Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon 50° Anniversary Celebration
With worldwide celebrations taking place across the globe this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Warner Music Italy arranged a unique light show at Milan’s Duomo square on the evening of March 23rd.
The concept and realisation were put together by the Italian company Space Canon, which provided the unique lighting that was synced directly with the album and lit up the square with a very dramatic effect.
On the 22nd of March, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the critically acclaimed 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon, collaborators of the Pink Floyd creative side gathered at the Odeon Luxe in London for an exclusive playback of the 2023 Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio mix of The Dark Side of the Moon as part of the recently released box set celebrating 50 years of the classic album.
In attendance was Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who talked about the cultural impact of the album and addressed his feelings on Roger Waters re-recording a new version of the album with a release planned for the not-so-distant future.
Speaking at a playback of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon‘ in Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio at the Odeon Luxe in London, Nick said: “I heard the rumour that Roger was working on his own version of it. There was this suggestion that this was going to be a spoiler, and Roger was going to go head-to-head with the original version, and so on.
“He actually sent me a copy of what he was working on, and I wrote to him and said, ‘Annoyingly, it’s absolutely brilliant!’ It was and is It’s not anything that would be a spoiler for the original at all; it’s an interesting add-on to the thing.”
Nick doesn’t think music should be untouchable and thinks it is great when songs are reinterpreted or changed because it means they are still evolving and new things are being found in them.
The 79-year-old musician, who performs early Pink Floyd tracks with his band Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, which features Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, said: “One of the things I like about any sort of existing piece of music is to develop it or find some extra quality in it.
“I just like this idea of developing music rather than trying to retain it exactly as it was.“
Pink Floyd are on course to land two Top 10 album chart entries this week as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their musical opus ‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’
The remastered version of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is currently at Number 9 at the midpoint stage. To date, Pink Floyd’s eighth studio album has spent 546 weeks (almost 10 years) on the UK’s Official Album Chart.
The seminal 1973 album has also been released as an expansive deluxe box set, however it’s the vinyl pressing of ‘Dark Side of the Moon – Live at Wembley 1974’ that leads the charge this week at Number 4.
Since its release half a century ago, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ has sold more than 45 million copies globally, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
As part of the worldwide celebrations for the 50th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, the official Pink Floyd YouTube channel has put together a mini-documentary to coincide with the release.
The mini-documentary features new footage of David Gilmour filmed at Abbey Road Studios in 2016, which was actually filmed as part of the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains touring exhibition; elsewhere are new additions from Roger Waters; and there is carefully constructed continuity by using archive footage of Richard Wright, which was taken from the 2003 classic albums Making of Darkside of the Moon DVD, which was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
The city of Munich has decided not to ban a May 21 concert by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, who has been accused of anti-Semitism.
The city said on Wednesday that for legal reasons it is not possible to terminate the contract. Waters had threatened legal action if the concerts were cancelled.
Instead, the city will set up signs around the concert venue calling for international understanding, condemning anti-Semitism and supporting both Israel’s right to exist and the sovereignty of Ukraine.
Mayor Dieter Reiter said it was “unspeakable and intolerable” to allow a performance by an artist who is relatively certain to spout propaganda critical of Israel, and in some cases clearly anti-Semitic slogans.
“I don’t want him here but we have to put up with it now,” Reiter said.
As part of Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 2023 Echoes Tour, the band has announced they are will be playing Pompeii on 24 July. The amphitheatre (Where Pink Floyd famously played) is unavailable for concerts, so the performance will be in the similarly ancient Grand Theatre in the grounds of the ruins.
As part of Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 2023 Echoes Tour, the band has announced they are heading to Australia for a run of shows in September. There’s a ticket presale on Monday, March 20th, with the general sale of tickets two days later, on Wednesday, March 22nd. Details can be found atwww.thesaucerfulofsecrets.com
SEPTEMBER 16th – Forum Melbourne, Melbourne *New Show 19th – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane *New Show 21st – Enmore Theatre, Sydney *New Show 25th – Riverside Theatre, Perth *New Show
David Gilmour in Concert - Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (1984)
David Gilmour in concert 84 is a film by David Gilmour from his 1984 tour supporting the album About Face. The film is mainly a concert performance from the Hammersmith Odeon in London on April 30, 1984.
A documentary called After the Floyd, which followed Gilmour on the 1984 solo tour, includes interviews with David on tour buses (the bus driver refers to David as the ex-guitarist of Pink Floyd) and in hotel rooms. Also included is more live footage of concerts and soundchecks in Europe. It is now long out of production.
Thanks to the advancement of technology, this has now been upscaled and presented on YouTube in the clearest quality to date.
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Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening will support Gov’t Mule’s on tour as the 50th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon is celebrated
Gov’t Mule are to join the throng of those celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon. The band have announced a 13-date Dark Side Of The Mule tour – where they’ll play a set of Floyd classics – with support from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.
The run of 13 shows will commence at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ on July 22, and climax at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, on August 19. Tickets go on sale March 10
The Dark Side Of The Muleconcept dates back to 2008, when the band played a set of Pink Floyd covers at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, MA. The show was subsequently released as a live album in 2014, and was reissued in May of last year.
“This all started so organically with what we thought would be a one-time Halloween performance,” says Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes. “Since then, Dark Side Of The Mule has grown into something else. It’s a blast to perform this material but our intent is to do it for one final tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dark Side. Don’t miss it!”
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening launched in 2010, and have since toured the globe performing the Led Zep catalogue, touring with the likes of Heart and Kid Rock. “It’s the greatest to represent my family and play these songs live,” Bonham says.
Gov’t Mule’s Dark Side Of The Mule dates are in addition to a previously-announced 11-date tour in May, and three New Year shows postponed from 2022.
Gov’t Mule 2023 Tour Dates:
Jul 22: Atlantic City Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, NJ Jul 23: Patchogue Great South Bay Music Festival, NY Aug 02: Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre , MI Aug 03: Noblesville Ruoff Music Center, IN Aug 04:Tinley Park Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, IL Aug 07:Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO Aug 09: Dallas Dos Equis Pavilion, TX Aug 11: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC Aug 12: Atlanta Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, GA Aug 15:Bridgeport Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, CT Aug 17:Gilford Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, NH Aug 18: Boston Leader Bank Pavilion, MA Aug 19:Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ