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Pink Floyd is a British progressive rock band famous for its songwriting, harmonic classical rock compositions, bombastic style, striking album covers and elaborate live shows. Pink Floyd is one of rock's most successful acts, ranking seventh in number of albums sold worldwide. Pink Floyd formed in 1965 and last recorded and toured in 1994.

Pink Floyd originally stemmed from earlier bands whose names included Sigma 6, T-Set, Meggadeaths, The Screaming Abdabs, The Architectural Abdabs, and The Abdabs. The band was again renamed The Pink Floyd Sound and then simply The Pink Floyd (after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). The definite article was dropped by the time their debut album was released.

Pink Floyd originally consisted of Syd Barrett (vocals, guitar), Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals), Roger Waters (bass, vocals) and Nick Mason (drums). They covered rhythm and blues staples such as "Louie, Louie". As Barrett started writing tunes more influenced by American surf music, psychedelic rock, and British whimsy, humour and literature, the heavily jazz-oriented Klose departed and left a rather stable foursome. The band formed Blackhill Enterprises, a six-way business partnership with their managers, Peter Jenner and Andrew King.

Released in August 1967, the band's debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is considered to be a prime example of English psychedelic music. The album's tracks showcase an eclectic mixture of music, from the avant garde free form piece "Interstellar Overdrive" to whimsical songs, such as "Scarecrow", a melancholic song inspired by the Fenlands, the rural region surrounding Barrett's home town of Cambridge. The album was a hit, peaking at #6 in the UK charts.

In January 1968, guitarist David Gilmour joined the band to carry out the playing and singing duties of Barrett, whose mental health had been deteriorating for several months, but nevertheless was intended to remain as the band's figurehead and songwriter. With Barrett's behaviour becoming less and less predictable, and use of LSD almost constant, he became very unstable, often staring into space while the rest of the band performed. The band's live shows became increasingly ramshackle until, eventually, the other band members simply stopped taking him to the concerts.

Once Barrett's departure was formalised in April 1968, Jenner and King decided to remain with him, and the six-way Blackhill partnership was dissolved.

Whilst Barrett had written the bulk of the first record, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, he contributed just one song "Jugband Blues" to the second A Saucerful of Secrets, released in June 1968, reaching #9 at home.

After the film soundtrack More, the next record, the double album Ummagumma (part recorded at Mothers Rock Club, Birmingham, and in Manchester in 1969), was a mix of live recordings and unchecked studio experimentation by the band members, with each recording half a side of vinyl as a solo project (Mason's wife makes an uncredited contribution as a flutist). The album was Pink Floyd's best performing release yet, hitting UK #5 and making the US charts at #70.

1970's Atom Heart Mother, is a UK #1 album that is often overlooked today, sounding somewhat dated, and has been described by Gilmour as the sound of a band "blundering about in the dark". However, the album was a transitional piece for the group, and it hints at future musical territory. The title piece, a 23-minute long work with symphonic leanings, owes much to orchestration by Ron Geesin.

The band's sound was considerably more focused on Meddle (1971), with the 23-minute epic "Echoes" (in this track the band used the Zinovieff's VCS3 synth for the first time, as well as a theremin in the spacey middle part). This album also included the atmospheric "One of These Days" (a concert classic, with a distorted, disembodied one-line vocal, "One of these days, I'm going to cut you into little pieces"

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Wish I could attend their concert in July!

Damn you organisers for not selling tickets to foreigners!!!

They are my all time favs and this is my last chance to ever see them in concert. I would need only one ticket! Is it too much to ask?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/entert...ent/4085966.stm

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They may be a ticket on eBay...will be SUPER expensive though.

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I once attended an Elton John concert. Really, i did.

It was a favour towards him.

Sir Elton, send me my ticket!

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When my dad was in Sarajevo, Elton John was performing and there weren`t enough people watching him..so the cops literally forced people in to watch him :laugh:

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