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Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love Concert in Sweden 2020

Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love
Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love [pic: Giulia Stirpe]

Swedish band Men on the Border are to stage another spectacular concert in tribute to Syd Barrett in August 2020 in Sweden.

Rock band Men On The Border and the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra plan to repeat their 2016 Cambridge success at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, 14th November 2020.

As a very special guest, we are privileged to announce guitarist Janne Schaffer, best-known for his collaborations with ABBA, and his comprehensive solo career. “I loaned Barrett my amp when Pink Floyd played in Stockholm in 1967, so I’m really looking forward to honouring him at Berwaldhallen, where Pink Floyd were presented with the Polar Prize.”

Jan Stumsner, super-guitarist from P-Floyd will also add his own special brand of brilliance to the show.

Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love is based on Syd Barrett’s life before, during and after his time in one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Pink Floyd. The story is narrated by playwright David Gale, a childhood friend of Syd’s and flat-mate when they both moved from Cambridge to London in the mid-1960s.

Music includes interpretations from Barrett’s solo career and selected early Pink Floyd songs. 2020 is also a jubilee year as it is now 50 years since both of Barrett’s solo albums were released (1970).

Visually the show will also be a cut above the norm. Lighting designer Peter Wynne Willson will transport his liquid light show from London to Stockholm to illuminate Berwaldhallen. Wynne Willson originally created the liquid light for Pink Floyd in 1967 and toured with them for several years. In the intervening years he again toured with Pink Floyd for “The Division Bell” tour and has also worked with U2, Roger Waters and many others.

We all need something to look forward to, and this concert promises to be something special, should the COVID-19 restrictions be lifted by then. The final decision will be taken ahead of the ticket release in August. An alternative concert date in the spring of 2021 is also reserved.

Men On The Border started in 2011 and the first album “Shine!” was released in 2012, entirely composed of interpretations of Syd Barrett’s solo songs. This has been followed by many more recordings and the album Blackbird is planned for release in June this year. Current members: Göran Nyström, Phil Etheridge, Odd Westby and Michael Wahlin. At Berwaldhallen Amanda Örtenhag will also join the band.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on August 21, at 10.00 CET: Berwaldhallen.se

Roger’s Video about David Not Sharing Pink Floyd Website and Social Media

Roger Waters released a video criticising the use of Pink Floyd’s website and social media

It would seem the disagreements between Roger Waters and David Gilmour are hotting up again as Roger has posted a new video online having a go at the fact David won’t let Roger publicise his tours, videos etc on the Pink Floyd website and social media accounts. However, the accounts routinely share readings from Novels from David’s wife and other material not connected to Pink Floyd.

Roger said, amongst other things:

“Why do we have to sit and watch Polly Samson for year after year, month after month, day after day, and the Von Trapps reading us excerpts from their novels, to get us to go to sleep at night? And that’s a very good question. And yet we don’t get to hear about anything that Roger is doing, or about this is not a drill, or when he makes a piece of work it is not shown.”

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Those with a more cynical mind would pick up this video and put alongside the fact Roger’s Us and Them concert film has just become available for streaming on the likes of Amazon Prime, and conclude this is a publicity stunt! Indeed, anytime anyone has anything to publicise, the “Pink Floyd Reunion” spiel is usually dragged out to get some column inches. It would seem Roger the attack dog has come out on this occasion!

Watch Roger’s video below in full and feel free to leave a comment. Should he be allowed to publicise his Us & Them video release, tour info and other things?

ANNOUNCEMENT

An announcement from me. And when I mention the Pink Floyd website, I also mean the Facebook page and all the rest.

Posted by Roger Waters on Monday, 18 May 2020
David and Polly Von Trapped Family
David and Polly Von Trapped Family

During lockdown, The Gilmours have been entertaining fans with their weekly “Von Trapp Family” get togethers in their barn, playing songs, reading from Polly Samson’s new novel and taking questions from fans.

Roger Waters Mother on Lockdown Band Grid
Roger Waters Mother on Lockdown Band Grid

Roger also joined in the Coronavirus creative response by doing a version of Mother with most of his band minus sax (Mother has no sax).

Roger Waters was gearing up to be touring this year but was postponed, he also has his Us & Them concert documentary out now

It would seem Roger is getting quite worked up.