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David Gilmour and Polly Samson Live Video Event 2nd April

Polly Samson, David GIlmour and the family dog [Pic: Polly Samson]

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and writer Polly Samson will appear in a live video stream tomorrow to publicise the new book A Theatre of Dreamers. It will also feature new material from David Gilmour performed live.

Polly Samson, who is married to David Gilmour, wrote lyrics for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour solo work and features on albums Division Bell, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and On an Island. The Endless River, Pink Floyd’s last studio album, had Polly’s lyrics on Louder than Words.

Book Launch Postponed

Originally, the book launch was to be accompanied by three live events at Manchester, Birmingham and London, UK. These events have been postponed to later in the year. Each of these special events will feature Polly Samson in conversation with journalist Rosie Boycott, readings, film and live music, including a new song Yes, I Have Ghosts written by David Gilmour and Polly Samson.

Polly Samson and David Gilmour [Pic: Polly Samson]

The audience will be transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It’s a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.

Online Broadcasts

Many artists have turned to Facebook recently due to the Coronavirus shutting down tours and appearances. The Gilmour’s will be broadcasting live, probably from their home in Brighton on England’s sunny south coast, at 8pm BST on Facebook.

It said on David’s Facebook feed…

Sadly, our launch events for Polly Samson’s new book A Theatre For Dreamers – out tomorrow – had to be postponed, so we’re having a go at doing something live from home with the family on Facebook on release day. Join us at 8pm BST tomorrow (Thru 2nd April) here on Facebook.

How to Watch

It will be a live streaming event so should appear on David and Polly’s Facebook pages so be sure to check the links out below at 8.30pm BST. Note that we are in “British Summer Time” in the UK so that is GMT+1 hour. If you are fumbling around for the live broadcast and can’t see it, it could be an hour later than you expect.

Some of you might not have Facebook and do not with to join up in order to watch this video. I imagine it will appear on Youtube at some point so you can still potentially watch and listen to David Gilmour’s new song.

If you would like to order a copy of Polly’s new book, set in the Greek Island of Hydra where Leonard Cohen made many memories, then get yours from Amazon.co.uk

Polly Samson with her latest book, A Theatre for Dreamers, whilst on her jollies in Hydra, Greece

Roger Waters and Nick Mason Tours Affected by Coronavirus – Delayed

Roger Waters has postponed his 2020 North American Tour to next year in 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

On Facebook Roger said, “THE BAD NEWS: I’ve had to postpone my THIS IS NOT A DRILL tour until next year. Bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it.”

Ticket holders are advised to hold onto their original tickets and await further information. Please visit rogerwaters.com for more information.

Nick Mason Saucerful of Secrets - Live at the Roundhouse
Nick Mason Saucerful of Secrets – Live at the Roundhouse

Nick Mason has also cancelled his Saucerful of Secrets show which was due to start shortly. The release of his DVD/CD/Vinyl has also been pushed back due to operational challenges given the coronavirus is affecting warehousing and logistics with respect to its distribution.

Nick posted on his Facebook:

Nick Mason Saucerful of Secrets Band – Tour pushed back due to Coronavirus

First of all, Nick, Gary, Guy, Lee and Dom are all thinking of you and your families at this very challenging and worrying time. They wish you all the very best, and hope you all stay safe and stay well. Once things return to some sense of normality, they’re really looking forward to playing for you, and hearing what you think of Live At The Roundhouse once it is in your hands.

Based on some social comments concerning the release date of Live At The Roundhouse changing, the band, and Sony Music, wanted to offer some further clarification of the reasons:

– At such extraordinary times they want to do all they can to help, prioritising post / deliveries for vital supplies & limiting interaction for these very important delivery workers to ensure everyone’s safety
– Sony’s main warehouse has been placed on lockdown with no date confirmed for re-opening so they cannot complete the manufacture, or supply stock, on this or indeed any other Sony release currently
– Music retailers, particularly small, independent stores, will be hit hard by these closures and we want to support them by issuing this at a time where each store can be open for customers. Additionally to this, Amazon has informed all record companies non-essential products like CDs and DVDs will not be prioritised and may not be shipped

At this difficult time we want to support our fans, and the wider public, and safeguard their health. We are planning to release some more new full song videos digitally for you all to enjoy starting this week so stay tuned for further details and most importantly, stay safe.