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Have a Cigar! Memoir of Bryan Morrison, early Pink Floyd manager, out this month

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2020 Pink Floyd Calendar now available to order

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets announce UK/Ireland tour for April/May 2020

www.ticketmaster.co.uk (http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk), SeeTickets.com (http://www.seetickets.com), and other normal agents. The dates and venues are as follows: 29 April – The Convention Centre Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/april-29th-the-convention-centre-dublin-dublin-ir.html) 1 May – Barbican, York, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-1st-barbican-york-england.html) 2 May – De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-2nd-de-montfort-hall-leicester-england.html) 4 May – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-4th-mayflower-theatre-southampton-en.html) 5 May – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-5th-st-davids-hall-cardiff-wales.html ) 7 May – Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-7th-royal-albert-hall-kensington-london-en.html) 8 May – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-8th-philharmonic-hall-liverpool-england.html) 9 May – City Hall, Sheffield, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-9th-city-hall-sheffield-england.html) 11 May – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-11th-birmingham-symphony-hall-birmingham-en.html) 12 May – The Forum, Bath, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-14th-sage-gateshead-gateshead-england.html) 14 May – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-14th-sage-gateshead-gateshead-england.html) 15 May – O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, England (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-15th-o2-apollo-manchester-manchester-en.html) 16 May – The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-16th-the-usher-hall-edinburgh-scotland.html) Each date above links off to its individual show page, which should build into a record of each concert, a home for your reviews, pictures, and more! This is a very special opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums ‘The Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ and ‘A Saucerful Of Secrets’, through to ‘Obscured By Clouds’. The band have been very highly praised by fans and the media alike for the quality and uniqueness of each performance – the Saucers clearly have a wonderful time performing together, and that comes across clearly in the music.

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2019 Prog Magazine annual awards last night – Nick Mason & Tony Smith honoured

Prog Magazine (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/Prog-Print-Back-Issues/), honour newcomers and established acts alike, along with other key individuals. There were two key, Floyd-related awards given out last night – the first of these was Industry VIP, that was presented to Tony Smith. With a roster of top acts (including Genesis, and the various individuals/offshoot projects) he has also been Nick Mason’s manager for some time, and Nick’s Saucerful Of Secrets are under his wing too. Talking of Nick, it was last night that he received his trophy as Prog God. This had been previously announced that he was due to be given the award at this year’s ceremony, so all due preparation had been made. At the time the news broke, almost a month ago, Nick said: 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! As part of the Prog God announcement last night, a video was shown collecting highlights of his career to date, and included some of the recently shot live footage of the Saucers at London’s Roundhouse (which looked great!). Nick did joke about hoping that he’d be winning Best Newcomer as well as Lifetime Achievement on the same evening! The picture here is Nick during his acceptance speech, with comedian and host for the evening Al Murray (left) and Rory Bremner, which was posted on the Prog social media channels. The live stream they had running will hopefully be available to view on demand in due course; pictorial coverage and the full list of winners from the Progressive Music Awards 2019 will be printed in their special souvenir issue, which goes on sale from October 25 and will also be available to purchase, worldwide, online (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/Prog-Print-Back-Issues/).

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Many happy returns, Roger Waters!

The 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 76th 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 will be in cinemas worldwide at the start of next month (with tickets now on sale), prior to (hopefully) a domestic release. He’s 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, and this week appeared outside the UK’s Home Office, performing Wish You Were Here on acoustic guitar with Andy Fairweather-Low, in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. We hope you have a great day, Roger. Many happy returns!

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains gets Madrid extension

Just announced, and good news for those who have been meaning to get to the latest staging of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains… Due to overwhelming praise from Pink Floyd fans in Spain and those who have visited from around the world, the promoters announced today that the exhibition in Madrid will be extended for six additional weeks. It is now scheduled to close on October 27th, 2019. Tickets for the extra six weeks are now available through www.pinkfloydexhibition.es (http://www.pinkfloydexhibition.es). If the Spanish staging is anything like past iterations of this exhibition (which originally opened at London’s Victoria Albert Museum in May 2017) it is a wonderful journey through the years of Pink Floyd’s history, even incorporating related items from the band member’s lives pre-Floyd. To see instruments, equipment, props, posters, and so much more that have been key elements, is a joy, and is not to be missed! Hopefully once the Madrid staging concludes, the exhibition will be packed up and on its way to a new location. Details of that, though, are yet to be revealed…

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Roger Waters performing Wish You Were Here outside Home Office in London tomorrow

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Pink Floyd The Later Years 1987-2019 mega box set revealed!

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Want to be Comfortably Numb? Ignore painkillers, listen to Pink Floyd!

This month it has been reported that a well-known Dutch surgeon and his team have scientifically proven that music like Mozart and Pink Floyd have a very positive effect on the mind, and can even be used as a substitute for highly addictive painkillers like morphine and fentanyl with less chances of side effects. One of our Dutch visitors, Ronald van Soest, reveals more. Both are sometimes described as soothing. Nice music and morphine. The anaesthesiologist will give you the latter during and after a serious surgery. But the first – music – will soon also be provided. Dr Hans Jeekel, Professor of Surgery at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, now knows exactly how much the morphine dose can be reduced, when patients are going under the knife with headphones over their ears. The dosage reduction is an average of 4.4 milligram during the 24 hours after the surgery, he wrote in the medical journal Annals of Surgery. The hospital was convinced after seeing the test results, and has already started to put it in practice. Apart from saving money it also prevents trouble in terms of accidents and addiction. Like America, the Netherlands are also facing a severe opium crisis, according to some worried doctors. The number of poisonings and overdoses with the much prescribed opiate oxycodone increased tenfold between 2008 and 2018, counting 400 accidents. It is therefore no surprise Health Affairs minister Bruno Bruins declared a desire to reduce the use of it; Dr Jeekel’s results will be good news for him. Dr Jeekel and his team compared the results of 55 studies with nearly 5000 patients. Mostly they weren’t completely free in their choice of music. But it had to be real music, no jungle sounds or the sound of sea waves were allowed. On the hospital’s website he explains that much is still unknown about the painkilling effects of music. Something with the brain… but it was made clear once more that Mozart and Pink Floyd in particular do have a positive effect on the stress response and defence system…

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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).