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Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' Recording Console Heads to Auction

The Abbey Road Studios recording console used in the creation of Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon will hit the auction block in March.

The Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console, which was housed in Abbey Road’s famed Studio 2 from 1971 to 1983, is one of the marquee items in Bonham’s TCM Presents… Rock and Roll Through the Lens auction, which takes place March 27th in New York.

While no estimate has been set, the console is expected to fetch six-digit bids.

Three Beatles – Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – each recorded music as solo artists with the console, with Kate Bush and the Cure also occupying Studio 2 to use the two-of-a-kind desk.

The TG12345 MK IV was created as a collaboration between Abbey Road and EMI engineers and is considered, thanks to its pioneering technology and then-state-of-the-art equipment, one of the greatest consoles ever constructed.

The seller, producer Mike Hedges, purchased the console directly from Abbey Road Studios in 1983, when the studio upgraded their equipment. Hedges kept the console in his own studio since then, with the TG12345 MK IV still in “excellent working condition.”

The twin TG12345 MK IV unit, which was in Abbey Road’s Studio 3 before it was moved into Studio 1, is currently housed in Austria’s Prime Studios.

The recording console’s auction block comes with letters of provenance, including one from ex-Abbey Road Studio Manager Ken Townsend, as well as instruction manual, a documented history of the desk courtesy of Abbey Road technician Brian Gibson and a copy of Dark Side of the Moon, which was named Rolling Stone‘s Greatest Prog Rock Album of All Time.

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DJ Khaled Recruits Future, Lil Wayne for Summerfest Cruise

Two months after DJ Khaled announced plans to set sail on an all-star Summerfest cruise, the producer has recruited headliners Future, Lil Wayne, Migos and A$AP Rocky to join him on the voyage.

The festival-at-sea leaves Miami on Friday, June 30th and makes a pair of stops in the Bahamas before returning to Florida on July 3rd, Pitchfork reports.

In addition to the performances, the Summerfest cruise promises perks like “Meet & Greet Reception,” “Themed Parties” and “Partying and mingling up close and personal with the entertainers.”

Get ticket and lodging information for the 18-and-over bash at the Summerfest site.

In other Khaled news, in addition to his new track “Shining” featuring Jay Z and Beyonce, the producer has been teasing a “top secret video and top secret anthem” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Migos and Lil Wayne on Instagram.

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Chance the Rapper to Illinois Governor: 'Do Your Job'

Chance the Rapper and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s meeting on Friday left the Grammy-winning rapper and Chicago native “flustered,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The pair had a 30-minute conversation about funding for Chicago Public Schools.

Rauner and the rapper first connected after the Grammy Awards when Rauner tweeted congratulatory remarks for the night’s Best New Artist winner while the rapper responded with a request for a meeting to discuss education in Illinois. After weather-related rescheduling, the pair finally met on Friday morning.

After the meeting, Chance was met by reporters, where he commented on how disappointed he was by Rauner’s “vague answers” about funding for the schools. Last December, Rauner had vetoed a bill that would have allocated money to pay teacher and administrator pensions in the CPS system due to budget restraints and a desire for pension reform that would make the state less responsible for contributing to the pensions.

“I felt it went a little bit different than it should have,” Chance said to the press. “I’m here because I just want people to do their jobs.”

NBC reported that the rapper told the governor to “do your job” directly as he left. The rapper requested that national music publications give “a comprehensive history on how we ended up here.” Chance’s final note was that his message had been “take our kids off the table” without further explanation.

Representatives for Chance the Rapper and Gov. Rauner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today,” Chance tweeted after the meeting. “Please don’t let that become the narrative. Monday morning I’ll have a plan.”

After the emcee left, Rauner spoke with the press and offered a more optimistic take on their meeting, noting that he and Chance would talk more over the weekend and prepare a funding solution to present to the legislature on Tuesday. He commended the 23-year-old’s “incredible voice” and influence on matters related to Chicago. 

“That powerful voice can be a voice for change,” the governor expounded. “If we stood together, Chance, I have some power. I have power in some ways; you have great power in other ways. If we stood together, worked together, I think we could get big things done.”

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