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The Flaming Lips' Flaming Side of the Moon exposed as a hoax

April 1st, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Rockers The Flaming Lips have come clean about their new companion album to Pink Floyd classic Dark Side Of The Moon, confessing it was all part of an elaborate April Fools' Day joke.

Wayne Coyne and his bandmates revealed they had put together Flaming Side of the Moon, an "immersive companion piece" designed to be played simultaneously with the original 1973 release on Monday (31Mar14).

A statement detailing the project, which was streamed online, read: "Listeners are encouraged to listen to the new Lips album while listening to Dark Side of the Moon at the same time.

"For ideal listeni...
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Flaming Lips' 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Companion Piece Just An April Fool's Prank

March 31st, 2014 10:06pm EDT
Flaming Lips
UPDATE: the album is a total hoax, the band confirmed on Tuesday, revealing that it was just an April Fool's prank set up in conjunction with website FunnyorDie.com.

The Flaming Lips Sell Out from April Fools' Day

The Flaming Lips are paying tribute to rock icons Pink Floyd for the second time, releasing a digital-only LP called "Flaming Side of the Moon."

The new release is meant to be played simultaneously with Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon; and better yet, it even syncs up with "The Wizard of Oz" the same way that "DSotM" does (despite Pink Floyd maintaining that an...
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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DVD Review: Pink Floyd - 'The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moon'

March 23rd, 2014 10:42pm EDT
DVD Review: Pink Floyd - 'The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moo
Pink Floyd’s absolutely seminal and necessary The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best records ever released and remained on the Billboard 200 for a staggering 741 consecutive weeks. There’s not much to top that, unless you’re able to peel back to curtain, go behind the scenes and hear from all four members of the band - Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason – regarding the making of each and every song on the record.

Well, The Making of Dark Side of the Moon gives fans that opportunity.

Released to coincide with the album’s 30th anniversary, The Making of Dark Si...
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Late Pink Floyd set designer leaves $11 million fortune

January 23rd, 2014 3:10am EST
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Legendary Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones stage designer Mark Fisher left behind a fortune of more than $11 million (£7 million).

Fisher, who died last June (13) aged 66, left a gross estate of £7,132,622 in his will, according to documents released by the Probate Office in London.

Throughout his career, the Brit served as the creative genius for some of biggest names in music, including his set design for Pink Floyd's The Wall tour in 1980, the Stones' Steel Wheels tour in 1989, and U2's massive 'claw' stage for their 360 degrees trek in 2009.

Fisher, who was awarded an Order of the Briti...
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Roger Waters Angers Jewish Leaders By Comparing Israel To Nazi Germany

December 17th, 2013 11:57pm EST
Roger Waters
Outspoken Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters has angered Jewish leaders by comparing the current state of Israel with that of Nazi Germany.

The singer compared the ongoing struggles of Palestinians to Adolf Hitler's mass killings of Jews during the Holocaust in the 1930s and 40s.

"There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it's the Palestinian people being murdered," Waters told left-wing CounterPunch magazine in a recent interview.

Waters' comments in his interview angered...
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Graham Nash & David Crosby reteam with David Gilmour for new album

November 20th, 2013 3:10am EST
Graham Nash
Former Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has recruited fellow rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash for his new solo album.

Working on the follow-up to his 2006 release On an Island, which also featured the duo, the guitarist called on two thirds of Crosby, Stills & Nash to join him in the studio again.

Nash reveals, "He said, 'What the hell would it cost you to have David Crosby and Graham Nash getting on a bloody train to Brighton to sing with you?' We’re musicians. We love good songs. We’ll sing them until we are dead."
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Roger Waters recording new rock album

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is recording his first new rock album in over two decades.

The legendary bassist/singer is back in the studio, and has told Rolling Stone magazine that he has already finished a demo of a new record.

Waters also reveals it is turning out to be a concept album, describing the yet-to-be-titled record as a story about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."

Although the 70 year old released an opera album in 2005, this will mark his first rock project since 1992 record Amused to Death.
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Nick Mason Eager For Pink Floyd Reunion

September 27th, 2013 12:25pm EDT
Nick Mason
Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason wants the band to reunite.

The 69 year-old  star wants to get back together with the two surviving members of the renowned psychedelic band, bass player Roger Waters and guitarist David Gilmour to play live, but warns it would have to be on the scale of Live 8 in 2005, which saw them play in aid of charity.

He told NME.com a reunion was "unlikely but possible" if the band had a "good enough reason ... an equivalent of Live Aid."

He added: "I would do it ... I'm ready to go. I'm packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready fo...
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Roger Waters: 'I was wrong to sue bandmates'

September 19th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Roger Waters
Rocker Roger Waters regrets taking legal action against his former Pink Floyd bandmates, insisting he was wrong to fight Nick Mason and David Gilmore over the rights to band's name in the mid-1980s.

Waters quit the band in 1985 and subsequently pursued Mason and Gilmour for their continued use of the Pink Floyd name and material.

In a new BBC interview, Waters says, "I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!

"It was a commercial decision and in fact it's one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something. Because when I went to these chaps and said, 'Listen, we're ...
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Roger Waters facing backlash from German Jews

August 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is facing a boycott ahead of his upcoming show in Germany after he beamed a Star of David symbol onto a flying inflatable pig during a recent gig.

The rocker, who called for a boycott of Israel earlier this year (13), came under fire from Jewish groups after he flashed the symbol onto the stage prop during a The Wall Live Tour concert in Belgium earlier this month (Aug13).

Now Jewish leaders in Germany have called on followers to snub Waters' performance in Dusseldorf on 6 September (13) over the stunt.

Michael Szentei-Heise, director of the Jewish Community ...
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David Gilmour's Children Get Roles In 'Downton Abbey'

August 7th, 2013 2:59pm EDT
David Gilmour
Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has been spending time on the set of "Downton Abbey" after his two children were cast in the hit TV show.

The guitarist's 16-year-old son, Gabriel, and 11-year-old daughter, Romany, have been hired to work on the hit period drama as extras and the musician was pictured supporting them during a shoot in Oxfordshire, England this week.

The young actors were seen filming in period costume for the upcoming fourth season of the drama series.

The new episodes will air in the U.K. later this year, but American audiences will have to wait until early 2014 to see the...
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Pandora bosses fire back at Pink Floyd

June 26th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Bosses at music streaming service Pandora have fired back at accusations they are trying to cheat musicians out of cash after the members of Pink Floyd urged their peers to beware the online company's new bid to reduce royalty payments in a newspaper article.

Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason took aim at Pandora executives in a USA Today op-ed piece earlier this week (beg24Jun13), accusing them of attempting to trick artists into supporting their campaign to scale down costs.

The trio criticised music company bosses for lobbying lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to pass the Internet...
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Pink Floyd stars take aim at Pandora bosses over royalties overhaul

June 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd stars Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have taken aim at bosses behind online radio service Pandora, accusing them of attempting to trick artists into supporting their call for reduced royalties.

The ageing rockers have come together to write an op-ed piece for USA Today to criticise music company executives for lobbying lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to pass the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which would potentially reduce royalty payments to songwriters and performers by as much as 85 per cent.

A previous attempt to push for the bill failed last year (12) after 125 ar...
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Pink Floyd fans unlock band's back catalogue on Spotify

June 18th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd's back catalogue has been uploaded to Internet site Spotify after fans of the rock group hit the bandmates' one million streams target on Monday (17Jun13).

The bandmates have held out against the popular streaming service for years, but have honoured a promise to fans to unlock their hits after setting them a challenge.

Spotify bosses asked EMI executives and David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason - the existing members of the band - if they'd reconsider their stance if fans flocked to the website to check out their 1975 hit, and the trio agreed.

The millionth stream was h...
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Graphic Artist Storm Thorgerson, Who Designed Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Cover, Dies At 70

April 19th, 2013 2:08pm EDT
Storm Thorgerson
Storm Thorgerson, the British graphic artist who designed Pink Floyd classic album "Dark Side Of The Moon" has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

Thorgerson met Roger Waters and late Floyd singer/guitarist Syd Barrett while attending the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys in Cambridge, England, and became friends with the band's founders and was brought on to design some of their earliest albums, including 1973's iconic "Dark Side Of The Moon."

A statement released by Thorgerson's family reads: "He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery f...
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Ed Sheeran's Cover Of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' At The Olympics Causes A Stir With Fans

August 17th, 2012 12:26am EDT
Pink Floyd
Fans of British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran have angered Pink Floyd's loyal devotees after failing to realise his performance of the rockers' classic tune "Wish You Were Here" at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony was a cover.

Sheeran's following mistakenly thought the track he sang at the 2012 Games extravaganza was a new piece by "The A Team" hitmaker, and their lack of musical knowledge has upset Pink Floyd's longtime fanbase, with many members complaining directly to the group's drummer Nick Mason, who backed the newcomer onstage at the big gig.

Mason has since written an email to ...
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Spice Girls, The Who & More U.K. Acts Close London Olympics

August 13th, 2012 8:42am EDT
Victoria Beckham
Last night's London Olympics closing ceremony included performances by The Who, the reunited Spice Girls, Muse, One Direction and Queen guitarist Brian May.

Composer David Arnold and Kim Gavin's "A Symphony of British Music" extravaganza kicked off with Scottish singer Emeli Sande performing "Read All About It" to a stadium packed with fans.

Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, One Direction and The Kinks frontman Ray Davies also performed before the 10,800 athletes of the Games marched into the arena.

George Michael, the Kaiser Chiefs, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim also took the stage, as did Ed ...
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Pink Floyd Deny Rumors Of Olympic Closing Ceremony Performance

August 2nd, 2012 9:35pm EDT
David Gilmour
A spokesperson for Pink Floyd has shot down reports suggesting the members of the rock group are set to reunite for a collaboration with singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Sheeran sparked rumors of the headline-grabbing get together when he was asked to confirm reports he would be teaming up with The Who during the August 12 finale.

During an interview on Australian radio this week, Sheeran said, "I'm playing the closing ceremony - which I think is kinda cool right? A lot of people think that I'm doing a song with The Who but I'm not - I'm do...
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Roger Waters Leads 2012 Concert Ticket Sales List

July 14th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has beaten Bruce Springsteen to the top of the concert ticket sales list so far this year.

The rocker's "The Wall Live" show has grossed almost $160 million in sales globally to make Waters the biggest live act on the planet in 2012.

Springsteen comes in a distant second thanks to his "Wrecking Ball" tour.

The Boss is expected to overtake Waters by the end of the year, while Madonna, who comes in third with $42 million, has yet to embark on what is sure to be a money-spinning North American tour.
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Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Involved In Bomb Scare

May 25th, 2012 11:48pm EDT
David Gilmour
Pink Floyd star David Gilmour fled his vacation home with his family after discovering a World War II bomb buried underneath the site.

The music legend is currently renovating his $4.8 million seaside mansion in East Sussex, England, but his building plans had to be delayed after they unearthed the explosive device.

Gilmour's wife Polly Samson writes in a post on her Twitter.com page, "They've found a bomb under our building site! We think it's a bit of old pipe but MoD (Ministry of Defense) on their way."

A bomb disposal team turned up at the site, and removed the item.

Sampson add...
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Roger Waters Weds In New York

January 19th, 2012 11:18am EST
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters married his fiancée during an intimate ceremony in New York over the weekend.

Initial reports on Thursday suggested the British rocker was set to wed Laurie Durning this weekend, but it has since emerged the pair exchanged vows at their home in Southampton, New York on Saturday.

Waters and Durning, who have been dating for seven years, wed in front of just six guests, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

Durning recently revealed the couple was planning to tie the knot in 2012 ahead of Waters' tour, which kicks off next week.

The rocker has...
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Adam Lambert In Talks To Become New Lead Singer Of Queen

December 8th, 2011 4:20pm EST
Adam Lambert
Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May are in talks with American Idol star Adam Lambert about becoming the rock supergroup's new frontman.

The rockers teamed up with Lambert for the 2009 American Idol finale and again at the MTV Europe Awards last month, where the trio performed a stirring medley rendition of Queen hits The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, and drummer Taylor admits he's a big fan of the gay star.

He tells Billboard.com, "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with ...
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Roger Waters To Wed For Fourth Time In 2012

November 20th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters is finally preparing to walk down the aisle with his fiancee Laurie Durning after a seven-year engagement.

The musician and his longtime filmmaker partner will become husband and wife before Waters hits the road for his solo world tour next year.

Durning tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "It just seems like a good time to do it before the tour," and she insists the ceremony will be "private and low-key."

The nuptials will be Waters' fourth - he has previously been married to Judy Trim, Lady Carolyn Christie and Priscilla Phillips. He has three chil...
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Roger Waters Bringing 'The Wall' Tour Back To North America In 2012 (See Pics From The Epic Show)

November 16th, 2011 11:32am EST
Roger Waters
Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the historic production of "The Wall" to North America in 2012. His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in-its-entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. "The Wall" live has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011. Tickets for "The Wall" 2012 go on sale beginning on Monday, November 7th at LiveNation.com.
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William Shatner Covers Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man'

October 3rd, 2011 3:30pm EDT
William Shatner
Actor William Shatner has recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's heavy metal track Iron Man for his new concept album.

The Star Trek icon is working on his third musical release, Searching for Major Tom, which features Shatner channelling David Bowie's Space Oddity character for his own take on a variety of space-themed songs, including tracks by The Police (Walking on the Moon), Frank Sinatra (Lost in the Stars) and Pink Floyd (Learning to Fly).

And Shatner's version of Black Sabbath's 1970 hit has been given the thumbs up from Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist, who add...
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David Gilmour: 'Pink Floyd Reunion Is Just As Unlikely As Ever'

September 28th, 2011 10:55pm EDT
Pink Floyd
A full-on Pink Floyd reunion between David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters appears to have stalled because the band's leaders have failed to keep in touch following a trio of unexpected get togethers in recent years.

Waters and Gilmour put aside their long-running feud and reunited onstage after 24 years at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005, and they have since performed together again for a low-key charity show and during Waters' The Wall spectacular in the British capital earlier this year.

But Gilmour insists fans who are hoping for a full-scale reunion are praying for somethin...
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Pink Floyd's Pig Flies Again To Mark Albums Reissue

September 26th, 2011 11:42am EDT
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Pink Floyd's legendary Animals album cover was recreated in London on Monday as an inflatable pig was flown over the city's iconic Battersea Power Station.

The 1977 cover art featured a giant pig floating over the derelict structure and the scene was recreated to mark the release of the band's 14 re-mastered albums, but organizers had to use a replica as the original pig was found to be leaky.

A spokesperson tells the Press Association, "Sadly, two weeks prior to the event the original neoprene glued pig was officially declared not airworthy and a brand new high-frequency welded PVC rep...
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David Gilmour Ordered To Pull Beach Hut Down

September 18th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
David Gilmour
Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has been ordered to pull down his bright yellow beach hut in East Sussex, England, because local officials consider it an eyesore.

The "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" singer uses the shed, based on the driveway of his seafront mansion in Hove, to store his bicycles.

Gilmour and his wife, writer Polly Samson, appealed against the council's request to have the building destroyed, but officials are now demanding the musician take the hut down or face prosecution.

A spokesperson from Brighton and Hove...
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'Lost' Syd Barrett Songs To Be Released

August 25th, 2011 2:18pm EDT
Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd are planning to release several unheard songs by legendary late rocker Syd Barrett as part of a trawl through the band's back catalogue.

The rockers have opened their vaults and will release a haul of rare material next month, including live recordings, demos, and a 'work-in-progress' mix of their classic album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

Now, drummer Nick Mason has revealed the band is planning a similar project featuring their first two albums - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets - which will feature never-released tracks by reclusive founder member B...
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