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Roger Waters: This Is Not A Drill – US/Canada tour 2020

This Is Not A Drill – here is the news that many of you have been waiting for. This afternoon, the dates and venues of the 2020 Roger Waters US/Canadian tour have been revealed. From recent interviews, Roger has said that it is a brand new production (with the aforementioned …Not A Drill tagline), with the show being presented in the round, and we suspect, with a new setlist. In this interview, from the Rolling Stone website, a new video has Roger in great form, talking about the tour: This promises to be another truly memorable Roger Waters production! Tickets for all the 31 shows below go on sale on Friday, January 31st (so just over a week’s time) at 10am local time. The direct ticketing links are below too, for your convenience. Wednesday July 8th – PPG Paint Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-8th-ppg-paints-arena-pittsburgh-pa-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/16005756D7137A40) Friday July 10th – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-10th-wells-fargo-center-philadelphia-pa-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://wellsfargocenter.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=RW20 linkID=global-wachovia shopperContext= caller= appCode=) Tuesday July 14th – Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit, MI, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-14th-little-caesars-arena-detroit-mi-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0800575EB6723DB6) Friday July 17th – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-17th-scotiabank-arena-toronto-on-canada.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/100057560E795C8E) Tuesday July 21st – Centre Videotron, Quebec City, QC, Canada (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-21st-centre-videotron-quebec-city-qc-canada.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/3100575E8A3A12B9) Thursday July 23rd – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-23rd-bell-centre-montreal-qc-canada.html) – TICKETS (https://evenko.ca/fr/evenements/31950/) Saturday July 25th – Times Union Center, Albany, NY, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-25th-times-union-center-albany-ny-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0000579AC69043F0) Tuesday July 28th – TD Garden, Boston, MA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-28th-td-garden-boston-ma-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0100575CA7074A0A) Thursday July 30th – Capital One Arena, Washington DC, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/july-30th-capital-one-arena-washington-dc-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1500575606226F3D) Saturday August 1st – Heritage Bank Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-1st-heritage-bank-center-cincinnati-oh-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1600582D99DA600B) Wednesday August 5th – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-5th-madison-square-garden-new-york-ny-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3B005825EA851AA2) Tuesday August 11th – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-11th-pnc-arena-raleigh-nc-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D00575DC06C44C2) Thursday August 13th – Amway Center, Orlando, FL, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-13th-amway-center-orlando-fl-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/22005759B376BEDF) Saturday August 15th – AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-15th-americanairlines-arena-miami-fl-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0D00575514E8E562) Tuesday August 18th – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-18th-bridgestone-arena-nashville-tn-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B00575FAAFE6701) Thursday August 20th – State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-20th-state-farm-arena-atlanta-ga-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E00577AE6063CA3) Saturday August 22nd – Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-22nd-fiserv-forum-milwaukee-wi-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0700577A90EB49FF) Tuesday August 25th – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-25th-target-center-minneapolis-mn-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.axs.com/events/391152/roger-waters-tickets?skin=targetcenter) Thursday August 27th – United Center, Chicago, IL, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-27th-united-center-chicago-il-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0400575D20405FB0) Saturday August 29th – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/august-29th-sprint-center-kansas-city-mo-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.axs.com/events/391139/roger-waters-tickets?skin=sprintcenter) Wednesday September 2nd – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-2nd-pepsi-center-denver-co-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1E00575CA65F32C5) Friday September 4th – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-4th-t-mobile-arena-las-vegas-nv-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.axs.com/events/385806/roger-waters-tickets?skin=tmobile) Thursday September 10th – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-10th-staples-center-los-angeles-ca-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.axs.com/events/385773/roger-waters-tickets?skin=staples) Monday September 14th – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, Canada (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-14th-rogers-arena-vancouver-bc-canada.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100575FDFBB34F0) Wednesday September 16th – Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB, Canada (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-16th-rogers-place-edmonton-ab-canada.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100575F8E181EE9) Saturday September 19th – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-19th-tacoma-dome-tacoma-wa-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0F00582794D61F65) Monday September 21st – Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-21st-moda-center-portland-or-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0F00575DC77B87FA) Wednesday September 23rd – Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-23rd-golden-1-center-sacramento-ca-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C005755DDDB875A) Friday September 25th – Chase Center, San Francisco, CA, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-25th-chase-center-san-francisco-ca-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C00575F913E2F23) Wednesday September 30th – Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/september-30th-vivint-smart-home-arena-salt-lake-city-u.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1E00575DF3AA48B1) Saturday October 3rd – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX, USA (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/october-3rd-american-airlines-center-dallas-tx-usa.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C005759EBD77BB3) Tickets for all these shows go on public sale on FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st at 10am local time. Click on the TICKETS links above for direct links to secure yours! As before, each show will have its own dedicated page on this site, full of logistical information to make your visit to it easier (maps, websites) as well as pictures and reviews after the shows have taken place. If you are going to one (or more) of these shows, please let us know!

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Video interview with Roger Waters

Below is a recent, hour and a half interview with Roger Waters, posted online by The Global Consortium for Sustainable Peace. The fascinating, wide-ranging chat conducted by Professor John Haas of Cerritos College, covers a wide range of subjects as you may expect, with Roger sharing his views on things such as nature, human rights, BDS, and music, including touring. He talks about his concert plans for this year – dates in the US, Canada and Mexico – and answers questions about playing at the border wall. From our busy email inbox, we know that many of you are keen to know what is happening with his next tour (which he has said will be a new production) and as soon as we have the confirmed information we will of course let you know. Here’s the interview:

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Friday’s Finest – Featuring: Gold Baby, October Drift, Gengahr & Cathedral Bells

Friday’s Finest, your favourite weekly blog collaboration is back in 2020, where It’s All Indie, Nexus Music Blog & Indie Central Music share their favourite releases of the week from the finest, the crème de la crème of upcoming artists. Dan from Turtle Tempo’s pick: Gold Baby – Dogbone Gold Baby produce guitar-driven dream-pop, with …

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UK’s Prog Magazine celebrates 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Wall

available worldwide online (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/Prog-Print-Back-Issues/prog-issue-105/?listtype=list searchparam=prog) is the new issue (issue 105, January 2020) of the UK’s Prog Magazine. Always a decent read, this month’s issue has three features in particular of interest to Pink Floyd fans. First, there’s a two-page look at Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, and in particular, the band’s UK and Ireland tour this year. With comments from Nick and guitarist Lee Harris, it finds the band missing the stage, and looking forward to being back on it in the spring when the dates resume. The main feature is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s epic double album The Wall in a ten-page feature. They talked to Nick Mason, Bob Ezrin, Gerald Scarfe, and Bob Geldof about how the album evolved into a live extravaganza, a movie and how it pretty much broke the band. It’s a lively, and fascinating, look at this wide-ranging project. The Wall feature is followed by a two-page interview with the Floyd’s Creative Director Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, and Andy Jackson, long-time collaborator with the band who mixed and produced much of the music on The Later Years. There’s also brand new and exclusive interviews with Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Marillion, Sons Of Apollo, The Flower Kings, Edison’s Children, Kaprekar’s Constant, Nightmare Scenario, The Blackheart Orchestra, American Tears, Field Music, Lee Abraham Music and more… Plus there’s the results of the 2019 Readers’ Poll (with Nick Mason in the top ten drummers, and the Saucers in the top ten event category), and a look at 50 years of the legendary Friars Aylesbury venue. And music from Oak, The Dave Foster Band, Stuckfish, Moonshot Band and more on the CD. If your local store doesn’t stock this magazine, you can get a copy, shipped anywhere in the world, through this direct link (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/Prog-Print-Back-Issues/prog-issue-105/?listtype=list searchparam=prog).

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Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon SACD reissued

To be released on January 24th, 2020, is a long-awaited reissue of the hybrid multichannel SACD (Super Audio CD) of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side Of The Moon. Originally released in the format (having a separate stereo layer playable on all normal CD players) in 2003 as mark of the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the album, the SACD proved very popular. However, it has been out of print for some years, so the reissue later this month will be welcomed by many. The release is by Analogue Productions, and seems that they will be selling it exclusively through their AcousticSounds.com store (https://store.acousticsounds.com/index.cfm?get=detail Title_ID=133317), and preorders are now being taken. The mix is the same as the 2003 release, but we understand the packaging has been updated and the retailer are noting that it is presented in a deluxe format. SACDs provide high audio quality, and in certain cases (such as this, and the other Floyd SACD, Wish You Were Here) multi-channel, surround mixes too. The DSOTM and WYWH SACDs both sound superb, and it is worth checking to see if you have suitable equipment to play multichannel SACDs. Many Sony CD players are compatible with SACDs, and indeed Playstation 3 consoles all play SACDs with no problem. Other makes of CD/DVD/Blu-ray players do support the format, but this varies from model to model. If we hear of other retailers who are selling this title, we will let you know.

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Pink Floyd feature in Uncut’s Prog Rock Archive Collection magazine

online worldwide through this link (https://nme.backstreetmerch.com/artist/uncut/magazines/prog-rock-ultimate-genre-guide) is a special magazine from the makers of the UK’s respected Uncut Magazine. Prog Rock – The Ultimate Genre Guide is a blend of newly written articles, along with classic archive features, looking at the greats of the golden age of UK progressive rock. As the opening piece suggests, the period featured bands and performers retreating from the limelight, be it via elaborate stage shows, or the wearing of fox heads and make-up as a mask. This was all to give prominence to the music – and what music some of it was! Artists covered in some depth across the 124 pages include The Moody Blues, King Crimson, Yes, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Floyd’s chums The Soft Machine, and of course Pink Floyd, who are also the cover stars. The twelve-page Floyd section is in two parts. First, there’s an extensive look at the band’s music, including how they took some of the complex arrangements on the road – and how these were presented to the audiences. This section is followed by three fascinating articles from 1973 editions of the New Musical Express and Melody Maker weekly newspapers, two of which include extensive interviews with David Gilmour – giving an interesting look at his, and the band’s, thoughts and feelings at the time. There’s also a list of the 40 best UK prog albums so you can see how many are in your own collection, and maybe find titles that you’ll want to track down to explore further. Elsewhere you can find a list of some of the most collectable records of the genre, in case you are sitting on an obscure goldmine! You can pick up this magazine in larger UK stores at the moment, or via the publisher’s online store worldwide (https://nme.backstreetmerch.com/artist/uncut/magazines/prog-rock-ultimate-genre-guide).

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Happy birthday, Guy Pratt!

My Bass And Other Animals (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/books/my-bass-and-other-animals-guy-pratt-2.html) book, an essential read for any Floyd fan. He has toured his memories in a tour of the same name, and has also developed adaptations of the show. Whatever your interests in music are, the book (as with his solo, stand-up shows) give a mind-boggling and hilarious look at life with various musicians. There’s plenty of detail within the pages of his Floyd life, so well worth taking a look. Many happy returns, Guy, from all of us at Brain Damage!

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Pink Floyd – The Later Years 1987-2019 box set

Well, this is one that many have been waiting for. With the release of The Early Years, things looked inevitable and logical for The Later Years to happen, although as with anything, nothing is certain until it happens! Many people have questioned why the Floyd have missed The Middle Years, although one could argue that broadly speaking, much of that ground has been covered by the Immersion sets. There’s also a certain inevitability that there was a lot less material that the band could call on – the beginnings of the band saw them appear on countless TV and radio stations, something that dried up as time went on. They were also a band who in the later years would keep working on an idea through to fruition, rather than have endless abandoned ideas and early versions. We’ve covered the contents elsewhere; suffice it to say, with over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, there’s plenty of new stuff to explore, along with material which has been readdressed and given a 2019 polish. First impressions as you face the box are very strong. A fine job has been done with the presentation of this set – the box and the inner housing reek of quality. Easing the front lid to the side (it is attached, so opens like a very large book) reveals the first of the contents: the three reproduction tour programmes (1987-88, 1989 and 1994) along with a lyric book, all banded together. Under that is the large format, hardback covered photo book which covers the era in question, then there is the memorabilia pouch, which is in something akin to a vinyl album sleeve. In here are repro posters, tickets, passes, and the two 7 vinyl singles – one with Lost For Words (PULSE tour rehearsal edit) and the other, Arnold Layne recorded at the Barrett tribute held at London’s Barbican in 2007. Once these have all been removed, you are down to the final layer – the hardback covered CD/Credits Book which houses the five CDs in the set (numbered 1-5), the six Blu-rays (6-11) and five DVDs (12-16) all housed in individually designed cardboard sleeves. Each of the discs in cardboard sleeves sits in thin plastic sleeves, to protect them from any damage when sliding them in or out of the card. A nice, simple touch but could make a difference in the long term.