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.
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.
Why Roger Waters Isn’t Afraid to Get Political With His Concerts
His guitarist also explains how daunting it is to take on Pink Floyd's classic songs.
Listen to Pink Floyd's New Version of 'A Great Day for Freedom'
Updated tune will serve as the B-side to the band's recently released single.
Pink Floyd Releases New Remix of 'Animals' Epic 'Dogs'
Track appears on upcoming revamped edition of 1977 LP.
Pink Floyd Announces Long-Delayed 'Animals' Reissue
Remixed edition will arrive in September.