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4 August 2015

DAVID GILMOUR ADDS 3RD LA DATE – 27TH MARCH AT THE FORUM

David Gilmour has added a third live date in Los Angeles – on Sunday 27th March 2016 at The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA 90305.

Tickets will be available from 10am PST on Friday 7th August 2015 from this link.

Tickets can also be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, The Forum box office, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 (toll-free only inside the US). Every ticket purchased online in North America will include a copy of the new Rattle That Lock album, via an online redemption link. Terms & Conditions apply. Please see the Live Dates page on davidgilmour.com for all confirmed live dates, 2015/2016.


31 July 2015

RATTLE THAT LOCK – BY ALASDAIR AND JOCK

Now available to view above is the animated video for David Gilmour's single Rattle That Lock, created by Alasdair and Jock from Trunk Animation, the London-based production house, under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The hand-drawn animation depicts various facets from John Milton's Paradise Lost, from which Rattle That Lock lyricist Polly Samson drew her inspiration. The poem itself encompasses twelve books, concerning the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Trunk directors Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, alongside producer Richard Barnett, assembled a team of 12 animators, artists and compositors, who worked continuously over three months to bring the narrative and many technical elements together. The team developed the narrative and took its main inspiration from the first three books of Paradise Lost, but also drew on details from across all twelve volumes. The film follows the fall of Satan from the kingdom of Heaven and his subsequent journey through Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos on his way to corrupt the virgin Earth.


21 July 2015

HUGE DEMAND PROMPTS EXTRA DAVID GILMOUR SHOWS

After the huge demand for Friday's release of tickets to David Gilmour's North American shows, four extra shows have been added.

Tickets go on sale next Monday, 27th July, for Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl on 25th March 2016, Toronto, Air Canada Centre, on 1st April 2016, Chicago, United Center, 4th April 2016, and New York, Madison Square Garden, on 12th April 2016.

The links below are not yet active, but please use them to order tickets on 27th July – at 10am local time in all markets.

NB Some persons seeking tickets have received the response 'We were unable to process your request. Try again later'. We are told it may mean that high demand is causing a delay in ticket processing, so we're told that fans should keep trying.

The four extra dates are:

25 March 2016 – Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl (On sale: 10am PST)
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1 April 2016 – Toronto – Air Canada Centre (On sale: 10am EST)
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4 April 2016 – Chicago – United Center (On sale: 10am CST)
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12 April 2016 – New York – Madison Square Garden (On sale: 10am EST)
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Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone.

As with the concerts announced so far, every ticket purchased online in North America will include a Rattle That Lock CD.


21 July 2015

POLLY SAMSON'S THE KINDNESS PUBLISHED IN THE US

Polly Samson, lyricist for The Division Bell, The Endless River and, for David Gilmour, On An Island plus the forthcoming Rattle That Lock, sees her most recent novel The Kindness published in hardcover and as an e-book in the US today.

Already described as a "sumptuous, vivid and painterly work" by The New York Times, reviews in the UK included this from the Financial Times: "This is elegant, witty writing, informed throughout by generosity and wise perceptiveness. Dealing with many kinds of love, and with misunderstanding, betrayal, grief and forgiveness, the novel dares to posit, ultimately, the possibility of redemption. It is a book to cherish, to recommend, to return to – and not to lend anyone".

To see more and order The Kindness in the US click here, in the UK here, and in Australia here.


16 July 2015

DAVID GILMOUR'S NEW ALBUM RATTLE THAT LOCK RELEASED ON SEPT 18
NORTH AMERICAN DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2016


Rattle That LockDavid Gilmour's new album Rattle That Lock will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015 on Columbia Records. The first single, also titled 'Rattle That Lock', will be released digitally tomorrow, Friday 17th July 2015.

Additionally, North American live dates have been confirmed for March and April 2016, with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York. Ticket buyers will be among the first to receive the new album, as every ticket purchased online will include a Rattle That Lock CD*.

Tickets for the North American concert dates, David's first since the On An Island tour in 2006, go on sale tomorrow, Friday 17th July, with individual venue times listed below. These follow his 2015 European shows in September/October, which are all sold out.



March 24, 2016 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – on sale 12pm (PST).
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March 31, 2016 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto – on sale 10am (EST).
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April 8, 2016 – United Center, Chicago – on sale 12pm (CST).
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April 11, 2016 – Madison Square Garden, New York – on sale 10am (EST).
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Tickets will also be available at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone. See the Live Dates page at davidgilmour.com for details.

Rattle That Lock follows the 2006 #1 platinum album On An Island, and once again features novelist Polly Samson as primary lyricist, as well as Phil Manzanera, who co-produced the album with David. The striking cover was art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

The tracklisting is:
1. 5 A.M. (Gilmour)
2. Rattle That Lock (Gilmour/Samson/Boumendil)
3. Faces Of Stone (Gilmour)
4. A Boat Lies Waiting (Gilmour/Samson)
5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me (Gilmour)
6. In Any Tongue (Gilmour/Samson)
7. Beauty (Gilmour)
8. The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Gilmour/Samson)
9. Today (Gilmour/Samson)
10. And Then... (Gilmour)

The title track, 'Rattle That Lock', will be heard for the first time in the UK on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Show, hosted by Sara Cox, on Friday, July 17th and will be available immediately to download and stream worldwide. The song begins with the four notes, created by Michaël Boumendil, which precede announcements at French SNCF railway stations which David recorded on his phone at Aix-en-Provence station. Polly's lyrics were inspired by Book II of John Milton's Paradise Lost, which is also featured in her recent acclaimed novel, The Kindness. The single also features The Liberty Choir, as well as singers Mica Paris and Louise Marshall.

The Rattle That Lock album will be available in a CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, including a 22-page booklet, but also on heavyweight vinyl, digital download and a deluxe box edition, which includes 4 Barn Jam films, 4 non-album audio tracks, 4 documentaries, and 2 promo clips. Available in CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray versions, the deluxe edition also includes 2 hardback books, a double-sided poster, a postcard in a dedicated envelope and a David Gilmour plectrum.

Pre-ordering for all editions will be available around the world at various times tomorrow, July 17th.

*Terms and Conditions apply.


7 June 2015

POLLY SAMSON AND DAVID GILMOUR FETED AT LITERARY FESTIVAL

Polly Samson and David Gilmour were special guests at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in County Carlow, Ireland, on June 6th. In a session entitled 'Louder Than Words', they touched on lyric writing and the nature of creativity, amongst other topics.

As well as discussion on the process of writing lyrics for both On An Island and The Division Bell, Polly expanded on the collaborative nature of her writing for David and Pink Floyd, and how rewarding it has proved to be. Questions from the floor inevitably centred on David Gilmour's forthcoming album, and alongside praise for contributors and album co-producer Phil Manzanera, David and Polly revealed that the title will be Rattle That Lock.


28 May 2015

ROGER AND NICK UNVEIL SECOND REGENT STREET HERITAGE PLAQUE

Regent Street Heritage PlaqueToday on Regent Street, London, Roger Waters and Nick Mason unveiled the second Regent Street Heritage Plaque to mark the site of the former Regent Street Polytechnic at 309 Regent Street where they met. As any Floyd fan knows, while studying architecture between 1962 and 1965, Roger, Nick and Richard Wright met and formed a band, originally called Sigma 6, which first performed in the college Common Room and at fellow students' parties.

In a recent interview, Roger said he felt "enormously privileged" to have a plaque erected on Regent Street in the band's honour. Nick said: "Studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic introduced me to some of the key people and biggest collaborators in my career, many of whom I have been lucky enough to work with over the last 50 years. Three of the founding members of Pink Floyd met there, so in essence we were formed under the roof of the Polytechnic. We rehearsed in the Common Room in the basement and played some of our first performances there. Not only did studying architecture give us an invaluable introduction to art and technology, but it also gave us an opportunity to develop, through what would now be called a 'government funded initiative' but was then called a 'student grant'. We are of course honoured to be recognised in this way and I have to add astonished; it was unclear in 1965 that a life time in music beckoned".

Click here for a link to BBC Radio 4's piece from this morning, 28th May.

There is also a feature on BBC Radio 4's Front Row at 7.15pm. tonight. Listen live or via the BBC iPlayer in the UK. On Twitter: @bbcfrontrow

Photo: Dave Parry, PA.


12 March 2015

POLLY SAMSON'S THE KINDNESS PUBLISHED TODAY

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, and The Endless River) has seen her novel The Kindness published in hardback in the UK today. It will be available on 5th May in Australia, and in the USA on 21st July.

Early reviews have described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness in the UK here, and pre-order in Australia here and in the USA here. Click here for some recent features, including BBC Radio 4's Front Row and spreads in You magazine, the UK Sunday Times, and The Guardian, or here for news of some of Polly's literary events.


4 March 2015

DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 TOUR DATES AND NEW SOLO ALBUM

David Gilmour Tour 2015
It was announced today that tickets will go on sale at 10.00am GMT on Friday 6th March for David Gilmour's first tour dates in nine years. The UK and European shows, planned for September 2015, will coincide with the release of his, as yet untitled, fourth solo studio album, which follows the platinum and UK Number 1 album On An Island.

The shows kick off at the historic Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia, on 12th September, and continue through some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues. Other places to be visited include: Verona, Italy (Verona Arena, Sept. 14); Florence, Italy (Teatro Le Mulina, Sept. 15); Orange, France (Theatre Antique, Sept. 17); and Oberhausen in Germany (Konig-Pilsner-Arena, Sept. 19). David then undertakes three consecutive nights at the sumptuous Royal Albert Hall in London on 23, 24 and 25 September.

For full details, go to davidgilmour.com.

David's new solo album follows the worldwide success of Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River, which hit the Number 1 chart position in 21 countries around the world, and was one of the UK's Top 10 best-selling albums of 2014. Pink Floyd have also just been named by IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) as the seventh top-selling artist globally in 2014.




3 March 2015

'THE KINDNESS' PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK

Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell and The Endless River) will see her novel The Kindness published in hardback on 12th March in the UK and on 5th May in Australia. Publication date in the USA is 21st July.

Early reviews have already described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'. You can pre-order The Kindness in the UK here, in Australia here, and in the USA here.

To pre-order a copy of The Kindness, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here.

POLLY'S LITERARY EVENTS

MARCH

Weds 11th: BBC Radio 4, 'Front Row'. 7.15pm.

Thurs 19th: London; The Athenaeum. 6.30-8.30pm. Harper's Bazaar event. Tickets

Sat 21st: Ireland; Dún Laoghaire. 12.30pm. Mountains to Sea Literary Festival. Tickets

Fri 27th: London; Hampstead Theatre. 2.45pm. Hampstead Literary Festival. Tickets

Sat 28th: London; Waterstones, Piccadilly. 6.30-8.30pm. Short story event. Tickets


MAY

Thurs 14th: London; Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP. 6.30-7.30pm. Bloomsbury Book Club. Tickets: bloomsburyinstitute@bloomsbury.com

Fri 15th: Brighton; Charleston Literary Festival. 3.30-4.30.pm. Tickets

Mon 18th: London; John Maynard Keynes Library. 6.00-7.20pm. Birkbeck College event.

Sat 30th: Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. 11.30am.

More information is available on her Website.

Polly's most recent linked story collection, Perfect Lives, was a UK Sunday Times Fiction Choice Of The Year and was read on BBC Radio 4.


5 December 2014

GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR 'THE DIVISION BELL'

The Division Bell has been nominated in the upcoming Grammy Awards for 'Best Surround Sound Album'. The award winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on Sunday 8th February 2015. The surround mix is available in the 20th anniversary box set of the album, released earlier this year.


27 November 2014

THE ENDLESS RIVER HELPS DRIVE VINYL REVIVAL

First week UK sales on vinyl of The Endless River were the highest of any LP released since 1997, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album this century, according to official UK Charts data.

The BPI, the trade body which represents the UK's record labels, has just announced that annual sales of vinyl albums have exceeded the 1m mark for the first time since the Britpop era of the 1990s, according to Official Charts data released today.

The milestone was achieved at the weekend, which saw 2014 sales already comfortably ahead of the 780,674 sales posted in 2013. With the Christmas period still to come, the BPI says it's likely the final total for 2014 will rise towards around 1.2m unit sales, a level not seen since 1996, when 1,083,206 LPs were purchased.

A new generation of music fans and a mix of iconic and acclaimed new rock bands is helping to drive the revival, which sees The Endless River at Number 2 in the current Official Vinyl Chart behind the David Bowie 'Best Of', Nothing Has Changed.


19 November 2014

CHARTING THE ENDLESS RIVER

The Endless River is Number One in the album charts in: UK, Germany, France, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, and Slovenia.

STOP PRESS: the album has debuted at No. 1 in a further three countries: Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, while in Italy, Pink Floyd jump from No. 2 to knock local artist Vasco Rossi off the top slot. This takes the total of chart toppers to 20 countries*.

Other charts include: USA – 3; Australia – 3; Finland – 4; and Spain – 6.

*The Endless River is also the best-selling album in Romania, although there are no official charts there.


16 November 2014

'THE ENDLESS RIVER' TOPS THE CHARTS

Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River reached a milestone today, entering the Official UK Album Chart at Number One ... with a similar story in a number of other countries.


4 November 2014

LATER... WITH WORDS

David guests tonight on the BBC TV progamme show Later... with Jools Holland, in an interview with Jools about the imminent release of The Endless River. We can expect there to be an exclusive extract from the promo video for Louder Than Words too, so it should be a memorable show.

The final live edition of the 45th series of the show is broadcast in the UK on BBC Two from 10.00 to 10.30pm, can be seen live via the Internet in the UK and again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer site. A longer version of the programme will be transmitted in the evening of Friday 7th November at 11.50pm UK time.


13 October 2014

PRESS RELEASE: THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION – THEIR MORTAL REMAINS – CANCELLED

Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition – Their Mortal Remains, have announced today that the exhibition, due to take place on September 19th in Milan, has now been cancelled because the necessary conditions have not occurred in order to make it happen within the time frame available at the Fabbrica del Vapore. (These conditions have nothing to do with Milan's Municipality.)

Ticket holders for the exhibition should seek refunds from their point of purchase according to the procedures already communicated.


10 October 2014

'LOUDER THAN WORDS' GETS FIRST RADIO PLAY

Louder Than Words, the new song by Pink Floyd, had its first radio play yesterday on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans show.

Louder Than Words is performed by Pink Floyd. Taken from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason's 1993 Division Bell sessions it has new lyrics by writer and Division Bell lyricist Polly Samson.

David Gilmour said: "The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick's idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn't need words, that hearing us play was more interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder than words".


9 October 2014

DAVID AND NICK TALK ABOUT 'THE ENDLESS RIVER'



In addition to the release of the interview, above, David and Nick chatted to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the release of The Endless River.

This is available on the BBC iPlayer here.


22 September 2014

PINK FLOYD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS

The Endless RiverDetails about The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten international cities, including an eight-metre lit installation on London's Southbank.

The album will be released on Parlophone/Warner Music on 10 November and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.

David Gilmour said:
"The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

Nick Mason said:
"The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

The Endless River is mainly an instrumental album across 'four sides' with one song, 'Louder Than Words', with new lyrics by novelist Polly Samson.

Visit the new microsite here.


11 August 2014

PRESS RELEASE: THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION – THEIR MORTAL REMAINS – POSTPONED

Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition, have announced today that the Exhibition, due to start on 19 September 2014 in Milan, has had to be postponed due to production delays. Building the complex Exhibition to the required specification has made it impossible to make the opening date. Tickets sales for the Exhibition are currently suspended.

Existing ticket purchases will remain valid once the new exhibition dates are announced or can be refunded at point of purchase.


7 July 2014

'THE ENDLESS RIVER'

Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album, The Endless River, in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer.


20 May 2014

PINK FLOYD TO RELEASE 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET OF 'THE DIVISION BELL'

•   RELEASED: 30 JUNE 2014
•   PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX
•   BLU-RAY DISC INCLUDING NEW 2014 FILM OF MAROONED
•   2-LP VINYL FEATURING FULL-LENGTH TRACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
•   REPLICA 7" AND 12" COLOURED VINYL AND MUCH MORE


Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division Bell, the band's 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track Marooned. Set for release on 30 June 2014, 'The Division Bell' was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. This 20th anniversary box set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors' prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson's 5.1 audio mix of 'The Division Bell'.

'The Division Bell' debuted at No 1 in the UK and in the USA, staying at the top of the US charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in eight other countries and, to date, has reached total album sales of over 12 million. The album was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour.

David Gilmour said at the time: "The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and improvised for 2 weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive".

The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector's box set will feature a new 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks (originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7" vinyl replica of single Take It Back, clear 7" vinyl replica of High Hopes, 12" blue vinyl replica of High Hopes with reverse laser etched design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of 'The Division Bell' and a Blu-ray disc including 'The Division Bell' album in HD Audio, plus the previously unreleased 5.1 surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson.

Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for Marooned, the track that won a Grammy for 'Best Rock Instrumental' in 1994. Filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It will appear on the disc with audio tracks in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Andy Jackson.

Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.




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