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Few bands have made the transformation from cult icons to world-dominating rock stars like Pink Floyd. They began as a vehicle for Syd Barrett, a warped-minded genius whose interest in psychedelia didn’t stop at the music. The band’s 1967 debut album, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ is a milestone of tripped-out elegance and exploration. Barrett’s drug abuse eventually rendered him useless, and by the time Pink Floyd released their 1973 masterpiece ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ he was long gone and they had evolved into one of the planet’s biggest bands. Their spacey concept albums – featuring long instrumental passages and heady themes about madness and man’s inability to control his surroundings – reached their peak on 1979’s ‘The Wall,’ a double-record opus focusing on rock-star alienation.

Tom Petty, U2, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Neil Young Fall on Grammy Night

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Jerod Harris / Matthias Nareyek / MJ Kim / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

The Grammy Awards are hailed as "music's biggest night," but it proved to be a big disappointment for classic-rock artists, instead.

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35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall Tour’ Re-Invents the Rock Concert

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Pink Floyd first performed their elaborately staged concert for 'The Wall' in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1980.

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47 Years Ago: Syd Barrett Plays Last Show With Pink Floyd

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Syd Barrett's last show with Pink Floyd took place on Jan. 20, 1968.

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41 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Try to Make an Album Without Musical Instruments

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As 1973 drew to a close, Pink Floyd abandoned their plans for a highly experimental follow-up to 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' their smash hit album from earlier in that year.

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Pink Floyd Top List of Best Surgery Music

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

The next time you go under the knife, you might not be the only one feeling 'Comfortably Numb.'

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Meet the ‘Other’ Magician Behind Pink Floyd’s Album Covers

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EMI

With the recent release of 'The Endless River,' Pink Floyd has brought to a close a career marked by amazing albums -- and amazing album covers.

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David Gilmour Performs Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ In Rare Live Appearance

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

Watch new video as David Gilmour makes a surprise appearance with a British indie rock band on Saturday, performing Pink Floyd's acoustic-driven classic 'Wish You Were Here.'

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David Bowie and Pink Floyd Drummer Steve Forman Faces U.K. Deportation

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Steve Forman, a session drummer who has worked with such luminaries as Pink Floyd and David Bowie, is facing deportation from the U.K. According to Britain's Home Office, he does not earn enough money to remain in the country.

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Win a $900 Limited-Edition Print of Pink Floyd’s ‘Meddle’ Artwork

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Need something really cool for your wall?

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35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Build, Brick by Brick, Their Rock Opera Masterpiece on Isolation

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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Roger Waters was already starting to live the life of an isolated rock star by the time he began working on Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' in 1978.

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