One of the most iconic concert films of all time took a completely different tack to all the others at the time, and was shot without an audience in attendance. The spectacular Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii had an interesting background, with the issues of the location fairly well known. Our exclusive, lengthy interview with director Adrian Maben (with some questions set by none other than Storm Thorgerson!) (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/other-related-interviews/adrian-maben-live-at-pompeii-2003-with-brain-d-2.html) covers a lot of the issues and background to the production and is well worth a read. For those in London in August this year, there’s a special opportunity to see the film under (hopefully) a nice, starry sky. The Barbican are showing it in their Sculpture Court on Tuesday, August 23rd at 8:30pm (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2022/event/outdoor-cinema-pink-floyd-live-at-pompeii) as part of an outdoor cinema season during the summer, and tickets are now available (https://tickets.barbican.org.uk/choose-seats/875801?_ga=2.244160645.1250942542.1652427944-1898807234.1652427944). There isn’t reserved seating – they will open the area an hour before the screening for people to choose where they want to sit. Headphones will be provided for the sound, as there won’t be any speakers outside. More details are available about the event here (https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2022/event/outdoor-cinema-pink-floyd-live-at-pompeii#event-information). Our thanks to Lee McLoughlin and Andy Finn for getting in touch with the info about the screening.
For the latest edition of The StageLeft Podcast (https://www.thestageleftpodcast.com/podcast/episode/505ed760/99-lee-harris-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-and-the-blockheads) the man who originally came up with the idea that turned into Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – Lee Harris – is interviewed at length. The fascinating, hour-long chat with Lee covers his origins in music, and the unexpected paths he took which have lead to his current position in a band which continues to impress audiences with their performances. You can listen to the interview in full below, or if you want to download it on your preferred podcast service, click here for options (https://www.thestageleftpodcast.com/podcast/episode/505ed760/99-lee-harris-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-and-the-blockheads).
Just announced is a move of venue for one of the upcoming shows on Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets European tour. The organisers have had to move the show, on June 3rd from the Dassous Theatre in Thessaloniki, Greece, to Moni Lazariston (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2022/june-3rd-dassous-theatre-thessaloniki-g.html). The new venue, Moni Lazariston, is a cultural centre and art museum in a former monastery, with an auditorium holding 3,000 for concerts and plays. It is reputedly a great place for a concert! Existing ticket holders will be contacted, and tickets for this new venue are available from Ticketmaster (https://www.ticketmaster.gr/ticketmaster_se_2005573.html). Details of all the Saucers’ upcoming gigs in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada can be found through this link (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2022/index.php), with details of each gig – including venue and location details, where to get tickets from, and so on – found in the associated show pages.
For the 2019 Record Store Day, one of the more popular and sought after releases was a new mono edition of Pink Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, released in 1968. This followed one year on from the equally popular mono edition of The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, the band’s superb 1967 debut album, released as part of the 2018 RSD. The mono mix on the album was remastered in 2017 from the original mono analogue tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. For those who missed out on this one-day-only release (which came with a Pink Floyd Records catalogue number of PFRLP29), we brought you some great news about this release, back in March. Well, the day has come! This excellent sounding mix is out on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl TODAY, April 29th 2022. It comes with the classic cover (with a removable sticker, featuring a great shot of the band), as per the picture shown here. The record labels mimic the original Columbia records labels. It has a catalogue number of PFRLP30, for those who are keeping track of all those – and we know a few people who are doing just that! ORDERING LINKS: All purchases made after using one of our links make a small but vital contribution toward the site running costs, and we really appreciate it! A Saucerful Of Secretsmono 180g vinyl: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B09TMTCL2X/braindamage-20) Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Z75QV5Y/braindamage-21) Canada (http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B09TMTCL2X/braindamageon-20) Germany (http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07Z75QV5Y/braindamage0f-21) France (http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07Z75QV5Y/braindamageon-21) Italy (http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B07Z75QV5Y/bradamonl-21) Spain (http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B07Z75QV5Y/braidama01-21) As an alternative you can also order the new edition of this classic album from the UK based HMV store (https://store.hmv.com/store/music/vinyl/a-saucerful-of-secrets-(1)) which may be a preferred option for you.
Published tomorrow (April 27th) in the UK is a new, one-off magazine special that may be of interest to many of you. From the respected monthly Uncut is Pink Floyd Live: The Ultimate Companion (https://magazines.nmenetworks.com/store/products,pink-floyd_448.htm). In their fairly brief description, they say: “Celebrating the unbelievable 50 years since Dark Side Of The Moon was first heard by an audience, we present our latest Special: the Ultimate Companion to Pink Floyd Live. Includes: massed gadgets, flying pigs, and new insights into how the band made their greatest music.” As noted on the cover, it includes the stories, concepts, live recordings, onstage meltdowns and more. They include interviews too. We hear that it has 124 pages; it certainly looks a fascinating read, and worth snapping up when it goes on sale tomorrow in the UK. Alternatively, they are selling it online, worldwide, through this direct link (https://magazines.nmenetworks.com/store/products,pink-floyd_448.htm).
Orders are now being taken for the latest couple of limited edition books from our good friends at Floydstuff.com (https://www.floydstuff.com), both of which sound like further essential items for the Floydian bookshelves. BBC RADIO 1967-1971 – English language, 240 pages in full-colour, printed on heavyweight 170gms paper (22x22cm). Published 3 June 2022. Available as a hardcover and paperback edition.
Hardcover edition is signed, numbered and limited to 400 copies only. The publishers say: “Pink Floyd’s BBC radio sessions bridge the gap between their meticulously crafted studio albums and the ferocious improvisations of their live performances. Each recording documents a band constantly evolving, dealing in turn with the collapse of their leader Syd Barrett, their unsuccessful attempts to recapture the pop charts, and their eventual self-reinvention as providers of multimedia extravaganzas. “In the crucible offered by BBC programmes like Top Gear, Pink Floyd forged a musical approach that would serve them for years to come. As high-profile advertisements for a young and hungry group, the role of these appearances in furthering the band’s career cannot be overestimated. The collaboration of an English researcher and an American composer, Pink Floyd â BBC Radio 1967-1971 combines the authors’ extensive research into the details of each session with a thoughtful analysis of its contents. Every chapter contains new additions to the historical record and sheds fresh light upon the bandâs creative process, which combined rigorous structure with spontaneous expression â and astonishing bursts of inspiration with unabashed recycling of existing work. “Inside are firsthand recollections from audience members and BBC engineers, and coverage of unpublished recordings, including one session that only survives in a private collection and is here described in detail for the first time. The authors delineate the best sources for all the recordings discussed, and provide up-to-date information on Pink Floyd’s other radio broadcasts. The text additionally speaks to the unsung heroes: home tapers and engineers who preserved Pink Floyd’s legacy when the BBC did not; DJs like John Peel who advocated ceaselessly for their music and offered them a platform from their earliest days; and even the band’s own members and collaborators, whose contributions are often under-recognised. “Pink Floyd â BBC Radio 1967-1971 covers its subject in unprecedented depth, while telling a story of triumph and loss, interspersed with wit and pathos. If you are keen to explore the early history of Pink Floyd, this is undoubtedly a book for you”. Order the hardback edition here (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/7245714/pink-floyd-bbc-radio-1967-1971-hardcover-edition), or the paperback edition here (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/7245796/pink-floyd-bbc-radio-1967-1971-paperback-edition). PINK FLOYD IN DE GOFFERT – Dutch language, 112 pages in full-colour, printed on heavyweight 170gms paper (22x22cm). Published 3 June 2022. Available as a hardcover edition, limited to 500 copies. For this book, the publishers say: “As if it was meant to be, Pink Floyd put up their tents in Nijmegen in the summer of 1989. Twenty years before that, the group is in town for the first time for a disastrously poorly attended gig at the Kolpinghuis. Things will be different now. On Monday 10 July, the immense Goffertpark will be populated by no less than sixty thousand visitors. Never before has Pink Floyd played for so many people in the Netherlands as on that night. In little more than a day, the whole circus has come over from London after the last of six concerts. There is no hint of fatigue. The group led by David Gilmour is in top form that night. “The story begins two months earlier with a concert in Werchter, first stop of the tour. It is uncertain for a long time whether there is any room for a second concert in the low countries. Competing concert promoters, a logistical nightmare and a very special encore in the Venice lagoon – broadcast worldwide thanks to Dutch television pioneers IDTV and the Cinevideogroup – are the ingredients of a memorable summer. Above all, it is the warm memories and unique, mostly never-before-used visual material of these concerts that make PINK FLOYD IN DE GOFFERT a timeless document. Although written in Dutch, the whole lay-out will certainly appeal to anyone not speaking Dutch”. You can order the hardback edition here (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/7245525/pink-floyd-pink-floyd-in-de-goffert-holland-book).
A reminder, should you need it: it’s the 2022 Record Store Day! Each year, they reveal a list of limited edition, one-day-only releases sold via participating stores over the counter (and not via mail order), and for Floyd fans there’s a potential gem tucked away amongst this year’s items, which may be of interest. Mercury Studios are releasing, for the very first time on vinyl, Pete Townshend’s Face The Face album recorded live at MIDEM in Cannes on January 23rd 1986 and broadcast live by Rockpalast, the German TV show. The album was released on DVD/CD in 2016. The new 2LP set is pressed on bright yellow vinyl and includes 14 songs from the concert. The band, known as Pete Townshend’s Deep End, included David Gilmour on guitar for their limited run of shows in late 1985 and early 1986, and also featured Townshend on guitar and vocals, Peter Hope-Evans on harmonica, Chucho Merchan on bass, Simon Phillips on drums, John âRabbitâ Bundrick on keyboards, and Jody Linscot on percussion. They were joined by the Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Pete Beachill and Dave Plews, with backing vocals provided by Billy Nicholls, Ian Ellis, Chris Staines, Gina Foster and Coral Gordon. TRACK LIST:
Wonât Get Fooled Again
Behind Blue Eyes
After The Fire
The Sea Refuses No River
Face The Face
A Little Is Enough
Night Train As with the other RSD 2022 releases, it is a limited edition: often the RSD releases are pressed up as just a couple of thousand or so worldwide. As yet we don’t know how many there will be of these to snap up on the day. And, as we’ve mentioned previously, all the limited edition items are released via RSD participating stores today, 23rd April 2022 – go to RecordStoreDay.com (https://www.RecordStoreDay.com) or RecordStoreDay.co.uk (https://www.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 23rd (and not before), in limited quantities – first come, first served, and only one copy per customer. After RSD, if copies remain, they may put them for sale online (and of course, there’ll also be copies on eBay inevitably…).
show page for the Dublin Convention Centre Saucers gig (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2022/april-13th-the-convention-centre-dublin-dublin-ir.html), where it is craftily hidden so unwary people don’t accidentally see it. All you need to is highlight the relevant area and the set list will reveal itself! Suffice it to say that those present weren’t expecting some of the new additions, including songs never played live before, or not played live since the very early days of Pink Floyd. Tonight sees the band at the Ulster Hall in Belfast (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2022/april-14th-ulster-hall-belfast-northern-ir.html). If you are going, hope you have a wonderful time, and do tell us all about it! Our thanks, by the way, to Martin Kilbride for the picture here, and on the Dublin show page.
Just announced: Pink Floyd are releasing new music in support of the people of Ukraine entitled ‘Hey, Hey, Rise Up’, which will be available digitally from midnight tonight, with all proceeds going to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief. The track (recorded last Wednesday, March 30th) sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, and features an extraordinary vocal performance by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. Andriy’s vocals are taken from his Instagram post of him singing in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square. The song itself, ‘Oh, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow’ is a rousing Ukrainian folk protest song written during the first world war which has been taken up across the world over the past month in protest of the invasion of Ukraine. The title of the Pink Floyd track is taken from the last line of the song which translates as ‘Hey, hey, rise up and rejoice’. In the press release, Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren said: “We, like so many, have been feeling the fury and the frustration of this vile act of an independent, peaceful democratic country being invaded and having its people murdered by one of the world’s major powers”. Gilmour explained how he came to know Andriy and his band Boombox. “In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members have been imprisoned. Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian band, Boombox, were also on the bill. They were supposed to do their own set, but their singer Andriy had visa problems, so the rest of the band backed me for my set – we played Wish You Were Here for Andriy that night. Recently I read that Andriy had left his American tour with Boombox, had gone back to Ukraine, and joined up with the Territorial Defence. Then I saw this incredible video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful gold-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war. It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.” While writing the music for the track, David managed to speak with Andriy from his hospital bed in Kyiv where he was recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury. “I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. I hope that we do something together in person at some point in the future.” Gilmour wanted “to show our support for Ukraine and in that way, show that most of the world thinks that it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become.” The video for ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ was filmed by acclaimed director Mat Whitecross and shot on the same day as the track was recorded. Gilmour: “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during the lockdown. It’s the same room that we did the ‘Barn Jams’ with Rick Wright back in 2007. Janina Pedan made the set in a day and we had Andriy singing on the screen while we played, so the four of us had a vocalist, albeit not one who was physically present with us.” The artwork for the track features a painting of the national flower of Ukraine, the sunflower, by the Cuban artist, Yosan Leon. The cover of the single is a direct reference to the woman who was seen around the world giving sunflower seeds to Russian soldiers and telling them to carry them in their pockets so that when they die, sunflowers will grow. You can hear/buy the new song via PinkFloyd.lnk.to/HeyHeyRiseUp (http://PinkFloyd.lnk.to/HeyHeyRiseUp) from midnight tonight (12am on Friday, April 8th) in your location.
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