Many thanks to all of you who have been listening to us on Spotify this year - as you can see, there's been quite a few of you, and you've listened to our songs over 700 million times! The 54 million hours equates to 6231 years, or 3.2 billion minutes. Wow... You can find our Spotify link here, along with other music streaming services: https://pinkfloyd.lnk.to/StreamMusic
Yesterday we brought you a video of Nick Mason talking about Pink Floyd's second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. What's your favourite song from the album? https://lnk.to/asaucerfulofsecrets
David Gilmour performs with The Pretty Things and Van Morrison - Thursday 13th December David fulfilled his promise last night to former Harvest stable mates The Pretty Things, joining them onstage at their last-ever performance. The Indigo space at the O2 Arena was the venue for a rapturously received, sold out show, which saw the Dartford, Kent band officially bow out after 55 years of live performing. Formed by ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor and singer Phil May, the band went through several musical incarnations in their career, all represented across a 3-part set spanning 3 hours. The central section included a large portion of the band’s rock opera S. F. Sorrow, certainly one of the first, which was released on EMI’s Harvest imprint in December 1968, produced by Norman Smith. At last night’s show, David played on several tracks from the album, including She Says Good Morning, Baron Saturday, I See You and Old Man Going, as well as adding exhilarating solos to Cries From The Midnight Circus, from the subsequent Parachute album. The farewell show also featured guest appearances from Van Morrison, who joined David alongside The Pretty Things on one of the encores, a high energy rendition of Bo Diddley’s Roadrunner, originally included on the Pretty Things’ 1965 debut album, helping to bring things full circle. For those who were there it was a very exciting night, the contributions of the special guests helping to celebrate one of the UK’s original 1960’s musical pioneers.
Seven years ago, the compilation album A Foot In The Door was released, as part of the 'Why Pink Floyd' Discovery/Experience/Immersion reissue project. It was recently issued for the first time on 180g heavyweight vinyl as a 2LP set, and for the vinyl release, the clocks at the beginning of Time have been reintroduced. If you've yet to hear this compilation, give it a try here: https://PinkFloyd.lnk.to/afitd-album
The German staging of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is around three months into its run. Have you been yet, and if so, what did you think? It's scheduled to run for another couple of months... more details at https://pinkfloydexhibition.de.
The UK's BBC Radio 4 continue their Soul Music series on December 26th, at 9am UK time (and repeated at 9:30pm the same day) with a look at Shine On You Crazy Diamond. The series is a look at pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact, and in this edition, David Gilmour recalls the day that Syd Barrett unexpectedly appeared at Abbey Road Studios when the Floyd were recording Wish You Were Here, and talks about the song which bookends the album. Other contributors will also discuss what makes the song so special for them. After broadcast, it will be available as a podcast on the BBC Sounds app, or via their webpage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008mj7p
As this advert notes, this single release was "the first brick from The Wall". What did you think when you first heard this? https://lnk.to/PinkFloyd_TheWall
During the second day of the photo shoot for the cover of Animals, which took place today in 1976, Algie managed to snap its mooring cables, flying off to join other animals at a Kent farm. Built in Germany, and designed in the Netherlands, Algie was 40 feet long (around 12 metres) and filled with helium - no wonder pilots were shocked when they saw it flying past them in the skies over London!
"So ya thought ya might like to go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow..." Today we mark the release in 1979 of The Wall. The album had its roots in the 1977 In The Flesh tour (the tour name being used for song titles, two years later), with Roger's increasing frustration at the stadium shows the Floyd were performing in North America. We've all got our favourite parts of the album - what's yours?
We're not sure what these "Etceteration further thoughts of the Pink Floyd" were, but nevertheless this 1969 concert took place in an ornate converted theatre, holding around 2,000 fans. It closed in 1985, and eleven years later reopened as a theatre again, where The Lion King seems to be a permanent fixture - in case the venue name seemed familiar to you!
The UK's Classic Rock Magazine recently ran a poll asking website visitors to vote for their favourite album of all time, without guiding them towards any particular choice via a shortlist - it meant people had a completely free hand to vote for whatever they wanted. The winner? The Dark Side Of The Moon! Our thanks to all of you who may have voted for it in this poll. Two other Pink Floyd albums made the top 50, rubbing shoulders with the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush and AC/DC amongst others. See the entire list at: https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-50-best-rock-albums-ever
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