Some great news for those of you in (or able to travel to) Mexico – another date on the Roger Waters This Is Not A Drill 2022 tour (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/index.php) has been added. Roger and his band will be bringing his “in the round” show to the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, on October 11th, 2022 (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2022-tour-zone/october-11th-arena-monterrey-monterrey-mexico.html). Tickets for the show go on sale on Tuesday, November 30th through www.superboletos.com (http://www.superboletos.com/) and possibly Ticketmaster.com.mx (http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/). As normal, we have set up a specific page on Brain Damage for this show – there’s a page for EVERY upcoming concert, which before the show will have details of ticketing, maps, web links, and more; after the show, it is there for your reviews and pictures, and we welcome (and really appreciate) every contribution however large or small! Should any further concerts be added to the tour, we will let you know. At present, the tour is ONLY taking in venues in the US, Canada and Mexico. If (and it’s a big if) any dates are added elsewhere we will let you know. We’ve had a lot of emails asking if Roger will be playing in Europe or the UK, and at present, there is no indication that he will. Hopefully that will change, but at the moment, we are suspecting this unlikely.
Orders are now being taken (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/5834477/pink-floyd-the-nico-van-der-stam-archives-holland-book) for a book stuffed with incredible Pink Floyd pictures from 1967 onwards. Limited to just 1000 numbered copies (which are expected to sell quickly), Pink Floyd – The Nico van der Stam Archives, published on December 1st, 2021, is presented as a deluxe clothbound and hardback edition, with 112 heavyweight pages, and signed by the author. His images of Syd Barrettâs The Pink Floyd from 1967 are of an iconic beauty. However, few people in the Netherlands â and even less abroad â associate these photos with photographer Nico van der Stam (Rotterdam 1925 â Amsterdam 2000), who captured the band in Amsterdam in April 1967, and again two months later in London. Initially focused on documenting everyday city life and the flourishing local jazz scene, Van der Stam soon turned his lens on the emerging pop music, photographing such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Mothers Of Invention, The Doors, Cream, Janis Joplin, The Kinks, The Supremes and The Pink Floyd. He was regularly found in studios where artists were recording for radio and television. “I went to the studios, took pictures of rehearsals and recordings and then sold them to the broadcasting companies.” The few pictures of Pink Floyd that are previously published â without exception in a characteristic square format and not normally seen in colour â are just an excerpt from Van der Stam’s immense catalogue which holds over a million negatives. For this new book, Floydstuff’s Charles Beterams has taken a deep dive into Van der Stam’s archive, exploring and unearthing the photographer’s breathtaking oeuvre. An unprecedented amount of newly discovered Pink Floyd transparencies and negatives â starting with those from the aforementioned 1967 sessions of the band in all its psychedelic glory â have been catalogued, scanned and retouched for the very first time. Nico van der Stam also took pictures of Pink Floyd during their 1969 and 1970 concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. By the time the band played the Rotterdam Ahoyâ in 1971, he was no longer doing concert photography himself, assigning requisite duties to his then assistant Govert de Roos, who went on to become a renowned photographer in his own right and kindly provides the foreword to this book. Most of the pictures from these three gigs are available to the public eye for the very first time. Pink Floyd â The Nico van der Stam Archives is not only a well-deserved tribute to a unique photo press agency but also an impressive and hitherto unseen insight into the legendary British bandâs defining years. Sounds like another essential purchase to us! The text in the book is in English, and you can secure your copy now through Floydstuff.com (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/5834477/pink-floyd-the-nico-van-der-stam-archives-holland-book), who will ship the book worldwide. To coincide with the publishing of the book, Maria Austria Instituut – which preserves Nico’s archives – has made three of his most iconic images available as limited art prints – one of them by Pink Floyd. They can be ordered directly from the Maria Austria Instituut (https://www.maibeeldbank.nl/mai/over-mai).
Just published is the latest issue (number 37 – cover date November 2021) of the Pink Floyd fanzine Heyou run by our friends over at the Italian website of the same name. The 52-page dual language magazine (in Italian and English), which is published every six months or so, catches up with things in the Floyd world. The magazine starts with an interesting, 21 page analysis of The Final Cut, via a piece written by Loudersound that brings in various comments made in interviews over the years, and this is presented with some familiar, and some not so familiar, images and pictures of releases from various countries. Turning the clock back, the magazine then celebrates 51 years of Atom Heart Mother, via a not totally complimentary article by Sputnikmusik and some interesting pictures, including posters, promotional items and suchlike. Also in the magazine is the third and concluding part of a detailed article looking at the run of Wall concerts in 1980/1981, focusing on exactly what happened during the shows. The article was put together in conjunction with Vernon Fitch, a name familiar to many of you as a Floyd fan with an encyclopaedic knowledge. The article is illustrated with some very interesting photographs of the concert, tickets, passes, and more. The final section of the magazine is normally devoted to the latest news. Now, there hasn’t been too much of that over the months since the last issue was printed, but a surprising omission nonetheless. As regular visitors to BD will attest, there ARE still things going on, tour dates being announced, releases happening, and exhibitions opening! Instead, though, there are reviews of five recently published books, which give a flavour of each and should help guide prospective purchasers to whether each book is worth investing in. The books covered are Pink Floyd A Brescia, Pink Floyd Live Tour In Japan 1971-1988, Chris Hewitt’s Development Of Large Rock Sound Systems, Pink Floyd – The Rob Verhorst Archives, and the exhibition catalogue/book for the Mark Fisher Drawing Entertainment event. They concurred with Brain Damage with their praise for the latter four in the list, but weren’t impressed with the first of the books (one that we’ve not seen ourselves). More details of the Heyou fanzine can be found at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com?subject=Heyou%20enquiry%20from%20BD%20visitor) – make sure you mention Brain Damage when you write!
Some potentially good news for those of you in the New York area – Roger Waters has added another date to his This Is Not A Drill tour, taking place in North America in 2022 (running from July 6th to October 15th). He will be playing at the UBS Arena in Elmont, NY on August 13th (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2022-tour-zone/august-13th-ubs-arena-elmont-ny-usa.html). This $1.5billion multi-purpose arena, holding 18,853 for concerts, and situated next to the Belmont Park racetrack, opens November 20th, 2021; the picture here is an artist’s impression of the exterior, from the venue’s website. Whilst the show now appears on Roger’s website, as well as the venue’s website, tickets aren’t yet on sale but they should be soon. Tickets for Roger’s upcoming tour can be purchased through this direct link at Ticketmaster (https://www.ticketmaster.com/roger-waters-tickets/artist/736426). Use of our link also gives us much needed help toward ongoing site fees without costing you any extra, and we really appreciate it! Should any further shows be added to Roger’s tour, we will let everyone know. You can see the current schedule for This Is Not A Drill (which was originally due to take place in 2020, but delayed, of course, due to the Coronavirus pandemic) through this link (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/2020-tour-zone/index.php).
Just opened (on September 11th) at the Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin, Germany, is a new exhibition – Mark Fisher: Drawing Entertainment – which runs until January 16th 2022. If the name isn’t familiar, his work certainly will be. Fisher (1947â2013) was the greatest entertainment architect of rock sets and spectaculars. He created dazzling and innovative shows for the tours of the most famous singers and groups of our time including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson and Jean-Michel Jarre, as well as creating outdoor extravaganzas for Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil. Before Fisher, audiences watched bands play on a bare stage with a few flashing lights and perhaps a bit of film flickering behind them. After Fisher, audiences participated in wild electronic sensory theatrical experiences. In Germany, and for the world, Mark Fisher is celebrated as the designer of that great historical moment watched live by nearly half a million people, and millions more on global television, where nine months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, amidst the ruins of the former no-manâs land between Potsdamer Platz and Pariser Platz, he constructed the legendary The Wall â Live in Berlin concert for Roger Waters and guest artists. Mark Fisherâs drawings rock. He was an exquisite and beautiful draughtsman. Trained at the Architectural Association school of architecture in London in the 1960s, Fisher was taught by members of the famously influential Archigram Group who revolutionised futuristic design through their drawings of a high-tech world. Fisher started to explore the new pop architecture, and especially lightweight pneumatic structures which legendarily he put into practice with the giant articulated inflatable characters in his Pink Floyd and The Wall shows. As a stage designer, his drawings could be technical as well as dazzling: swirling rich pastels of radiant psychedelic light effects streaking across the night sky of velvet black paper. He was also of the generation who transitioned to computer-aided design (CAD) while never leaving behind his sense of drawing brilliance. The exhibition on Mark Fisher will explore his career as an entertainment architect through nearly one hundred of his drawings, as well as sketchbooks, photographs and videos of his live concerts. Since the exhibition takes place in Berlin, one of the focal points that they highlight is the Roger Waters ‘Live In Berlin 1990’ show staging. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which can be bought online, and ships worldwide (https://tchoban-foundation-shop.de/en/p/mark-fisher-drawing-entertainment). More information about the exhibition and venue can be found at tchoban-foundation.de (http://www.tchoban-foundation.de/10-1-Exhibitions.html) and www.museumsportal-berlin.de (https://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/en/exhibitions/mark-fisher-gezeichnete-show/). It is open Monday – Friday each week, between 2pm – 7pm, with Saturday – Sunday hours being 1pm – 5pm. Admission is an extremely reasonable â¬5 (or â¬3 for concessions). Our thanks to good friend Martin Geyer for the information and picture of this exhibition.
Orders are now being taken for a book stuffed with 300 Pink Floyd concert pictures from 1977 onwards. Limited to just 1000 numbered copies (which are expected to sell quickly), Pink Floyd – The Rob Verhorst Archives (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/5207869/pink-floyd-the-rob-verhorst-archives-holland-book), published on October 8th, 2021, is presented as a deluxe clothbound and hardback edition, with 200 heavyweight pages, and signed by the photographer himself. Rob Verhorstâs career spans well over four decades. The publishers note that “David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason have been a common thread in his working years. The gentlemen of Pink Floyd, as a group but later also solo, often appeared before the lens of the Rotterdam-based photographer. A first encounter in Sportpaleis Ahoyâ in Rotterdam in 1977 made Verhorst decide to combine his two passions â photography and music â and to make it his profession. His picture of a deflated pig in Ahoyâ also inadvertently reveals a unique way of working. Verhorst not only goes for the big picture, but knows â like no other â how to capture details that only someone with an eye for detail and a strong urge for perfection can capture. “His photos do not remain unnoticed for long and soon start to appear in newspapers such as Rotterdam’s Dagblad and renowned music magazines like Muziekkrant OOR, Muziek Expres, Hitkrant and Music Maker. In the years that follow his photographs of the 1980 Pink Floyd shows at Earls Court in London to promote The Wall go global. In the 1980s, Verhorst is always there, everywhere. He ends up with David Gilmour in Muziekcentrum Vredenburg Utrecht in 1984 and Roger Waters in Sportpaleis Ahoyâ that same year. He documents Pink Floydâs comeback in Rotterdam in 1988 and a year later in Werchter and the Goffertpark in Nijmegen. A picture of Pink Floyd in front of a battery of his colleagues during a photo session in Versailles in 1988 is a classic, just like so many others. Rob Verhorstâs photos of Pink Floyd â but also those of dozens if not hundreds other world acts â have become a staple of the renowned Getty Images catalogue. “In 1990 Verhorst photographs The Wall for a second time â this time Roger Watersâ performance in Berlin â and frequently captures the former Pink Floyd bassist in the new millennium, in 2011 in Arnhem for a third time performing The Wall. He is one of the few â and perhaps the only one professionally â who has shot the three tours of the concept album in as many decades. For this book, Rob Verhorst made a selection of no less than three hundred iconic Pink Floyd photos, many of them previously unpublished. Together with memories and additional visual material from his archives they form an impressive collection and legacy.” Sounds like an essential purchase to us! The text in the book is in English, and pre-orders (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/5207869/pink-floyd-the-rob-verhorst-archives-holland-book) come with an exclusive poster. You can secure your copy now through Floydstuff.com (https://www.floydstuff.com/product/5207869/pink-floyd-the-rob-verhorst-archives-holland-book), who will ship the book worldwide.
Recently published is The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems, Chris Hewittâs homage to the development of amplified sound systems spearheaded by Charlie Watkins whose company, WEM (Watkins Electric Music) was synonymous with the supply of PA systems to a raft of artists and festivals through the 1960s and 70s. You need to have a basic understanding of the principals behind amplified sound systems to get a grasp on this book because it not only traces the history of sound systems but the individual components that made up those systems. It can get quite technically overwhelming but it is strangely compelling, not least because its author is a hugely enthusiastic authority, but is also a world renowned collector of vintage PA equipment. So much so that Chris has supplied his equipment for films including the recreation of the Live Aid stage for Bohemian Rhapsody and scenes in Elton Johnâs biopic Rocketman and more recently a recreation of David Bowieâs infamous July 1973 concert at Hammersmith Odeon for the soon to be released Sex Pistols film by Danny Boyle. (Iâll leave you to work out the connection.) Watkins began the design and manufacture of amplifiers, mixing desks and speakers in the early 1960s when pop music was on an upward trajectory and venues were becoming ever bigger which in turn demanded better equipment. It was also surprising to learn how late in the day stage monitors became the norm. Watkins, however, made a critical business error at the very outset â he thought that supplying the artists with his equipment for free â emblazoned with the recognisable red WEM logo – would encourage retail sales to would-be musicians. It is hardly surprising then that many acts took advantage of that offer â and not least Pink Floyd, but it ultimately became his downfall as other companies began making their own mark, including Marshall, Allen & Heath and Martin to name a few which ultimately spelt WEMs demise. Unsurprisingly, WEM also spearheaded the supply of PA systems to the burgeoning festival scene and supplied systems to the early NJF at Sunbury, Windsor and Plumpton; all the Hyde Park free festivals; Isle of Wight and Bath. For anyone interested in that scene alone this book is a must with plenty of rare photos â some of which that defy todayâs health and safety regulations!
There’s been an interesting and appreciated trend recently focusing Pink Floyd books on localised appearances, such as Pink Floyd Live Tour In Japan 1971-1988 (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/new-japanese-book-pink-floyd-live-tour-in-japan-1971-1988.html) and Pink Floyd in De Kuip ’88 (https://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/new-book-pink-floyd-in-de-kuip-88.html). Another such book is on its way, focused on the Floyd’s French appearances. Pink Floyd and the band’s individual members have enjoyed a long relationship with France. From their early appearances on French TV, to their eventual spectacular arena shows – not forgetting the recording of landmark albums such as The Wall – the book Pink Floyd en France, published on November 30th, 2021, now traces the band’s historic “French connection”! France embraced Pink Floyd’s music right from the very first album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, in 1967. Nick Mason was quoted in Muziq Magazine in November 2016 as saying that “Pink Floyd may never have survived without the French audiences. We toured a lot in France and appeared in many TV shows. It was our home from home in a way. France responded to our music quite rapidly, as opposed to England where our fan base was not always very reliable”. The group performed on more than 60 occasions in France between 1968 until 1994. Roger Waters and David Gilmour also toured extensively in France to promote their solo albums. Nick Mason’s own band Saucerful Of Secrets has also played a few shows there. Author Patrick Ducher tells the band’s story from several different angles: firstly reviewing numerous French rock magazines of the times, including long discontinued and forgotten publications, and secondly his many personal concert recollections. Next, Patrick invited a number of fans to review essential bootlegs, one from each of the bandâs French tours, along with solo performances by individual band members in France. Finally, the author posed the simple question “Why Pink Floyd?” to almost a hundred French fans, passionate followers of the band, and interviewed musicians from several tribute bands, all devoted to keeping Pink Floyd’s music and legacy alive. “Pink Floyd en France’ is a 420 page, French-language hardback book with many rare pictures. The 250 illustrations include magazine covers, adverts, posters, and tickets. It’s now available to order direct from the publishers, at pinkfloydenfrance.com (https://pinkfloydenfrance.com) in standard or limited edition, priced at respectively at â¬45 and â¬85 plus shipping. The limited edition includes a copy of the book signed by the author, a 2-track 7” by a French Floyd cover band, 2 prints, 4 coasters, and 2 plectrums, all in a special box. The website has full details…
Just published is the latest issue (number 36 – cover date June 2021) of the Pink Floyd fanzine Heyou run by our friends over at the Italian website of the same name. The 52-page dual language magazine (in Italian and English), which is published every six months or so, catches up with things in the Floyd world. Unlike other recent issues of Heyou, the latest edition selects just two subjects as its major focuses, not least as 2020 ended up being a year where despite the planned tours from Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets and Roger Waters, very little happened due to the global pandemic. The first feature covers around two-thirds of the magazine, and is the second part of a detailed article looking at the run of Wall concerts in 1980/1981, focusing on exactly what happened during the shows. The article was put together in conjunction with Vernon Fitch, a name familiar to many of you as a Floyd fan with an encyclopaedic knowledge. The article is illustrated with some very interesting photographs of the concert, tickets, passes, and more. The coverage concludes with The Show Must Go On, suggesting that the next issue will include the final, third part of the analysis. Turning the clock back further, the magazine then focuses on the 1969 film, More, which the Floyd provided soundtrack music for. Their coverage includes contemporary reviews of the film, and a reprint of an interview conducted with Barbet Schroeder at the time. A review from Flood Magazine of the Pink Floyd Live At Knebworth 1990 release precedes the normal wrap up of the recent news that concludes every issue – not a huge amount this time, of course, due to the current situation. More details of the Heyou fanzine can be found at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com?subject=Heyou%20enquiry%20from%20BD%20visitor) – make sure you mention Brain Damage when you write!
Pink Floyd Live Tour In Japan 1971-1988 (https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/dp/4401650603/) is a large format (roughly A4 sized, or 11.7 inches by 8.3 inches, and almost an inch thick) book of more than 300 pages, which majors on photos of the band, principally when they were in that country at various points. The book is part of the publisher’s Live Tour In Japan series, which has already focused on Rainbow, Van Halen, Queen, and Led Zeppelin, and continues the tradition of those books with many pictures of Pink Floyd which are great, and have never been published before (including multiple shots from the same session). They’ve also included unseen pictures from outside Japan too, reprinted live reports (in Japanese) and suchlike. The list of contents gives a good idea of what to expect, visually:
â August 1971 Press Conference – Hakone Aphrodite
â Reprint Live Report (August 6, 1971)
â March 1972 Haneda Airport – Press Conference – Tokyo Gymnasium
â 1971 & 1972 Osaka Festival Hall – Performance Retrospective
â August 1974 London Hyde Park – Roy Harper & Heavy Friends (David Gilmour)
â November 1974 London Empire Pool – British Winter Tour 1974
â March 18, 1977 London Empire Pool – In The Flesh UK Tour
â July 1977 New York Madison Square Garden – In The Flesh US Tour
â May 1984 New York – About Face US Tour
â October 1987 New York Madison Square Garden – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason US Tour
â March 1988 Press Conference – Nippon Budokan – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Japan Tour
â Reprint Live Report (March 4, 1988)
â Japanese concert Hakone Aphrodite performance of Pink Floyd
â Testimony 1 – Hakone Day 2 Contribution from experienced people
â Testimony 2 – Daiji Okai [Yonin Bayashi] Long Interview The book is now available from Japanese retailers, including Amazon Japan (https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/dp/4401650603/) who will ship the book worldwide (and as we found, very quickly too!).