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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

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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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David Gilmour to return to Pompeii

Posted March 18, 2016 by Floydian Slip

gilmour-pompeiiThis summer David Gilmour will return to play the Pompeii amphitheater, 45 years after Pink Floyd performed there while shooting Adrian Maben‘s “Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.”

Gilmour will perform July 7 and 8 as part of his “Rattle That Lock” tour.

“I want to thank the Ministry of Culture for giving me the opportunity to once again play this beautiful and historic venue,” Gilmour says. “Performing there in 1971 was very special and I’m looking forward to returning and hopefully creating some more memorable moments made even more special by playing to an audience.”

Floyd was the first to play the ancient city of Pompeii, filming over four days in October 1971. No other artist has performed there since. The film showed the band performing without an audience, though the group’s set-list mimicked those of its other live shows at the time.

This time around, there’ll be more than just a film crew watching.

Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. CET March 22 at www.davidgilmour.com for €300 plus a 15 percent booking fee.

Buyers are limited to two tickets per show.

Pompeii’s amphitheater, built around 80 BC, is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheater. It was buried along with the rest of the city by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.


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Roger Waters collaborating on opera based on “The Wall”

Posted March 6, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Opéra de Montréal will premiere an opera based on Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall” next year. The album’s auteur and Floyd co-founder Roger Waters is collaborating on the project.

Baritone Étienne Dupuis will star as Pink. Music for the production was written by Julien Bilodeau, and Waters is handling the libretto. Alain Trudel will conduct the Orchestre Métropolitain.

Waters initially declined to participate, but changed his mind after hearing the score. “I sat there not expecting to be moved, and I was moved,” he says. “Very moved. So I approach this project with great enthusiasm.”

Waters is no stranger to opera. He spent a great deal of the 1990s writing “Ça Ira” with Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gil.

The opera’s premiering in Montreal is apropos: Waters got the idea for “The Wall” after growing frustrated with a rowdy audience and spitting on a fan during a Floyd show at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in 1977.

“Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera” will open March 11, 2017.

The company has already released its version of “Another Brick in the Wall Part II”:


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Play about Syd Barrett to premiere in Scotland

Posted January 29, 2016 by Floydian Slip

bissett“One Thinks of it All as a Dream,” a new play focused on Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, will premiere at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) in Glasgow in October.

SMHAFF commissioned the piece from Scottish novelist and playwright Alan Bissett (pictured).

“I … wanted to explore his multi-faceted character. He was by turns charismatic, selfish, principled and vulnerable. The legend of ‘Mad Syd’ has been enshrined in rock lore, but I wanted to get past the acid-casualty cliches to try and find the man beneath, in all his complexity,” says Bissett on the SMHAFF website.

“I took the decision to go backwards and forwards in time, through all the periods of Barrett’s life, to try and gain some understanding of the entwined roots of creativity and mental illness, as well as the various impulses which might have driven him to reject the modern world,” he adds.

The work’s title comes from a Barrett quote included in a 1971 Melody Maker interview.

“There are several characters in the show, but most of them are peripheral ‘journalists’ or ‘fans’,” Bissett tells Floydian Slip. “The three main characters, I suppose you could say, are Syd, Roger Waters and R.D. Laing, the psychiatrist. None of the rest of the Floyd are characters in the show.

“The show is not officially sanctioned in any way, and we haven’t had any contact with Syd’s family,” he adds. “I wouldn’t have written this play while Syd was still alive, but he is a historical figure now, to an extent.”

“One Thinks of it All as a Dream” will premiere at Glasgow’s Oran Mor in October and then move to the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

This year is the 70th anniversary of Barrett’s birth, and 10th anniversary of his death.

Learn more at the SMHAFF website

Addendum: This story was revised Jan. 31 to include additional exclusive quotes from Alan Bissett.


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