Pink Floyd | The Official Site (2023)

The early Sixties. Everything is up in the air, not least love, drugs and sex. A group of talented teenagers from academic backgrounds in Cambridge — Roger 'Syd' Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour — are all keen guitarists and among many who move to London, keen to discover more of this new world and express themselves in it. Mainly in further education — studying the arts, architecture, music — they mix with like-minded incomers in the big city.

In 1965, Barrett and Waters meet an experimental percussionist and an extraordinarily gifted keyboards-player — Nick Mason and Rick Wright respectively. The result is Pink Floyd, which more than 40 years later has moved from massive to almost mythic standing.

Through several changes of personnel, through several musical phases, the band has earned a place on the ultimate roll call of rock, along with the Beatles, the Stones and Led Zeppelin. Their album sales have topped 250 million. In 2005, at Live 8 — the biggest global music event in history — the reunion of the four-man line-up that recorded most of the Floyd canon stole the show. And yet, true to their beginnings, there has always been an enigma at their heart.

Roger 'Syd' Barrett, for example. This cool and charismatic son of a university don was the original creative force behind the band (which he named after the Delta bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). His vision was perfect for the times, and vice versa. He would lead the band to its first precarious fame, and damage himself irreparably along the way. And though the Floyd's Barrett era only lasted three years, it always informed what they became.

These were the summers of love, when LSD was less an hallucinogenic interval than a lifestyle choice for some young people, who found their culture in science fiction, the pastoral tradition, and a certain strain of the Victorian imagination. Drawing on such themes, the elfin Barrett wrote and sang on most of the early Floyd's material, which made use of new techniques, such as tape-loops, feedback and echo delay.

Live, the Floyd played sonic freak-outs — half-hidden by new-fangled light-shows and projections — with Barrett's spacey lead guitar swooping over Waters' trance-like bass, while Wright and Mason created soundscapes above and beneath. On record they were tighter, if still 'psychedelic'. Either way, they sounded 'trippy'. And perhaps that was Barrett's intention. He certainly ingested plenty of LSD and other drugs, which didn't help his delicate mental balance.

Over the spring of 1966, the young band were regulars at the Spontaneous Underground 'happenings' on Sundays at the legendary Marquee Club, where they were spotted by their future managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King. And by the autumn, the Floyd had become the house band of the so-called London Free School in west London.

A semi-residency at the All Saint's Hall led to bigger bookings — at the UFO and the International Times' launch in the Roundhouse — as well as the recording of the instrumental 'Interstellar Overdrive' with the UFO's co-founder, producer Joe Boyd. (This track was later used on hip documentaries of the scene.) A signing to EMI followed in early 1967.

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"We want to be pop stars," said Syd. In March, Boyd recorded Barrett's oddly commercial 'Arnold Layne' as a three-minute single. And with a Top Twenty hit to promote, the band took on a gruelling schedule of gigs and recordings.

They appeared at the coolest event of the summer, The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream in Alexandra Palace. They gave a concert under the banner 'Games for May' in a classical venue — the Queen Elizabeth Hall — where they displayed their theatrical ambitions through the use of props, pre-recorded tapes and the world's first quadraphonic sound system. (They received a lifetime ban for throwing daffodils into the audience.) And in June the Floyd released a single originally written for this event.

'See Emily Play', which was produced by EMI's Norman Smith, charted at Number Six and made it on to primetime TV's Top of the Pops three times (with Barrett acting increasingly strangely). This was followed in August by Pink Floyd's first LP, The Piper At The Gates of Dawn, which they recorded at Abbey Road next door to the Beatles, then working on Sergeant Pepper. Again making the Top Ten, the album is mainly Barrett's and is a precious relic of its time, a wonderful mix of the whimsical and weird.

Talking of which, Barrett's behaviour and output were threatening to bring the band down with him: refusing to speak, playing one de-tuned string all night, writing material like 'Scream Thy Last Scream, Old Woman with a Basket'. The band wanted to keep their frontman and hoped he would recover himself, so they asked David Gilmour — now back in London after a sojourn abroad — to take over Syd's role on stage, and thought Barrett might become their off-stage songwriter. They tried a few gigs as a five-piece. But in the end, they decided they could do without Barrett, and by March 1968 were in their second incarnation and under new management.

Set the Controls

Barrett went his way with Jenner and King, and later recorded two haunting solo albums — on which Waters, Wright and especially Gilmour helped — before retreating to Cambridge for the rest of his life. The other four acquired a new manager — Steve O'Rourke — and in a state of some consternation finished their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (begun the previous year).

Lyrical duties had now fallen to the bassist Roger Waters. And apart from 'Jugband Blues' — a disturbing track by Barrett, who contributed little else — the album's standout moments included the title track and Waters' 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun'.

This hypnotic epic signposted the style the band would expand on in the Seventies, its vision at first more appreciated by an 'intellectual' and European audience. The Floyd played the first free concert in Hyde Park, and laid down the soundtrack for the bizarre Paul Jones movie vehicle, The Committee. They toured continually, developing new material on stage as well as in the studio.

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And they worked on the experience, in April 1969 revealing an early form of surround-sound at the Royal Festival Hall — their rebuilt 'Azimuth Co-Ordinator'. (The prototype, first constructed and used in 1967, had been stolen.) They worked on their concepts, too - at that concert, performing two long pieces fusing old and new material, entitled 'The Man' and 'The Journey'.

So their star continued its inevitable ascent. In July, the Floyd released More, less a soundtrack than an accompaniment to Barbet Schroder's eponymous film about a group of hippies on the drug trail in Ibiza. The same month, they played live 'atmospherics' to the BBC's live coverage of the first moon landing. In November, they released the double-album Ummagumma, a mixture of live and studio tracks — and that same month reworked its outstanding number, the eerie 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene', for Antonioni's cult film Zabriskie Point.

With Ummagumma at Number Five in the UK charts, and a growing reputation in both Europe and the US underground, the Floyd played some of the key festivals of their time — Bath, Antibes, Rotterdam, Montreux — and between October 1970 and November 1971, put out two more albums.

Atom Heart Mother, their first Number One, featured the Floyd in their pomp — 'I like a bit of pomp,' says Gilmour (who also made his first lyrical contribution with the gentle 'Fat Old Sun'). And Meddle included two timeless and largely instrumental tracks that showcased their lead guitarist in all his vertiginous, keening glory: 'Echoes', which took up the whole of Side One and began with a single 'ping' created almost accidentally by Wright, and 'One of These Days'.

Increasingly successful, in 1972 the band was still pushing the boundaries. They shot the film 'Live at Pompei' in a Roman amphitheatre, recorded another movie soundtrack for Schroder — Obscured by Clouds — and performed with the Ballet de Marseille. But more importantly, they began to work on an idea that would become their most popular album and with 45 million sold, the world's third biggest.

Provisionally entitled 'Eclipse' and honed through an extensive world tour, The Dark Side of the Moon was released in March 1973, and defies a potted critique here. Demonstrating Waters' talents as both lyricist and conceptualist, it was also a musical tour de force by Gilmour. But Waters was becoming de facto leader of the band — which in public at least was becoming less about the individuals than the experience.

That was (as Barrett had always intended) increasingly visual. The intriguing sleeve artwork commissioned from the ex-Cambridge outfit Hipgnosis was complemented by stage shows featuring crashing aeroplanes, circular projection screens and flaming gongs. There were backing singers on-stage and a guest slot for another pal from Cambridge, the saxophonist Dick Parry. In the dawning age of stadium rock, the Floyd were truly its masters.

Or maybe its servants? Even before Dark Side broke Middle America through FM radio — with the single 'Money' — alienation, isolation and mental fragility had long been Waters' themes. As a stadium performer, and a cog in the music business machine, he was becoming more prone to all three. As Barrett's ex-colleague, he had seen them embodied in his old friend. The results were evident in two of his best lyrics — for 'Shine On, You Crazy Diamond' and 'Wish You Were Here'. These tracks were the high points of the Floyd's next LP, also called Wish You Were Here, which was begun in January 1975 and released that summer.

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Famously, Barrett briefly appeared unannounced at Abbey Road during the recording of 'Shine On' and shocked the band by his appearance and demeanour. It was the last time any of them saw him — but they were seeing less of each other, too. Personal and musical differences were starting to tell on the band, though it would be several years until these became unbearable — and two more LPs.

Which One's Pink?

The first was Animals, released in January 1977 (although work had also begun on it in 1975). When this was toured with lavish special effects, including giant inflatables, Waters was dismayed that the crowds kept calling for old hits. In Montreal his patience snapped and he spat into the audience. It was a cathartic moment that gave birth to the Floyd's most ambitious project ever: The Wall, a largely autobiographical reflection by Waters on the nature of love, life and art.

The double album charts the progress of a rock star, 'Pink', facing the break-up of his marriage while on tour. This leads him to review his life from the death of his father - like Waters' killed on the battlefield before he was born - to his spiteful teachers, his business, even his audience. He sees each as a brick in a metaphorical wall between him and the rest of the world. This wall intensifies his isolation, until he imagines the only solution is to become a fascist dictator. When he confronts his madness and deals with his issues, his torments cease and the wall crumbles.

The show — in which the band were slowly obscured by a giant wall of cardboard 'bricks' — was the most ambitious the rock world had ever seen, and was also turned into an Alan Parker film, starring Bob Geldof (who would return to the Floyd story 25 years later). The album sold 20 million, and spawned the band's only Number One single, the anti-authoritarian 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2'.

Though the album had its musical highlights — Gilmour's solo on 'Comfortably Numb' being the most memorable — it was largely a lyrical piece. Waters drove the project and the others fitted in. They ceded their vision to his increasingly personal direction, and worked together on no new material for more than two years.

When they did get back in the studio, it was to record The Final Cut. This prophetically titled album, prompted by the Falklands conflict of 1982 and released the next year, explores themes of remembrance and the undelivered post-war dream — for which Waters' father had given his life. Completely credited to Waters, it was attributed to 'Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd' and featured Gilmour's vocals on one track.

After three years — during which all four band members had pursued solo projects — Waters announced he was leaving the Floyd and disbanding them. Wright had left the legal entity some time before, transferring to the payroll for The Wall tour and playing no part in The Final Cut, but Gilmour and Mason decided to continue Pink Floyd without its erstwhile 'leader'. A turbulent period followed, but agreement was eventually reached: Waters would continue to perform the songs on which he worked while he was with the band, as well as new solo material. Gilmour — now first among equals — and Mason would continue to record and perform with Wright as Pink Floyd.

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In 1987 came their next album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason — which emphatically proved that the Floyd could exist without Waters. The subsequent world tour, which also spawned the live Delicate Sound of Thunder, was the band's longest and most successful ever. Over four years, 5.5 million people saw 200 shows, including one on a floating stage in Venice (which again earned them a venue-ban) while Thunder became the first rock album to be played in space, by the Soviet-French Soyuz-7 mission.

1994's album and tour, The Division Bell, broke similar records; but more, it showed Gilmour and the band on a creative roll, with Wright contributing to some of the writing and Gilmour forging a new writing partnership with his wife, the novelist Polly Samson — 'High Hopes' being one of their new classics. However, since then, the Floyd has recorded no new material in the studio.

Not that they have been inactive — nor untouched by sorrows. In 2003, the band's manager Steve O'Rourke died from a stroke and the three-man Floyd played 'Fat Old Sun' and Dark Side's 'Great Gig in the Sky', at his funeral in Chichester Cathedral. In 2006, Syd Barrett died from pancreatic cancer. And in 2008 Rick Wright followed him — but not before he had helped re-write the Pink Floyd story a couple more times.

In 2005, prompted by Bob Geldof, the band decided to perform at Live 8 (on the 20th anniversary of Live Aid) and invited Waters to join them. He accepted and — sharing vocals with Gilmour — they played two numbers from Dark Side, plus 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Comfortably Numb'. It was an epoch-making moment in rock history, and their final group hug became one of Live 8's iconic images.

After that, the three-man Floyd performed together on two occasions — once during a solo gig by Gilmour in 2006 (Wright played the whole three-month tour and was 'in great form', says Gilmour); and again at an all-star memorial tribute to Barrett in 2007. Waters also appeared at the gig but was unable to join his old colleagues due to a previous appointment. Still, that was not the end of their association.

On 10 July 2010, with some of their favourite musicians, Waters and Gilmour performed a few Floyd songs — plus Phil Spector's 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'! — at a private charity event in Oxfordshire. And on 12 May 2011, during one of Waters' Wall concerts at the London O2, Gilmour appeared on top of the wall as of old, to sing and play his parts on 'Comfortably Numb'. Nick Mason, who was at the gig, then joined them for the final song, 'Outside the Wall'. Departing the stage, as they had before, Waters played trumpet, Gilmour mandolin and Mason tambourine. The audience was stunned and delighted.

But a handful of concerts was never going to sate the interest of the diehard fans. In 1995, they were rewarded with the double-album P•U•L•S•E, all recorded on the Division Bell tour and containing the first complete live version of Dark Side. A live compilation of The Wall from 1980-1 — called Is There Anybody Out There? — followed in 2000, and then a re-mastered 'best of', called Echoes. There have also been collectors' editions of Dark Side, a complete works box-set — Oh, By the Way — and now (autumn 2011) an extensive reissue campaign by EMI, with new packaging and production values, not to mention some rare and archival recordings that go back to the Barrett days.

Nor, as individuals, have the survivors from those times been strangers to the studio or stage these last dozen or so years (and before). Gilmour put out his third solo album, On an Island, in 2006; Waters has had a prolific and varied career since 1986; Mason and Wright released one or two collaborative albums respectively.

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There have been awards and honours along the way: induction into both the US and UK Rock 'n' Roll Halls of Fame; Sweden's Polar Music Prize in 2008 for their 'monumental contribution over the decades to the fusion of art and music in the development of popular culture'. And in 2010, The Royal Mail used Division Bell visuals on their stamps, also creating a unique sheet using only the Floyd's imagery.

So is that the end of the Floyd's road? Do they still exist? Yes, they do.


Is Pink Floyd touring in 2022? ›

The 2022 tour will see the band further expand their repertoire and will play songs from Pink Floyd's early catalog up to the 1972 album Obscured by Clouds.

What are fans of Pink Floyd called? ›

Us (as in "Us and Them") Crazy Diamonds. Animals (Pigs, Dogs and Sheep)

What mental illness did Pink Floyd have? ›

Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd and Mental Illness - More information on street drugs and schizophrenia, other causal factors. Note - in the story below, we've linked to sections where the author has described some of (what are now known to be) common symptoms of schizophrenia.

What is the best Pink Floyd bootleg? ›

In 2008, the Pink Floyd bootleg Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – 2 July 1977 was mentioned on the Yahoo's Top 10 of Best Bootlegs of All Time.
  • 1 Earliest bootlegs.
  • 2 1969.
  • 3 1970: Atom Heart Mother tour.
  • 4 1971.
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  • 6 Pink Floyd 1974 tours.
  • 7 Wish You Were Here Tour (1975)

Will Pink Floyd ever play again? ›

Pink Floyd Project is currently touring across 3 countries and has 12 upcoming concerts. Their next tour date is at Metropool Hengelo in Hengelo, after that they'll be at Podium Victorie in Alkmaar. See all your opportunities to see them live below!

What was the biggest Pink Floyd concert? ›

The audience must have been one of the smallest to see Pink Floyd at this era, only 1500 were present as the festival was not widely promoted. In contrast, over 500,000 people witnessed their show at Fête de L'Humanité, Paris on 12 September 1970, their largest crowd ever.

Who was Pink Floyd's leader? ›

Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by Syd Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass guitar, vocals), and Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals). Under Barrett's leadership, they released two charting singles and the successful debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967).

Who owns the Pink Floyd name? ›

Interesting bit of context: Warner Music Group acquired control of the Pink Floyd catalog via its GBP $487 million acquisition of Parlophone Label Group from Universal Music Group in 2013.

Is Pink Floyd's music political? ›

Not only does Waters recall the mid-1970s Pink Floyd sound for his new album's first single, he pulls from nearly all of his favorite lyrical themes—war and pacifism, governmental corruption and working class struggles.

What drugs DID Pink Floyd do? ›

In 1965, as the foursome that became Pink Floyd were finding their musical footing between classes at London's Regent Street Polytechnic and Camberwell College of Arts, Barrett had discovered the mind-altering effects of LSD. The turn to psychedelics had a massive impact on the group's direction.

Which member of Pink Floyd was schizophrenic? ›

The late Syd Barrett, a founding member of Pink Floyd, knew about drugs. He medicated his schizophrenia with LSD and pot, which worsened his condition.

What is Anne disorder? ›

Part of that, as happens from time to time with the character of Anne, has been to try to explain her with a diagnosis. Over the years Anne has been claimed by reactive attachment disorder, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

What is considered Pink Floyd's best song? ›

Pink Floyd's 15 greatest songs ever, ranked
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What was Pink Floyd only number one hit? ›

"Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" is not only Pink Floyd's one and only U.S. chart topper — it's the band's only Top Ten hit.

Which song made Pink Floyd famous? ›

"Another Brick In the Wall, Pt.

The ultimate "school sucks" song. "Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2" is Pink Floyd's most commercially-successful track. In fact, it's the only bop from the band to hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

Why doesn t David Gilmour tour anymore? ›

David Gilmour's highly anticipated new album & tour has been delayed due to Covid19 circumstances. We speculate a 2023 release and tour but no official word has come from David. David Gilmour 2023-2024 Tour Dates will arrive here once officially confirmed.

What year was Pink Floyd's last concert? ›

The Division Bell Tour was the final concert tour by the English rock band Pink Floyd. It was performed in 1994 to support their album The Division Bell, which was released two days before the tour's start date. Following the tour's conclusion, the group quietly disbanded.

Why did Pink Floyd stop performing? ›

Pink Floyd couldn't tour without Wright, who died of cancer in 2008, and there was to be no more music: “It's a shame,” he told the BBC, “but this is the end.”

Who has the longest concert ever? ›

The longest performance by a solo artist lasted 501 hours and was achieved by Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan (India) at the Rhythm Therapy Hall, Nandavanam Hospital, Ottapalam, Kerala, India, on 5-26 July 2009 This record is the overall category for music marathons - Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan also holds the record for ...

Who has the longest concert of all time? ›

Organizers of last year's 18-day concert at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub had already planned a victory celebration this weekend. They just didn't have the official record yet. It's official and (finally) Guinness-certified: Stouffville holds the world record for the longest concert in recorded history.

What is the largest concert ever held in the world? ›

Both Jean-Michel Jarre's concert in Moscow 1997 and Rod Stewart's concert in Copacabana 1994 have been reported to attract audiences of more than 3.5 million people.

What's Pink Floyd's net worth? ›

The band's collective net worth is nearly US$800 million, and while many classic rock groups at this point in their careers have a chequered list of former members, Pink Floyd have only ever had five official members: the original guitarist Syd Barrett and late keyboardist Richard Wright, Mason, plus arch enemies ...

What does Pink Floyd's name mean? ›

The name Pink Floyd comes from the given names of two prominent blues musicians, who Barrett loved: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

Who is the only female credited with vocals on Pink Floyd's The Wall? ›

Clare Torry
Born29 November 1947 Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
Known forGuest vocalist on Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky" from the album Dark Side of the Moon
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How old is Pink Floyd's new wife? ›

The singer, 78, revealed on Thursday that he tied the knot with Kamilah, 43, at his Bridgehampton estate in New York, which he purchased in 2010 for $16.2 million.

Did Pink Floyd pay the kids? ›

But the song and Pink Floyd's double album The Wall went on to become massive hits. The school itself received just £1,000 and a platinum disc; but to date the children involved in the recording have been paid nothing.

What is Pink Floyd's nationality? ›

The British rock band Pink Floyd formed in 1965 and was at the forefront of 1960s psychedelia. They popularized the concept album for mass rock audiences in the 1970s.

What did Eric Clapton think of Pink Floyd? ›

If you're curious about performers, the Pink Floyd is one I like very much among live groups.” When asked for more information, he adds: “Very strange group. The nearest thing you would have to them here –— well, I can't even think of a group you can relate them to. Very freaky.

Why is Pink Floyds logo a prism? ›

One night, Thorgerson presented a black and white photograph of the dispersion of light by a prism, a photo he saw in a physics textbook. Along with many other ideas, Hipgnosis presented the prism design to the band which was almost immediately approved by Pink Floyd.

What does Pink Floyd's The Wall symbolize? ›

The Wall is a rock opera that explores abandonment and isolation, symbolized by a wall.

What is the Pink Floyd secret message? ›

Inserting a hidden message, Roger Waters can be heard speaking when the track is played backwards: “Congratulations. You've just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm, Chalfont,” he says. Then a voice in the background states: “Roger!

Was Pink Floyd depressed? ›

We were obviously very depressed people,” Mason says. “I don't think Pink Floyd ever found an ideal way of working together, but The Dark Side Of The Moon was probably the closest we came to it. “The problem is trying to work out exactly who did what.

Is Pink Floyd progressive or psychedelic? ›

Pink Floyd were the architects of two major music movements—psychedelic space-rock and blues-based progressive rock—and became known for their biting political, social and emotional commentary.

Who was the genius in Pink Floyd? ›

Roger Waters, the Creative Genius Behind Pink Floyd, to Perform 'The Dark Side of the Moon' in Its Entirety on Upcoming North American Concert Tour.

What is catatonic behavior in schizophrenia? ›

catatonic schizophrenia, rare severe mental disorder characterized by striking motor behaviour, typically involving either significant reductions in voluntary movement or hyperactivity and agitation. In some cases, the patient may remain in a state of almost complete immobility, often assuming statuesque positions.

Was Anne with an E abuse? ›

As a little orphan, Anne (Amybeth McNulty) arrives at Avonlea to meet her adopted family and has traumatic flashbacks of her experiences in a previous family, where she underwent physical and emotional abuse.

Is there LGBT in Anne with an E? ›

Season 2's inclusion of the queer soirée—an annually hosted event that Aunt Jo and Aunt Gertrude threw—furthered the importance of including queer representation within the show, and having a way of bringing in other queer figures of the time.

Was Queen Anne disabled? ›

Queen Anne did all this while disabled by her poor health, and while negotiating an increasingly difficult relationship with Lady Sarah Churchill. The death of her beloved husband Prince George at Kensington Palace from severe asthma on 28 October 1708 left her devastated.

What is the number 1 most played song of all time? ›

It was never a hit single and got almost no play on Top 40 radio. There's even a dispute over the exact title. Yet “It's a Small World,” also known as “It's a Small, Small World” and “It's a Small World (After All),” is very likely the most played song in music history — nearly 50 million times.

What is Pink Floyd's oldest album? ›

Today in 1967 Pink Floyd released their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett, though two tracks on the album are credited to the band collectively and one track was written by Waters.

Who has the biggest hits of all time? ›

Also shown are the artists placing the most songs on the overall "all-time" top 100 song list.
Top 10 artists of all time (1958–2021)
1.The Beatles
3.Elton John
4.Elvis Presley
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Did Pink Floyd sell more records than the Beatles? ›

The upshot: Pink Floyd has sold more albums worldwide than the Beatles. Floyd recorded over a longer period, of course, but both groups have released about the same number of albums, and had about the same span of decades to sell their work to new generations — and in new configurations.

What are Pink Floyd fans called? ›

Crazy Diamonds. Animals (Pigs, Dogs and Sheep) Bricks in the Wall.

What was Pink Floyd's original name? ›

So did keyboard player Rick Wright, and they played together in Pink Floyd's predecessor, Sigma 6. Syd Barrett, an old friend of Waters from Cambridge who also played the guitar and was in London studying art, joined the band in 1965. They called themselves the Tea Set and played mainly rhythm and blues songs.

What is Pink Floyd's biggest album? ›

The band achieved worldwide commercial success with The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), which has sold more than 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums in the world.

Will David Gilmour tour again? ›

David Gilmour's highly anticipated new album & tour has been delayed due to Covid19 circumstances. We speculate a 2023 release and tour but no official word has come from David. David Gilmour 2023-2024 Tour Dates will arrive here once officially confirmed.

Is David Gilmour touring in 2022? ›

The Gilmour Project will celebrate the exact & actual 50th Anniversary of 'Dark Side Of The Moon: A Piece For Assorted Lunatics,' which Pink Floyd first performed in January, 1972 at The Brighton Dome, UK, a full 14 months before the release of the legendary album, with a coast-to-coast, US tour in January, 2022.

Is Pink Floyd touring in 2023? ›

Roger Waters has announced that he will be taking his This Is Not A Drill tour to Europe in 2023 on what he's cheekily teasing as his “first farewell tour,” With dates in Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic & additional dates still to follow. Tickets are on sale now via

Is Pink Floyd touring in 2022 UK? ›

The Darkside of Pink Floyd, see us on our 2022 UK Tour.

Who owns David Gilmour's guitar? ›

A guitar heard on iconic Pink Floyd albums sold for a record $3.975 million at auction Thursday, and Jim Irsay is the instrument's new owner.

How much is David Gilmour's guitar worth? ›

'The Black Strat', the Pink Floyd guitarist, singer and songwriter's iconic Fender Stratocaster, sold for $3,975,000. All proceeds from the sale will benefit charitable causes.

What guitar does David Gilmour play now? ›

The Black Strat is the nickname for a black Fender Stratocaster guitar played by David Gilmour of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd.
The Black Strat.
Fender Stratocaster "David Gilmour"
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Who is playing in the Gilmour Project? ›

Acclaimed musicians Jeff Pevar (lead guitar with CSN, David Crosby, Phil Lesh, Ray Charles), Kasim Sulton (bass & vocals with Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick & Patti Smith), Prairie Prince (co-founder of The Tubes, & drums with Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh), ...

Why is Gilmour selling his guitars? ›

They have given me lots of music. I just think it's time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”

How much is Pink Floyd worth? ›

The band's collective net worth is nearly US$800 million, and while many classic rock groups at this point in their careers have a chequered list of former members, Pink Floyd have only ever had five official members: the original guitarist Syd Barrett and late keyboardist Richard Wright, Mason, plus arch enemies ...

Does Pink Floyd still tour in USA? ›

Onsale dates for the new shows are noted in the full tour dates below.
BRIT FLOYD – World Tour 2022.
Mar 11thApr 15th
Oakdale TheatreBenedum Centre
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Is Pink Floyd making a new album 2022? ›

The individual versions will be available on 16 September 2022 with the Deluxe version available from 7 October. This is the first time the album will have been available on 5.1 Surround Sound. Animals is the tenth studio album by Pink Floyd, originally released in January 1977.

How long are Pink Floyd concerts? ›

Most Pink Floyd Experience concerts last about 2-3 hours but can run shorter or longer depending on the opening acts, encore, etc.

Who is the best Pink Floyd tribute band? ›

Pink Floyd Tribute Artists
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  • Absolutely Floyd. 24 listeners. ...
  • The Pink Floyd Experience (New Zealand) 21 listeners. ...
  • The Surrogate Band. 7 listeners. ...
  • The UK Pink Floyd Tribute Show. 20 listeners. ...
  • The Delicate Sound Of Floyd. 13 listeners. ...
  • jim cooper (bassist) 13 listeners. ...
  • Another Pink Floyd.

How much are tickets to the Pink Floyd exhibition? ›

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains Los Angeles Tickets - $26.60 at Vogue Multicultural Museum. 2021-12-31.


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