An exhibition dedicated to British rockers Pink Floyd has been postponed due to production delays. A multi-sensory retrospective, titled The Mortal Remains, was due to launch in Milan, Italy in September (14) with the help of former bandmembers David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters.
Organisers have scrapped the start date and suspended ticket sales after discovering the exhibition will not be ready in time.
They say in a statement, "Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition, have announced today that the exhibition, due to start on 19 September 2014 in Milan, has had to be postponed due to production delays. Building the complex exhibition to the required specification has made it impossible to make the opening date."
Fans from all over Europe were expected to flock to the La Fabbrica Del Vapore venue to see more than 300 artefacts from the band's career, including a giant inflatable pig which famously broke loose during a photoshoot in the 1970s and drifted into the flight path of a London airport.
A new opening date is yet to be announced.
Veteran musician Brian Eno has written a letter urging U.S. leaders to intervene in the growing conflict in the Middle East.
The music producer sent the passionate note to former Talking Heads musician David Byrne, who published it on his official website. In the letter, Eno vents his anger at U.S. leaders for not taking action to stop the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, accusing American officials of supporting the war.
He writes, "I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more... I read that the UN (United Nations) had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it. What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But - for Christ's sake! - it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it..."
"Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents 'The West'. So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy... The war has no moral justification that I can see - but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either... I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did."
Eno has also appeared in a video to support the Freedom for Palestine campaign alongside British director Ken Loach, rapper Chuck D and Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters.
Former Queensryche rocker Geoff Tate has spoken out after reaching a settlement with his former bandmates over the use of the group's name on Monday (28Apr14), confessing he's glad the matter was resolved before it became a "nightmare" court case. Tate filed a lawsuit against Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson shortly after he was fired from the band in 2012, insisting that he alone should be able to tour under the Queensryche banner.
The singer lost a bid for a temporary injunction to ban his former bandmates from performing as Queensryche without him, and on Monday (28Apr14), the two parties reached an "amicable settlement" over the naming rights.
According to the settlement, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton will now be "the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche", while Tate has been given "exclusive rights" to perform the songs from the albums Operation: Mindcrime I and II in their entirety "as a unique performance".
In his first interview since the agreement was reached, Tate tells Billboard.com, "I'm very happy that it's (legal battle) over and done and we can all move on with our lives. It's been a long, bitter two years.
"We've been trying to work something out for months and months and months, and it's like any kind of lawsuit - it's just slow going. But finally I think the realisation that going to court over the whole thing was going to be a huge nightmare and huge financial mess for everybody that (we) really started to look at it more seriously and realistically (sic)."
And explaining the full extent of the agreement, Tate states, "It's pretty similar to the Pink Floyd settlement, where one group got the name and Roger Waters got The Wall. It's very similar to that. I retain Operation: Mindcrime and everything revolving around that, and they got the name, so it's a win-win for everybody."
Tate adds he will continue to tour under the Queensryche name this summer, adding, "We're both allowed to do all of our pre-contracted dates as they were advertised, so once those dates are over then it all changes... I think my last date as Queensryche is September 1st, August 31st, something like that."
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has written an open letter defending his pro-Palestinian campaign, insisting: "I am not anti-Semitic." Waters, who is a well-known supporter of the Palestinian cause, was criticised after he beamed a Star of David symbol onto a flying inflatable pig during his The Wall Live Tour concert in Belgium in August (13). The backlash mounted in December (13) when he compared the modern state of Israel to Nazi Germany.
He has now penned an open letter to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper defending his stance and insisting he has nothing against Jews.
An extract from the letter reads, "I am vociferous in my support for the Palestinian people's struggle for basic human rights, including their right to self-determination. I believe all the indigenous people of Palestine, or for that matter anywhere in the world, deserve equal rights under the law. It is true that I oppose the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the maintenance of the siege of Gaza. It is not, however, true, that I am an anti-Semite or that I am against the Israeli people.
"I am neither of those... Because I am a critic of this Israeli government's policies, and in the absence of this Israeli government producing cogent arguments to defend themselves from my criticism, I am instead routinely subjected to the accusation that I am an anti-Semite. This is a crude pattern, a part of the general tactic of 'Hasbara' - which means explaining or propaganda, to those of you with no Hebrew."
British rockers Pink Floyd are set to launch a multi-sensory exhibition in Milan, Italy later this year (14) featuring iconic memorabilia including their famous flying pig. The show, titled Their Mortal Remains, has been created with the help of former bandmembers David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, and features an audio-visual tour as well as displays.
An inflatable pig, like the one seen on the cover of the band's 1977 Animals album, will feature in the exhibit at Milan's La Fabbrica Del Vapore, which opens on 19 September (14) and runs for a month.
Curator Aubrey Powell says, "If ever a band lent itself to a major retrospective exhibition it's Pink Floyd. For a curator, selecting what to include from such a treasure trove, is both a dream and a nightmare: however there were elements that just had to be included, for example a 20 metre-wide sculpture of The Wall, five metre high inflatables and of course a flying pig. We shall be aiming for state-of-the-art, visuals and sonic delivery, similar to the experience of attending a Pink Floyd concert, you never know what to expect next."
Pink Floyd's original pig hit headlines when it broke free during the 1976 photoshoot and floated into the flight path of a London airport.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters fought back tears as he unveiled a monument to his father in Italy exactly 70 years after he was killed in battle. The rocker's dad, Lieutenant Eric Waters, died during the 1944 battle of Anzio when his son was just a baby, and the star spent years trying to piece together his final movements.
Waters returned to the area to unveil a special memorial in honour his father on Tuesday (18Feb14), exactly 70 years after his death.
He laid a wreath of symbolic red poppies at the foot of the plinth, which is inscribed with his father's name and rank along with a Pink Floyd lyric, and Waters was overcome with emotion as he paid tribute to his long lost dad, saying, "It is 70 years to the day since my father died here and I have finally come to the end of a journey to discover what really happened to him... I feel an enormous attachment to my father today. I'm very happy to be here."
Waters also planted an olive tree in a field close to where his father fell in battle. A solider played military funeral anthem the Last Post, and Waters later borrowed his bugle to give an impromptu performance of his band's track Outside The Wall.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has criticised actress Scarlett Johansson over the controversial partnership with SodaStream which ended her long-running association with Oxfam. The Avengers star hit headlines last month (Jan14) when she was criticised for becoming the face of the Israel-based drinkmaker which has factories in the contested West Bank region.
The deal clashed with her work as an ambassador for Oxfam, which is "opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements", and Johansson subsequently stepped down from her role with the charity.
Waters, a fierce Palestinian supporter, has now revealed he has written a number of letters to Johansson since the story became big news.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, the rocker writes, "In the past days I have written privately... to Scarlett Johanson (a couple of times)... Sadly, I have received no reply... I met Scarlett a year or so ago... you could have been forgiven for thinking that here was a young woman of strength and integrity who believed in truth, human rights, and the law and love... A few years down the line, Scarlett's choice of SodaStream over Oxfam is such an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face, that we, all those of us who care about the downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied, the second class, will find it hard to rationalise."
Waters also admits he can't understand why the star chose to defend the SodaStream deal after the actress insisted the company is "committed... to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbours working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights."
The musician adds, "Scarlett, I have read your reposts and excuses, in them you claim that the Palestinian workers in the factory have equal pay, benefits and 'Equal rights'. Really? Equal Rights? Do they?... Scarlett, you are undeniably cute, but if you think SodaStream is building bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention."
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is to be made an honorary citizen of the Italian city where his father died in action during World War II. The rocker spent years attempting to track down the exact place where his dad, Lieutenant Eric Waters, was killed in 1944 during Italy's battle of Anzio, and he was helped to discover the location by another war veteran last year (13).
Waters, who was just five months old when he lost his father, is now set to be honoured by local officials in Anzio as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations.
He will be made an honorary citizen of the city during a ceremony on 18 February (14), exactly 70 years since the day his father died, while a monument to Eric Waters will be erected there. The tribute will be inscribed with lyrics from Pink Floyd's song Two Suns In The Sunset.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has come under attack from Jewish leaders after comparing the modern state of Israel to Nazi Germany. Earlier this month (Dec13), the controversial musician gave an interview to editors at left wing U.S. magazine CounterPunch and compared the massacre of millions of Jews by Adolf Hitler's regime during the Holocaust to the present struggles faced by Palestinians in their ongoing fight over border and security issues with neighbouring Israel.
He said, "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."
His comments have since infuriated a group of Jewish leaders, who have described Waters' comments as a form of anti-Semitism.
Leading American thinker, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, writes in an article for the New York Observer, "Mr. Waters, the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered six million Jews. That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul."
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust in England, adds to Britain's The Observer, "Everyone is entitled to an opinion and to advocate passionately for a cause, but drawing inappropriate parallels with the Holocaust insults the memory of the six million Jews - men, women, and children - murdered by the Nazis. These kinds of attacks are commonly used as veiled anti-Semitism and should be exposed as such."
This is not the first time Waters, who is a well-known supporter of the Palestinian cause, has had to defend his actions and comments. He was criticised after he beamed a Star of David symbol onto a flying inflatable pig during his The Wall Live Tour concert in Belgium in August (13).
The veteran rocker has also been encouraging other musicians to follow his lead and refuse to perform gigs in Israel, and he has won the support of several British musicians, including Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox.