Hello, and welcome to to all Pink Floyd aficionados!
I've just returned home from my local (10 miles away!!) record store Cruisin' Records in Welling, with a copy of the Record Store Day Syd Barrett special release, Dark Globe, with Syd performing on one side and REM on the other. This is a Rhino Records RSD exclusive release and is part of Rhino's Side By Side 7" series, with two artists performing the same song on one single. If you've yet to hear the REM version use the track selector to do so, it's in the list.
David Gilmour has recently announced a string of 10 European dates in September this year, five of which are to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall. The shows, should, hopefully include new material - its been stated that his new album will be released at the same time as the concerts.
Roger Waters has also announced that the long awaited and highly anticipated 2015 editions of his 1992 album, Amused To Death will be released on 24th July. It's coming in a variety of editions, all with new artwork and packaging and for completists, will be a very expensive shop.
These various editions are as follows:
CD CD & Blu-ray SACD 2 x LP 200 gram vinyl (pressed at Quality Record Pressings)
Limited edition, numbered 2 x LP picture disc vinyl
The CD + Blu-ray edition, and the SACD edition, of Amused To Death both feature the new 5.1 surround remix of the album. The artwork and packaging has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director behind The Wall Live Tour and movie. The standard CD, as well as the vinyl editions, feature the newly remastered stereo mix of the album.
Talking of the The Wall Tour film, we now know that a number of special screenings of the film will be screened in participating cinemas across the world at 7.30pm local time on Tuesday, September 29th this year. More information and tickets will be available this summer at www.roger-waters.com.
The film had its World Premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was shot in 4K and mixed in Dolby Atmos during the 2010-2013 tour, which was seen by over 4 million fans worldwide, and the biggest ever worldwide tour by a solo artist.
To date there are no details of which cinemas will be participating, neither, sadly is there any news of the release of the film on DVD or Blu-ray.
Another Plaque in the Wall - Pink Floyd Honoured - On the 28th May founding members of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason and Roger Waters returned to the site of their formation to mark their 50th anniversary as a band.
The pair unveiled a plaque at London's University Of Westminister (formerly Regent Street Polytechnic) with Mason telling BBC News: "Put it like this: if we’d gone up for Britain’s Got Talent, I don’t think we would have made it past the audition stage." Mason added: "We weren’t terribly good," to which Waters replied: "We were effing awful."
The band formed at the Polytechnic in 1965, initially going by the name Sigma 6, with keyboardist Richard Wright joining the group soon after. Wright died in 2008. David Gilmour did not attend the event because he didn't join the band until 1967.
Our friends over at Fruits de Mer Records have a very special weekend coming up on August 7th - 9th 2015. 'The 13th Dream of Dr Sardonicus' Festival takes place in the cellar bar and Penny's Gallery in Cardigan, Wales. Appearing sometime over the weekend will be Bevis Frond, Sendelica, Soft Hearted Scientists, Schnauser, The Luck Of Eden Hall, Earthling Society, Superfjord (Finland), Honey Pot, Spurious Transient, Legendary Flower Punk (Russia), Steve Kelly, Accoustica, Paradise 9, Jack Ellister, (Holland), DJ Wally Stagg, and a few more to be announced.................
For full details head on over to the FDM website and check them out - http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/
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