("The Tigers Broke Free Part I" "In the Flesh Part I" "The Thin Ice" "Another Brick in the Wall Part I" "The Tigers Broke Free Part II" "Goodbye Blue Sky" "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" "Another Brick in the Wall Part II" "Mother" "Empty Spaces" "One of
Scottish singer Susan Boyle is expecting a major backlash from Beatles fans after covering John Lennon's iconic hit Imagine. The I Dreamed a Dream hitmaker is to release her sixth album in November (14) and the record includes covers of classic songs, which she admits is a "risk".
Lennon's peace anthem Imagine is among those featured, and Boyle reveals the 1971 hit was the toughest to cover.
She says, "John Lennon’s Imagine was one of the hardest to record, not because of the music or the vocals but because I wanted to do his song justice. Of course the die hard Lennon fans will probably criticise, but I hope that people like my personal take on the song."
Other covers on the album include Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.
Rock icon Roger Waters was left humbled on Saturday (06Sep14) after fans at a Toronto International Film Festival screening serenaded him with a rendition of Happy Birthday.
The former Pink Floyd frontman was set to introduce the world premiere of his new documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Elgin Theater in Canada this weekend, when he was surprised with an impromptu sing-a-long as he entered the auditorium.
Waters, who turned 71 on Saturday, expressed his shock and gratitude by letting slip an expletive as he marvelled at the packed house. He returned to the stage after the screening to partake in a question and answer session with fans about the film, which documents his latest tour, during which he performs the seminal Pink Floyd album.
London's Battersea Power Station, which featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, is to be turned into a residential/industrial complex that will house stores, offices and luxury housing. The Malaysian developers funding the demolition of the fabled building on the banks of the Thames are planning to rebuild the power station's iconic smokestack towers, even painting them the same colour as the originals.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters performed at a star-studded charity gala over the weekend (30-31Aug14) to promote chemical-free landscape gardening. The rocker topped the line-up at the family picnic and concert in East Hampton, New York on Saturday (30Aug14) to raise funds and awareness for the Perfect Earth Project, which campaigns for toxin-free garden maintenance.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Rufus Wainwright, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, British folk star Teddy Thompson and experimental artist Laurie Anderson also provided entertainment as guests dined on picnic food and petted animals from a nearby wildlife reserve.
Guests at the event included Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and B-52s singer Fred Schneider.
BBC bosses have launched an ambitious, day-long hunt for the greatest guitar riff of all time. A list of 100 classic, instantly-recognisable hooks has been compiled by record producers, critics, and staff at BBC Radio 2, and listeners of the station will hear the entire rundown throughout Monday (25Aug14).
Fans have also been voting for their favourites, and the 'winner' will be declared by presenter Zoe Ball at around 5pm London time.
The list features iconic riffs including T Rex's 20th Century Boy, Money by Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, and Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie.
Others on the rundown include Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, and The Kinks' You Really Got Me.
Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, who helped compile the list, says, "I was in agony trying to whittle down my nominations. It was a tough job but I am happy I got to do it."
Sideways star Paul Giamatti has given F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. biopic some real star power after signing on to play music mogul Jerry Heller in the film. Heller, who represented Elton John, Pink Floyd and Journey, managed the rap act that featured Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
He also founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. star Eazy-E.
Giamatti joins producer Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. who will portray his dad in the movie, Straight Outta Compton, and other actors including Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins.
It's not the first time he'll play a ruthless music boss on the big screen - he portrayed Tom Cruise's slippery manager Paul Gill in Rock of Ages.
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.
Rock veterans Pink Floyd are to release their first new album in 20 years. The legendary band will unveil The Endless River in October (14), their first new record since 1994's The Division Bell.
The album is based on a series of tracks originally recorded in 1994 and previously intended for release under the title The Big Spliff.
Following the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008, David Gilmour and Nick Mason headed back into the studio to expand on the existing tracks and add some vocals to the songs.
However, fans hoping the news paves the way for a long-awaited reunion tour from the band are set for disappointment - a spokesman tells British newspaper The Sun on Sunday that the rockers will not be hitting the road to promote the album.
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award