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Pink Floyd 1967WELCOME TO THE 25th YEAR OF BRAIN DAMAGE, YOUR PINK FLOYD, NICK MASON, DAVID GILMOUR AND ROGER WATERS NEWS RESOURCE!

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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The Dark Side Of The Moon animation competition
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 09 April 2024

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon, there was a competition running for any interested animators to come up with new videos for each of the tracks on the album. With judges including Nick Mason and Aubrey 'Po' Powell, Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, Anton Corbijn, and Gerald Scarfe, the winning videos can be seen below. Other interpretations can also be seen on the Official Pink Floyd YouTube channel.

The following playlist shows each song, accompanied by a "Behind The Scenes" video, and all preceded by Nick Mason:

 
Nick Mason/Saucerful Of Secrets auction today for Roundhouse fundraiser
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Nick Mason signed drum headWith apologies for the short notice, the legendary Roundhouse are running an auction which concludes TODAY, and which includes two incredible Nick Mason auction items.

Firstly, a pair of limited-edition, hand finished Pharaoh Drum Head prints, donated by Nick himself. These drum heads prints are direct copies of the famous painted drum heads used during Pink Floyd's early tours. The original 'Pharaoh' pair were used during the Floyd's concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in 1969. Only 10 copies were ever made - by winning this lot you'll own a piece of music history.

Nick: "A couple of years ago we were moving all the drum kits and accessories to a new storage facility. Amongst the cymbal cases we found one that contained all the custom painted drum fronts that were painted for me by an artist, or artists, in the early seventies - usually to coincide with American tours. I have pictures of these in place at a number of shows..."

Secondly, there's a meet & greet with Nick's Saucerful Of Secrets and double pass to their show at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 29th. The show will be the band's final UK concert of their upcoming Set The Controls 2024 tour.

Both lots are available for bidding until the end of today, Wednesday March 20th.

These are part of a larger silent auction full of top prizes from the music world, for their biannual Gala. They are fundraising for their work with young people aged 11-30, through which they provide life-changing experiences through the expressive arts.

 
Pink Floyd Animals 2018 Remix - Dolby Atmos Blu-ray coming
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 14 March 2024

ImageComing on May 17th, on Blu-ray and compatible digital platforms (Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Music), is the Dolby Atmos version of Pink Floyd's Animals 2018 Remix. It is the first time the album will have been available in Dolby Atmos.

The Blu-ray includes High Resolution Stereo and 5.1 mixes alongside the 1977 Original Stereo Mix. For those who have compatible equipment to hear it in its full glory, the Dolby Atmos mix goes beyond ordinary listening by immersing the listener in the music, revealing details with unparalleled clarity and depth. Listeners will feel like they are inside the song as music moves around and above them.

The album artwork has been reimagined especially for this release and presented in a digipak with a 16-page booklet, a sticker and a postcard. The front cover image still includes the iconic pig floating between two chimneys of the Battersea Power Station, conceived by Roger Waters. However, for this new release, the artwork has been re-created for the modern era by Storm Thorgerson's Hipgnosis partner Aubrey 'Po' Powell and Peter Curzon from StormStudios, and shows the historic building as it looks now, complete with light projections, variations of which feature in the accompanying booklet. The projections and graphics were mapped and designed by Peter Curzon for the launch of the 2018 Remix and the photography is by Rupert Truman and Benny Trickett with Aubrey Powell.

The Animals 2018 Remix is also available on CD, LP (with gatefold artwork), SACD and Deluxe Gatefold formats. The Deluxe Gatefold version includes LP, CD, audio Blu-ray, audio DVD and a 32-page book. You can use the following links to order the new Dolby Atmos Blu-ray, or indeed any of the other Animals 2018 Remix editions. Using our links will help 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.

 
David Gilmour - a very happy birthday to you!
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 06 March 2024

David Gilmour at final Pretty Things gig, London O2 Indigo, December 2018Our very best wishes, and many happy returns, to David Gilmour who is celebrating his birthday today (March 6th)!

Born and raised in Cambridge, David became involved with various bands in the area, principally Jokers Wild who were a popular draw when they played, before joining Pink Floyd in 1968. More recent years have seen David concentrating on his solo career, and helping out chums on their musical projects on an ad hoc basis.

In 2019, some 120+ of David's guitars were auctioned, raising $21.5 million (including some record-breaking amounts for individual instruments) which went to the environmental charity ClientEarth. He also appeared as a guest performer at the Richard Thompson 70th Birthday Concert, playing Dimming Of The Day and Fat Old Sun, and joining the encore. In 2020, on February 25th, shortly before all activity stopped around the world due to Coronavirus, David joined the stellar bill for the Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music of Peter Green and The Early Years of Fleetwood Mac concert at London's Palladium, which has been released as a 4LP, 2CD, Blu-ray and book box set. The concert was in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

More recently, of course, there have been numerous pictures of David posted by his wife, Polly, showing him being rather active in recording studios - one reason is the upcoming Mark Knopfler charity single bringing over 60 musicians - particularly guitarists - together for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. However, there looks to have been plenty of activity unrelated to this project, giving indications that new music from David may be on the cards...

It just remains for us to wish David a very happy day! If you want to add your thoughts and wishes, you can do so at our Facebook page...

 
Large Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets cover feature in UK's Uncut Magazine
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 27 February 2024

ImageThe new issue of the UK's Uncut Magazine (cover date April 2024) has just been announced, and goes on sale Friday, March 1st, from all good stores and available online worldwide. As you might have realised from the cover image, it has a large feature on Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, with a number of new interviews with the band as they get ready to start touring the UK and Europe from June this year.

Trailing the 11-page article, the magazine talks about the genesis of the band: "There have been many twists in the long-running saga of Pink Floyd, but few could have predicted the events of May 20, 2018. On stage in Camden's Dingwalls Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets opened a surprising new chapter in the band's story, reviving the three-minute pop fantasias and cosmic-progressive freak-outs of the Floyd's foundational years before The Dark Side Of The Moon. In our cover story, Mason looks back on the creation of this magnificent, irregular music while, along with his co-conspirators in the Saucers, he explains how – and why – they've brought it back to life. “The best Pink Floyd gigs were voyages of discovery, accompanied by a sense of mystery and adventure,” Mason tells Uncut. “I was excited about playing music with a sense of freedom, music that involved improvisation. That’s what Saucerful Of Secrets is all about.”"

It's a fascinating, well-illustrated article, with contributions not only from each of the Saucers, but from Aubrey 'Po' Powell, and Saucers lighting technician Rachel Axton. The process of deciding on, and developing, the set list for the shows is discussed, revealing the thought processes behind the decisions. Mason's insights, in particular, are typically amusing and illuminating, covering the early days of Pink Floyd and how that relates to life in the Saucers.

As we mentioned, the magazine should be hitting the shelves in UK stores on Friday, March 1st, and online orders can be made through the publisher's own website.

 
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!

 
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