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Cambridge orchestra to premiere Pink Floyd-inspired piece

Posted June 30, 2017 by Floydian Slip

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The Cambridge Concert Orchestra will premiere a composition by Tim Brooks (pictured) called “Grantchester Variations,” an homage to Syd Barrett and the band he helped found and inspired by Pink Floyd‘s “Grantchester Meadows.”

The piece “will certainly intrigue Pink Floyd fans and lovers of modern orchestral music,” according to orchestra chairman Jan Mentha. “The harmonies and rhythms evoke the early exploratory Floyd works. So far as the orchestra knows, this the only orchestral ‘tribute’ to the iconic band.”

The orchestra will perform the piece as part of its 50th anniversary concert Saturday, July 8 at West Road Concert Hall.

Brooks, of Cambridge, studied music at York University and gained a teaching qualification in music and drama from Leeds University.

More information is available at the orchestra’s website.


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Ferrari owned by David Gilmour for sale

Posted June 24, 2017 by Floydian Slip

A 1988 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta first owned by David Gilmour will go on the auction block June 30.

The car, purchased by Gilmour in July 1988, is expected to fetch as much as £1 million at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason purchased a similar model at the same time as Gilmour at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, after Floyd’s Modena leg of its Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. The pair are said to have driven them back to the U.K. following their purchase.

List price for the F40 in 1988 was £163,000. Just more than 1,300 were produced.

Though the car can reach a respectable 201 mph, its interior is spartan, sporting a pair of red body contour seats.

The auction takes place at Chichester, Goodwood.

See dozens of photos of the car at the Bohmans website.


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“Dark Side” gold record sells for $25k

Posted June 23, 2017 by Floydian Slip

A Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold record for Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” recently sold for $25,000.

The record, signifying $1 million in sales and once owned by Floyd’s Rick Wright, was sold at auction by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. Minimum bid for the item was $20,000. The winner’s identity was not made public.

The framed record included a letter of authenticity from Wright’s first wife, Franka.

Wright’s platinum RIAA album for “The Wall” sold in 2005 for more than $40,000.

Starting with its inception in 1958, an album’s gold status was determined by $1 million in sales. That criterion was later amended to also require 500,000 units sold.

Album platinum status, created in 1976, indicates 1 million units sold.

One of the best-selling records in history, “Dark Side,” ironically, only achieved platinum status in 1990, because it was released three years before the platinum designation.

On June 4, 1998, the RIAA certified it 15× platinum.


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V&A to publish Their Mortal Remains official catalog

Posted June 16, 2017 by Floydian Slip


V&A Publishing
will release “Their Mortal Remains,” a beautiful coffee table book celebrating Pink Floyd‘s 50th anniversary, on July 11.

The title will serve as the official printed companion to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition of the same name, which opened on May 13.

With 304 pages and featuring 300 photographs, the book also includes five essays exploring the band’s legacy and a foreword by sleeve designer Aubrey “Po” Powell of Hipgnosis.

The book is available for pre-order now at many online retailers. Suggested retail price is US $55.

Learn more about the book.

“Their Mortal Remains” will show at the V&A through Oct. 1. Learn more about the exhibit.

“Floydian Slip” will give away copies of the book the week of July 10.


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David Gilmour Pompeii concert coming to theaters one night only

Posted June 1, 2017 by Floydian Slip

“David Gilmour: Live At Pompeii,” a concert film of David Gilmour‘s 2016 shows at the ancient amphitheater, is coming to theaters this fall.

Directed by Gavin Elder and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Atmos sound, the film will show on a single date, Wednesday, Sept. 13, at more than 2,000 theaters.

Gilmour’s shows took place July 7 and 8 last summer, 45 years after Pink Floyd famously played the same venue to an audience of none for the film “Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.”

Music for the show is taken from Gilmour’s “Rattle That Lock” (2015) and “On an Island” (2006), and also includes a number of Floyd classics.

The film is presented by Trafalgar Releasing. You can search participating theaters to purchase tickets in advance, and request a screening, if there are no participating venues near you.

Fathom Events offered a similar arrangement for “Roger Waters The Wall” in September 2015. Also originally billed as a “one-night only” affair, in that case, an additional screening was added immediately after the first one concluded.


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Interview: Pierre Dufour, “Wall” opera

Posted March 27, 2017 by Floydian Slip

We’ve posted online last week’s interview with Pierre Dufour, General Director, of Productions Opera Concept MP in Montreal.

Pierre spoke with us about his production of “Another Brick in the Wall,” an opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” The show runs through tonight at Place Des Arts in Montreal, and will come to Cincinnati in 2018.

Read or listen to the interview


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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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