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2009-09-22 10:46:52

An exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is being planned in Las Vegas, the Honorary Consul of Germany said Tuesday. The free event is to take place at the Westin Hotel Oct. 3-4. It involves art, history, education and politics, and is open to the public. As Germans celebrate their national holiday on Oct. 3, the event coincides with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall in Berlin. That remarkable event reunited East and West Germany in 1989 and marked...

2008-09-19 09:00:25

By Scott Iwasaki Deseret News Another respected musician has left this world. On Monday, Richard Wright, 65, the founding keyboardist for the band Pink Floyd, lost his battle with cancer and went to that "Great Gig in the Sky." He joins another Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett, who died in 2006. Pink Floyd is one of those bands that has stuck with me since I was in elementary school. Back then, here in Salt Lake City, there was a Saturday afternoon TV program called "Science...

2005-11-17 15:34:05

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Roger Waters delighted rock fans when Pink Floyd played their first gig together for 24 years at July's Live8. On Thursday he was hoping to win over classical fans with his first opera, 16 years in the making. The singer, bass player and songwriter on classic albums like "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," said he wanted his French Revolution opera "Ca Ira" to have the same impact at its world premiere in Rome as his stadium-filling rock...

2005-08-19 22:33:58

By Anastasia Tsioulcas NEW YORK (Billboard) - Back in his days with Pink Floyd, Roger Waters took on the big issues of life. In high-concept projects like "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," he grappled with such challenging topics as social oppression, the long shadows of war, the interplay of money and power, and the abuse of authority. Since 1989, Waters wrestled with many of those same concerns in a genre new to him: opera. The result, "Ca Ira," an opera set during the...

2005-07-25 22:13:41

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a far cry from "we don't need no education" on Monday when Pink Floyd's Roger Waters presented excerpts for the first time from "Ca Ira," his new three-act opera about the French Revolution. Rogers told an enthusiastic audience, which was to all appearances made up more of Pink Floyd fans than opera buffs, that the ambitious project first came to him back in 1989, when French songwriter Etienne Roda-Gil brought him a libretto for the French...

2004-11-27 15:00:03

LONDON - Members of the children's chorus who sang on Pink Floyd's anti-authoritarian 1979 hit, "Another Brick in the Wall," are owed thousands of dollars in payment, a royalties agent said. Peter Rowan said he was representing one of the group, Peter Thorpe, in a bid for unpaid royalties. Rowan said he hoped other members of the group would join the claim for royalties from a fund set up in 1997 to compensate session musicians. Two dozen students from Islington Green School in north...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'