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"Amused to Death" to finally see SACD release and LP reissue
Posted by madhack on Apr 8, 2014
According to the blog Super Deluxe Edition, Roger Waters's Amused to Death will finally see its long-awaited SACD release—and in 5.1, to boot. Obviously, the SACD format hasn't taken off as many expected, with many listeners putting more emphasis on mobile convenience than fidelity, but this should be great news for those who have invested in the necessary tech.
Roger Waters responds to accusations of anti-Semitism
Posted by madhack on Aug 1, 2013
Roger Waters has responded to recent accusations of anti-Semitism in an open letter on the official Facebook page for The Wall tour which have resulted in a flurry of news stories and opinion pieces.
Designer Mark Fisher passes away
Posted by madhack on Jun 27, 2013
Mark Fisher, the stage designer and architect who helped create effects and stages for the Animals, The Wall, and The Division Bell tours, has passed away at age 66. The band's official site has posted a statement, and Roger Waters has shared his feelings on his official Facebook page.
Mr. Fisher also worked with a number of other talented artists, and has clearly made a huge impact on the experiences of music fans all over the world.
Pink Floyd takes on Pandora
Posted by madhack on Jun 27, 2013
The remaining members of Pink Floyd have written an op-ed for the USA Today on their problems with the Pandora music streaming service, specifically mentioning Pandora's lobbying to change how royalties are calculated for online streaming. While a cynic might wonder if it has anything to do with their recent addition on Spotify, it's worth noting that their opposition actually began in November. If there's any relationship, it seems more likely that their Pandora opinions led them towards Spotify than anything else.
In the interest of fairness, we'll also link to Pandora's response at their corporate blog disputing the band's claims and numbers. musicFIRST has more details on how they arrived at the 85% figure, and it's clear that the debate isn't going away just yet.
Pink Floyd catalog coming to Spotify -- with your help
Posted by madhack on Jun 14, 2013
Via the official Pink Floyd Twitter account, the band's catalog will be coming to the music streaming service Spotify. There's a catch, though: as part of the promotional campaign, the catalog will only be unlocked if 1 million people stream Wish You Were Here at the service. We're sure they'll have no trouble reaching that goal, but if you'd like to do your part, you can do so here.
Storm Thorgerson passes away at 69
Posted by madhack on Apr 18, 2013
Storm Thorgerson, the legendary designer responsible for numerous albums' artwork, has passed away at the age of 69. He is, of course, almost certainly best-known for the iconic cover of Dark Side of the Moon, but created the art for 15 of Pink Floyd's albums in total, not counting special editions and re-releases.
His family released the following statement:
"Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He was in his 70th year."
"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."
David Gilmour has shared thoughts and memories of his own on his official site, and the official Pink Floyd site echoes his statements. We'll follow up as the remaining surviving members of the band post their own thoughts.
To quote my own father, who introduced me to Pink Floyd: "A diamond just stopped shining."
Yankee Stadium tickets
Posted by madhack on Jul 6, 2012
CBS interviews Roger Waters
Posted by pulse on May 22, 2012
On May 20th, the CBS news program 60 Minutes aired a wonderful piece on Roger Waters and his The Wall Live tour. Extra online content from CBS not included in the 13 minute segment are posted below. The clip Roger Waters: Why I left Pink Floyd is particularly amusing.
Roger Waters rebuilds Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
Extras not included in the segment:
Roger Waters: Why I left Pink Floyd
Conceiving of "The Wall"
"This is not '60s b.s."
Googling Nick Mason
Posted by pulse on Mar 29, 2012
The @Google Talks program sat down with Pink Floyd drummer and founding member Nick Mason as part of their Musicians@Google series. The interview lasts one hour and though much is discussed that most Floyd-heads probably know, Mason's take on things is fascinating. The questions are well-thought and you may find them quite interesting, especially towards the end.
Musicians@Google: Nick Mason
Roger Waters on the Howard Stern Show
Posted by alb on Jan 18, 2012
Roger Waters appeared on Howard Stern's radio show this morning. According to sources who listened, the interview lasted approximately one hour. Of course, Roger was asked about a potential reunion. He responded that while there is no animosity, he is currently too busy for such a thing and he assumes the other members of Floyd are too busy as well.
I have uploaded the 57 minute interview to YouTube for your listening pleasure.
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