New York, Oct 31 (AP/UNB) — Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is planning to tour North America next year to perform some classic Floyd songs, but don't expect "Comfortably Numb" or "Another Brick in the Wall."
Mason instead will be digging deep into the Pink Floyd archives to offer tunes not heard live in America for a long time, if ever. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets will be jamming to pre-"Dark Side of the Moon" material.
"I really wanted to find something different and a bit quirky," Mason told The Associated Press by phone from London. "I think, for me, what's most interesting is to revisit the thinking behind some of these pieces."
The band — which includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken — formed this year in the United Kingdom after bandmates nudged Mason to make music again.
The name of the new band comes from "A Saucerful of Secrets," released in June 1968. Some of the songs they play live include "See Emily Play," ''Arnold Layne," The Nile Song," ''Bike," ''Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" and "Obscured by Clouds."
U.S. and Canadian audiences can expect those and more. "Frankly, we feel there's still more to do and can be explored," Mason said. "The set list that we've done in Europe will almost certainly be the basis for what we do, but we certainly intend to add a few more tracks."
Mason said he's not worried that Floyd fans will turn up and expect to hear hits from such later albums as "The Wall" or "Animals." He cites social media for making it clear what will be played, something he noticed after the band's first concert.
"Almost two hours after doing the very first pub gig, everything was all over the web and everyone had a pretty good idea of what they were going to get," he said. "So if it wasn't what they wanted, they didn't turn up."
The new 25-date tour will kick off March 12, 2019, in Vancouver and take the band to Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC.
Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd who has performed on all of the band's studio albums. He said he isn't trying to compete with Floyd alumni Roger Waters and David Gilmour or any Floyd tribute bands.
"The world is absolutely stuffed with Pink Floyd tribute bands, let alone Roger and David. So I think it's very important to say, 'This is not version No. 297. This is something a bit weird and a bit different.'"
The tour will mark Mason's first performances in North America since Pink Floyd played Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1994 as part of the Division Bell Tour. The 74-year-old musician said he's having more fun behind the drum kit that he initially expected.
"I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy it. This is not a grand scheme that I created. This is me being nudged into it by the rest of the band. That's my entire career — not leading so much as being gently prodded."
Dhaka, Oct 31 (UNB) - A five-day-long interactive exhibition focusing marine wildlife ‘Healthy Ocean, Healthy People’ will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) here on Thursday.
The Wildlife Conservation Society Bangladesh (WCS) will organise the first-of-its-kind interactive exhibition aiming to exhibit about marine wildlife in the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh’s efforts to conserve them.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend in the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest while country representative of WCS Bangladesh Dr Zahangir Alam will preside over the session.
Organisers said that visitors can explore the amazing diversity of dolphins, whales, sharks and other Ocean Giants in Bangladesh’s marine waters and to discover why the survival of these threatened Ocean Giants in the Bay of Bengal is critical to the continued growth and well-being of our nation.
They also said their exhibition will combine life-size animal models, games, a documentary movie, captivating photographs and fascinating facts in attractive displays.
A premiere of short documentary film on Marine conservation in Bangladesh by Helal Sujon commissioned by BCAS Bangladesh will be screened in the opening ceremony.
The exhibition is open to all from November 1 to 5 from 11 am to 8 pm.
Sydney, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Australian actor and director John Jarratt has appeared in a Sydney court charged with raping a woman 42 years ago.
The 66-year-old actor is best known for his serial-killer character Mick Taylor in the "Wolf Creek" horror movies and television series. Jarratt appeared in his first two movies, "The Great Macarthy" and "Picnic at Hanging Rock," in 1975.
He told the Downing Center Local Court through his lawyer Bryan Wrench on Tuesday that he will deny the charge.
The accuser, now aged 66, told police in December 2017 that Jarratt raped her in the apartment they shared in the Sydney suburb of Randwick in September 1976.
It was not immediately clear what sentence he would face if convicted.
New Zealand,Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Rain, wind and an earthquake elsewhere in the country didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of New Zealanders who turned out to see Prince Harry and wife Meghan on the penultimate day of their South Pacific tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met people in Auckland during a walkabout Tuesday after earlier participating in a gumboot-tossing competition and visiting a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison.
The couple finishes their 16-day tour on Wednesday. They arrived in New Zealand on Sunday after earlier visiting Australia, Fiji and Tonga.
Prince Harry is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday night during a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
New Zealand Post has marked the couple's visit with a special issue of commemorative stamps.
Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) – Celebrated sports couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik became proud parents to a baby boy on Tuesday as the former Pakistan cricket captain broke the news on his Twitter account.
As per details, the six-time Grand Slam champion has given birth to a baby boy in India’s Hyderabad.
While announcing the auspicious birth of his first child on his Twitter handle, Pakistani cricket star Shoaib Malik said, "Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik'."
The 32-year-old Indian tennis superstar, in the last few months, has shared numerous photographs on social media where she and her family members were seen attending events related to the baby.
Malik's manager and agent Ameem Haq, meanwhile, tweeted: "Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon."
#BabyMirzaMalik boy is here! Baby and mother are all smiles, the dad is over the moon— Ameem Haq (@AmeemHaq) October 30, 2018