Richard Wright gone at age 65

Posted by madhack on Sep 15, 2008

As many, many news outlets are reporting, Richard Wright, a member of Pink Floyd since 1965, has passed away after a battle with cancer. Rick's vocals, both lead and background, and his unique and instantly-recognizable organs and keyboards were a linchpin of the band's well-known and distinctive sound. Our condolences, as well as those of fans around the world, go to his surviving family and friends.

David Gilmour has posted his own feelings on the loss of Rick at his site; he is able to eulogize his old friend far better than we ever could.

Gilmour on new DVD, odds of a reunion

Posted by madhack on Sep 9, 2008

In a recent Associated Press interview with David Gilmour about his upcoming Live in Gdansk DVD, the subject, as usual, turned to the possibilities of a Floyd reunion. Gilmour noted that he's "been there, [...] done that" and doesn't anticipate being involved in any Floyd tour, which should be no real surprise at this point. The article also covers the backdrop of his show in Gdansk, Poland and the history around it, along with tidbits about Astoria and the new David Gilmour Black Strat.

Pink Floyd Producer NORMAN SMITH Dies

Posted by sulphurfury on Mar 7, 2008

Pink Floyd Producer NORMAN SMITH died yesterday, March 6, 2008, at the age of 85.

Norman Smith became famous for being the producer of Pink Floyd's first three albums. These first three albums let you hear the progression of the band towards Dark Side Of The Moon.

On album one, "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", released in 1967, the genius of founding member Syd Barrett is featured. Next on album two, "Saucerful of Secrets" released in 1968, Syd Barrett is only on a couple songs, but the other band members grow in his absence. As Syd Barrett disappears and the others forge a new sound, "Ummagumma" is released in 1969.

It is worth picking up NORMAN SMITH's book of stories of his life, including his accounts of working with Pink Floyd in the studio in the Sixties and beyond.

More Roger Waters concert dates

Posted by madhack on Feb 9, 2008

In addition the Coachella festival, Roger Waters has announced spring 2008 concerts in Denver, Dallas, and Houston, as well as in the Netherlands and Denmark. As always, additional dates that may be scheduled will be on the Tour page.

Each show will feature what is now apparently a staple of any Roger Waters show: a full performance of Dark Side of the Moon.

"Oh By The Way"

Posted by madhack on Dec 13, 2007

As many of you already know (especially since I meant to post this Monday), Pink Floyd has released their latest boxed set, Oh By The Way -- and just in time for the holidays. The set contains all 16 of the band's studio albums (minus, of course, the compilation albums Relics, A Collection of Great Dance Songs, and Echoes) with artwork based on the original LP releases', and a few other tidbits.

Unfortunately, there's no new (musical) material to really entice fans. It could still be a good gift for the Floyd fanatic or completist, though; I've already got it on my list to go with my Shine On boxed set. If nothing else, it's worth a peek at the two covers shown on the band's site, with a Waters/Mason version and a Gilmour/Wright version (both included on the set's case). There's also a bit more information on the set's release at their site.

Vic Singh - Story Behind The "Piper" Cover

Posted by sulphurfury on Oct 8, 2007

The story behind the making of the album cover of Pink Floyd's "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", as told by photographer Vic Singh in an interview last month (Sep 2007). Some alternate takes of the photo shoot can be seen, and Vic describes what took place that day with the band. Today, Vic Singh is working the digital side of photography in a new environment of the avant-garde music and fashion scene that I hear is, at present, evolving in London.

Nick Mason On A Musical Quest

Posted by sulphurfury on Oct 8, 2007

Here was a fun idea. Nick Mason, a racing fan and collector of cars, recently set out on a musical quest. The challenge: to complete one lap around the Nrburgring racetrack in Germany in the time it takes to hear "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" on the Rolls-Royce V-12 Phantom's in-car audio system. (The song is about 13 minutes long, the racetrack is 14 miles long.) Find out if he made it. At one point during the race, Mason was beating out the rhythm of the song on the steering wheel!

"Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" - (40th Anniversary Edition)

Posted by sulphurfury on Sep 29, 2007

Pink Floyd's debut album in 1967 captured their raw live sound in the studio masterfully. Out this month is a 2CD 40th Anniversary Edition, featuring two different mixes, one on each disc, in mono and stereo. It was originally mixed in mono, which is the perfect and intended way to hear this album. One little known fact is that the man behind the album, Norman Smith, was an uncredited sound engineer in an already coveted position, and he left that position by talking his way into producing this new band, only if he were promoted to their producer. In his experience he knew if they were signed, he was the only one who could capture their sound in the studio. You need to hear this album in mono. Find out why and a lot more about some amazing rock history tied-in behind Pink Floyd's mind-blowing, far-out first album, in this intense review of the new Pink Floyd - "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - (40th Anniversary Edition)" 2CD set.

David Gilmour Performs Live At 111 Theaters Nationwide

Posted by sulphurfury on Sep 26, 2007

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will appear live via satellite simultaneously in 111 theaters nationwide after the presentation of an 85-minute version of his recent concert DVD, "REMEMBER THAT NIGHT - LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL", out last Tuesday. The video was captured in high-def. His entire 2006 solo album is performed, along with Pink Floyd classics. Graham Nash and David Crosby join Gilmour on tour, along with David Bowie, the former trumpeteer for Soft Machine and others. Though he likes the idea of people experiencing the new DVD on their tricked-out home systems, "I've always loved the sound in movie theaters,'' he said. Original Pink Floyd founder and frontman Syd Barrett is not forgotten. He died mid-tour, but they were already doing his solo song "Dominoes", "Arnold Layne", and more! Dave is going back to these early songs, some never played live, some not played live in decades - and taking Pink Floyd music full circle.

Roger Waters Impressed With Live Earth Concerts

Posted by sulphurfury on Sep 25, 2007

Roger Waters addressed the media on the subject of awareness-raising concerts, explaining why he was so impressed with the sense he shared with others at Live Earth this summer. He delivers his own personal message regarding what the electorate can do about the current administration.

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