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Nick Mason announced as the 2019 “Prog God”!

Nick Mason is to be awarded the accolade of Prog God, honouring more than 50 years’ service to the world of progressive music, at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. He’ll receive the award at a star-studded ceremony on September 12th at London’s Underglobe Theatre. Previous recipients of the title include Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Jon Anderson and Peter Gabriel. Nick told Prog magazine, who are behind the award ceremony: I’m all in favour of recognition for drummers – particularly when it’s me – so I’m really delighted to be recognised as Prog God. It’s hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it’s still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue! Last year, he announced his new live project, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets, who have been nominated in the Event Of The Year category of the awards, the winner of which will be revealed on the night. At the time, he told Prog: I’d been ruminating on playing again rather than just talking about the old days, which I’ve done rather a lot of. It seemed like a good idea and it sounded as though we could actually find enough people committed to doing it. I think once we actually got some instruments and played together, I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is fun and it could work!’ Nick has previously confirmed he has no plans to head to the studio with any of the material. [These songs have] been recorded perfectly well by Pink Floyd some years ago. I think the fun of it is to try to be true to the music but actually not slavishly copy every detail of it. What I like is the idea of playing live and I’m really enjoying [revisiting the old material]. There are enough tribute bands to cover most of it, but this is very much a labour of love for me. The full list of winners from the Progressive Music Awards 2019 will be printed in Prog’s special souvenir issue, which goes on sale from October 25th – more details of that, and the results of the award ceremony, when we have them. On the night, you can follow what is happening via the Prog website (https://www.loudersound.com/prog).

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Henry McCullough tribute/best of album includes Paul McCartney and Nick Mason

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110 Above Festival 2019

110 Above might just be the best kept secret in the world, the intimate indie festival which takes place in Gopsall Hall Farm celebrated its 10 year anniversary this year and you truly run out of superlatives to describe it, you’re spoiled with the créme de la créme when it comes to UK music artists. …

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Poem inspired by Pink Floyd

Here at Brain Damage we always encourage visitors to share their thoughts, views and more, about Pink Floyd. Often these come in the form of concert reviews, or comments about releases (be them new releases or reissues), but sometimes they come in the form of memories. If you have a desire to write something about the band, or individual members, we’re always delighted to hear from you! In the following case, it’s in the form of feelings – Pink Floyd’s music has a big effect on people, and Paul Kelly, a BD visitor, has written a poem about the band and how the music has
been an important part of his life as he grew up: Discovery – by Paul Kelly
Four young men met in Cambridge.
They decided to form a band
setting off on a journey
of discovery
through a sonic land. From songs about a bike
and a gnome and
Granchester meadow too.

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NEW MUSIC: ‘Crystal Ball’ by BLVFF

Indie Rockers BLVFF from Coventry have returned with an old-school and raw track in the form of Crystal Ball.  Following Shame and Where Did We Go Wrong, the single is yet another addition to a critically acclaimed artist with support from the likes of Amazing Radio, Fred Perry, Born Music Online and more. The track is infectious …

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This Is Rock – Spanish magazine heavily features Pink Floyd

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NEW MUSIC: ‘Idiot’ by The Elephant Trees

The Elephant Trees, a nostalgic Manchester-based band have today released ‘Idiot’, an infectious track which gives you an uncontrollable bounce and makes it almost impossible to not jump up and down at it from the very start. The song blends infectious lyrics with powerful winding riffs laced behind them. It is one of those songs …

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Interview: Tokyo Tea Room

Tokyo Tea Room are a Canterbury-based psychedelic pop sextet who we simply can’t get enough of, they are certainly one to watch! Their infectious latest release Always Tomorrow is a dreamy tune tinged with warm nostalgia that is guaranteed to have pop, indie and psychedelic music lovers mesmerised. We caught up with the band to discuss musical …

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Pink Floyd: The Black Strat – revised 4th edition book now available

now available to order exclusively from Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0955663512/braindamage-21). A few copies appeared in the gift shop of the V A museum when the Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains was on there, but this handful of books quickly went. The news that it is available again will be music to many ears, as it really is a great book fully deserving of a space on your Floydian bookshelf! Now expanded to 256 pages, the fourth edition brings the story pretty much up to date, including the brace of incredible Pompeii concerts performed by David, and the V A staging of the Floyd exhibition. The only thing missing is its sale at the recent auction at Christie’s New York, in aid of ClientEarth, the environmental charity, when the guitar passed into new hands, hopefully to create more music in the future. The book contains plenty of new information as well as many more unpublished photographs, recently come to light, that further chart the Black Strat’s illustrious history. Amending and elaborating on the previous editions, it is an incredible labour of love to document every aspect of this instrument, yet never get too technical for the more casual enthusiast, or Floyd fan who doesn’t play guitar. You can order the book now through this direct link to Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0955663512/braindamage-21), where it is exclusively available. They will ship books worldwide so if outside Purchasing things after entering Amazon through our links really helps with site running costs, and we really appreciate it!

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June 2019 issue of Italian/English Floyd fanzine Heyou now available

www.heyou.it/fsubscrbd.html (http://www.heyou.it/fsubscrbd.html), where you can get individual copies, and subscription enquiries (four issues costing 35 euros within Europe, and 45 euros outside Europe) should go to durgaheyou@libero.it – make sure you mention Brain Damage when you write!