26 May 2016
ROYAL MAIL TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD
Royal Mail in the UK has announced it will issue a set of 10 postage
stamps to celebrate Pink Floyd and their worldwide influence.
Six stamps will feature the sleeves from: The Piper At The Gates Of
Dawn; Atom Heart Mother; The Dark Side Of The Moon; Wish You Were Here;
Animals; and The Endless River.
In addition, four stamps within a special miniature sheet are designed
to convey the experience of Pink Floyd live, from appearances at UFO,
London, in 1966, to the ambitious staging for the Wall and the Division
Philip Parker, Royal Mail's stamp strategy manager said:
"Pink Floyd is arguably the most visually literate band of all time,
with legendary live performances increasing in ambition over the decades.
It's fitting that this iconic British band is recognised with these
The stamps, as well as limited edition souvenirs including framed stamps
and a special Dark Side of the Moon stamp sheet, are available to pre-order
The stamps will be issued on 7 July 2016 and available from UK Post
Offices and online here
About Royal Mail Special Stamps:
For 50 years Royal Mail's Special Stamp programme has commemorated and
celebrated events and anniversaries pertinent to UK heritage and life.
Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift
givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty the Queen approves
all UK stamp designs before they are printed.
20 May 2016
RATTLE THAT LOCK TOUR CONTINUES
The summer leg of David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock
starts on Saturday 25th June with a very special show in Wrocław,
Poland, where David and his band will perform with a 30-piece orchestra
conducted by Zbigniew Preisner in the city's Freedom Square, and will
then visit Vienna, Rome, Pompeii, Verona, Stuttgart, Paris, Wiesbaden,
Nîmes, Besançon, and Tienen in Belgium before ending with
a four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.
The band will be: Guy Pratt, bass guitar; Steve DiStanislao, drums;
Chester Kamen, guitar; Greg Phillinganes, keyboards; Chuck Leavell,
keyboards; João Mello, saxophone; and Louise Marshall, Lucita
Jules and Bryan Chambers on vocals.
6 May 2016
THE COMPLETE PINK FLOYD CATALOGUE TO BE AVAILABLE ON
On Friday 3rd June 2016
, Pink Floyd Records will begin the reintroduction
of the Pink Floyd catalogue on vinyl for the first time in over two
decades. The first four records will be The Piper at the Gates of
, A Saucerful of Secrets
, the soundtrack from the film
, and the 2-LP set Ummagumma
. Pink Floyd Records will
reproduce the vinyl catalogue throughout the year with release dates
being announced at regular intervals. In the meantime, all Pink Floyd
records are now available on CD, digital and most streaming platforms.
Special care has been taken to replicate the original packaging. The
first batch of releases, mastered by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and
Bernie Grundman will be pressed on 180gram vinyl for optimum sound quality.
Pink Floyd Records releases will be manufactured and distributed by
Warner Music for the UK and Europe and by Sony Music for North America
and the rest of the world.
18 March 2016
DAVID GILMOUR PLAYS POMPEII
David Gilmour will return to Pompeii's Roman Amphitheatre to play two
concerts there, on the 7th and 8th of July 2016, the first artist to
perform a rock concert in the venue with an audience. Pink Floyd were
the first to play the historic venue in October 1971, filming 'Pink
Floyd: Live at Pompeii' over four days in the empty arena, and until
now, no other rock concert has been staged there.
Part of David's Rattle That Lock
world tour 2015-16, tickets
for David's concerts will go on sale on Tuesday 22nd March via DavidGilmour.com
at 1.00pm Central European Time. David said: "I want to thank the Ministry
of Culture for giving me the opportunity to once again play this beautiful
and historic venue. Performing there in 1971 was very special and I'm
looking forward to returning and hopefully creating some more memorable
moments made even more special by playing to an audience".
Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, said:
"45 years after the legendary 'Live at Pompeii' David Gilmour will be
back performing in a unique, fascinating, beautiful scenario. The legend
of Pink Floyd will come back to life with him in Pompeii. It will be
a show that can't be missed".
6 March 2016
DAVID GILMOUR IN ANY TONGUE VIDEO
In advance of David Gilmour's North American tour dates, a video has
been completed for the full track of In Any Tongue
, one of the
stand-out tracks from the No. 1 Rattle That Lock
album and David's
2015/16 tour dates. David's Creative Director, Aubrey 'Po' Powell, was
looking for a talented animator to work on a video for another album
track, The Girl In The Yellow Dress
, and discovered in America
a young film maker named Danny Madden. Danny's short film Confusion
had won recognition at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival,
and Po was so taken with the work that he showed it to David and lyricist
Polly Samson, who immediately employed Danny to make the Yellow Dress
film. However, David and Polly had also written In Any Tongue
about the futility of war, and by chance some of the illustrations in
Danny's film fitted the mood exactly. Danny gave his permission to use
an edited part of Confusion Through Sand
to fit In Any Tongue
which was used on tour.
Danny's animation has now been laid on to the album track as a full
(see above), while an edit has also been done for the
audio track for radio play around the world.
16 February 2016
58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
Last night, James Guthrie and his assistant engineer, Joel Plante, won
the GRAMMY for Best Surround Sound Album
for their work on last
year's remastered version of Roger Waters' 1992 album Amused to Death
26 January 2016
DAVID GILMOUR RETURNS TO POLAND WITH 30-PIECE ORCHESTRA
David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock
global tour continues in Europe
during 2016, including a very special concert in Freedom Square,
. Taking place on Saturday 25th June 2016
the concert will form part of the city's celebrations as European Capital
of Culture 2016 and tickets are on sale now. Click here
for ticket information.
The concert will be the first on the Rattle That Lock Tour 2015/16
to include a 30-piece orchestra, conducted by long-term collaborator,
Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, and will also include a special guest
appearance by Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer. The special one-off
event, located on Freedom Square in front of the National Forum of Music,
will be filmed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell and broadcast live on Polish TV.
Richard Wright played alongside David when, in 2006, he last performed
in Poland; the final tour date, in the shipyards of Gdańsk, was
released as the live album and DVD Live In Gdańsk
6 January 2016
NEW SYD BARRETT WEBSITE LAUNCHED TODAY
Today marks what would have been the 70th birthday of Syd Barrett, founder
member of Pink Floyd and one of the most influential musicians in British
To mark the occasion, Syd Barrett's new official Website was launched
today celebrating his unique life and career, both of which continue
to inspire and enthral.
to visit the new SydBarrett.com
30 November 2015
1965 RECORDINGS ON LIMITED VINYL
mark 50 years since the tracks were recorded, Pink Floyd have released
a limited edition set of two 7" singles, containing the band's first
recordings. Entitled Pink Floyd 1965 Their First Recordings
the songs include Syd Barrett compositions Lucy Leave
, Remember Me
, and Butterfly
, coupled with Roger
Waters' Walk With Me Sydney
, and I'm A King Bee
Harpo. The band lineup was the original quartet of Syd Barrett, Roger
Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, augmented by Rado Klose on guitar,
and, on Walk With Me Sydney
, Juliette Gale on backing vocals.
The package includes two 45rpm 7" singles contained in a gatefold sleeve
designed by Peter Curzon of StormStudios, based on Hipgnosis Creative
Director Aubrey Powell's photograph of a light projection by Peter Wynne-Wilson.
The audio was mastered from the original mono analogue tapes by Andy
Jackson of Tube Mastering and Ray Staff of AIR Studios.
9 November 2015
DAVID GILMOUR: WIDER HORIZONS BBC TV DOCUMENTARY AIRS
ON SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER
BBC producer/presenter Alan Yentob has been working on a David Gilmour
documentary for some now, and it is due to air on BBC Two in the UK
on Saturday 14th November at 9.45pm
Entitled David Gilmour: Wider Horizons
, it is billed as 'an intimate
portrait of one of the greatest guitarists and singers of all time'.
The 72-minute film covers much of David's personal and profession life,
and features some of his collaborators, in particular Polly Samson and
Phil Manzanera, who help to shed light on the creative process, including
how some of the songs on Rattle That Lock
It is essential viewing for anyone interested in David's career and
music, but, should you miss it, it will be available on the BBC iPlayer
after transmission. Click here
for more information.
A trailer, focussing on David's early musical learning process, can
be seen here
20 September 2015
DAVID GILMOUR AND POLLY SAMSON IN THE NEWS
Anthony Mason from US TV's CBS morning news made a special trip to the
UK to interview David Gilmour and Polly Samson, and the resulting piece
was broadcast yesterday morning as Another Side of David Gilmour
to see David and Polly talk in depth about their creative partnership,
Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, the Rattle That Lock
and more, punctuated by clips from the studio recordings and the new
10 September 2015
DAVID GILMOUR ON BBC RADIO 4
David Gilmour appeared on Radio 4's Front Row
evening, talking about his new album, Rattle That Lock
, and collaborating
with his wife, the novelist and lyricist Polly Samson.
To listen to the programme, click here
5 September 2015
DAVID GILMOUR'S PREVIEW SHOW LOST FOR WORDS
David Gilmour's preview show for the Rattle That Lock
the Brighton Centre contained some surprises, some familiar old friends
and all superlative quality from start to finish.
For the sake of those who are yet to experience it, it probably is enough
just to list the songs played...
First Set: 5am; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here;
A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High
Second set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Fat Old Sun;
On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like
Encores were: Time/Breathe (reprise); and Comfortably Numb.
Playing alongside David, who excelled on Black Strat, acoustic guitar,
lap steel and vocals, were, as previously announced, Phil Manzanera,
Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, and Steve DiStanislao, joined on this tour for
the first time by Kevin McAlea (keyboards), Louise Marshall, and Bryan
Chambers (backing vocals), and Theo Travis (sax).
The sensational band were equalled only by the creations of Production/Lighting
Director Marc Brickman. Suffice to say that the screens, films and imaginative
use of colour and staging made this a concert by which others should
For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here
3 September 2015
DAVID GILMOUR ON DRIVETIME TODAY
This afternoon between 5.05pm and 7.00pm (UK time), BBC Radio 2's Drivetime
show hosted by Simon Mayo has an exclusive first play of David Gilmour's
new single, Today
. For more information, and for details of how
to listen to the show, click here
20 August 2015
EXTRA DAVID GILMOUR TICKETS AVAILABLE TOMORROW
Tomorrow morning, at 10am UK time, a limited number of extra seats will
be released for David Gilmour's Brighton Centre preview show on Saturday
5th September, as well as for each concert at London's Royal Albert
Hall, on September 23rd, 24th and 25th, and October 2nd and 3rd.
For Brighton tickets, call the box office on 0844 8471515, or click
the London tickets, click here
There are also a few tickets remaining for David Gilmour's show at The
Forum in Los Angeles; click here
A reminder: tickets for David Gilmour's third and final show in Chicago,
at the Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday 6th April 2016, go on sale tomorrow
at 10am CDT. They will be available online here
at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone. Tickets purchased online each
include a code redeemable for a CD of Rattle That Lock
4 August 2015
DAVID GILMOUR ADDS 3RD LA DATE 27TH MARCH AT
David Gilmour has added a third live date in Los Angeles on Sunday
27th March 2016 at The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood,
Tickets will be available from 10am PST on Friday 7th August 2015 from
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
via an online redemption link. Terms & Conditions apply. Please see
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
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
, 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
when onsale begins.
1 April 2016 Toronto Air Canada Centre (On sale: 10am
when onsale begins.
4 April 2016 Chicago United Center (On sale: 10am CST)
when onsale begins.
12 April 2016 New York Madison Square Garden (On sale:
when onsale begins.
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
21 July 2015
POLLY SAMSON'S THE KINDNESS PUBLISHED IN THE US
Polly Samson, lyricist for The Division Bell
, The Endless
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
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
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
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
when onsale begins.
March 31, 2016 Air Canada Centre, Toronto on sale 10am
when onsale begins.
April 8, 2016 United Center, Chicago on sale 12pm (CST).
when onsale begins.
April 11, 2016 Madison Square Garden, New York on sale
when onsale begins.
Tickets will also be available at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster
outlets, or by phone. See the Live
page at davidgilmour.com
Rattle That Lock
follows the 2006 #1 platinum album On An
, 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
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
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
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
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'
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".
link to BBC Radio 4's piece from this morning, 28th May.
There is also a feature on BBC Radio 4's Front Row
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
, 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
some recent features, including BBC Radio 4's Front Row
magazine, the UK Sunday Times
, and The Guardian
of some of Polly's literary events.
4 March 2015
DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 TOUR DATES AND NEW SOLO
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
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
BBC Radio 4, 'Front Row'. 7.15pm.
London; The Athenaeum. 6.30-8.30pm. Harper's Bazaar
Ireland; Dún Laoghaire. 12.30pm. Mountains to
Sea Literary Festival. Tickets
London; Hampstead Theatre. 2.45pm. Hampstead Literary
London; Waterstones, Piccadilly. 6.30-8.30pm. Short
story event. Tickets
London; Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square,
WC1B 3DP. 6.30-7.30pm. Bloomsbury Book Club. Tickets:
Brighton; Charleston Literary Festival. 3.30-4.30.pm.
London; John Maynard Keynes Library. 6.00-7.20pm. Birkbeck
Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. 11.30am.
More information is available on her Website
Polly's most recent linked story collection, Perfect Lives
a UK Sunday Times Fiction Choice Of The Year and was read on BBC Radio
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
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
, 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
Details about The Endless River
, the new Pink
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
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
, 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
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
is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division
, 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
, 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.