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3 December 2012

Nick Mason Receives Honorary Degree From University

Nick Mason Receives Honorary DegreeLast Monday, 26th November, Nick Mason was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his contributions to music by the University of Westminster in London. Nick became a student at the school in 1962, known at the time as Regent Street Polytechnic, and it was there that he started the bands with Roger Waters and Richard Wright that eventually turned into Pink Floyd, when the lineup had stabilised as Mason, Waters, Wright, and Syd Barrett. Nick had studied architecture alongside Roger and Richard, but left a year before completing his studies when the band's career began to take off.

Reflecting on his experience at the school 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 40 years".

He added, "In essence [Pink Floyd was] formed under the roof of the Polytechnic," while pointing out that the group practised in the basement of a common room at the institution and played some of their first gigs at the college. "Not only did studying architecture teach us some useful stuff," said Mason, "but it also gave us an opportunity to develop and put us in touch with some fantastic mentors and industry contacts that have helped us along the way".

Alan Fisher, the University of Westminster's Head of Music, noted, "Nick Mason has been at the forefront of the music industry for nearly 50 years. He helped found Pink Floyd, a band which is internationally renowned for innovation, both musically and in terms of stage design and production, aspects of which were undoubtedly influenced by the band members' architectural education at the university".

18 November 2012

David Gilmour In Concert Android App Out Tomorrow

As previously announced, release date of the App version of 'David Gilmour In Concert' will be tomorrow, on Android devices around the world. Please look on your local Android store to find the App, which is entitled, simply 'David Gilmour In Concert'.

Release on Apple devices has been postponed until Monday 3rd December, due to technical issues, but it is planned for release on Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and should be available from the Apple iTunes Store from that date.

As well as the interactive features already announced, the App also includes links to David's Facebook and his official Website.

15 November 2012

Roger Waters: Press Conference Today

Roger spoke at a press conference for the 2013 European 'The Wall Live' tour today.

You can view the live stream above.

14 November 2012

Floyd Classic Rock Double Header

Last night's Classic Rock Awards, held by Classic Rock magazine at The Roundhouse in London, saw Pink Floyd winning two awards. First was the readers' vote for 'Reissue Of The Year', awarded for the entire 'Why Pink Floyd?' reissue series, which included 14 remastered albums, three 'Experience' edition CD sets and three multi-disc box sets. The second winner was the recent Eagle Rock production of 'The Story Of Wish You Were Here', a fascinating look at the making of the album, with new contributions from David, Roger and Nick, plus archive interview footage of Richard Wright. Also a readers' favourite, the DVD beat off competition from equally deserving programmes, including those from George Harrison, Mott The Hoople, and The Rolling Stones.

Nick Mason was on hand to accept the awards with a speech, delivered in his customary humorous style.

12 November 2012

Stand Up For Heroes Concert

On Thursday night at The Beacon Theater in NYC I took part in an evening called, Stand Up For Heroes. This event is six years old, is put on by The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival which raises money to help wounded veterans. I was privileged to perform with some of the wounded. A great bunch of young men (Will, Eric, Brandon, Josh, Nathan, Erik (soon to be Major Erik Johnson), Eddie, Daniel, Rex, Lander and Tim, to all of whom I extend my love and heartfelt thanks. So here's some of it.............. Victims of war, no matter who they are, or where they're from, are all to often forgotten, I support all who reach out to help them.

Thanks also to GE Smith, Jeff Kazee, Abe Fogle, Sergeant Jon Joyce, Arthur Bloom and Greg Loman.


8 November 2012

Stand Up For Heroes Tonight

Be sure to watch a very special live performance of Roger Waters performing with a band of combat wounded veterans to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation tonight at 8pm ET. More information is available here.

The vision of the Bob Woodruff Foundation is to provide resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families ... building a movement to empower communities nationwide to take action to successfully reintegrate our nation's injured heroes – especially those who have sustained the Hidden Injuries of War – back into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically.

7 November 2012

David Gilmour In Concert As An App

In a new development, DVD authoring group The Pavement have created a new technique to convert DVDs into smartphone Apps, and the first one in the world will be David Gilmour In Concert. The programme has already been a big success on DVD, but this new App is a way to enjoy it on the move for anyone who may not already own it.

Released on November 19, 2012, the App will be available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, with a version for Android phones to follow shortly afterwards.

With all the content of the original DVD – including the extras – it will be available worldwide on the Apple App store at a price of £5.99, $8.99, €6.99 or equivalent.

Directed by the award-winning David Mallet, the original programme's features have been retained in full. The concert songs are: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Terrapin; Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; High Hopes; Je Crois Entendre Encore; Smile; Wish You Were Here; Comfortably Numb (featuring Robert Wyatt); Dimming Of The Day; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-8); A Great Day For Freedom; Hushabye Mountain; Breakthrough (featuring Richard Wright); and Comfortably Numb (featuring Bob Geldof). Extras include: Spare Digits (closeups of David's guitar parts); Home Movie (shot at rehearsals); High Hopes Choral; I Put A Spell On You (with Jools Holland and Mica Paris); Don't; and Sonnet 18.

The 2001 songs (concert tracks 1- 13) were shot in HD, while tracks 14-16 of the concert footage and the extras were shot in standard definition. The App works exactly like its source DVD – full of rich video and audio material with interactive motion, menu navigation options and bonus extras. The quality of the HD footage can be especially enjoyed on the latest range of tablets, many of which have enhanced screens for HD viewing.

7 September 2012

Prog Rock Awards Honour Floyd

Peter Curzon accepts the 'Grand Design' award at the first Prog Rock Awards

The first Prog Rock Awards, organised by the UK's Prog Rock magazine, honoured Pink Floyd, who won the 'Grand Design' award for the series of Immersion box sets, released over the last year and including The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.

Peter Curzon, longtime associate of Floyd designer Storm Thorgerson, accepted the award at the ceremony, which also honoured Genesis with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Nick Mason performing at the Olympics closing ceremony
Mike Rutherford of Genesis of course teamed up with Nick Mason and The Feeling's bassist Richard Jones to back Ed Sheeran last month, performing Wish You Were Here at the Olympics closing ceremony.

More details of the Prog Rock Awards can be read here.

22 May 2012

Final Show Features Largest Wall

An historic performance of Roger Waters – The Wall will take place in Québec City on Saturday 21st July. This final date of the 2012 tour will feature the largest wall ever built.

Roger Waters says: "I've always loved playing in Québec. The Québécois are a very passionate and musical people and we'll be playing on the Fields of Abraham. This is going to be completely unlike any of The Wall shows we've done anywhere else in the world".

A limited number of priority tickets (wristbands) will be available in advance of the public sale for fans who register on RogerWaters.com between 9.00am on Wednesday 23rd May and 9.00pm on Thursday 31st May.

Fans who have purchased a pass for this year's Festival d'été de Québec can also get priority booking by registering online at www.infofestival.com during the same time period.

General public sales will commence on Tuesday 5th June at www.infofestival.com.

18 May 2012

Pink Floyd Channel For Sirius XM

Roger Waters announced the launch of a Pink Floyd Channel when he visited veteran rock deejay Jim Ladd's nightly show on Sirius XM yesterday in Los Angeles. The new channel is due to launch on Tuesday 29th May, and will carry Pink Floyd concerts, interviews, rarities, and will air the group's full recorded catalogue.

"I can't think of a better home for the Pink Floyd catalogue, and all the solo stuff, than Sirius XM," said Roger. "How cool for all our fans and what a great way to introduce the work to new generations of listeners."

11 May 2012

David Gilmour In Conversation

David has given an exclusive interview to high50 editor Tim Willis about recording The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Click here for more information.

2 March 2012

'Wish You Were Here' Premieres Tomorrow Night

In the USA only, VH1 Classic is presenting what amounts to a day of Pink Floyd tomorrow, having acquired the brand-new 'The Story of Wish You Were Here' (made by Eagle Rock), which will get its world premiere at 7.30PM (EST).

Floyd programming kicks off at 1PM (EST) with 'Classic Albums: The Dark Side Of The Moon', which is followed by the movie 'Pink Floyd: The Wall', 'Which One's Pink?', and 'David Gilmour Live In Gdańsk', ahead of 'The Story Of Wish You Were Here'. The evening concludes with a repeat of the 'Wall' movie.

'The Story Of Wish You Were Here' runs for 90 minutes and, as well as new and recent interviews with Roger, David and Nick, plus some archive interview material from Richard, it includes contributions from original album engineer Brian Humphries, backing singer Venetta Fields, photographer Jill Furmanovsky, stunt man Ronnie Rondell, and the design/photography team of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey 'Po' Powell. Roy Harper talks about recording 'Have A Cigar', and both Roger and David shine some light on some of the material with musical illustration.

Click here to view the schedule.

20 February 2012

Planet Rock 'Building The Wall'

UK-based Radio station and Internet broadcaster Planet Rock have announced a one-hour special on the making of 'The Wall', entitled 'Building The Wall'. Broadcast at 7PM UK time this Saturday, February 25th, it is based on exclusive interviews with Planet Rock DJ's from the last six months. Covering the whole of 'The Wall' from conception, to recording the original album and staging the shows, right up to Roger Waters' current 'The Wall Live' tour, it includes interviews with Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Snowy White and Gerald Scarfe.

Planet Rock Radio is available on DAB in the UK or globally via www.planetrock.com.

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