Many happy returns to Roger Waters, who celebrates his 71st birthday today by attending the first screening of The Wall Live, at the Toronto International Film Festival. There are two further public screenings of this concert recording, at the Canadian festival, tomorrow and next Sunday.
Here's a picture of Roger with Syd Barrett, in the early days of Pink Floyd...
Saturday 6th of September 2014 04:00:02 AM
Today in 2006, David Gilmour performed the final show of his On An Island tour, where he played to an audience of 50,000 at the Gdansk Shipyard to celebrate the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The show featured "A Great Day For Freedom", the only show of the tour to include this 1994 Floyd song. The concert was released two years later in various configurations, including the live album and DVD.
Tuesday 26th of August 2014 09:27:08 AM
The Bank was the venue for Pink Floyd's 1968 appearance in Torrance, California, during a North American tour. Amongst the tracks performed were Interstellar Overdrive, Astronomy Domine and Let There Be More Light...
Saturday 23rd of August 2014 12:00:03 PM
Filmed in June 1972 at the Brighton Dome, this performance of Careful With That Axe, Eugene was during one of two shows at the venue which were added to the end of the initial tour of The Dark Side Of The Moon. This was following the "severe mechanical and electric horror" experienced at the venue on the first night of the tour, as they attempted to perform the new work live for the first time, but were beset by technical issues at the start of Money... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b72I7TwsvBE
Pink Floyd - Careful With That Axe, Eugene
The official video for 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' by Pink Floyd recorded live in Brighton and originally released on the 'Ummagumma' album. From 1969, U...
Thursday 21st of August 2014 12:16:49 PM
A collaboration in 1985 between Nick Mason and 10cc's guitarist Rick Fenn (who still performs with 10cc today) resulted in the album Profiles. The track Lie For A Lie (released as a single) included guest vocalists Maggie Reilly and David Gilmour, both of whom appeared in the promotional video...
Tuesday 19th of August 2014 09:35:40 AM
Pink Floyd had to amuse themselves in a junkyard for an EMI promotional picture shoot in 1967. Here's one of the pictures from that session:
Sunday 17th of August 2014 10:20:01 AM
With a set including Interstellar Overdrive, Astronomy Domine and A Saucerful Of Secrets, Pink Floyd performed the first of two nights in Sacramento, California, today in 1968.
Saturday 16th of August 2014 07:36:39 AM
Roger Waters started his Radio KAOS tour on this date, 1987, in Providence, Rhode Island on a tour which spanned 37 dates including two shows in Europe, both at London's Wembley Arena. This diagram gives an insight into the staging of an event such as this, and how the performance area is designed and planned.
Thursday 14th of August 2014 02:37:13 PM
On this day in 1994, as part of The Division Bell tour, Pink Floyd played at the famous Hockenheimring motor racing circuit in Germany. This was not the first time that the band had made an appearance at a track, though. In June 1967 they appeared (but didn't perform) in a parade in an open topped car for the Radio London Motor Racing & Pop Festival, at England's Brands Hatch circuit. For more Floyd trivia like this, get the official This Day in Pink Floyd app which is now available for Apple portable devices: <a href="http://fave.co/1dpAqc1" target="_blank">http://fave.co/1dpAqc1</a>
Wednesday 13th of August 2014 01:00:08 PM
Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition, have announced today that the Exhibition, due to start on 19 September 2014 in Milan, has had to be postponed due to production delays. Building the complex Exhibition to the required specification has made it impossible to make the opening date.
Ticket sales for the Exhibition are currently suspended. Existing ticket purchases will remain valid once the new exhibition dates are announced or can be refunded at point of purchase.
Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.
Monday 11th of August 2014 02:13:52 PM
Eight years ago, David Gilmour performed the first of two nights at Venice's Piazza San Marco, concerts that were rescheduled from the previous weekend due to issues with the stage roof. The first show included On The Turning Away, added by David during soundcheck to the surprise of the band who had to hurriedly learn it, and the second show suffered from heavy rain throughout the first half of the show - one thing that cannot be controlled at outdoor concerts!
Monday 11th of August 2014 04:33:06 AM
In August 1980, Pink Floyd played six sold-out nights at London's Earls Court, presenting The Wall. Ten original Gerald Scarfe drawings for the project were stolen from the foyer of the venue. Included was a caricature of The Teacher, which appeared in inflatable form in the promo video for Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two:
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two (Official Music Video)
The official promo video for 'Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2' by Pink Floyd, taken from the album 'The Wall', originally released in 1979. One of the most...
Saturday 9th of August 2014 01:23:27 PM
Today in 1971, the Floyd played the second of two nights at Hakone Aphrodite 71, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone, Japan as part of their first tour of that country. The guide to the venue was in cartoon style...
Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:17:21 PM
Most people are familiar with Vic Singh's portrait of Pink Floyd for The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn album, but in Italy, it was available for a period of time with this rather different cover - with prominence given to David Gilmour, despite the album being recorded the year before David joined the band.
Wednesday 6th of August 2014 03:58:29 PM
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was released in August 1967. The band's debut album was the subject of a 40th anniversary edition, complete with the differing mono and stereo mixes, singles and alternate takes. If the music streaming service is available in your country, you can listen to this expanded edition here: <a href="http://open.spotify.com/album/0DFzOZWTP3IHbMt2uev3Va." target="_blank">http://open.spotify.com/album/0DFzOZWTP3IHbMt2uev3Va.</a> Here's an alternate image from Vic Singh's photo session for the cover:
Tuesday 5th of August 2014 12:00:29 PM
One of the much-loved tracks from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is Lucifer Sam, and here's a taster of that song:
Monday 4th of August 2014 11:26:29 AM
Many collectors concentrate on specific areas - different covers for the Floyd’s singles being one such area of interest. This suitably coloured cover for Arnold Layne does seem to feature a fed-up Richard Wright, as well as some unusual cropping of the image around the band’s heads...
Saturday 2nd of August 2014 05:49:33 AM
Syd Barrett, Melody Maker, December 1967:
"We have only just started to scrape the surface of effects and ideas of lights and music combined; we think that the music and the lights are part of the same scene, one enhances and adds to the other. But we feel that in the future, groups are going to have to offer much more than just a pop show. They'll have to offer a well-presented theatre show."
Wednesday 30th of July 2014 06:30:01 AM