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.
Hear Roger Waters' Haunting New Version of 'Comfortably Numb'
Classic Pink Floyd song returns with a new arrangement – and a different ending.
How Pink Floyd's First Era Crash Landed With 'Apples and Oranges'
The single was supposed to keep their commercial momentum going. Instead, it was a death knell.
Waters, Gilmour + Mason to Appear in New Syd Barrett Documentary
‘Have You Got It Yet?’ also features a 50 song soundtrack.
John Frusciante Channeled ‘70s Prog for ‘Dream Canteen’ Album
Genesis and Pink Floyd influences Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, alongside Eddie Van Halen and Kurt Cobain.
Roger Waters Shares His Favorite ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’ Rumor
He admits he doesn't believe a story about a smoke-filled bus where Pink Floyd and 'Wizard of Oz' were being played together.
Pink Floyd Catalog Sale Reportedly Threatened by Waters’ Comments
They'd reportedly been seeking a sale price around $500 million.
Nick Mason Would Love to Take Part in Another Live 8-Style Event
"I think it would be great if it was possible to become a force for good," Pink Floyd drummer says.
How Pink Floyd Faced Down Challenges on ‘Animals’
"It deserves a rethink," Nick Mason says. "It's no one's real fault."
35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Takes Off Again With 'Learning to Fly'
David Gilmour's attempts to overcome a long-held fear led to the band's first-ever Billboard rock chart No. 1.