Prog Magazine have announced that Nick Mason is to be honoured with the coveted Prog God award at this year’s ceremony.
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He will join such luminaries as Tony Banks, Jon Anderson, Carl Palmer and Peter Gabriel.
In an interview with Prog Magazine, Mason said “I’m all in favour of recognition for drummers, particularly when it’s me, so I’m really delighted to be recognised as Prog God. It’s hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it’s still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue!”
The 2019 Progressive Music Awards will take place on the 12th of September at the Underglobe Theatre in London.
GOOD NEWS. We have been able to obtain the services of Pink Floyd Fanatic Sean Pincombe who will be making occasional news contributions to this site. In future weeks we may be seeking further contributors, so keep an eye open for that if you are interested. Thanks for all the support you have shown over the last little while, I’m really flattered to think a whole bunch of Floyd fans have seen fit to write, including some VERY close to the band.
The David Gilmour Podcast - The Black Strat (Episode 1)
The news that David Gilmour will auction 120 instruments from his awe-inspiring gear collection this June pretty much broke the guitar internet. Now the Pink Floyd man has announced a three-part podcast series – The David Gilmour Podcast – in which he discusses the collection’s highlights with host Matt Everitt.
The episodes will be released weekly beginning Friday 31 May ahead of the auction itself, which will take place on 20 June at Christie’s Auction House in New York.
Episode one (31 May) will focus on his 1969 Black Strat, which was first purchased in New York in 1970 and was extensively modded by Gilmour. It has been used throughout his career ever since, most notably on the solo for Comfortably Numb, not to mention Money and Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Gilmour’s tech Phil Taylor literally wrote a book about this guitar’s history.
The second episode (7 June) will see Gilmour demo and discuss two Martin instruments – including a 1971 Martin D-12-28 – collectively dubbed the Wish You Were Here acoustics, due to their use on Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic.
The third and final instalment of the series is due 14 June and looks at Gimour’s White 1954 Strat. Noted for its 0001 serial number (although it was not actually the very first Strat off the line), it was previously owned by legendary pickup guru Seymour Duncan.
Triple Threat EXCLUSIVE!!! Interview with Dave Harris - Identity 2019
In 1984, Dave Harris of Fashion and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd released the album Identity under the name Zee.
Garrett and Tom from Triple Threat interview Dave Harris about the making of the album and the new re-released Identity 2019 album.
Released today is the long anticipated re-release edition of the 1984 Zee Identity album.
Identity is the only album by Zee, a short-lived side project of Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, a duo partnership consisting of Wright and Dave Harris of New Romantic outfit Fashion, released in 1984. Wright later stated that he felt Identity was an “experimental mistake” that should never have been released. The album was written and produced by Wright and Harris and all the lyrics were penned by Harris.
The album makes heavy use of the Fairlight CMI, a musical synthesizer popularized in the 1980s. This creates a very electronic sound that persists through every track.
The new re-release features the album fully remastered in stunning audio quality, Digital transfers of the original demo ideas and a new previously unreleased demo track that was never finished until now.
When the music impresario Bryan Morrison died aged 66 in 2008, after two years in a coma following a polo accident, he left behind his unpublished memoir. As a music publisher, manager and agent, Morrison had represented the Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, The Jam, Wham! and many others. He was also the founder and owner of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.
In this candid and outspoken book, Morrison reveals the true stories behind why Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd once bit his finger to the bone, the Pretty Things were banned for life from New Zealand, and he became involved with the Kray Twins. He also tells how The Jam kissed goodbye to success in the USA, he received death threats when Robin Gibb left the Bee Gees, and signing a publishing deal with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham!
Spanning the golden age of British rock ‘n’ roll from the 60s to the 80s, this is the extraordinary story of a cigar-chomping, East End entrepreneur, with a passion for art and design, fashion, music and polo.
Congratulations, Nick, who received his CBE yesterday. On being awarded the honour, Nick said that he was “honoured and delighted” but “just surprised that the Award is given for services to music rather than to the used car trade!“