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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

New Roger Waters Song on Marianne Faithfull’s Forthcoming Album

Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull
Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull

Pink Floyd co-founder and principal songwriter Roger Waters has penned a new song for Marianne Faithfull’s new album Give My Love to London.

The album will be released in September 2014 and does not feature Roger Waters performing as a musician. Some will be disappointed by that, others less so.

The new album also features music contributions from Nick Cave, Steve Earle, Anna Calvi, Pat Leonard and Tom McRae, to which Faithfull supplied lyrics.

The backing band is made up of Warren Ellis and Tikovoi along with Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Ed Harcourt. Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are featured as special guests.

Mick Jagger Marianne Faithfull
Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull

This is the second song Roger has let Marianne record – she did a recording of the 1968 Roger Waters song Incarceration of a Flower Child, which is assumed to be written about the late Syd Barrett. It’s very obviously a Roger Waters song and was produced by him too.

I guess people are wondering where on earth Roger Waters new album is up to. He has said fairly recently that he is working on one. Then there is also The Wall Live DVD from his 2010 to 2012 tour which people are eagerly anticipating.

Those Pink Floyd bunch certainly do like to keep us fans waiting don’t they? Talking of which, The Division Bell 20th Anniversary box set will be released soon so expect a full review of the contents of that glorious box in the next couple of weeks. Then there is David Gilmour’s new album and possibility of a tour…

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Read more on this story from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and NME. Or have a listen to some more Marianne Faithfull…