Pink Floyd will release The Endless River, an album of never-before-heard material in October, lyricist Polly Samson has revealed.
The Endless River will be based on sessions for Pink Floyd’s last studio album, The Division Bell, which was released 20 years ago.
The music will feature multi-instrumentalist Rick Wright, a founder member of Pink Floyd, who died in 2008.
Writing on Twitter, Polly Samson called the record “Rick Wright’s swansong” and described it as “very beautiful”.
The Endless River will be based on sessions for Pink Floyd’s last studio album, The Division Bell
The writer, who is married to Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, previously contributed lyrics to The Division Bell and Gilmour’s solo album On An Island.
Backing singer Durga McBroom-Hudson, who has toured with Dave Gilmour and Pink Floyd, subsequently confirmed the new album on Facebook.
“Yes, there is a new Pink Floyd album coming out and I’m on it!” she wrote, posting a photo of the recording sessions.
Prompted for more information by fans, Durga McBroom-Hudson revealed that The Endless River consisted of “all unreleased songs” that had originally been planned for a side project called “The Big Spliff”.
“It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks,” she said.
“David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them.”
“I don’t know if there will be a tour or not yet,” she added.
Pink Floyd, who has sold 250 million albums, last performed at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005.
The new Pink Floyd album will be released separately from a 20th anniversary, six-disc box set of The Division Bell, which came out last week.
Storm Thorgerson, who designed Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album cover, has died aged 69, the band’s management has confirmed.
A childhood friend of Pink Floyd’s founding members of the band, Storm Thorgerson became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.
Storm Thorgerson designed the cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of color for The Dark Side Of The Moon.
His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.
Storm Thorgerson’s family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday 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,” the statement said.
“He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.”
Storm Thorgerson designed the album cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of color for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour released a statement in which he said the artworks Storm Thorgerson created for the band had been “an inseparable part of our work”.
Dave Gilmour said: “We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.
“He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him.”
A statement on the Pink Floyd.com official site said: “We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died.
“Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”
Storm Thorgerson began his career with UK design group Hipgnosis, founded in the late 1960s and his distinctive style made him one of the industry’s most recognizable artists.
There was the mournful-looking cow on the front of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, the giant pig flying over Battersea Power Station and the prism spreading a spectrum of color across The Dark Side Of The Moon.
British rock band Genesis has been honored at the first Progressive Music Awards held in London, alongside other bands including Pink Floyd and Rush.
Genesis members Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at Kew Gardens last night (September 5).
Keyboard legend and ex-Yes member Rick Wakeman was given the Prog God Award.
The awards, created by Prog Magazine, were hosted by presenter Gavin Esler.
Prog rock, which grew out of 1960s psychedelia, was originally associated with 70s bands including Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes and King Crimson.
Such bands generally eschewed traditional song structures and drew influences from classical, jazz, and world music.
The prog genre flourished again in the 80s with bands such as Marillion, while acts such as Porcupine Tree and Muse have helped carry it into the 21st Century.
The inaugural event on Wednesday night brought together prog pioneers from the 1970s, and newer acts like progressive metal band TesseracT, who won a newcomer award – having released their debut album One in 2011.
“All of us are massive Pink Floyd fans, so to be acknowledged by people of a similar school is quite surreal,” said TesseracT’s bass player, Amos Williams.
“We’re just this tiny little band from England who’ve travelled far, but were still at the beginning of what we hope is a long career.”
Genesis has been honored at the first Progressive Music Awards held in London, alongside other bands including Pink Floyd and Rush
Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine, told the audience that the music genre was “in a rude state of health”.
“These awards have been a long time coming. But certainly, when one considers the enormous amount of success that progressive artists have garnered over the past four decades, and perhaps more importantly, the enjoyment they have given millions of fans over the years, it felt only right that we give something back.”
The magazine, which launched in 2009, sells 25,000 copies a month.
After picking up the lifetime achievement award for Genesis with Mike Rutherford, keyboard player Tony Banks said: “Our own music has varied over the years. We’ve been fairly broad, we’ve done some stuff you’d call progressive and some you’d call more mainstream. But we love writing.”
Genesis formed at Charterhouse School in 1967 and has sold an estimated 150 million albums. Among their best-known works from the 1970s are Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
The band also enjoyed massive success in the 1980s with more commercial offerings like Duke, Abacab and Invisible Touch.
Past members of the band include Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett.
Among the 10 awards given out on the night, Emerson, Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer was given the Virtuoso Award celebrating a career spanning more than 40 years.
The Guiding Light Award, for an inspirational musician who is “pushing the boundaries”, went to Steven Wilson, best known as founder member of Grammy-nominated British band Porcupine Tree.
Steven Wilson said that bands like Radiohead and Muse had helped change negative mainstream attitudes towards progressive music.
“I think now progressive is once again something desirable – it’s good to have on your CV – I honestly never thought I’d live to see the day.”
Steven Wilson, who started Porcupine Tree as a solo project in his bedroom in the late 1980s, thanked his late father for introducing him to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon when he was a boy.
He added: “When you discover progressive music you feel special – it makes you part of a very exclusive club.”
Canadian rock band Rush’s latest concept album, Clockwork Angels, was named Album Of The Year.
With its dystopian steampunk theme, the three-piece’s 19th studio album has earned rapturous reviews, even in the mainstream press.
Describing it as Rush’s “most solid and compelling set of songs in years”, The Guardian went on to say: “Those who worship at the temple of Rush will be in raptures; for those who remain agnostic, there may well be enough here to justify a leap of faith.”
The Anthem Award went to the title track from Squackett’s album A Life Within A Day. The album is the work of ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Yes bass player Chris Squire.
Rick Wakeman said of his Prog God Award: “I’ve always believed that these days there is hardly a band or musician anywhere who haven’t used some element of prog in their music.
“It’s all about freedom of expression, which in my case is often in seven different time signatures! I am genuinely very, very proud to get this award.”
Fellow inmates locked up alongside Jerry Sandusky reportedly taunted him by singing “Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone” – a line from Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall – while he was awaiting trial.
Jerry Sandusky, who has returned to the Centre County Correctional Facility after being convicted of 45 out of 48 charges of child sex abuse, was first locked up in the jail last December.
While there, inmates taunted the disgraced Penn State football coach when the lights went out.
“At night, we were singing <<Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone>>,” one 22-year-old offender named Josh told The Daily.
Prisoners were banned from speaking directly to Jerry Sandusky, who was in a special unit reserved for sex offenders or people with mental illnesses.
Jerry Sandusky, who has returned to the Centre County Correctional Facility after being convicted of 45 out of 48 charges of child sex abuse, was first locked up in the jail last December
They were aware of his offenses as they had access to television and newspapers, Josh added.
It suggests the hostile welcome Jerry Sandusky could have expected when he returned to the jail last week as he awaits sentencing.
The revelations come after Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of using his position at Penn State to coerce children into sex, raping them on university grounds or at his home.
But as he faces 442 years in prison, his legal team has raised an argument about his speedy trial that may become the thrust of an appeal.
Jerry sandusky’s lawyers have revealed that they tried to throw in the towel as the trial began because they had too little time to prepare.
American Express celebrates Abbey Road Studios 80th anniversary with “Symphony at The Park” this weekend.
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Chiswick Orange Tree Garden will host the Symphony at the Park for Abbey Road Studios anniversary
Two singularly themed symphonic concerts will honour and will emphasize the chronicle of the famous Abbey Road Studios. West London’s Chiswick House and Gardens with its idyllic surroundings hosts these majestic performances. New and classic rock, pop and epic film scores will be performed.
[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (eighty-six pieces), Crouch End Festival Chorus (forty singers) and guest instrumentalists will play modern songs and film scores. The Beatles, Oasis, Pink Floyd’s songs will be performed along with scores from Star Wars, Harry Potter. The concert premiere of Disney’s Peter Pan sequel “Return to Neverland” will be also interpreted. All of these are the Abbey Road Studios outstanding eighty years legacy.
On Saturday, August 20, The Beatles, Elbow, Elgar, The Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead’s anthems symphonic versions will be played.
On Sunday August 21 programme consists in film orchestral arrangements recorded at Abbey Road. Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra used in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, John Williams’ compositions for “Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and for “Harry Potter”, Danny Elfman’s musical creation for “Batman” will charme the attendees.
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Also another iconic film scores will be played for the audience: Howard Shore’s music for “The Lord of the Rings”, James Horner’s “Braveheart”, Jerry Goldsmith score for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”.
The visitors who will come to see these concerts at the historic Chiswick House and Gardens are invited to bring their own picnic and rug. Also they can upgrade to a VIP Package.
Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, City of Westminster, London
Gramophone Company founded Abbey Road Studios in November 1931, later on British music company EMI Records Limited became its owner.
In the 1960s Badfinger,The Beatles, Pink Floyd’s innovative recording techniques has been hosted by these famous studios.
In 2010 the studios received historic site status from the British government.