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Ça Ira and the Nashville Symphony
Posted by madhack on Dec 15, 2014
On his official Facebook page, Roger Waters announced a concert performance of his opera, Ça Ira, premiering January 30. Waters himself will take part in the performance, making it an an exciting chance to see him for fans of his work with Pink Floyd or as a solo artist.
David Gilmour at Earls Court's final show
Posted by madhack on Dec 15, 2014
Bombay Bicycle Club's show this weekend—Earls Court's final concert before its scheduled demolition—featured a prestigious guest appearance in the form of David Gilmour. He joined them on lap steel for their own "Rinse Me Down" before taking lead on "Wish You Were Here".
Pink Floyd, of course, has a long history with the venue, performing Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall there, and recording the live album and video Pulse there. That would all seem to make Gilmour a great person to close out Earls Court.
Dark Side reappears on the Billboard Top 200
Posted by madhack on Dec 15, 2014
The Dark Side of the Moon, easily one of the best rock albums of all time, has returned to the Billboard Top 200 charts at #13, marking its 889th week on that chart. It joins the band's curtain call, The Endless River, which released at #3 on the same chart and now sits at #33. Dark Side also holds the record for most consecutive weeks on that chart, an indicator of the band's lasting impact and popularity.
Autographed Nick Mason drumhead for charity
Posted by madhack on Dec 9, 2014
WhyHunger, a 501(c)(3) charity organization, is auctioning off a drumhead signed by none other than Nick Mason as part of their annual Hungerthon drive. The auction ends tomorrow and, as of this writing, sits at US$1000.
In their own words, WhyHunger is a leader in the fight to end hunger and poverty, by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by investing in grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. On an important note this time of year when there are so many deserving charity options, they're also highly rated for managing their finances and for accountability and transparency, so even if you can't bid, please spread the word on this worthy cause and help a fellow Floyd fan get a great Christmas present in the process!
The Endless River
Posted by madhack on Nov 11, 2014
As all of our readers no doubt know, The Endless River, which is essentially guaranteed to be the last studio release from Pink Floyd, has by now been released globally (and of course can be ordered at the link above or via the sidebar). As one would expect for a release from such an important and legendary band that until a few months ago seemed unthinkable, there's a ton of news out there.
Rolling Stone spoke to David Gilmour about why he thinks this is truly the end for Pink Floyd, what's on the horizon for him, and whether there was ever any real chance of Roger Waters appearing on the record.
Meanwhile, Nick Mason speculates to Billboard about the possibilities of more remixes/remasters (including Animals), additional unreleased material that might accompany such re-releases, and video coming up in support of The Endless River (not to mention years of archived video).
In The Studio's Redbeard also spoke to Gilmour and Mason, in an audio interview aboard David's floating studio on the Thames, about the genesis of the album.
Obviously there's plenty more to come, so should you find anything particularly notable, please feel free to contact me using the email link above.
Finally, we leave you with the newly-released promo video for "Louder Than Words", the closing song of The Endless River and, for all practical purposes, Pink Floyd.
New song and BBC interview
Posted by madhack on Oct 9, 2014
BBC Radio 6 Music has interviewed David Gilmour and Nick Mason ahead of the release of The Endless River. David discusses Rick Wright, for whom the album is a tribute, and how he's been underrated by many, including his fellow bandmates. Other topics include how the album's name came about, how the interpersonal relationships in the band might have influenced their music, and whether they expect to ever release anything as Pink Floyd again (the answer is, unsurprisingly, "no"). At just over 13 minutes, it's worth a listen for any fan.
They've also released to the radio a new song, "Louder Than Words," apparently featuring the only lead vocals by David on the album. There are radio rips available on various sites including YouTube; we aren't linking them because we imagine Columbia will be working to take them down as they pop up.
New Roger Waters Song: 'If I Had Been God'
Posted by alb on Sep 29, 2014
Several singles, for lack of a better term, have been released by Roger since his last official studio album, Amused To Death (1992), and Roger has been candid about the fact that he was working on a project tentatively titled "Homeland".
That's all relatively old news now, since he then embarked on a monumental world tour of The Wall, playing just about every corner of the earth over the course of three-plus years. 219 shows later, Roger finally had the time to complete this new record.
Will any of those aforementioned 'singles' be included on this new studio album, whatever it ends up being called? Roger isn't saying much, but has hinted that like his most successful albums, this new piece will have a central theme. "It's about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children", he recently stated to Rolling Stone magazine.
A new song, "If I Had Been God", was performed at the Russell Tribunal (also known as the International War Crimes Tribunal) recently. This performance consists of Mr. Waters playing an acoustic guitar by himself while singing the lyrics of the song. It certainly sounds like it could fit in with the expected concept of his eagerly anticipated album. We hope you enjoy it!
Promotional push for "The Endless River" begins with a teaser
Posted by madhack on Sep 22, 2014
Pink Floyd's official site has begun the promotional push for the impending release of the band's new album, The Endless River, on their website. Included are the first sample of music from the album, a video teaser/commercial, a track listing (below), and artwork/detail for the standard, double vinyl, and deluxe box editions. Expect more tidbits as the November release date approaches.
The announced track list is:
- Things Left Unsaid
- It's What We Do
- Ebb and Flow
- The Lost Art of Conversation
- On Noodle Street
- Night Light
- Allons-y (1)
- Autumn '68
- Allons-y (2)
- Talkin' Hawkin'
- Eyes to Pearls
- Louder Than Words
There'll likely be plenty of analysis to come until more details get filled in. I can throw out an easy one: there seems to be an obvious follow-up to Wright's "Summer '68" from Atom heart Mother...
"Roger Waters: The Wall" documentary coming in September
Posted by madhack on Aug 20, 2014
A documentary covering Roger Waters's The Wall tour will be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Those who attended any of the 2010-2013 concerts may have suspected something was in the works, as cameras were present and obvious at the shows, but it will still be a treat to relive what those great shows.
Marianne Faithfull's new single penned by Roger Waters
Posted by madhack on Aug 7, 2014
A musical legend in her own right, Marianne Faithfull's newly-released single, Sparrows Will Sing, was written by none other than Roger Waters. While not directly related to the Floyd, we imagine that there are readers here interested in anything written by any of the members of the band, past or present. Those interested in hearing the performance from her forthcoming album, Give My Love To London, can do so at the official YouTube link.
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