Good news for all those who have been patiently waiting for news of the domestic release of the concert film 'Roger Waters: Us + Them' – the digital release of this has just been announced.The film documents the 156 date 2017-2018 tour which played to a combined audience of 2.3 million across a number of countries, and was quite an incredible spectacle, coupled with a great set list and a powerful message at the heart of it all.The review by BD's Ed Lopez-Reyes (movies/roger-waters-us-them-concert-film-reviewed-2.html) noted that the intersection of beautifully crafted sound and footage combined with director Sean Evans' ability to turn an action-packed, live performance into an atmospheric, ethereal experience, raises the bar for concert video… . Those who were fortunate enough to catch the film in cinemas last year seemed to be universally knocked out by it (as we were). For those who want to relive the show, digitally, you'll be able to catch it in 4K (Ultra HD), HD and SD formats from June 16th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and available on the Apple, Googleplay, and Amazon platforms from that date. Included will be some all-new post-feature content which includes two additional concert songs missing from the original feature (Comfortably Numb and Smell the Roses) as well as A Fleeting Glimpse, a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour, which we think is the one that was shown following the screening of the main feature in cinemas last year.We're hoping that the physical release won't be too far away now, for all those who want this on DVD/Blu-ray, or CD (and hopefully vinyl too). As and when we get any confirmed information on these, we will of course let you know.In the meantime, mark your diaries for June 16th and the digital release of Us + Them!
Back in October 2016, 'Syd Barrett: A Celebration', a concert organised by Cambridge Live in conjunction with the Barrett family and estate, took place at the site of Syd's last ever public performance (archive/syd-barrett-a-celebration-cambridge-memorial-unveiling-and-co.html). The Corn Exchange in Cambridge was also the location chosen for a commemorative artwork, unveiled at a VIP reception before the sold-out concert in front of Syd's family, friends, and the remaining members of Stars, the band who Syd played with at his final performance at the venue.The very enjoyable – and for some, quite emotional – concert featured Swedish band Men on the Border backed by the 50-piece Sandviken Symphony Orchestra who hail from the same town in Sweden as the band. MotB covered a wide range of Barrett songs, with some dramatic and unexpected symphonic interpretations on offer.The concert also featured narration from acclaimed playwright, and former school friend of Syd, David Gale, and suitably psychedelic lighting – not just on the stage, but covering the walls, ceilings and even some of us in the audience that night – by lighting designer Peter Wynne-Willson, who was responsible for the Floyd's early light shows between 1966 and December 1967.MotB and the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra plan to repeat this successful evening, with a show at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 14th 2020. As a special guest, there will also be guitarist Janne Schaffer, best known for his collaborations with ABBA, and his comprehensive solo career. I loaned Barrett my amp when Pink Floyd played in Stockholm in 1967, so I'm really looking forward to honouring him at Berwaldhallen, where Pink Floyd were presented with the Polar Prize. Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love is based on Barrett's life before, during and after his time in Pink Floyd, and is narrated by playwright David Gale, a childhood friend of Syd's and flat-mate when they both moved from Cambridge to London in the mid-1960s. Peter Wynne Willson will transport his liquid light show from London to Stockholm to illuminate Berwaldhallen, adding to the atmosphere.Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on August 21st, at 10am CET, through Berwaldhallen.se (http://www.berwaldhallen.se/), with the hopes that the COVID-19 restrictions will have been lifted by then. The final decision will be taken ahead of the ticket release in August, and sensibly the organisers have an alternative concert date in spring, 2021, also reserved just in case.
This morning, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets revealed the new confirmed schedule for their European tour, which now takes place in May/June next year (2021). They advise that tickets remain valid for the new venues, and there is no need for ticket holders to contact the venues or the ticket agents. If the concert you have tickets for hasn't yet been rescheduled, please keep checking with the ticket agents or venues websites for updates. The revised dates, all next year (2021), are shown below:May 21 (was June 2, 2020) – Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-2nd-laeiszhalle-hamburg-germany.html) – TICKETS (https://www.eventim.de/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets/)May 22 (was June 3, 2020) – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-3rd-tempodrom-berlin-germany.html) – TICKETS (https://www.eventim.de/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets/)May 23 (was May 27, 2020) – Forum Karlín, Prague, Czech Republic (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-27th-forum-karlin-prague-czech-republic.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.cz/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-vstupenky/1008937)May 24 (was May 23, 2020) – Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL Luzern), Lucerne, Switzerland (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-23rd-kultur-und-kongresszentrum-luzern-kkl-luzern-lucerne-switze.html) – TICKETS (http://www.ticketcorner.ch/)May 26 (was May 24, 2020) – Großer Saal (Great Hall), Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg, Germany (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-24th-grosser-saal-meistersingerhalle-nuremberg-ge.html) – TICKETS (https://www.eventim.de/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets/)May 27 (was May 28, 2020) – Kuppelsaal, Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-28th-kuppelsaal-jahrhunderthalle-frankfurt-ge.html) – TICKETS (https://www.eventim.de/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets/)May 28 (was May 22, 2020) – Le Grand Rex, Paris, France (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-22nd-le-grand-rex-paris-france.html) – TICKETS (https://www.aparteweb.com/awprod/TALP/AWCalendar.aspx?INS=TALP CAT=632 IDWL=82366)May 30 (was May 19, 2020) – Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-19th-den-atelier-luxembourg-city-luxem.html) – TICKETS (https://www.atelier.lu/shows/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-2/)May 31 (was May 18, 2020) – Cirque Royal – Koninklijk Circus, Brussels, Belgium (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-18th-cirque-royal-koninklijk-circus-brussels-be.html) – TICKETS (https://www.ticketmaster.be/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-billets/871570?language=en-us)June 1 (was May 31, 2020) – Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-31st-muziekgebouw-frits-philips-eindhoven-the-nether.html) – TICKETS (https://www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl/nl/agenda/2376/Playing_the_old_music_of_Pink_Floyd/Nick_Mason%27s_Saucerful_Of_Secrets?utm_source=announce utm_medium=ticketlink utm_campaign=mason)June 3 (was June 5, 2020) – Store Sal (Large Hall), Vaerket, Randers, Denmark (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-5th-store-sal-vaerket-randers-denmark.html) – TICKETS (https://vaerket.dk/arrangementer/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets)June 4 (was May 20, 2020) – Rolf-Böhme Saal, Freiburg Konzerthaus, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-20th-rolf-bohme-saal-freiburg-konzerthaus-freiburg-im-breisgau-ge.html) – TICKETS (https://www.eventim.de/artist/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets/)June 5 (was June 7, 2020) – Insel Grafenwerth, Bad Honnef, Germany (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-7th-insel-grafenwerth-bad-honnef-ge.html) – TICKETS (https://www.eventim.de/event/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-insel-grafenwerth-12561660/)June 7 (was June 10, 2020) – Alexela Concert Hall / Kontserdimaja, Tallinn, Estonia (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-10th-alexela-concert-hall-kontserdimaja-tallinn-es.html) – TICKETS (https://www.piletilevi.ee/eng/tickets/muusika/rock-ja-pop/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-the-echoes-tour-309112/?shop_provider=kattop)June 8 (was June 12, 2020) – Hall Of Culture / Kultuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-12th-hall-of-culture-kultuuritalo-helsinki-fi.html) – TICKETS (https://www.tiketti.fi/tapahtuma/68157)June 10 (was June 14, 2020) – BKZ Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Russia (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-14th-bkz-oktyabrsky-concert-hall-st-petersburg-r.html) – TICKETS (http://nickmason2020.ru/)June 11 (was June 15, 2020) – State Kremlin Palace (changed venue), Moscow, Russia (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-15th-crocus-city-hall-moscow-russia.html) – TICKETS (http://nickmason2020.ru/)June 16 (was June 19, 2020) – Arenele Romane, Bucharest, Romania (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-19th-arenele-romane-bucharest-romania.html) – TICKETS (https://www.iabilet.ro/bilete-nick-mason-s-pink-floyd-saucerfull-of-secrets-la-arenele-romane-52705/)June 18 (was June 20, 2020) – NDK – National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-20th-ndk-national-palace-of-culture-sofia-bul.html) – TICKETS (http://www.eventim.bg/bg/bileti/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-sofia-national-palace-culture-hall-1-545981/event.html)June 19 (was June 21, 2020) – Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-21st-sava-centar-belgrade-serbia.html) – TICKETS (https://portal.tickets.rs/program/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-1982)June 22 (was June 22, 2020) – Budapest Park, Budapest, Hungary (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-22nd-budapest-park-budapest-hungary.html) – TICKETS (https://www.budapestpark.hu/events/nmsos-20200622)June 23 (was June 24, 2020) – InMusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-24th-inmusic-festival-zagreb-croatia.html) – TICKETS (https://www.inmusicfestival.com/en/shop/tickets)June 24 (was May 26, 2020) – Wiener Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-26th-wiener-gasometer-vienna-austria.html) – TICKETS (http://www.oeticket.com/)June 26 (was June 26, 2020) – Lucca Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-26th-lucca-summer-festival-lucca-italy.html) – TICKETS (https://www.dalessandroegalli.com/events/644/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets)June 27 (was June 25, 2020) – Stupinigi Sonic Park, Turin, Italy (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-25th-stupinigi-sonic-park-turin-italy.html) – TICKETS (https://www.dalessandroegalli.com/events/644/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets)June 28 (was June 30, 2020) – Theatre de la Mer in Sete, France (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/june-30th-theatre-de-la-mer-sete-france.html) – TICKETS (https://www.digitick.com/d/event/-/-/6905219)As and when we hear of further dates (or details of concerts still to be rearranged) on this tour, we will let you know. Individual show pages for each concert have been created, as normal, and will act as repositories for essential information about the shows, along with pictures and gig reviews once they have taken place. Click the direct links above.Should the current global situation affect the dates above further, naturally we will update you.
Unfortunately, there's another announcement courtesy of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a change to people's plans. This morning, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets confirmed the news that the Dublin gig, which was to start the 2020 tour, and was due to originally take place on April 29th, has now been cancelled. They had hoped, like the rest of the tour, to move it, but to no avail.On their social media this morning, they explained: Sadly, despite our best efforts, we've had to cancel the Dublin Saucers show due to the unavailability of the venue. We worked really hard to try and fit it in to the revised tour dates, but weren't able to get a suitable available night there. If you haven't yet been contacted by whom you bought the tickets from, please go back to them for a refund. It is indeed sad news, but hopefully when the next tour is being arranged, a date in Dublin will be prominent in the band's plans.We've also had a number of emails asking what's happening about the European dates; whilst we know these are postponed, we don't have the revised dates yet. It must be an incredibly difficult job to move a tour, especially as most venues get booked very early on in normal times, even if they don't announce for many months. Thus, the venues will already have concerts lined up for many dates, so moving a tour, and keeping the route vaguely sensible, will be really tricky…
There's absolutely no surprise at this afternoon's announcement, bearing in mind the current global situation thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic – Record Store Day (RSD) 2020 will unfortunately no longer be taking place on June 20th.It always felt to us an optimistic aim to delay the normal April date to just two month's later, and the organisers have made the decision to move the releases again, and do things in a different format to previously. As it stands, the titles on the RSD 2020 official list will be available from independent record shops on one of the three following RSD Drop Dates: Saturday August 29th, Saturday September 26th and Saturday October 24th.A new version of The List with assigned release dates will be launched on June 1st and updates will be found on RecordStoreDay.co.uk (http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/), RecordStoreDay.com (http://www.recordstoreday.com/), and the RSD social media accounts. These sites also include details of the participating record stores. This year, RSD is due to bring four items of interest to BD visitors: the 7 single of Arnold Layne, recorded live at the Syd Barrett tribute held at the Barbican (latest/latest/pink-floyd-release-arnold-layne-live-for-record-store-day.html), Roger Waters Live In Berlin 1990 on 2LP clear vinyl (latest/latest/roger-waters-live-in-berlin-1990-clear-vinyl-for-rsd-2020.html), the Guy Pratt/David Gilmour collaboration on the Hackers soundtrack 2LP (latest/latest/rare-david-gilmour-guy-pratt-collab-in-record-store-day.html), and the 12 Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets single (latest/latest/special-limited-12-nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-release-for-rsd.html) (or indeed five items if you include the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy album!). Record Store Day 2020 – originally scheduled for April 18 – was bound to look and feel different from any of the previous twelve. Prior events have been as much about the gatherings, parties, concerts and group hang element of a celebration as the financial bonus for, and more importantly raised awareness of, the independent record shops.However, in this unprecedented situation, the focus of these three RSD Drop dates is on supporting the stores, as well as the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work. Record Store Day organisers have looked at numerous possible dates and various ways to re-work an event that takes place at thousands of record stores around the world, taking into consideration the varying circumstances and situations they and their customers might find themselves in at any point this year.This current RSD 2020 plan to spread the spotlight and the support over three months, was made with as much available information as possible, and gives the largest number of stores a chance to participate globally in the strangest Record Store Day ever. RSD will be using the guidance of government and scientific experts to ensure these RSD Drop dates are as socially responsible and safe for all involved as possible. Don't necessarily expect all the normal in-store celebrations and events as these changes have been made to allow customers to get the RSD product safely in a socially distanced world. The RSD online rules will be adapted in due course in line with retail developments.To clarify, this year online rules have changed so that shops in the UK can sell online from 6pm. Selling online is a shop by shop decision and will be dependent on the status of the pandemic at the time of these three dates. This is new to the RSD organisers and to the shops. They are still figuring how to best make this work in the safest and fairest way. They will communicate how they intend to sell these records closer to the time as this is a fast-moving and ever-changing situation.Finally, plans are already in place for a hopefully much more normal 2021 celebration, to be held on April 17th 2021. RSD Black Friday is still being planned and is scheduled to take place on November 27th (another date for your diary, but again subject to change!).
We've got an update on the forthcoming 2020 UK tour of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/index.php), which was unsurprisingly postponed due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in all public events being moved or cancelled.The remaining UK show to be rescheduled was the date at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre, due to be held on Monday, May 4th (nick-mason-s-sos-2020/may-4th-mayflower-theatre-southampton-en.html). This has now moved to sit with the other Saucers' dates, and will now take place on Sunday, October 18th.For those with tickets already, these will remain valid for the new date, and will not require changing. You do not need to contact the venue, or take any other action.The Dublin gig, which was due to take place next week on April 29th, has been postponed as well (obviously) but as yet, the revised date has not been confirmed. The same applies to the European dates which were to follow the UK and Ireland performances. It must be a really difficult job to reschedule a tour to new dates, fitting in with potentially pre-existing bookings for the venues in question, whilst also keeping the travel schedule for the band, crew and equipment to as sensible a route as is possible.
A couple of established, and well respected, UK music magazines have just been published, and include interviews with Nick Mason and his Saucerful Of Secrets. With the unexpected postponement of the release of Live At The Roundhouse (originally due to appear on April 17th, but moved to September 18th) (latest/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-live-at-the-roundhouse-2lp-2cd-dvd-blu-ray-ci-2.html), magazines and their advanced deadlines have resulted in these articles appearing now, despite the release being five months later. Still, it gives us something to read and enjoy during the lockdown so many of us are experiencing at present!First off is issue 108 of Prog Magazine, which has a detailed, four-page interview with Nick. He talks extensively and candidly about the early days of the band, and about Syd Barrett. He also of course talks about his current project, the Saucers, and has him pondering on future tours – he points out that there is plenty of early material that they've yet to explore that will keep us going for a while . When asked if there was an urge to do new music, he noted that there [wasn't] particularly. That might be something to look at one day, but for the moment there's a lot to be done with this [the Saucers] . For us, this is great news, and a very positive note suggesting that the project is still in its early stages.Elsewhere in the magazine they celebrate 50 years of prog legends Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Carl Palmer reflects on the band's career and announces some amazing plans to resurrect the band for their Golden Anniversary. Plus there's exclusive new interviews with Trevor Rabin, Alan Parsons Project, The Orb and loads more. With few stores open, you'll be pleased to hear you can order it online, for delivery worldwide, through this direct link at MyFavouriteMagazines.co.uk (https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/Prog-Print-Back-Issues/prog-issue-108/).Issue 20 of Planet Rock magazine is the other one of note that has just appeared on the shelves of the few stockists still open in the UK, but also available to purchase online. It features an eight-page interview with Nick, conducted by biographer Mark Blake, who talks about the early days of the Floyd, and brings the story up to date with the Saucers, of whom Nick says I never expected this to happen. We're like an ageing start-up. He also speculates on what might have happened had Rick Wright still been with us, when the Saucers came together – and what they might have been called…The interview is typically fascinating, propelled by Mark Blake's questions (he wrote the excellent Pigs Might Fly, you may recall), covering Nick's views on Pink Floyd, the genesis of the Saucers, and touring plans for the band (pandemics, of course, permitting).The magazine's review pages include a five-star review of Live At The Roundhouse, calling it a vital testament to all that was remarkable about early Floyd , calling it an aural trip and a thrilling…joyous and monumental recording . Elsewhere in the magazine is a huge feature on 50 years of Judas Priest, and features on Kiss, Manowar and Iron Maiden, amongst others. 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Some of you will have had tickets for launch events to mark the release of Polly Samson's new book, A Theatre For Dreamers, which were scheduled for this week in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Due to the current pandemic, understandably these events (which were to feature, alongside Polly, David Gilmour and guests performing some music, including a new song) have moved to September.However, Polly and David both still wished to mark the book's release on its publication date, and so have decided to host a live stream via David's official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour) tomorrow evening.As yet, there are no details of what the stream will include, although a video has been shared of them getting ready for this in a studio space. Apart from Polly reading passages from the book, to give watchers a flavour of it, chances are also that at the very least an acoustic guitar might be picked up by David, to accompany her.Make sure you tune in tomorrow (Thursday, April 2nd) at 8pm BST/3pm EST at www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour (http://www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour) to see what occurs. The stream may well also be available to watch on demand after the event.
Some of you will have had tickets for launch events to mark the release of Polly Samson's new book, A Theatre For Dreamers, which were scheduled for this week in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Due to the current pandemic, understandably these events (which were to feature, alongside Polly, David Gilmour and guests performing some music, including a new song) have moved to September.However, Polly and David both still wished to mark the book's release on its publication date, and so have decided to host a live stream via David's official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour) tomorrow evening.As yet, there are no details of what the stream will include, although a video has been shared of them getting ready for this in a studio space. Apart from Polly reading passages from the book, to give watchers a flavour of it, chances are also that at the very least an acoustic guitar might be picked up by David, to accompany her.Make sure you tune in tomorrow (Thursday, April 2nd) at 8pm BST/3pm EST at www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour (http://www.facebook.com/DavidGilmour) to see what occurs. The stream may well also be available to watch on demand after the event.UPDATE, 2nd APRIL: due to the weekly public applause from windows and doorways in the UK for NHS and other care workers, which takes place at 8pm on a Thursday, the stream has been changed to 8:30pm BST/3:30pm EST. Further update: it can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE47uvIF5Zc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE47uvIF5Zc)FURTHER UPDATE, 9th APRIL: Due to the popularity of the first event, further Thursday evening streams are taking place (thanks in part to the family being in lockdown) at 8:30pm BST, over at David's or Polly's Facebook pages, and available online on demand after the event. There's also the occasional rehearsal clip or revised (higher quality) versions posted after the event.
An update for those of you who have been wondering about some of the dates on the upcoming UK and Ireland Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2020 tour. Whilst most of the shows had been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were still three shows where revised dates hadn't been declared.One of those three – the May 7th show at London's Royal Albert Hall – has been moved to October 20th. Tickets remain valid for the revised date, and ticket holders are (as ever) advised to keep hold of their tickets and confirmations for this show.There are two other postponed shows from this leg of the tour which are yet to be announced – Dublin on April 29th, and Southampton on May 4th. Hopefully work is ongoing on getting new dates for these events and once we have the information, we will let you all know. It must be a difficult logistical exercise to come up with revised touring schedules which work with spare dates at the venues (some will have bookings, even if not yet announced, for next year already) whilst not turning the tour into a completely illogical journey!We're also expecting the European tour, due to start in Brussels on May 18th, to be postponed as well with the current global situation, and again, once we have the relevant information, we'll let you know.