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.
If you've ever watched a Pink Floyd laser light show and thought, "This is cool, but I wish it was even bigger and more involved somehow," you'll probably want to make plans to visit Milan this September.
UK based label Easy Action is set to release a disc of unheard recordings featuring late Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. The performance was recorded at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, England on Jan. 27, 1972.
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. The new project was to be called 'Household Objects,' and true to that title, the group's plans were to record it without any musical instruments.
After years of bitter recrimination and mudslinging in the press, Pink Floyd buried the hatchet 26 years ago this weekend, celebrating peace on Earth and goodwill to men by legally finalizing one of the most strongly contested breakups in rock 'n' roll history.
Roger Waters has admitted that he shouldn't have sued his former Pink Floyd bandmates after he left the group in 1985. In an interview scheduled to air on Sept. 19 on BBC World News, Waters said, "I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong."
It was a time of transition for Pink Floyd, who returned after their supposed demise on Sept. 8, 1987 (in the U.S., one day earlier in the U.K.) minus one key member but with a new album titled 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason.' The disc would be a key one for the band as it would make or break their future ability to tour and record without bassist Roger Waters.
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