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Post-performance report: “Another Brick in the Wall” opera

Posted March 12, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Last night in Montreal, “Floydian Slip” attended the premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall,” a new opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”

The crowd outside the entrance of Place Des Arts‘ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier theater grew steadily as we approached the 7:30 curtain time. Two or three television camera crews were there reporting on-scene, likely adding to the crowd as passers-by stopped to see what the commotion was.

Roger Waters arrived about 15 minutes before the performance and posed for photos with other production personnel on the red carpet. Inside, Waters sat in the center of the audience, receiving a standing ovation when we was acknowledged from the stage during pre-show announcements.

We enjoyed the show, and imagine other Floyd fans — opera beginners, like us, or otherwise — would, too.

The show runs through March 27.

Rehearsal/preview photos below are by Yves Renaud. ©2017 Yves Renaud.


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Photos: “Wall” opera preparation

Posted March 11, 2017 by Floydian Slip

They’re rolling out the red carpet at Place De Arts, Montreal, for the premiere of new opera “Another Brick in the Wall.”

We’re about four hours from curtain. More details later …

 


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“Another Brick in the Wall” opera premieres tonight

Posted March 11, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Opéra de Montréal premieres “Another Brick in the Wall” tonight.

The opera, based on Pink Floyd‘s 1979 album “The Wall” with libretto by Roger Waters, opens tonight at Place Des Arts in Montreal for a 10-night run.

Clocking in at two hours, the show is sung in English with English and French subtitles provided.

A one-hour “pre-opera” precedes the show. Hosted by a musicologist, the pre-event will help explain the history, libretto, artists and symbols of the production.

Organizers tell us there’s “a very good chance” Waters will attend tonight’s opening performance.

Pre-opera begins at 6:30 ET, with curtain at 7:30. At time of this writing it appears there is exactly one ticket still available, for $193.75.

Tomorrow we’ll post a series of photos from the production.


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Pink Floyd mixing console up for bid

Posted March 3, 2017 by Floydian Slip

The Abbey Road mixing console Pink Floyd used when making its seminal 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon” will be auctioned off this month.

Auction firm Bonhams will place the item on the block March 27 as part of its “TCM Presents … Rock and Roll Through the Lens” sale.

The console, a custom-built EMI TG12345 MK IV pulled from Abbey Road studio two, was used between 1971 and 1983. In addition to Floyd, the console was used by artists such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush.

It still works, and comes with a letter of provenance from Ken Townsend, former Abbey Road Studio Manager.

The console will be on view at Bonhams Knightsbridge March 19 until the auction and is expected to easily fetch a “significant” six-figure price.

Finding the space for it in your rec room is your problem.

(Thanks to Bob Quick for the heads-up.)

 

 

 


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Roger Waters confirms album release date

Posted February 24, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Roger Waters has confirmed his upcoming album “Is This the Life We Really Want?” will be released on May 19.

He dropped the date in a new interview with Rolling Stone published yesterday.

In the interview he talks about inspiration he’s drawn from the recent presidential election, the new album’s shift away from an earlier radio play concept, and plans for his 2017 tour.

Read the full interview


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Nick Mason to host live stream boxset preview

Posted October 29, 2016 by Floydian Slip

webcastPink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will host a live stream preview of video and audio from the upcoming “The Early Years” boxset.

The event takes place two days before the boxset release: 6:30 p.m. (GMT) Wednesday, Nov. 9, at YouTube Space London and will stream live on the official Pink Floyd YouTube channel.

Mason will participate in Q&A with fans during the event.

The official Floyd website will host a competition for tickets to attend the live event, and will take questions ahead of the event.

Learn more about “The Early Years” boxset, which releases Nov. 11.


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Roger Waters announces 2017 North American tour

Posted October 13, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Roger Waters has announced a 40-date North American tour coming in 2017.

“Us + Them” is the project recently teased in a 20-second video posted online by Waters.

“We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret,” says Waters. “It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things.

“Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It’ll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”

The tour begins May 26 in Kansas City, Mo., and wraps up Oct. 28 in Vancouver, BC.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 21. VIP package sales and Citi presale tickets begin Oct. 17.

Full schedule is available at rogerwaters.com.


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Pink Floyd exhibit to open in 2017

Posted August 31, 2016 by Floydian Slip

Nick Mason announcing Their Mortal Remains outside the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Nick Mason announcing Their Mortal Remains outside the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

“Their Mortal Remains,” a long-delayed exhibition devoted to Pink Floyd, will finally open in London next year.

Containing more than 350 items, promoters describe the show as an “immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey” through the 50-year history of the band.

Running May 13 to Oct. 1, 2017, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the show coincides with the 50th anniversary of Floyd’s debut 45 “Arnold Layne,” released in March 1967.

Drummer Nick Mason joined a flying pig outside the venue to announce the event today.

Admission ranges from £11 to £57. Tickets can be purchased online.

The exhibition was originally to open in Milan in September 2014. But Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoter of the event, issued a statement a month before launch saying the complexity of the installation made it impossible for the company to meet the timeline.

The London event, promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios, has the involvement of all surviving members of the Floyd.

Learn more about the event at the V&A site.

Thanks to Facebook’s TwentyThree DrumHead for the heads-up.


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David Gilmour made honorary Pompeii citizen

Posted July 7, 2016 by Floydian Slip

David Gilmour

David Gilmour has been made an honorary citizen of the Italian city of Pompeii.

The honor was bestowed upon him yesterday by the city’s mayor, Ferdinando Uliano.

“Thanks to everyone,” Gilmour said. “Here in Pompeii I feel safe, as if I was at home.”

Gilmour is set to play two shows tonight and tomorrow at the ancient amphitheater where Pink Floyd shot its live concert film in 1971.


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Video: David Gilmour on Jimmy Kimmel

Posted March 29, 2016 by Floydian Slip

David Gilmour appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night:


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