Recently announced by Polly Samson & David Gilmour is another addition to the Von Trapped Family Live streams.
This time its a Christmas Special Edition, fans of the previous streams will see story telling from both Polly, Charlie Gilmour, and Occasionally David with his stories of growing up with the late Syd Barrett.
These live streams also feature David Gilmour playing some numbers acoustically in front of family in a very intimate setting, these streams have featured a duet with David and Polly’s daughter Romany who is featured on the latest “Yes, I Have Ghosts” Single.
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains Comes to Los Angeles
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains has just announced that it is coming to America for the first time ever.
Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains was an exhibition on the history of the British rock band Pink Floyd, opening on 13 May 2017 (with a museum members’ preview on 12 May) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and originally scheduled to run until 1 October. After high visitor numbers, the exhibition’s run was extended by two weeks, to 15 October 2017, Before it continued visiting the world with stops in Rome, Dortmund and Madrid and now scheduled for Los Angeles.
The exhibition’s title reflects the lyric “I’ve got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains”, from the song “Nobody Home”, on The Wall. The Exhibition has been highly promoted with media appearances by all three surviving band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters), and designer Aubrey Powell,
Treating the band’s history in chronological order, the exhibition ends with their 2005 reunion at Live 8, with footage of the band performing “Comfortably Numb”, using specially-remixed audio, delivered via AMBEO, a Sennheiser 3D audio technology, over 17 channels and 25 speakers, seven of which are subwoofers.
The exhibition will open at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles in 2021. Visit www.vmmla.com to join the email list for early access to pre-sale tickets when they become available.
Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix helped make London the coolest place in the world throughout the late 1960s. The capital was a beacon of constant creative chaos which alluded to an exciting and adventurous new world, with music placed at the forefront of it. Whilst the art they made came from two different spaces on the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, the illuminating nature of their work tied them both together.
Hendrix made his grand arrival as the counterculture saviour when he touched down on the cobbled streets of little old England in 1966. The nation was not ready to experience the wild brand of spiralling, kaleidoscopic musical wonder which this young American was about to unleash on the British public. His first appearance on English shores saw him shake up the system and immediately win over the country’s then-guitar royalty Eric Clapton, who watched on as Hendrix dethroned him. It wasn’t just Clapton who was watching on as the mysticism of Hendrix took the London audience by total surprise, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was also in the crowd and was utterly mesmerised.
This performance wasn’t Hendrix’s ‘official’live debut on British soil, but it was certainly one way of making an impact. His manager, The Animals bassist Chas Chandler, asked Clapton if Hendrix could make a cameo halfway through Cream’s set, which they obliged despite never previously seeing the guitarist play. It was an act of kindness which would come back to haunt them when the American brazenly overshadowed their show.
Hendrix took the stage and performed a manic version of the Howlin’ Wolf song ‘Killing Floor’. Clapton would later discuss the performance in vivid detail: “He played just about every style you could think of, and not in a flashy way. I mean he did a few of his tricks, like playing with his teeth and behind his back, but it wasn’t in an upstaging sense at all, and that was it…he walked off, and my life was never the same again.”
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was equally blown away and that night at the London Polytechnic would lay the first brick in Hendrix’s legendary legacy. “In the middle of the show, they said, ‘We would like to introduce a friend of ours’,” Waters later recalled. “And this guy came on stage and started playing guitar with his teeth and at a certain time, also playing with the guitar behind his head.”
“I found myself thinking about it some time ago. And I remember that I had misunderstood his name. I thought he was called Junior Hendrix, but then I discovered that he was not ‘Junior’, it was Jimi Hendrix, and that was the first time that he performed in England, at a Cream show. I suppose it was around 1965,” Waters fondly recalled, even if he did get the year wrong.
It didn’t take long for Hendrix to become the talk of the town. The following year, Pink Floyd found themselves touring across Britain supporting him and the run of dates was an eye-opening experience. Drummer Nick Mason wrote in his book, Inside Out, that those run of dates were Pink Floyd’s “first real taste of rock ‘n’ roll as we had imagined it.”
The love that Floyd had in abundance Hendrix was reciprocal. In an interview with Melody Maker in 1970, Hendrix dotingly said: “The term blowing someone’s mind is valid. People like you to blow their minds, but then we are going to give them something that will blow their mind, and while it’s blown there will be something there to fill the gap.
“It’s going to be a complete form of music. It will be really druggy music. Yes, I agree it could be something on similar lines to what Pink Floyd are tackling. They don’t know it, you know, but people like Pink Floyd are the mad scientists of this day and age.”
That Cream show at London Polytechnic in 1966, is the purest example of Jimi Hendrix’s character. He wasn’t at all overawed by the likes of Eric Clapton and Roger Waters watching on with eagle eyes. Hendrix was a man gifted with cojones the same size as his enormous talent, and it says everything about a powerful statement of intent, and in one song, he announced that there was a new King of London Town.
A very happy 77th birthday to Ron Geesin, co-composer with Pink Floyd of the Atom Heart Mother suite (performed again in 2008 with David Gilmour on stage in London), and who worked with Roger Waters on Music From The Body.
This year’s Mick Fleetwood & Friends concert in honour of Peter Green will now be shown at UK cinemas in spring 2021.
Held on Tuesday 25th February 2020 at the London Palladium – just a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic stopped the live music industry – the unique one-off Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green and The Early Years of Fleetwood Mac concert featured some of the biggest names in rock music and beyond.
Mick personally invited Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Zak Starkey, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Pete Townshend (The Who), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac), Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), Neil Finn (Crowded House) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) to perform classic Peter Green and early Fleetwood Mac songs on the night.
The house band featured Mick Fleetwood along with Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze, and Ricky Peterson, and seminal tracks in the jaw-dropping setlist included ‘Albatross’, ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)’, ‘Need Your Love’, ‘Oh Well, Part I and Part 2’, ‘Rattlesnake Shake’ and set closer ‘Shake You Moneymaker’.
The concert, of course, now takes on extra gravitas following the sad death of Peter Green in July 2020 aged 73.
It’s now been confirmed that the concert will be available to watch in its glorious entirety at cinemas across the country on Tuesday 23rd and Sunday 28th March 2021. Distributed by Cinema Live, further details will be released in the new year.
Looking back on the one-off show, Mick Fleetwood said: “The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music.
“Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I was honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’…”
Mick Fleetwood & Friends live album and concert film:
Following the cinema screening, Mick Fleetwood & Friends will be released as a live album and concert film on Friday 30th April 2021.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac is available to buy on Gatefold 4LP, 2CD/Blu-Ray mediabook and Digital audio formats, while there’s also a a deluxe 44 page hardbound bookpack, which includes :
Sleevenotes by Anthony Bozza in conjunction with Mick Fleetwood.
Event photos and quotes from each artist who appeared on the night.
Extensive photographs of the concert, rehearsals and behind the scenes.
Blu-Ray of the concert film and the full recording on double CD and quadruple vinyl.
Chester Kamen, Former lead guitarist with Roger Waters band and last seen playing With David Gilmour on the 2016 Rattle That Lock tour has been busy writing and working on his forthcoming album,
December see’s the release of “Swimming” which is featured on the “Take This “ album which is currently in progress.
As Chester says briefly “This song is strangely sad and is another from side two of “Take This” It also feature an extract of a poem by Alison Spritzler-Rose(of whom there is more in the pipeline) read by the poet, herself.”
“Swimming” written and performed by Chester Kamen With Chuck Sabo drums and two bass players Rej Ap Gwynedd and Felix Howard (son of Roy Harper)
A new official website for all things Richard Wright has been launched by Richard’s family.
You can visit the new site at https://rickwright.com/ and once there you’ll find a treasure trove of material, with interviews, a gear list, photography, music that inspired Rick and more.
There are contributions from a long list of Pink Floyd alumnus, including David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Guy Pratt, Phil Taylor and many more.
One of my favourite sections is the Gear page, featuring a 38 page PDF breakdown of keyboards, synthesizers & electronics that Rick used throughout the years, with detailed information for each piece of equipment and albums it featured on.
There are also some beautiful photographs taken by Rick during Atlantic crossings on his boat Evrika, spanning 2004-2008.
Also make sure to check out the Interviews, Live and Scrapbook sections, for some great photos and videos of Rick throughout the years. There are live performances, back stage conversations and some great insights into Rick. There are even some live clips from from the families personal archive, which is quite a treat.
Hopefully the launching of this new website is the sign of things to come. While the Identity album from his Zee collaboration with Dave Harris was re-released in 2019, Rick’s two solo albums, Wet Dream (1978) and Broken China (1996) are long overdue for some love and attention. Who knows what 2021 may hold.