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Pink Floyd

(1965-)
Pink Floyd
Roger Waters (bass, vocals) 1965-1985
Syd Barrett (guitar, vocals) 1965-1969
Rick Wright (keyboards) 1965-1979, 1987-2008
Nick Mason (drums) 1965-
David Gilmour (guitar, vocals) 1968-

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The band was named after two American Blues musicians: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Other names they used included The Megadeaths and The Abdabs.
Waters, Wright and Mason formed the band when they met at a London architectural school. Syd Barrett joined them shortly after.
Syd Barrett was the first high-profile acid casualty. He was the group leader until he gradually went crazy and had to be kicked out of the band. It got to the point where he would stand on stage and refuse to play his guitar. When Barrett couldn't contribute musically, the remaining members hoped he could stay on as a songwriter, similar to what Brian Wilson did for The Beach Boys, but he was too far gone. On July 7, 2006 Barrett died in his home in Cambridge at the age of 60 due to diabetes. (thanks, will - Raleigh, NC)
Gilmour has an extensive collection of classic guitars, including the Fender Stratocaster with the first serial number.
Waters loves golf. On their later tours, he would make an effort to book hotels near golf courses.
Because they were rarely pictured on album covers (they appear on the cover of their 1969 album Ummagumma) and the light show was the focus of attention at concerts, many people have no idea what the band members look like. This has helped them remain anonymous and live more normal lives.
In the '60s, they gave fans a completely different concert experience. Audiences came to their shows to listen to the music and enjoy the visual effects. There was no dancing.
They were the first band to use a quadraphonic sound system at their concerts. Using 4 different channels of audio, it was an early version of surround sound.
Their famous light shows started off very low-tech. In the early days, they used slide projectors and colored condoms stretched over lights.
In 2002, Gilmour sold his London house for $6.48 million, and gave all the money to charity. He claimed he had grown tired of having too many expensive possessions.
They were the first British rock group to use a liquid light show and the first act to use Gold colored lasers in their shows. (thanks, Brandon - Baldwinsville, NY)
They put a big emphasis on the artwork for their albums. Their art director, Storm Thorgeson, would listen to the albums, then bring ideas to the band, which they usually loved.
In an attempt to keep ticket prices low, they once appeared in a French soft-drink commercial. This went against their anti-commercialism philosophy and was a horrible experience. They haven't done anything like that since.
They have worked on the soundtracks to the movies Zabriske Point, The Valley, and Tonight Let's All Make Love In London.
Apparently, Pink Floyd shows up in The Muppet Show. A member of the band is mostly colored pink. His name is Floyd. (thanks, Jeff - Kendall Park, NJ)
Dark Side of The Moon still sells around 8,000 copies a week in the US. (thanks, John - Toronto, Canada)
Syd Barrett had a great influence on the other band members even after he left. "Shine On you Crazy Diamond" is dedicated to him, since it reads S-hine on Y-ou crazy D-iamond. "Wish You Were Here" is also in his memory. In the movie The Wall, several scenes are inspired from actual events involving Syd. In the movie, the character Pink shaves off all his facial hair, including his eyebrows - something Syd once arrived to the studio having done himself. (thanks, Ahmer - Karachi, Pakistan)
Their 1979 album The Wall has sold at least 23,000,000 copies in United States alone, making it the third-highest-selling album of all time, and the highest-selling Hard Rock album of all time. (thanks, Jeff - Seaville, NJ)
There are a striking number of coincidences between events in the movie The Wizard Of Oz and musical cues (and lyrics) on the 1973 Pink Floyd album Dark Side Of The Moon. It is highly improbable that the band had a print of the movie with them when they recorded that album at Abbey Road, and few attempt to claim it to have been deliberate (David Gilmour dismisses it as nonsense), but the coincidences are remarkable nonetheless. If you begin the album on the third roar of the MGM lion (using the NTSC version of the movie, not the 25 fps PAL version which runs a little over 4% faster) the coincidences include (but are not limited to):
-The line "balanced on the biggest wave" comes as Dorothy balances on the fence.
-The song "On the Run" starts as Dorothy falls off the fence.
-"The Great Gig in the Sky" begins when the tornado first appears.
-The song "Us and Them" is played when Dorothy meets the Wicked Witch of the West.
-The line "black and blue" is repeated when they are talking to one another (Dorothy in her blue outfit, the Wicked Witch in black).
-The line "the lunatic is on the grass..." coincides with Dorothy meeting the Scarecrow.
-When we first see Miss Gulch on her bicycle, the song "Time" starts with its bells and alarms.
-Dorothy asks Professor Marvel what else he sees in his crystal ball as the line "thought I'd something more to say" comes along in the song "Time."
-As the Scarecrow sings "If I Only Had a Brain", Pink Floyd sing "Brain Damage."
-Side 1 of the original vinyl album (up to the end of "The Great Gig in the Sky") is exactly as long as the black and white portion of the film.
-As Dorothy listens to the Tin Man's chest, the album ends with the famous heartbeat sound effect. (thanks, Dieter - Turnhout, Belgium)
Roger Waters would sometimes yell out numbers before the start of certain popular songs in concert. This was most likely a way for him to keep track of bootleg concert recordings and possibly to help identify them to those who purchased them. (thanks, Jonathon - Clermont, FL)
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
The band reunited for a performance at Live 8 in 2005, and in 2007 the surviving members got together for a tribute to Syd Barrett - just not all at the same time. Gilmour, Mason and Wright played together, and Waters performed alone, skipping the final performance by all of the other artists who played the gig.
According to the book Comfortably Numb: A History of The Wall by Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon, there were 5 different versions of the album The Wall: Water's original demo, the final album version, and 3 additional demos. The book was released in a limited edition run of just 5000 copies.
Founding member Rick Wright died of cancer on September 15, 2008 at age 65. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 4)
In Nick Mason's rock n' roll memoir Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, he says that really the only reason Roger ever bothered to approach him in the first place was because he wanted to borrow Nick's car. (thanks, Jenny - Indianapolis, IN)
When their record label EMI allowed individual Pink Floyd to be downloaded in March, 2010, the band sued, as their contract states that tracks cannot be sold unbundled from albums. EMI argued that the contract applied only to physical albums, not downloads, but the judge didn't agree, ruling that the label is "not entitled to exploit recordings by online distribution or by any other means other than the complete original album without Pink Floyd's consent." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)

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Comments:

Best band ever.
- No, Fairyville, Argentina
Why is it that everyone remembers Gilmour's charity but never mentions anything about Roger's charity starting from 1990 in Berlin and onward ???
- Sabrina , clifton, NJ
I think Pink Floyd really set the bar for music that made you think. At the time Pink Floyd was around rock bands didn't experiment with sounds or music structure. When Pink Floyd released Dark side of the Moon in 1973 the worlds perspective of music changed. Pink Floyd will live on forever.
- Ben, Pepperland, AB
Just a correction to following statement from your otherwise informative bio:

"In an attempt to keep ticket prices low, they once appeared in a French soft-drink commercial. This went against their anti-commercialism philosophy and was a horrible experience. They haven't done anything like that since'.

In fact, they reluctantly agreed to be sponsored by Volkswagen for their 1994/5 Division Bell world tour and later very much regretted it on the same philosophical grounds (only did so to reduce financial risk of such an immemsely expensive tour).

Cheers, Rob, the Land Downunder (Australia)

P.S. "Second only to King Crimson" according to Don of Pittsburgh? (WTF!)
- robert, Sydney, Australia
My all time favorite band, Pink Floyd has some of the best songs I have/will ever heard/hear. From their spacey and sci-fi oriented "Astronomy Domine," to their epic, ethereal "Echoes," even to their last albums, with "Keep Talking," Floyd knows how to create some of the most psychedelic and brilliant songs out there. My favorites by them include "A Saucerful of Secrets", "On The Turning Away," "Us and Them," "Time," "One of These Days," "Corporal Clegg," "Careful With That Axe, Eugene," and "Run Like Hell."
If you're looking for a band with building dynamics, songs that you listen to for the sake of listening to their intricate structures, and deep themes from protection to war to insanity, this is the band to consider. Long live Pink Floyd, and may they continue playing on the dark side of the moon.
- Harry, South Bend, IN
My favorite Floyd songs:
Wots, Uh..The Deal?
Country Song (Zabriskie Point Soundtrack)
Embryo
Echoes
Cirrus Minor
- Roger, Spartanburg, SC
Syd Barrett is/was a legend. It's a shame he couldn't handle the pressures of the music industry. Almost all of his songs are/were great.
- Roy, Granbania, MA
Someone said none of the Pink Floyd songs are about drugs but The Gnome is about a person who sees gnomes when they smoke DMT, See Emily Play is about a girl who takes LSD in the forest, and there are many other examples.
- Bob, Tucson, AZ
I love pink floyd. i wouldn't call myself a songwriter but i do write poems that i sing in my head. Without a doubt; pink floyd has infulenced me most with my style of lyrics and how the song plays in my head. Mr.'s Barrett, Waters, Wright, Gilmour, and Mason: THANK YOU FOR CREATING SUCH WONDERFUL MUSIC!!!!!!!! I discovered Pink Floyd in 4th or 5th grade. I was already into classic rock by then. Im 14 right now and i remember that day like no other. i was sitting in my room; listening to Wish You Were Here. After listening to that album; i realized that they were my favorite band. I must thank my dad for getting me into classic rock. that's all i listen to. every child should know who Pink Floyd is!!!! Wish You were here is still my favorite Pink Floyd song.!!!!!!!!!! And remember; we're just another brick in the wall!!!!!!!
- Allie, a little ol' town in, MI
I have listenened to Pink Floyd for most of my life, then I finally understood the music and lyrics. It was an awakening I had not experienced in music before. I love everything about them!
Marla in Texas
- marla, denison, TX
The Muppets character was actually named Sgt. Floyd Pepper and was pink in color, an obvious reference to both Pink Floyd and The Beatles. He was the bass player for Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the Muppets rock band.
- Nate, Lincoln, NE
a personal commentary. i believe that the reason for gilmour being as great as he is, is due to the fact that his playing is very "soulful", and heavily mixed with emotion and feeling. None of his playing is flashy or fast. But it is undeniably great. His playing speaks to the soul, and his solos sing to the heart. He is no Eddie Van Halen, but he doesnt have to be. Gilmour is great because he plays from the heart. And you can hear it every time he plays his stratocaster. If i was blind, and i heard a new instrumental, i would be able to pick out his playing just by listening to his playing. Artistically lacking in "on an island" i can cut him a break, because his playing sings to my heart, and his solos are extremely soulful. There is a place for flashy and fast guitar playing and clever hammer-on runs, but that doesnt make up for just playing what is in your heart. I am a guitar player with many influences, and i credit David Gilmour for showing me to not forget to play from your heart, foremost of importance to technical skill.
- muzik, plano, TX
all the comments obove ommit the one important factor of why dark side of the moon is the classic that it is. outside of the artistic contribution of the band members, the recording engineer can either make or break an album. Alan Parsons was the recording engineer on this album. I have heard no one mention this. It is his contribution as well that makes this album a classic. I doubt that eddie kramer, as well as he did on the hendrix albums could have done dark side of the moon as good a justice as alan parsons did. As long as we are paying homage to an album, we must not forget all who were responsible. It was him that was responsible for making the abum sound as good as it does, and to this day remains timeless. The members of Pink Floyd can only be credited for the artistic inspiration of the project. The sound engineer makes it sound the way it does. I doubt very much that dark side of the moon would have been the classic that it was had it been recorded by eddie kramer, as good a engineer he was on the hendrix albums, but alan parsons was over the top in his vision and insight of how the album should sound.
- muzik, plano, TX
I got "Brain Damage" and "Lucifer Sam" stuck in my head now...don't know why.
- Shelby, the dark side
I am a Floyd fan who is a young teen and I must say: their most classic album was by far The Piper at the Gates of Dawn!! Love you, Syd, RIP! Of course that's not to say that Waters, Wright, Gilmour, and Mason weren't marvelous too...
- Shelby, the dark side
I just thought I would make an amendment to the fact about Dave Gilmour's 'vintage guitar collection'- he is the proud owner of a fake serial #1 Stratocaster.
- Matt, London, England
well im a true floydian by heart but i just wanna clarify one thing, the song Take it back from the division bell album.. it worried me for months who they are trying to relate wheter it was to mothers, wives or daughters or anything & a friend told me that they were refering to Mother nature which i feel is true & made complete sense, chec out the natural disaters we have had just cos of mans thirst for knowledge & unsatisfiable nature... if fellow floydians feel the same please post it ....R.I.P. Sydd ....
- Robin, Mumbai, India
the song is 'Empty Spaces'
- will, Raleigh, NC
As a Floydian from my young years, I think it's really cool that teens are rediscovering Pink Floyd. Here's a cool thing to try, if you can get your hands on a real vinyl LP of The Wall and a turntable... remember back in the 70's when all that crap about backward masking was going on? Now, I haven't done this since high school, but it worked then. On side 2 of album 1, (sorry, I can't remember exactly which song, it's one of the instrumentals, maybe the second song?) if you turn the turntable backwards with the needle on the record, there actually is a backwards message! The band must have done it to thumb their nose at the critics and all the moral majority moms who thought their music was the work of satan. But anyway, the message actually says "Congratulations, you've found the secret message, now send your answer to Old Pink, courtesy of the funny farm, Chelsea England." I swear this is real. Are there any other 40-ish fans out there who remember this? Anyway, have fun looking and welcome new Floyd fans! :-)
- Karen, St. Louis, MO
Yeah, you'd have to be an idiot to have even found out that it syncs up in any way with that movie in the first place.
- Jonathon, Clermont, FL
I don't know why, but i can't stop listening to "Waiting For The Worms."
- Ethan, Wanganui, New Zealand
Who the hell plays Dark Side of the Moon during "The Wizard of Oz"? I think that's a better question than asking the band if they did that on purpose. But anyways...Pink Floyd... absolutely amazing band. Love em.

R.I.P. Syd Barret! Shine on!
- Anna, Nowhere, AZ
Is Pink Floyd the best band ever? Don't answer that.. everyone already knows. Personally, I don't enjoy "The Wall" all the way through but I love any other album by them. My personal favorite is Animals... but i would have to say my favorite song is either "Any Colour You Like" or "Echoes" I love the 7 minute mark in echoes check it out
Lesser known, but IMO way cooler than DSOTM/Wizard of Oz, listen to "Echoes" from the album "Meddle", with 2001: A Space Odyssey, NTSC-US version (29.976fps) starting at when the title frame for the last scene (I think it's called Jupiter - Beyond the Infinite.) shows. about 23:50 out from the ending. The length of the film segment and the song track length are the EXACT same length, and sync perfectly in every way. Rumor was, Kubrick wanted this song as the ending music, but due to legal/budget problems he was forced to use Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathusara instead. The Echoes/2001 sync is trippy, a little scary, even sober, (hell, the middle section of Echoes is scary by itself) and everyone I've met who's watched it is positive that was the intended track, it's such a perfect fit.
- Kent, Cary, NC
by looking at half of the comments on here, no one has mentioned anything besides DSOTM and the Wall. Am i the only one that likes the good ol stuff? I cant stop listening to "See Emily Play" for some reason....
- Dan, D, CA
r.i.p syd ure physical form is gone but u r immortal.
- elie, london, England
what a great group R.I.P. Syd
- Cody, Hagerstown, MD
Gilmour and Waters recently said that if they ever DID create any new material, or do any shows (which is unlikely) that all 4 members would be a part of it. So Waters is officially back in Floyd. Too bad about 'ol Syd though. I heard about his death on the news while I was playing "Shine on" on my guitar. Weird, eh?
- Smith, Manchester, NH
Something really coincidental happened to me. I was watching the pulse dvd and my dad came down and I found out about Syd Barrets death. The strange thing was that when he came down the song that was playing was the great gig in the sky. Syd will b missed.
- Jonathan, Toronto
SYD BARRET DIED TODAY HE WAS 60.. R.I.P.
- marlow, perth
LONG LIVE SYD BARRET
- Ziggy Hendrix, Lindenhurst , IL
Band creator Syd Barret died at age 60 on July 7, 2006. Barret had suffered a mental breakdown prior to his death, but the cause of death was reportedly a heart attack.
- Alex, New Orleans, LA
if you listen to the dark side of the moon with the cartoon version of alice in wonderland it ll blow you away!! all the sound affects including when alice follows the rabbit down the hole!! its madness!!
- ann, england, England
AAron there are more people listening to that stuff. They may be people you don't know. That's partly what this website is for. Luckily, peolple at school haven't made fun of me for listening to Pink Floyd. I think most probably haven't heard of Pink Floyd. A girl who was inmy chorus class last year likes the same music I do though, so it's all good.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
Pink Floyd is truly a marvel. Their music had a way of taking you to a different planet while presenting you with a sense of familiarity to keep your feet on Earth
- Ziggy Hendrix, Lindenhurst , IL
i think the best song( and album) would be hey you and the wall. i also like beatles, but im not sure who i like more
- joey, hw, NY
Pink Floyd is my favorite band of all time...these guys rock with Gilmours blues, Waters's voice... and Mason's fills, they are the best band of the 60's and 70's. Although I question The Wall sometimes.... I get some of the movie, but most parts you have to be stoned to get or something, hahaha
- Richie, Philadelphia, PA
im just another brick in the wall lmao :)
- patty, W.VA., WV
Bry from Toronto...about the whole drug influence thing, this is how I see it. Drugs can only make you think differently, it won't GIVE you ideas that you wouldnt have otherwise thought of. So yes, drugs played a role in their music, but not in the direct sense that some people make it seem.
- pat, westmont, NJ
Nikki from Canada... "The Wall" is not a song... the title I believe you're trying to come up with is Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
- Ashley Jade, Cleveland, GA
I love PINK FLOYD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont think that any band can make music like that. I like David Gilmour for his songs and guitar which no body on earth can dare to play the way he does. I hope to see the live performance of the band someday....
- Chetan, Cardiff, Wales
In response to - Jim, Oxnard, CA
"Waters has the deeper voice and can barely hit the high notes" Jim's been taking Syd magic medicine.
Roger can reach notes over half an octave above Dave. Dave can reach a G above Middle C (Welcome my son - Don't acccept that what's happening-)
Roger can get to a High C (Briiiing the Boys Back Home - Recogniiiiiize (from Every Strangers Eyes) - No Hope at aaaalllllll (from Hey You)) and a High D on Too Much Rope (They'll f it up)
Dave couldn't even reach those notes in his dreams.
pink floyd rox! i love the wall. its one of the best songs.
- Nikki, Brampton, Canada
Yeah, I'm with you on "Kitty" covering this. Who in their right mind would even try to cover Floyd? (I say that having actually heard quite a lot of local bands cover Money and Comfortably Numb.) Awesome song.
- William, Brentwood, TN
Since their commercial ascension in the late 60's, Pink Floyd went through a series of five different phases, each with a different musical angle;

Phase one - Barret, Waters, Wright and Mason (with Gilmour as a back up towards the end). At this point their sound was very disjointed and psychodelic. The incoherrant lyrics and often bizzare song structure can be accredited to Barret's mental instability.

Phase two - Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason. After Barret's departure, Waters took up defacto leadership of the band and became it's main songwriter. For their albums Saucerfull of Secrets through to Ummagumma, they were very experimental, opting for more lengthy instumental songs, much like Interstellar Overdrive over conventional songs.

Phase three - Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason. With their albums from Dark Side of the Moon through to The Wall, they were seemingly more focused, and had a good balance between their music and their lyrics. DSOTM saw them flung into the commercial spotlight, and they began to worry about keeping their position.

Phase four - Gilmour, Waters and Mason. After he fired Rick Wright, Roger Waters took complete creative control of the band from The Wall up untill The Final Cut. Gilmour expressed his distaste for this period, claiming "The music was becoming merely a vehicle for the lyrics - and not a very good one at that."

Phase five - Gilmour and Mason (Wright was hired as a session musician). After Waters quit, Gilmour took the reigns as the cheif songwriter, resulting in a somewhat different sound. While many were quick to criticise the new Floyd (including Waters), A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell hold some essential Pink Floyd material. Both albums are extremely underrated.
- Matt, Brisbane, Australia
Just a quick comment on the drug references involving the existing members of Floyd.If you honestly believe that they were "afraid of drugs" you're on drugs.My Uncle was a roadie with the band on their North American Wall tour in the early 80's,and oh,the stories he can tell.
Take one look in their eyes well watching "Live in Pompei,and then try and tell me that drugs were non-existent in their recordings.Long Live Floyd.
- brycefil, toronto, Canada
Pink Floyd is the best thing to come to the United States since Chocolate Milk.
- LukisRoss, Penfield, NH
i wish more people nowadays listened to pink floyd and other good stuff (i.e zep, the doors, etc.). one time i was talking to this one kid, and then he said "pink floyd sucks, simple plan is so much better". i asked him why, and he said that pink floyd was too "old". obviously that kid has a serious mental problem, because pink floyd is umbelievible.
- Aaron, Tigard, OR
The most ironic thing could be that pink floyd members never had experience with drugs. is that true ?
Believe it ot not
Their's no doubt Waters is a genius, wich most of them having a visionary mind, create sophisticated art, not easily understandable for the mass, and the only simple explanation is: drug inspiration...

Any way, DRUGS DONT MAKE GENIUS. DRUGS DONT MAKE PINK FLOYD's like bands.

THE PINK FLOYD DEEP VISION ABOUT A DIFFERENT REALITY CAN BE CONSIDERED A KIND OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.

pink floyd will always be an enigma, a path to the unknown...

30 years since dark side of the moon and nobody has been able to create something so sophisticated and phenomenal !!

This is what I call art.
- mark, san diego, CA
they probly wont go on tour because waters and the rest weren't really getting along towards the end.
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
o and everyone who likes the wall...read the roger waters interviews of the wall song by song, they are great!! they really helped me understand the wall and they were really interesting!
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
andrew from buenos aires: the phrase "o by the way which ones pink" is supposed to mean that the recording company people had no clue what was going on with anything, they were just in it for the money. Waters actually got asked which one of the band was pink numerous times.
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
My Top Ten Favourite Things
1 Pink Floyd (avec syd)
2 Pink Floyd (sans syd)
3 Syd Barrett
4 Roger Waters
5 Dave Gilmour
6 Rick Wright
7 Nick Mason
8 The Wall
9 Darkside of the Moon
10 Bob Close's departure
- Cameron McIntyre, port colborne, Canada
today i saw this girl at my school wearing a pink floyd with the dark side of the moon prism thing shirt, so i told her i liked pink floyd too, and then after a minute of confusion i found out that she had no idea pink floyd was a band. she just liked the shirt and had no clue what pink floyd meant.
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
chris that sucks. that kind of thing happens to me all the time. people tell me not to listen to oldies or whatever. its so annoying. i would NEVER go NEAR a good charlotte album especially if pink floyd is another option.
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
I was riding the bus home today (I am in ninth grade) the most aggravating thing happened to me. I was listening to my iPod and two girls came up to me and asked what I was listening to. Of course it was PF and I asked them if I had ever heard of them. They told me they hadn't which didn't bother me too much because a lot of people haven't heard of them. What aggravated me was the fact what they said after I handed them my iPod. they asked me why i didnt have cool music like maroon five or good charolotte. where the hell has society and all of its taste in good music gone!
- chris, ada, OK
i have the dark side of the moon album and i have played it with the wizard of oz. i know for a fact that they made the record to match up with it. for instance, when the munchkins sing "which old witch", one of the songs, im not sure which one, says which old which at the same time. also, "brain damage" is played when the scarecrow sings "i wish i had a brain."
- chris, ada, OK
I first saw the floyd in 1972. They were still working on dark side.It was at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. That moment is indelebly etched in my soul as being the most memorable music experiences of my life. They are without peer. No other rock band is even in the same universe. I have been fortunate enough to have experienced them five times in 33 years. I cried watching them at Live 8. The Ultimate Music experience.
- gayle, mequon, WI
i hear roger waters is a megalomaniac. is that true? whatever even if he is he kind of gets away with it, I mean come on he is in pink floyd and wrote a ton of their songs. i am still working on getting into pink floyd, i'm a huge fan of led zeppelin, beatles, queen, etc. and i know i'm going to LOVE pink floyd i just need to listen to their albums a few more times. i love the album 'wish you were here' already and i'm totally intrigued by the story behind 'the wall'. i know i'll soon be a pink floyd fan so its pretty cool to hear from all of you! rock rock on!
- Jeanette, Irvine, CA
Of course "Shine on" is about Syd... If you choose not to look at the title, listen to the lyrics. "Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky." This is definately about Syd, David said that sometimes Syd seemed to be staring through him. The last line of the song is the cement that holds togeather the argument that this is about Syd.."Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper,You prisoner, and shine!" If that line doesnt describe Syd than nothing does.
- Cameron McIntyre, port colborne, Canada
Hey sorry to disapoint all the people that thinks Roger is back in the band. From what I heard on a radio station is that he is going to do his orchestral peice on tour, the one that he has been working on for 10 years. Kudos to him.
- Mike, billerica, MA
Hey PF lovers!! "The band is just fantastic, that is really what i think, oh by the way, which ones pink"... some people say this part of Have a cigar has to do with the all-time dilema, "who's the real brain in the band"... i think waters was great, doing the lyrics and everything, and syd barrett did his good things too. But the real master, the "different one", the one person called the god of the guitar, is definitely David Gilmour, there's nothing to be compared to him. To be sure, listen to A momentary lapse of reason and the division bell, both composed entirely by David
See you around PF fans.
- Andrew, Buenos Aires, Argentina
What can one say about the long lasting masters of modern music. I never get tired of listening to there music. Even my kids listen to PF and admit our gereration they were the best music makers of all time !! Just hope they will do a world tour !!!
- Peter, Sydney, Australia
I heard that Shine on You crazy Diamond was the band's tribute to Syd (the initials Shine, You, Diamond) while he was having his 'troubles'... he was still a real gem!
- Jo, Newcastle, Australia
Awesome band. I love how they experimented with effects and lighting and things of that sort but I especially like them for their lyrics. Waters and Gilmour are so deep with their lyrics; its amazing that they actually have the ability to write like that. Peace everybody, Pink Floyd rules!
- Vuk, Toronto, Canada
I was able to catch Pink Floyd for the live 8 & let me tell you the two songs ( only ) instead of the four which were shown ..it was totally amazing I sat on my couch & was almost in tears to see this legendary band & hear such great music I can't tell you how good it made me feel!
I've been a Floyd fan since I can remember their music has entered & touched my heart time & again & continue to do so, they are to me the greatest band & I wish they would get together & go on tour !!
- cy, Montreal, Canada
To Cameron McIntyre: As Pink Floyd was recording Wish You Were Here in 1975(I think their greatest album), Syd showed up asking when he should play his guitar. eerie. I wish they produce more albums as they are now back together. GO FLOYD!
- Matthew, Downers Grove, IL
i love pink floyd. they are by far my favorite band. i wish i could have gotten to go to that floyd concert but i couldent find any tickets anywhere :(
- scott, brandon, FL
Yes, Beck on lead would have been awesome, but I seriously doubt that story is true.

Gilmour was already in Pink Floyd for a while playing lead before Syd left. Gilmour would play lead and Syd would just stand on the stage playing along sometimes.
- Rick, Hoorn, Netherlands
$940 for my plane ticket to London...
$940 for my wife's plane ticket to London...
$450 for hotel near Hyde Park...
A chance to maybe see Pink Floyd again -
Priceless!
I don't have tickets...
I will either get in or die trying!
Wish me luck! :-)
- David, Seattle, WA
Jeff beck on lead? that would have been awesome! Btw, David's the best guitarist period!
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
Pink Floyd rock! The best band ever, I wont call them a rock band because they're not. They do songs that dont seem to fit into any particular genre...AND I LOVE IT!

Anyway, Pink Floyd are performing (along with Roger Waters) at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park on July 2. Interesting as Pink was played by Bob Geldoff in The Wall film and Bob is arrangin the whole concert again...

Anyways, all you people with tickets, enjoy yourselves, listen to the kings again. Alas for me, I cant go :(
- Terry, UK, England
Pink Floyd just blows me away. Every album is amazing and different, the lyrics and especially the music. I can't really describe it. These guys came out of nowhere with all this amazing music; I just wonder how they did it sometimes. Anyway, quick question: Who did the voice of the "schoolmaster" on The Wall (if you want to hear the clearest version of him, listen to The Trial and wait for them to call the "schoolmaster")? It is so hilarious! I can't stress enough how Pink Floyd changed the way sound effects could be used; they did it like pros. I love all the sax solos too, expecially in Money. All right, I'll stop rambling now, but Floyd, no matter who they're fronted by, kicks the butt all other bands...except for The Beatles for me, because I really do love them.
- Kelly, Burbank, CA
Pink Floyd is the best ever ART ROCK thing of all time. Their psychedelia is way far aprt from bands who play sam kinda music (i dont know many)!
Roger Waters has a royal fan following.....He is the greatest lyricist of all time. They are simply CLASSY pieces of assess!
- Bobby, Cleveland, United States
at the "top of the pops" show, the band was not aloud to actually play and was forced to lip sync, in the rehersals syd went along with it and looked like he could stand doing it but when they recorded, syd froze and refused to be in the show without playing. Subsequently, david filled in and showed the band his competence as a guitarist.
- Cameron McIntyre, port colborne, Canada
syd barrett was born roger keith barret went to london poly along with nick and roger. In 68, syd was becomming more out of controll. They left him in the band because prior to this the songs belonged to him(as the lead singer/guitarist and songwriter) but eventually on the way to a show, they didnt bother to pick syd up and didnt see him for almost 20 years.
- Cameron McIntyre, port colborne, Canada
roger waters is 6'2". a somewhat useless piece of information. but to someone who has a slight obsession with the man like i do, you might find it useful. :)
- Katie, louisville, KY
pink floyd is absolutely phenominal. and about them "fearing drugs", rick wright was a cocaine addict, and roger did numerous other drugs. of course, they don't do any of that now...atleast i think so.
- Katie, louisville, KY
Just some corrections and additions about who sings what. Waters and Gilmour both sing leads. Wright only occasionally sings lead, mostly harmonies.

For DSotM, Breathe is Gilmour on melody with Wright singing the harmony a third above. Time is Gilmour on the verses, then Wright on the chorus with Gilmour coming in on the harmony. Breathe reprise is just Gilmour. Money is Gilmour. Us and them is Gilmour on the verses and then 3 voices on the choruses (could be any or all of them). Brain Damage and Eclipse are Waters on the leads.

Echoes sports the same vocals as Breathe, Gilmour with Wright singing up a third. Shine on you Crazy Diamond is Waters. Welcome to the Machine is Waters on top with Gilmour down an octave. Have a Cigar is a guest vocalist. Wish You Were Here is Gilmour. All of Animals is Waters except Dogs, which is Gilmour.
- Jeff, new york, NY
eat floyd sleep floyd live floyd what more can i say
- drinkfloyd, glasgow, Scotland
Pink Floyd to me is the greatest band ever. Syd is phenomenal. Same goes for Waters. Mason is a remarkable drummer and an inspiration to my drumming. Gilmour is another phenomenal guitarist ranking up with Knopfler, Morrison, Rhoads. What an awesome band, and great albums.

Pink Floyd for life!
- Kevin Quinn, CMCH, NJ
wish you were here, is as good as it gets. it comes from nothing but a syd background and then turns into a full song. that is fact.
- david, plano, TX
Pink Floyd is one of the few truly satisfying listening experiences in "popular" music. What more can be said?
- Dan, New York, NY
I like the Division Bell but to me that is not pink floyd. Should have been called the david gilmour band. Syd Barret is the soul and inspiration of The Pink Floyd.
- thomas, hartford, DC
Pink Floyd is truly one of the most amazing bands out there. Even though most people like the band better with Waters, my personal favorite is with Gilmour leading the helm. The Division Bell is a truly incredible piece of work - very melodic, powerful, and moving... yet relaxed and calming at the same time. I don't think it gets any better than Gilmour's style, "Cluster One" and "Coming Back to Life" are my all-time favorites. This album definitely does not get the respect it deserves.
- Anthony, Boonton, NJ
"The Wall" is the third highest selling album of all time (Behind The Eagles Greatest Hits [which doesn't really count in my opinion because it is a compilation] and Michael Jackson's Thriller). Also, it was the #1 best selling album of the 1970's (behind Led Zeppelin IV and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)
- Tom, Bloomington, MN
I love how Floyd mocks the Nazi regime in "The Wall", I love their allegory, very creative.
- Scott, Victoria, Canada
Pink Floyd is not just rock band. They plays such many forms of music. Just compare Atom Heart Mother with Another Brick In The Wall (II)(Rock) or Wish You Here(Ballad) or The Gnome (Beatles style song)
- Micha, Opole, Poland
the lunatic is in my head, the lunatic is in my head? You take the blade you make the change you rearrange me till I'm sane? Oh, and u thought he was crazy? I LOVE PINK FLOYD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Summer, Mathews, VA
In response to Jess from Springfield...it's split between Waters and Gilmour. Waters has the deeper voice and can barely hit the high notes, Wright has the more melodic voice and Gilmour has the rough, raspy voice. On the DSotM album, Wright sings in Breathe, Time, and Us and Them, Gilmour sings in Time, Money, and Us and Them, and Waters sings in Brain Damage and Eclipse.
- Jim, Oxnard, CA
Pink Floyd is one of the greatest bands ever!! Roger Waters is a genius. The classical composers of our time.
- Wil, Marco Island, FL
Pink Floyd songs may appear to some of you are about drugs, what you do not know is that they are all TERRIFIED of any and all drugs. The reason for this si because of what happened to Syd Barrett (he went CRAZY). Because of his sickness caused Pink Floyd to stop making psychadelic music, imagine if Syd hadn't gone crazy?? There music would still have been pyschadelic and still awesome. The point I'm trying to arise is that Pink floyd was an amazing band alltogether.
- Cristian, Brentwood, Canada
Does anyone know who the lead singer is to this band? I know Roger wrote most of the lyrics but I can never tell whos doing what as I have never seen them live. I can tell a difference in vocals on tracks like "Hey you" and then "Breathe". If anyone knows who it is or if they switch I would find it most helpful.
- Jess, Springfeild, IL
I was hearing a rumor a few months ago that roger waters was going to bring the wall to broadway sometime soon. If anyone has information on this, tell me! I love Pink floyd!
- matt, galloway, NJ
i think that barret crazziness it's the same that waters...waters' madness is more personal...barret took so much acid and he couldn't controlled it...the rest were more head strongers...carlos cobeña
- carlos cobeña, sullana piura, Peru
huh, i don't think they have any ties to satanism. jimmy page's hobby was the occult, however. anywho, pink floyd is one of my favorite bands. they made the best concept albums ever. period.
- Marcos, Fort Worth, TX
Great band, their playing, just like alot of bands comes from satan, but hey, great songs and great musicians, Love em, got all their albums, david gilmour is great, syd barret was great too. Both evil tho. Part of that cult thing like jimmy page and mick jagger and keith richards. Pink Floyd was way ahead of thier time, they were given the talent to be musical genuisses and lyrics writer with all there satanic messages and such. You just gotta love em.
- Jason, Lahaina, HI
ow yeah, non of there songs are about drugs and you don't need drugs to understand them
- charlie, Thomaston, DC
hello fellow songfacters! first of all id like to say that im a big pink floyd fan and expert and im glad that there so popular now-a-days. althoguh i have to say, pink floyd wern't really Psychedelic after, say umagumma, that ended in there music at that time. everyone calls them Psychedelic, but like i said that ended after ummagumma
- charlie, Thomaston, DC
i think that gilmore made some really good songs after waters left. like learning to fly.(1 of my fav.)
- AAK, BRENTWOOD, CA
One of my favorite bands, but I have to agree with Roger Waters that Pink Floyd should have ended in 1985. Bands can't linger on forever, (a proven fact with bands Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd, who continued for way too long.) Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell were disappointing, and even though Pink Floyd are one of my favorite bands, they shouldn't have continued after Waters left.
- Bob, Mt. Laurel, NJ
A truly great band! #1 Psychedelic band ever for sure.
- Don, Philadelphia, PA
Pink Floyd---absolute progressive,physcadelic musical splendor. Second only to King Crimson in that genre. By the way,David Gilmour auctioned off his guitar collection for 6 million, and donated the funds to his favorite charity(for missing and abused children)What a great human!!Syd Barrett does'nt know where the hell he lives, the poor dude is lost man.
- Don, Pittsburgh, PA
If anyone has ever seen "Dazed and Confused" perhaps you have noticed that one of the characters is named Randy "Pink" Floyd. Just an interesting note I thought I'd share.
- Brieanne, New York, NY
A while ago (2003?), I read in a magazine that Gilmour was working on a new solo album but I haven't heard anything since... Anyone have any info on that? Thx!
- Tom, Mahopac, NY
Apparantly Syd lives In Cambridge now.
- Andrew, Springfield, MO
In my opinion all there songs after syd left the band, although they appear to be about drugs none of them are ; there a lot deeper band then that.

John Deere
Around the beginning of 1968, guitarist Dave Gilmour, a friend of the band who was also from Cambridge, was brought in as a fifth member. The idea was that Gilmour would enable the Floyd to continue as a live outfit; Barrett would still be able to write and contribute to the records. That couldn't work either, and within a few months Barrett was out of the group. Pink Floyd's management, looking at the wreckage of a band that was now without its lead guitarist, lead singer, and primary songwriter, decided to abandon the group and manage Barrett as a solo act. I LOVE FLOYD
When syd barret left, they had originally thought of jeff beck to replace him on lead,but were too much in awe of him to ask.
- Ria, Amsterdam, Netherlands
i watched the wizard of oz like that (without acid) and it did match well... i've seen the movie to dark side of the moon than i have normally...
- rae, Squaresville, OH
Quite possibly the pioneers of inflatables at concerts. They have used an inflatable jet and for their animals tour inflatable pigs.
- Christine, Chicago, IL
Pink Floyd has the most expensive concerts, i'm not sure hiow much but it is a huge ammount
- andrew, Wheelersburg, OH
Has anyone ever tried listening to Dark Side of the Moon and watching "Wizard of Oz"??? They match up perfectly. The band denies doing this on purpose, it is just a freak ocurrence.
- Kenneth, New York, NY
According to Rolling Stones magazine, Syd Barrett lives as a recluse somewhere in England. He still composes music, but never allows anyone to listen to it. He rarely leaves his house.
- Matt, Holland, MI
in germany their is a record making company that only makes the Dark side of the moon album
- bryan, orange, CA
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