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Roger Waters' Political Remarks May Have Cost Him BMG

'Variety' reports that record company will drop Pink Floyd co-founder after comments on Israel, Ukraine

(Newser) - Roger Waters is about to lose his record company. That's according to sources who tell Variety that BMG is preparing to drop the 80-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder after a series of recent incendiary remarks about Israel, Ukraine, and the United States. During a concert tour last year, Waters was...

Pink Floyd's Longtime Feud Moves to Twitter

David Gilmour's wife attacked Roger Waters online, then Gilmour jumped in

(Newser) - For a band known for tunes you can chill and zone out to, Pink Floyd often finds itself in the middle of a lot of high-tension drama. Last month, the prog-rock group found itself inadvertently inserted into a debate about rainbows . Now, a more internally driven battle is underway, not...

Pink Floyd's Feting of Iconic Album Sparks Controversy

New logo for 50th anniversary of 'Dark Side of the Moon' irks some fans suddenly mad about rainbows

(Newser) - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 50 this year, and just as iconic as the album itself, which spent a jaw-dropping 18-plus years on the Billboard charts, is the cover art designed by British graphic designers Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell. Widely considered one of the...

Facing Flap Over War Remarks, Roger Waters Cancels Concerts

Krakow officials planned to vote on deeming performer a persona non grata

(Newser) - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has canceled concerts planned in Poland in the wake of outrage over his stance on Russia's war against Ukraine, Polish media reported Saturday. An official with the Tauron Arena in Krakow, where Waters was scheduled to perform two concerts in April, said they would...

Pink Floyd's First New Song in 3 Decades Is for Ukraine

David Gilmour wanted to help after 'extraordinarily crazy, unjust attack'

(Newser) - Pink Floyd guitarist and singer David Gilmour says he thought the band would never release new music again after the death of keyboard player Rick Wright in 2008—but Russia's invasion of Ukraine changed everything. At midnight Friday, the psychedelic rock legends will release new single "Hey, Hey,...

Pink Floyd Co-Founder Has Harsh Words for Zuckerberg

Roger Waters calls Facebook CEO a 'little prick' after offer to use song

(Newser) - Pink Floyd co-founder and bassist Roger Waters had a strong reaction to Facebook's request to use one of the band's songs in an ad promoting Instagram: "F--- you. No f---ing way." Waters went into detail about the offer during a Thursday event in honor of Julian...

Noisy Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd
Noisy Shrimp Named
After Pink Floyd

Noisy Shrimp Named After Pink Floyd

Pistol shrimp's bright-pink claw makes such a loud sound it'll blow your mind

(Newser) - If you've ever been blown away by Pink Floyd, you'll get why scientists just named a similarly thunderous crustacean in its honor. Per a post in the Zootaxa journal , a species of pistol shrimp with an intensely colored red-pink claw, found in the Pacific Ocean near Panama, has...

Pink Floyd's Guest Vocalist: Stephen Hawking

Physicist will make another cameo with band in upcoming album

(Newser) - Physicist Stephen Hawking burnishes his pop-culture cred next month with the release of Pink Floyd's first album in two decades, reports Rolling Stone . The track "Talkin' Hawkin'" on the Endless River album will feature Hawking himself. Of course, as devoted fans of the group or of Hawking...

Library of Congress Adds 25 More Recordings

Simon & Garfunkel, Chubby Checker, Janis Joplin, and Pink Floyd among inductees

(Newser) - Pink Floyd is about to be enshrined in the Library of Congress. So are Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Chubby Checker, and 21 other artists, the institution said today, as it announced the latest expansion of its audio collection. The selected recordings span from 1918 to 1980, the AP reports....

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Flees WWII Bomb

Unexploded device found during mansion renovation

(Newser) - Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and his wife were forced to flee when workers renovating their mansion uncovered not another brick in the wall, but an unexploded World War II bomb. A Royal Navy team was called in to remove the 60-inch device from under the home, reports Classic Rock ...

Pink Floyd Anthem Now Iranian Freedom Cry

(Newser) - Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman and writer of the band's anthem, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)", is permitting two exiled Iranian brothers full use of the song to protest the current Iranian regime. The brothers and their band, Blurred Vision, remade the song with a...

Abbey Road Studios for Sale
 Abbey Road Studios for Sale 

Abbey Road Studios for Sale

It can be yours for about $40M

(Newser) - EMI is looking to sell iconic Abbey Road Studios, renowned for producing the Beatles album of the same name. The music conglomerate is in serious debt and expects the sale to fetch up to $47 million. Beatles fans still flock to the North London site to take their photo on...

Stones Legend Bashes Guitar Hero

Real instruments gathering moss, Wyman complains

(Newser) - The growth of video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band means fewer real guitar heros in the future, complains former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Playing the games "encourages kids not to learn, that's the trouble. It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and...

Site Taps Into Twitterers' Playlists

We Are Hunted's top 99 gives different view of what's popular now

(Newser) - Are the Billboard music charts just too yesterday’s-news for you? Do you need to know which songs people are listening to the most, right this red-hot minute? Luckily, the website We Are Hunted has figured out how to mine Twitter feeds to find out what’s playing the most,...

Niche Cruises Set Sail
 Niche Cruises Set Sail 

Niche Cruises Set Sail

Specialty vacations offer chance to indulge motorbike, fashion and au naturale fantasies

(Newser) - Increasingly popular niche cruises offer seafarers a chance to indulge in all manner of hobbies, fantasies and obsessions on the high seas, reports Travel and Leisure: For instance:
  • Star Trek/Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This week-long cruise offers fan conventions complete with autograph-signing celebs, star-studded karaoke and a chance to dine

Noisy Teens Sentenced to Manilow Sessions

'Music misery' sentences used to bring noisemakers in line

(Newser) - Call it cruel and unusual punishment—or at least unusual. When a Colorado judge sentences teenagers guilty of blasting car stereos too loud in Fort Lupton, he often imposes a session of enforced "musical misery," the Los Angeles Times reports. That means a Friday night in his courtroom...

Rockers Form Group to Fight for Rights

Coalition aims to give UK bards more control over copyright

(Newser) - Dozens of British rock stars have joined together to form an organization that seeks more control over the music they create, the Guardian reports. The manifesto of the Featured Artists' Coalition calls for bands to have much more say over copyright—one of the issues that spurred founding members Radiohead...

Founding Member of Pink Floyd Dead at 65

Wright gave the band its signature moody keyboard sound

(Newser) - Founding Pink Floyd member Richard Wright died today of cancer in London at age 65, the London Times reports. A keyboardist who gave the group its moody, dreamy sound, Wright co-authored many Floyd songs including ones on their masterpiece, Dark Side of the Moon. He left after The Wall in...

Roger Waters' Giant Inflatable Pig—Found!

Remains of Pink Floyd alum's swine end up at country club

(Newser) - The bus-sized, helium-filled pig unintentionally unleashed by Pink Floyd alum Roger Waters at the Coachella music festival Sunday has been found—in two pieces—at a nearby country club, reports the Desert Sun of Palm Springs. "It is entirely possible that I have at least part of your pig,...

Rock Legends Party Like It's 1979 (With a 2007 Approach)

Rock has become a 'legitimate trade'

(Newser) - The Police. Genesis. Led Zeppelin. Rock legends are squeezing back into their familiar duds to electrify audiences decades after their heydays. The comebacks aren’t all about cash, the Economist proposes. Many of the greying rockers are in no need of funds "if they fancy a new castle or...

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