare photos – some of which that defy today’s health and safety regulations!

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