Welcome to the show!
Here is a short history of Pink Floyd, a band that changed the whole world of music with it's powerful songs which moved the imagination beyond all known frontiers. Their sound spreads through the decades and changes it's melody and messages but the music itself stays mind and soul filling forever.
When you search for the beginning of this band, then you'll find the year 1965. In that year a group of friends (Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason) decided to make their own band. The name of the band was Sigma 6. They played some R&B songs. They played them good, but the success wasn't theirs yet.
After that they played under names like:The T-Set, The Meggadeaths, The Architectural Abdabs, and The Screaming Abdads.
In that year Waters brought his High School friend - Syd Barrett. It was him who gave them this name that we all know them by , Pink Floyd , after two American Blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
Soon they gained popularity as an underground band. But Syd's genius wasn't recognised good enough and sometimes people throw things on them (like beer bottles). The cause of this is something the they didn't change even in the years after (which is good). Sometimes they played extended versions of their songs (like the 40 minute version of "Interstellar Overdrive").
Opposing to everything Pink Floyd still gained popularity. Their first album "Arnold Layne" was much of a success, after that you could see them in the company of people like Jimi Hendrix.
But, then the problems began. Syd was constantly on LSD an started to drift from the real world. He wasn't a real person any more. On concerts he would just sing one tune and stare in the lights, or detune his guitar while playing. All of this meant that he had to go from the band.
Their first choice for a guitarist was Jeff Beck, but Waters was afraid that he would turn them down. In the end they took their long time friend, David Gilmour (who was folk-blues guitarist). Syd Barrett ended in a sanatorium.
Now the band had to find their own style of music. They released "Meddle" - the start of developing their sounds as we know them today.
The world was their to conquer so they started conquering it. They gained foreign audience , especially in USA Their fame began mainly in 1973 with the "Dark Side of The Moon" (this album remained on Billboards top 200 from 1976.-1989.). Gilmour became respected guitarist and Waters became excellent song-writer.
"Wish You Were Here" was released in 1975. This album was probably a thanks to Syd Barrett for his guidance and wisdom. Syd showed up in the middle of recording, totally different than he was. This was an inspiration to all band members.
It was in 1978. when began the work on "The Wall". Then started the problems. Gilmour made a song that he wanted to be included in the album and all other members stood up for this song except Waters. In the end he had to except it also. He wrote the lyrics and the song was called "Comfortably Numb". Two weeks after that Waters fired Richard Wright and band became a trio. "The Wall", album and film, ware a real success. A massive tour followed, but there were some rumours about breaking of the band.
Next album was "The Final Cut" released in 1983. The name ironically showed the future because it was almost Rogers "solo" album. He was the writer of all songs, the album was good, but it missed some of former emotions and sounds of real Pink Floyd.
And then, in black 1985. Waters left the band. He sued the remaining band members for exclusive rights for all the works of Pink Floyd, including the name. After a long struggle, finally a decision was made. The judge said that Waters left the band on his own free will, and that the band never really broke up, so the most of the material belonged to what was left of the band. No one was really satisfied but the band worked on.
Waters started solo and made some successes like The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984, Radio K.A.O.S. in 1987, and Amused to Death in 1992. When the Berlin wall came down in 1989, Waters orchestrated a stunning performance of "The Wall". Performers were also Bryan Adams, Thomas Dolby, Cindy Lauper, and a very special appearance by the infamous Vera Lynn.
But the Pink Floyd spirit remained with the rest of the band. In September of 1987, Pink Floyd (Gilmour and Mason, with Wright as a paid musician) released "Momentary Lapse of Reason". This album was intended to be Gilmour's solo album , but he wanted to make it with the rest of the band. Some fans embraced the album and some turn their backs on it. I really liked it and I think the Spirit lives on. Anyway the tour was great and it showed that Pink Floyd still has it's strength
After this album came "The Division Bell" which was No. 1. on American charts. The tour P.U.L.S.E. became platin before the records hit the shops.
Well, this is the history for now. I hope they'll make some new albums, there is still life in them so ... (Wright was the last who did anything, he released his solo album "Broken China" ).
Pink Floyd Interview
Waters sounds a blast against war
by Steve Morse When last seen in 1990, former Pink Floyd braintrust Roger Waters was performing "The Wall" at the foot of the crumbling Berlin Wall. It was a timely concert for freedom that included such guests as Van Morrison and the Scorpions. It also signaled the end of an era for Waters, who then went away to reflect on yet another epic concept album.
Waters returns next Tuesday with "Amused to Death," a devastatingly acerbic, but ultimately inspiring album about the idiocy of war and the way it's covered on television. He clearly spent hours watching the Gulf War unfold - and it left him filled with revulsion.
A centerpiece song is "The Bravery of Being Out of Range," with this commentary vocal: "Just love those laser- guided bombs/ They're really great for righting wrongs/ You hit the target and win the game." To which he adds: "With the bravery of being out of range/ We zap and maim."
Waters, his stentorian, recitative voice intact (much of the music will evoke "The Wall" LP), also comments on everything from Vietnam to Tiananmen Square, amid thunderous backbeats and the searing guitar of none other than Jeff Beck on many blues-atmosphere tracks. The album plays like a soundtrack from a couch potato Twilight Zone, though Waters strikes the target time and again. As he finally concludes about mankind: "This species has amused itself to death."
Look for a Waters tour late this year or the beginning of next.
Pink Floyd Timeline
Jan 1, 1917 Sometime in 1917, Alf Razzell has to leave Bill Hubbard to die. These events are described in "The Ballad of Bill Hubbard" on Amused to Death. Gerhard den Hollander
Sep 9, 1943 George Roger Waters is born in Great Brookham, Surrey. The year usually given is 1944, but this is inaccurate. (Roger once filled out a teen fanzine questionnaire and lied, claiming he was born in 1944. Thus the widespread misinformation about his year of birth.) CDSB p.23
Jan 22, 1944 Allied troops make a surprise landing at Anzio, 30 miles south of Rome. Chronicle of the World
Feb 16, 1944 On this miserable morning in black '44, Roger Waters' father is killed. On this day, the events described in When the Tigers Broke Free, part 1 occur. The Royal Fusiliers Company "C;" is totally destroyed, Roger Waters' father among the slain, sacrificed to allow the Tiger division of Panzer tanks to advance. Gerhard den Hollander, assorted history texts
Jan 27, 1945 Nicholas Berkeley Mason is born in Birmingham, U.K. AVD, EoRS
Jul 28, 1945 Richard William Wright is born in London. AVD, EoRS
Jan 6, 1946 Roger Keith (Syd) Barrett is born in Cambridge. AVD
Mar 6, 1946 David Jon Gilmour is born in Cambridge. Echoes, CDSB p.18
Dec 11, 1961 Syd's father (Dr Arthur Max Barrett) dies of cancer. Syd leaves this day blank in his diary. To his girlfriend Libby he says only, "Poor dad died today." CDSB p.20-21
Jan 2, 1965 Syd performs with the group Those Without in Cambridge. The band includes "Smudge" and Stephen Pyle. CDSB (6th page of photos)
May 15, 1965 Recording session. Lucy Leave is recorded. rdb
Oct 14, 1966 London Free School, Powis Gardens, London. Set list: Pink, Let's Roll Another, Gimme A Break, Piggy Back, Stoned Alone, I Can Tell, The Gnome, Interstellar Overdrive, (break), Lucy Leave, Stethoscope, Flapdoodle Dealing, Snowing, Matilda Mother, Pow.R. Toc.H., Astronomy Domine AVD (reproduced song sheet)
Oct 15, 1966 First All-Night Rave at the Roundhouse (11 pm). Located at Chalk Farm, London, the Roundhouse's first night features The Soft Machine, Pink Floyd. The Floyd demonstrate their oil slide show and lights. It is the first time they play in front of a large crowd. Ther are paid £15 for their performance. The San Francisco Examiner reviews the show, but does not realize Floyd had played, and refers to them as "a large pick-up band of assorted instruments on a small central platform." EoRS, AVD (reproduced poster)
Oct 31, 1966 Blackhill Enterprises is formed. It is a six-way partnership deal including Syd, Rog, Rick and Nick as well as Peter Jenner and Andrew King. AVD
Nov 18, 1966 Philadelic Music for Simian Hominids, Hornsey College of Art. Joe Gannon, age 17, helps with lights and presents new slides he has designed for the Floyd. CDSB p.46
Nov 19, 1966 Canterbury Technical College, Canterbury, Kent. Their first gig outside of London attracts much press. They play in front of a 15-foot tinfoil Buddha. AVD
Dec 3, 1966 Psychodelphia Vs. Ian Smith, the Roundhouse (10 pm). The gig is organized by the Majority Rule for Rhodesia Committee. It features PF. AVD
Dec 12, 1966 You're Joking?, Royal Albert Hall, London. The Oxfam benefit concert is their first gig in a really large venue. AVD, pfa
Dec 22, 1966 The Marquee. First time they have played the Marquee since the Spontaneous Underground began. CDSN p.46
Dec 23, 1966 UFO Club, Tottenham Court Road, London. The Pink Floyd appear for the first time at the UFO Club, which on other nights is the Blarney Club, an Irish dance hall. Located in the Blarney Club's basement, the club will become the focal point of British psychedelia, and The Pink Floyd becomes virtually the "house band" for the club. EoRS, pfa
Dec 31, 1966 New Year's Eve All Night Rave at the Roundhouse. Floyd support The Who and The Move. The Who suffers three power failures, and Townshend smashes up a pair of speakers (which he probably would have done even if the power had remained on!). Two girls strip to the waist. AMV
Jan 11, 1967 Recording session, Sound Techniques, London. They are filmed at the recording session today and the next day. The film appears in the VoLO "The Pink Floyd, London 66-67." Songs on the video are Intersteallar Overdrive and Nick's Boogie. Jacket of the video
Jan 12, 1967 Recording session, Sound Techniques, London. They are filmed again at today's recording session. The film appears in the VoLO "The Pink Floyd, London 66-67." Jacket of the video
Jan 20, 1967 UFO Club. The gig is filmed, in part if not entirely. Tonight's performance of Interstellar Overdrive will be featured in the film "Scene Special." (See Jul 3, 1967.) rdb
Jan 29, 1967 UFO Club. The performance of Interstellar Overdrive from this date was aired on Granada TV, and is on the Video Anthology. Echoes
Feb 27, 1967 Arnold Layne is recorded. Produced by Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London AVD
Mar 6, 1967 The Rave (Grenada TV). The Pink Floyd appear on a television series hosted by The Move. rdb
Mar 7, 1967 Scene Special, "It's So Far Out, It's Straight Down!" A documentary on the London underground is aired in the Granada region only. It includes the Floyd playing "Percy the Ratcatcher" (later to become "Matilda Mother") and Interstellar Overdrive. (See Jan 20, 1967.) rdb
Mar 11, 1967 Arnold Layne/Candy And A Currant Bun released. AMV
Mar 16, 1967 Interstellar Overdrive is recorded. Produced by Norman "Hurricane" Smith at Abbey Road Studios AVD
Apr 6, 1967 Top of the Pops, BBC. In their first appearance on the show, they play "Arnold Layne." That evening they play a gig in Salisbury. AVD, CDSB p.54
Apr 7, 1967 Flora Hall, Belfast, Ireland. Roger and Rick remember the fans at this show as "wild ravers." The band is very impressed by the reception. AVD
Apr 22, 1967 Arnold Layne enters Record Mirror charts at #20. AVD
Apr 24, 1967 Blue Opera Club, The Feathers, Ealing Broadway, London. Roger's forehead is cut when an unhappy audience member throws a penny at him. Rog almost leaps into the audience to beat him up. AVD
Apr 29, 1967 "Fanclub" (Dutch TV). The Pink Floyd record video for Dutch television on this date, but the film has never been seen. They fly back to England for the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream gig. rdb
Apr 29, 1967 14 Hour Technicolour Dream, Alexandra Palace. The famous show is a Free Speech Benefit for the International Times. Many legendary bands are present. The Floyd play as dawn is breaking. Some film of this event appears on the VoLO "The Pink Floyd, London 66-67." AVD
May 9, 1967 Remember a Day is recorded. Relics album liner notes
May 12, 1967 Games for May, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. The show features the first quadrophonic sound system in Britain, and a new song from Syd, "Games For May" written especially for the event. (The title is later changed to "See Emily Play." The newly-opened hall is somewhat damaged by soap rings and trampled flowers, and the Floyd are thereafter banned from the hall. AVD, EoRS
May 14, 1967 Look of the Week, BBC-2, Queen Elizabeth Hall. The performance (aka, Late Night Up) includes a wild rendition of Astronomy Domine showing the early Floyd light show. Also a few second of Pow R Toc H. They are questioned by a hostile host, Dr. Hans Keller. Widely circulated on VoIO, including the Rarities Video and the Video Anthology. Part of the interview is on the Rarities (audio) tapes. Echoes
May 21, 1967 Bike is recorded. Relics liner notes.
May 23, 1967 See Emily Play is recorded. At Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. Syd's old friend Dave Gilmour drops in during the session, but Syd just stares blankly at him and does not seem to recognize him. AVD, CDSB p.57
Jun 16, 1967 "See Emily Play" is released, backed by "Scarecrow." AVD
Jun 16, 1967 Tiles Club, Oxford Street, London. A film from this performance is said to be included in the documentary "Come Here Often?" (See Jul 17, 1967.) pfa, rdb
Jun 24, 1967 The Life Story of Percy the Ratcatcher. A feature film by this name to be made by the Floyd is widely reported in the press today. The project vanishes without a trace. rdb
Jul 6, 1967 Top of the Pops recording session, BBC TV Studios. The first of three appearances promoting See Emily Play. It is possible that all three were filmed today. Syd appears in his finest "Granny Takes a Trip" satin and velvet wardrobe. AVD, AJTT, CDSB p.62
Jul 8, 1967 See Emily Play enters Record Mirror charts. It remains on the charts for seven weeks, peaking at #6 AVD
Jul 9, 1967 The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London. AVD states that this date was filmed for BBC2, but no film has even been seen as far as is known. AVD, rdb
Jul 17, 1967 Come Here Often? Rediffusion TV shows a documentary about DJ Mike Quinnin. Footage of Floyd filmed on Jun 16, 1967 is said to be included. rdb
Jul 19, 1967 Floral Hall, Norfolk. A newspaper states that this event was filmed, but the film has not surfaced. rdb
Jul 20, 1967 Top of the Pops, BBC-1, UK TV (7:30). Their second appearance to promote See Emily Play. It is possible that all three takes were filmed on Jul 6, 1967. Syd is unshaven, and his trendy clothes are wrinkled and creased. AJTT, CDSB p.62
Jul 27, 1967 Top of the Pops, BBC-1, UK TV (7:30). See Emily Play was played live for the third time. It is possible that all three takes were filmed on Jul 6, 1967. Syd shows up for the gig in his finest clothes, but changes into a scruffy set of rags before the recording is set to begin. Ultimately, Syd refused to play. (Because, he thought, John Lennon didn't have to so neither should he.) AJTT, CDSB p.62
Aug 1, 1967 German TV. The Floyd begin filming for an unknown German television appearance. rdb
Aug 2, 1967 German TV. Filming is completed today for German television. Nothing is known of the film. rdb
Aug 5, 1967 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is released (UK). voc
Aug 19, 1967 "PINK FLOYD FLAKE OUT." So reads the headline for this day's edition of "Melody Maker" which is beginning to notice that Syd is not entirely together. The headline was sparked by a rumor that Syd had left the band after cancelling a promotional trip to Germany. In fact, Syd had been advised to take two weeks of rest. CDSB p.70
Sep 13, 1967 Star Club. On two roios: "Starclub Psycho" and "Stoned Alone." rdb
Sep 18, 1967 Belgian TV. A "TV Spectacular" is aired, based around Pink Floyd, but little is known of it. rdb
Sep 30, 1967 Matilda Mother is performed for the last time. voc
Oct 9, 1967 Recording session. Scream Thy Last Scream and Vegetable Man are recorded. They are widely circulated on RoIO, but have never been officially released. Echoes
Oct 24, 1967 The Pink Floyd depart for a U.S. tour promoting "Piper." CDSB p.73
Nov 2, 1967 Paint Box is produced. The Floyd played the Filmore West in San Francisco, California, so it appears this is not the date Paint Box was recorded, but rather a production date. Relics album liner notes
Nov 5, 1967 The Pat Boone Show, CBS-TV, USA. Syd stares blankly at Boone during an interview, then stands motionless with his arms dangling at his side while the rest of the Floyd mime to See Emily Play. Roger Waters steps forward to mime the vocals. The film of this infamous show has never been seen since the original broadcast. rdb
Nov 6, 1967 American Bandstand, ABC-TV, USA. The Floyd mime to See Emily Play, which is followed by an insane interview hosted by Dick Clark. They then mime Apples And Oranges. The film of Apples & Oranges has surfaced, but the rest of the show remains unseen since the original broadcast. rdb
Nov 12, 1967 Cheetah Club, New York City. Review pfa
Nov 13, 1967 Hippy Happy Fair, Oude-Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (10:00 pm). On roio "Rotterdam October 12, 1967." (Research in Rotterdam newspapers proved the Oct 12 date wrong.) echoes
Nov 14, 1967 Royal Albert Hall, London. The Jimi Hendrix Experience tour begins. Bands appearing include the Pink Floyd, Move, Amen Corner, Nice, Eire Apparent and the Outer Limits. Each band played two shows each day. The Pink Floyd opened the second half of the show, and were alotted 17 minutes to play. Commented Roger Waters, "You had three numbers, if you kept them short." pfa, AVD
Nov 18, 1967 "Apples and Oranges" is released, backed by "Paintbox." Echoes
Dec 5, 1967 Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland. The Jimi Hendrix Experience tour ends. pfa
Dec 22, 1967 Christmas on Earth Revisited, Olympia, London. The event features Jimi Hendrix, PF, The Move and The Soft Machine. Syd is immobile on stage. It is the last major gig Floyd will play with Syd. AVD
Jan 11, 1968 Tonight Let's All Make Love In London is released. The film includes music by Pink Floyd. The Guardian (U.K. newspaper), Dave Osborne
Feb 11, 1968 Top Gear, John Peel, BBC Radio One They play Vegetable Man, Pow.R Toc.H, Scream Thy Last Scream, and Jugband Blues. On roio "Pink Floyd, Early Concerts." AVD
Feb 13, 1968 Julia Dream is recorded and Abbey Road Studios. Normal "Hurricane" Smith produces. AVD
Feb 18, 1968 CCTV airs several Floyd videos. Roger lip-synchs to a promo video for Apples and Oranges. They also record videos for Astronomy Domine and The Scarecrow. On the Video Anthology. See Emily Play promotional video airs, featuring the four Floyd goofing about in a park. On the Rarities Video and the Video Anthology. Echoes
Feb 20, 1968 Bouton Rouge. (French TV) The Floyd are filmed in a Paris TV studio playing Astronomy Domine and Flaming. The video, of poor quality, has recently surfaced. rdb
Mar 2, 1968 Syd splits from the Pink Floyd. Roger and Syd meet at Ladbroke and determine that Syd will only write, and not perform any longer. Peter Jenner and Andrew King take the news badly, and will not be seen by the Floyd again until the Blackhill partnership is dissolved. Syd will remain with Blackhill while the Floyd are managed by Bryan Morrison. CDSB p.79
Mar 6, 1968 The press officially announces Syd's departure from the Pink Floyd today. CDSB p.80, SoS p.109
Apr 12, 1968 It Would Be So Nice/Julia Dream single is released. AVD
May 6, 1968 Piper Club. Tonight's performance of Interstellar Overdrive appears on roio "Fountains of Rome." rdb, echoes
May 23, 1968 Paradiso, Amsterdam. Keep Smiling People is played for the first time. Keep Smiling People later becomes Murderistic Woman, which in turn evolves into Careful With That Axe, Eugene. The complete set list from tonight's show is: Keep Smiling People, Flaming, Let There Be More Light, Interstellar Overdrive, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, and A Saucerful of Secrets. The RoIO "Live Pink Floyd" comes from this date. It sometimes is incorrectly dated as May 31, 1968.
Jun 29, 1968 A Saucerful of Secrets is released. AVD
Jul 8, 1968 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois. A Saucerful of Secrets tour begins. On their way to this appearance, David Gilmour's guitar was stolen. pfa
Jul 8, 1968 Pathe TV News airs the Scarecrow. This video is on the Video Anthology. Echoes
Aug 31, 1968 Tous En Scene, ORTF TV, France. Sometimes attributed to Sep 7, 1968. The show included Let There Be More Light, and an excellent rendition of Flaming led by Gilmour. The two songs appear on the Rarities Video, but the famous light show is not to be seen. Echoes, rdb
Sep 7, 1968 Samadie et Cie. (French TV) Films of Let There Be More Light and Corporal Clegg are broadcast. Little is known about it. rdb
Sep 21, 1968 Samadie et Cie. (French TV) The broadcast of Sep 7, 1968 is said to repeat on this date. rdb
Oct 30, 1968 Club Tournee, Paris, France. This show may have been filmed for the next day's broadcast on French TV. (See Oct 31, 1968.) rdb
Oct 31, 1968 Tous En Scene. (French TV) A promotional exercise for the new single (Point Me At The Sky/CWTAE?) is aired live, though it may have been prerecorded the previous night at Club Rournee in Paris. rdb
Nov 3, 1968 All My Loving, BBC-2 Broadcast. The BBC programe "All My Loving" airs a performance of "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun." It appears on the Rarities Video. Echoes
Nov 4, 1968 Careful With That Axe, Eugene is recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Norman Smith produces. This is the version heard on the Relics album. AVD, Relics liner notes
Dec 4, 1968 "Pawn to King 5" features the music of Pink Floyd. It is a ballet about chess by John Chesworth of Ballet Rambert, performed at the Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre in London. AVD
Dec 17, 1968 Point Me At The Sky/Careful With That Axe, Eugene is released. AVD
Dec 20, 1968 BBC broadcast. A broadcast of "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" on BBC. Echoes
Jan 14, 1969 "Point Me At The Sky" is performed for the second and final time. voc
Jan 22, 1969 Tous En Scene. (French TV) "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" is filmed. rdb
Feb 15, 1969 Forum Musiques. (French TV) "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is broadcast. rdb
Mar 21, 1969 Winter Gardens, Blackpool (The Art Ball). An interview is taped, on roio "The Conversation Disc Series." rdb
Apr 14, 1969 More Furious Madness from the Massed Gadgets of Auximenes. Performed at Royal Festival Hall, the show features "The Man" and "The Journey."
Apr 27, 1969 Mother's Club, Birmingham, UK. The event was recorded for the upcoming album Ummagumma.
May 2, 1969 Manchester College of Commerce, Manchester. The event is recorded for Ummagumma. pfa
May 12, 1969 Paris Cinema, Lowe Regent Street, London. BBC Night Ride recording date. On the roio "Atom Heart Mother." pfa, rdb
May 15, 1969 Southampton University, Southampton. The Man/The Journey tour begins. pfa
May 16, 1969 First major tour of the UK begins. The opening show is at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire. AVD
Jun 16, 1969 Soiree dim dam dom. (French TV) A three-minute version of "Nightmare" (better known as "Cymbaline") is broadcast. rdb, Gerhard den Hollander
Jul 9, 1969 Biding My Time is recorded. Relics liner notes.
Jul 20, 1969 "What If It's Just Green Cheese?," Omnibus. (BBC-1) As Apollo 11 culminates with Americans landing on the surface of the moon, BBC documents the historic event. Pink Floyd performs live in the studio with positively creepy results. The audio recording is known as "Moonhead" and is on the Rarities tapes, among other places. The bass line and blues-based sequencing might be a precursor to the instrumental middle section of Money. rdb
Jul 26, 1969 First major tour of the UK ends. The final show is at Royal Albert Hall, London. It features them sawing wood onstage, someone dressed as a gorilla, and ends with a cannon being fired and a pink smoke bomb. AVD
Jul 26, 1969 Syd has his last recording session for The Madcap Laughs. The session includes "She Took A Long Cold Look," "Feel," and "If It's In You". CDSB p.91
Sep 17, 1969 Concertgebow, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Radio Hilversum broadcast). On several roios including "The Last Gadgets of Oxyminus," "Landscape," "Live Rarities," "Amsterdam '69," "Green is the Color," and "The Man & The Journey." pfa, rdb
Sep 19, 1969 Samedie et Cie. (French TV) A unique film of Cymbaline is broadcast. rdb
Oct 19, 1969 London. On roio "Around the Mystic." rdb
Oct 25, 1969 Ummagumma is released (UK). AVD
Jan 18, 1970 "Embryo" is performed for the first time. voc
Jan 18, 1970 Fairfield Town Hall, Croydon, England. An untitled piece is premiered. It will later be recorded under a new title: Atom Heart Mother. (Many sources mistakenly give the Jan 23, 1970 Paris date as the premiere.) Echoes
Jan 23, 1970 Paris. The untitled piece which later becomes "Atom Heart Mother" is performed again. This date is often mistakenly described as the premiere. SoS p.151
Feb 24, 1970 Syd records for the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1 with Stars. They perform Terrapin, Gigolo Aunt, Baby Lemonade, Effervescing Elephant and Two of a Kind. The concert will be broadcast on Mar 14, 1970. voc.
Feb 24, 1970 Top Gear Show, Radio 1, London (SB). Barrett records a performance for BBC radio. He is backed by David Gilmour on bass, and Jerry Shirley and Alan Styles. pfa
Feb 26, 1970 Syd begins recording sessions for "Barrett." CDSB p.93
Mar 14, 1970 John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1, broadcasts Syd/Stars material recorded on Feb 24, 1970. voc
Mar 30, 1970 La Festival Musique Evolution, Hall des Expositions, Bourget, France. The festival is filmed, and extracts are aired on French TV on Apr 16, 1970. rdb
Apr 16, 1970 French TV. Extracts from La Festival Musique Evolution (filmed Mar 30, 1970) are aired. rdb
Apr 29, 1970 KQED TV Studios, San Francisco, California. The Floyd record an excellent concert for U.S. Public Television. Set include AHM, Cymbaline, Grantchester Meadows, Green Is The Colour, CWTAE and StCftHotS. This performance is widely circulated as VoIO, appearing on the Rarities Video and several others of varying quality. Echoes
Apr 29, 1970 The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California The gig was played after recording a concert for KQED TV the same day. The Fillmore show is on roios "Live At Winterland," "Black Glass," "Embryo," "Psychedelicamania," and "Colourful Meadows." pfa, rdb
Jun 6, 1970 Music and Fashion Extravaganza 70, Olympia, London (SB). Syd's first public appearance since leaving the Floyd. Syd is supported by Dave Gilmour (playing bass) and Jerry Shirley (drums). Syd plays Terrapin, Gigolo Aunt, Effervescing Elephant and Octopus. He then leaves quite suddenly. Although some sources say Alan Styles also performed at this show, there is no evidence to support it, and it is probably untrue. voc, pfa
Jun 27, 1970 Bath Festival. "The Amazing Pudding" (later called "Atom Heart Mother") has its stage premiere with orchestra and choir. Ron Geesin walks out on the performance. The performance includes a striking prerecorded sound of a laughing girl. Roger introduces the song by saying, "Soon as we're together, this is gonna be one whole side on our next album, and has the tentative working title which is The Amazing Pudding." SoS p.157, echoes
Jun 28, 1970 Kralingen Pop Festival, Kraalingse Bos, Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is cold and wet, so people begin burning things to keep warm. A video showing "Set the Controls" and "A Saucerful of Secrets" on this date is on the Rarities Video and the Video Anthology as well as "Psychomania" in the UK and "Stamping Ground" in the US. The audio is on two roios, "Kralingen Pop Festival" and "Reversion or Revalorization." Echoes, rdb
Jul 4, 1970 San Francisco, California. On roio "Darkness over Frisco." rdb
Jul 16, 1970 Paris Theatre, London recording date for the John Peel Show, BBC-1. Atom Heart Mother is named. The featured piece is unnamed until Geesin suggests to Roger that he might find a title in The Evening Standard. Roger finds the title in a headline which reads: "ATOM HEART MOTHER." The London Times reported the same story of a mother who received an atomic pacemaker. SoS p.154, pfa, the London Times
Jul 18, 1970 Hyde Park (private film). The Floyd perform at the second free Hyde Park concert. The event is filmed by art school students, but never broadcast. rdb
Jul 26, 1970 XI Festival de Jazz, Antibes, Juan le Pins, France. (French TV) Segments are filmed by French TV and broadcast Aug 22, 1970, but have not been seen since. rdb
Aug 8, 1970 San Tropez Music Festival, St. Tropez, France. The concert is recorded. Audio recordings are in circulation, but the films have not been seen since they were aired on French TV Oct 10, 1970 and Oct 24, 1970. rdb
Aug 22, 1970 French TV. Segments from XI Festival de Jazz at Antibes, France are aired. rdb
Sep 12, 1970 Fete de l'Humanite, Bois de Vincennes, Paris, France. The Floyd appear as the only contemporary international rock band on the bill. The event is filmed for French TV, but is never broadcast. rdb
Sep 16, 1970 BBC recording date at the Paris Theatre, London. Also dated as Jul 16, 1970. The show is on many roios, including "Libest Spacement Montor," "Rhapsody In Pink," "Focus," "Londonfields," "Bytes of the Talisman," "Live In London 1971," "Pink Is The Pig" and others. pfa, rdb
Sep 26, 1970 The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA. The Atom Heart Mother tour begins. pfa
Oct 10, 1970 Atom Heart Mother is released (UK). AVD, voc
Oct 17, 1970 Pepperland, San Rafael, California. On roio "Brutish Temptation." pfa, rdb
Oct 22, 1970 Santa Monica, California. On roio "Enjoy the Silence." rdb
Oct 24, 1970 Atom Heart Mother tops the UK album charts. EoRS
Nov 21, 1970 Montreux. On roio "Smoking Blues." Includes a unique blues instrumental. rdb
Dec 4, 1970 Lunch in Paris to plan the Floyd/Petit collaborative ballet. Waters, Mason and Steve O'Rourke have lunch with Roland Petit, Nureyev and Roman Polanski in Paris. The luncheon turns into a series of drunken jokes, and is unproductive. SoS p.158
Dec 22, 1970 City Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire. On roios "A Psychedelic Night I" and "A Psychedelic Night II." pfa, rdb
Feb 16, 1971 Bob Harris, Sounds of the Seventies, Radio 1, London (SB). Syd records a show for BBC radio. pfa
Feb 28, 1971 Pop 2. (French TV) "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is broadcast. The source is unknown. rdb
Apr 3, 1971 Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Jun 5, 1971 Berlin, Germany. Early version of Echoes. They play the "Planets meeting face to face" version of Echoes. This appears on the roio "Mauerspechte." pfa, rdb, AVD, roio of event
Jun 15, 1971 French TV. A clip of Cymbaline is reportedly broadcast from an unknown Paris location. rdb
Jun 20, 1971 Palaeur, Rome, Italy. Early version of Echoes. On roio "Live In Rome, Palaeur, June 20, 71." The lyrics of Echoes in this show begin "Planets sitting face to face." At this gig, Astronomy Domine is performed for the last time until Mar 30, 1994 when it will be revived. pfa, rdb, AVD, roio of event, voc
Jun 26, 1971 Amsterdam Free Concert, Amsterdamse Bos, Netherlands.
Aug 6, 1971 Open Air Festival, Hakone Aprodite, Kanagawa, Tokyo. Atom Heart Mother is presented and is captured on film. The date of the film may be either Aug 6 or 7, 1971. A 15-minute black-and-white film is on the Video Anthology.
Aug 15, 1971 Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia. CWTAE from this date, their only visit to Australia in the 1970s, was broadcasted on the Australian TV show Get To Know. The music is dubbed from Ummagumma. On the Video Anthology. Echoes, AVD, rdb
Sep 18, 1971 Montreux. On roios "Long Time Gone" and "Live at Montreux 1971." pfa, rdb
Sep 25, 1971 Falkoner Centret, Copenhagen, Denmark. This, the third consecutive date at Copenhagen, is on roio "Falkoner Teatret 25.09.71 (vol.1&2)." pfa, rdb
Sep 30, 1971 Paris Theater, London (BBC In Concert recording date). On roios "Echoes" and "One Of These Days." pfa, rdb
Oct 4, 1971 Roman Ampitheater, Pompeii, Italy. Recording begins for the "Live At Pompeii" film. (Starting date may be Oct 5.) On roios "In The Shadow of Vesuvius," "Live At Pompeii," "Live At Pompeji," "Volcanic Destruction," and "Pompeii." pfa, rdb
Oct 15, 1971 Winterland, San Francisco, California. The Meddle tour begins. pfa
Oct 17, 1971 Golden Hall, San Diego, California. On roios "From Oblivion," "Embryo San Diego, 1971," "The Heart of the Sun," and "Life Could Be A Dream." pfa, rdb
Nov 10, 1971 Pavillion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, Canada. On roio "Quebec City 1971." pfa, rdb
Nov 16, 1971 Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. On roio "The Return of the Sons of Nothing." pfa, rdb
Nov 20, 1971 Taft Auditorium, Cincinnati, Ohio. The song "Embryo" lasts over 25 minutes. Some say the middle section of this improv sounds similar to the 1972 "jammer" versions of "On the Run". On roios "One Of Those Days" and "Obscurity." One fan who was there reported that the band downed a bottle of Wild Turkey onstage.
Nov 21, 1971 "Embryo" is performed for the last time. voc
Jan 3, 1972 Rehearsals for Dark Side of the Moon begin, Bermondsey, South London. They rehearse here through Jan 15, 1972. Record Collector #204 (Aug 96)
Jan 17, 1972 Rehearsals for Dark Side of the Moon continue at the Rainbow Theatre, London. This rehearsal lasts three nights, the last being Jan 19, 1972. Record Collector #204 (Aug 96)
Jan 20, 1972 The Dome, Brighton, England. First performance of "Dark Side of the Moon." There were technical problems a half-hour into the set, and the suite was abandoned during Money. On the roio "The Darkside Rehearsals." Record Collector #204 (Aug 96), pfa, rdb
Jan 21, 1972 Guildhall, Portsmouth. First complete performance of DSotM. Record Collector #204 (Aug 96)
Feb 17, 1972 Rainbow Theatre, London. The press is introduced to "Dark Side of the Moon." On roios "Dark Side of the Sky," "Forbidden Samples," "Time (Live & Studio Anthology)," "The Best of Tour 72," "The Live Side of the Moon," and "Pink Floyd Live." The latter had a professional-looking cover, and it sold 120,000 copies to people who thought it was the next official Pink Floyd release. pfa, rdb, AVD
Feb 20, 1972 Rainbow Theatre, London. The final of four shows at the Rainbow. On roio "Moon Walk." pfa, rdb
Feb 23, 1972 Guildhall, Southampton. The gig is filmed by BBC. The film would include an early performance of The Dark Side of the Moon, but it was never aired. rdb
Feb 24, 1972 Corn Exchange, Cambridge (SB). Syd performs with his new band, Stars. Stars includes Twink and Jack Monk. They perform Dark Globe, Gigolo Aunt and Lucifer Sam. voc, pfa
Mar 4, 1972 Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin. The Dark Side of the Moon tour begins. pfa
Mar 6, 1972 Taiikukan, Tokyo, Japan. On roio "Waters' Gate." pfa, rdb
Mar 9, 1972 Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan. On roio "Echoes from Osaka." pfa, rdb
Mar 13, 1972 Nakanoshima Sports Center, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. On roios "The Cold Side of the Bow," "Cold Front," "Horizons," "Live Vol. 1," "Live in Hokkaido13.02.1972," "Think Pink" and "Speak To Me." pfa, rdb
Apr 29, 1972 The Spectrum, Philadelphia. A film clip from "Breathe" on this date is in circulation on VoIO. rdb
May 22, 1972 Amsterdam Rock Circus, Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Reviewed pfa
Jun 3, 1972 Obscured By Clouds is released (UK). AVD
Jun 28, 1972 Brighton Dome. Live debut of the sound collage Speak To Me. Record Collector #204 (Aug 96)
Sep 22, 1972 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California. On roios "Cracked," "Scratch the Silence," "Staying Home to Watch the Rain" and "Exploding In Your Mind." pfa, rdb
Sep 22, 1972 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California. Some 23 minutes of the event was captured on color 8-mm film, including clips of an early performance of The Dark Side of the Moon, and "Echoes." For the VoIO version in circulation, sound was dubbed on later. rdb
Oct 20, 1972 Recording sessions today, Oct 21 & 22 are cancelled to do a charity event. The event is "War on Want" at Wembley park, London. AVD
Nov 10, 1972 K.B.-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Nov 15, 1972 Sporthalle, Boblingen, Germany. On roios "The Return of the Sons of Nothing" and "Granny Takes A Trip." pfa, rdb
Nov 20, 1972 Marseilles, France recording music for Roland Petit's ballet thru Nov 26. AVD
Nov 29, 1972 Palais des Expositions, Poitiers, France. On roio "Any Colour You Like." pfa, rdb
Jan 14, 1973 Le Pink Floyd Ballet (French TV). The 39-minute show was filmed in entirity, minus the band. It consists of "One Of These Days," "Careful With That Axe, Eugene," "Obscured By Clouds/When You're In," and "Echoes." rdb
Mar 5, 1973 Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan. Some pyrotechnics go faulty. pfa, PFTTE
Mar 10, 1973 Kent State University, Ohio.
Mar 24, 1973 Dark Side of the Moon is released (UK). Record Collector #204 (Aug 96)
Mar 31, 1973 Dark Side hits #2 on the UK charts behind 20 Flashback Greats of the Sixties. EoRS
Apr 5, 1973 Old Grey Whistle Test. BBC-2 airs animation which is timed to OOTD. The animation, which is not official, later appears on the 1975 film "The Fantastic Animation Festival" as French Windows. The animation seems partly based on the Roland Petit ballet. The animation appears on the Rarities Video. Echoes
Apr 28, 1973 Dark Side tops the US charts for a week. It will remain on US charts for a record-breaking stretch of 741 consecutive weeks. EoRS
May 18, 1973 Earls Court, London. (Benefit concert for SHELTER, which aids the homeless)
May 18, 1973 Earls Court, London. The first Floyd show to include the crashing plane. Sax player Dick Parry, and the all-girl backing group also make their first appearance tonight. "Careful With That Axe, Eigene" (which may be from this date) is on the Video Anthology under "Superstars In Concert." The source of the film is unknown. See AVD for details on the show. Record Collector #204 (Aug 96), Echoes, AVD
May 19, 1973 Earls Court, London. (Benefit concert for SHELTER, which aids the homeless) On roio "Remergence." pfa, rdb
Jun 16, 1973 Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Jun 24, 1973 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Jun 28, 1973 The Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida. On roio "Not A Cloud In The Sky."
Oct 1, 1973 Recording begins on the Household Objects project. The project is abandoned when extensive work produces only a few minutes of music. AVD
Nov 4, 1973 Rainbow Theatre, London. Benefit for Robert Wyatt. Wyatt, drummer from The Soft Machine, had paralysed his back in a fall from a window. AVD
Nov 4, 1973 Rainbow Theatre, London. Robert Wyatt benefit concert. Two shows were played on this date, both benefitting Wyatt. On roio "Obscured At the Rainbow." pfa, rdb
Jun 14, 1974 Cambrai, France. Short tour of France begins. During this tour, three new songs are presented for the first time: (1) "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" in a rough form, (2) "Raving And Drooling" which will later evolve into "Sheep," and (3) "You Gotta Be Crazy" which later becomes "Dogs." The early versions of "Shine On" include different lyrics, a directionless keyboard opening (and without the lush chords) and completely lack the piano piece (part IX) which ends the song, among other differences. pfa, SoS p.190, AVD
Jun 26, 1974 Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles, Paris, France. Short tour of France ends. This show concludes the Dark Side of the Moon tour. pfa
Nov 4, 1974 Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. The British Winter Tour 74 begins. pfa
Nov 14, 1974 Empire Pool, Wembley, London. On roio "Money." pfa, rdb
Nov 15, 1974 Empire Pool, Wembley, London. On roio "Black Holes In The Sky." pfa, rdb
Nov 16, 1974 Empire Pool, Wembley, London. This concert was recorded and aired by the BBC. The BBC recording has been widely distributed on roios, including "London 1972," "Pink Moon," "In The Sky," "Money," "She Kisses Like A Machine," "The Other Side of the Moon, Vol. 2," "Brain Damage," "Dark Night In Atlanta," "Sampler 1992" and "The Great Gig In The Sky." pfa, rdb
Nov 19, 1974 Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Available on RoIO "The Pink Floyd's British Winter Tour '74" which many people purchased believing it to be their new official release. AVD, pfa
Nov 30, 1974 The Floyd watch the Everton-Bristol City football game in the afternoon. AVD
Dec 14, 1974 Colston Hall, Bristol, Somerset. The British Winter Tour 74 ends. pfa
Dec 14, 1974 The Floyd watch the Bristol City-Nottingham football game. AVD
Apr 8, 1975 PNE Park, Vancouver, Canada. The Wish You Were Here tour begins. On roio "Vancouver 1975." pfa, rdb
Apr 26, 1975 L.A. Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California. On roios "Movin' Time" and "Dogs and Sheep." pfa, rdb
Jun 5, 1975 Syd Barret shows up at Abbey Road Studios while the Floyd are recording. He turns up just as the Floyd are listening back to SOYCD. He is fat, his hair and eyebrows shaved off, and he wears a white trenchcoat & white shoes and carries a white plastic bag. CDSB p.119, SoS p.202
Jun 5, 1975 Dave Gilmour marries Ginger. Syd Barrett turns up for the reception at the EMI canteen. It is the last time any of the Floyd have seen Syd. SoS p.202-3
Jun 13, 1975 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jun 16, 1975 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York. On roio "Random Precision." pfa, rdb
Jun 17, 1975 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York. On roio "Pandora S Box." pfa, rdb
Jun 18, 1975 Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts. On roios "Boston Gardens, 18/6-1975" and "Crazy Diamonds." pfa, rdb
Jun 26, 1975 Autostade, Montreal, Canada.
Jun 28, 1975 Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. On roio "Ivor Wynne." pfa, rdb
Jul 5, 1975 Knebworth Festival, Knebworth, Hertfordshire. The event marked the end of the Wish You Were Here tour. In the first half, they perform all of Wish You Were Here, and Roy Harper joins them for "Have A Cigar." The second set consists of all of DSotM, including films and the crashing airplane. The encore is "Echoes." This is the last live performance of all of "Dark Side of the Moon" until Jul 15, 1994. AVD, Record Collector #204 (Aug 96)
Sep 15, 1975 Wish You Were Here is released (UK). AVD
Oct 4, 1975 Wish You Were Here tops both the UK and US charts. EoRS
Apr 1, 1976 Thieves break into Dave Gilmours home and steal many guitars. The value of the stolen guitars is estimated at £6,500. AVD
Aug 2, 1976 Former Floyd road manager Peter Watts (30) is found dead. He is discovered, deceased, by his ex-wife Myfanwy and his business partner in a house owned by the group in McGregor Road, Notting Hill, London. Watts had died from Heroin use. AVD
Dec 2, 1976 The first day of photography at Battersea for the Animals cover. The shooting takes place at Battersea Power Station in London. The day is unproductive. A photograph of the pig taken on this date will be added to a photograph of the next day's sky to make the cover for Animals. AVD
Dec 3, 1976 A second day photographing for the Animals cover. The 40-foot floating pig breaks free of its tether today! A police helicopter tracked it to 5,000 feet before haveing to return to base. The Civil Aviation Authorities then issued a warning for pilots to beware a 40-foot flying pig. Radar contact with the pig was lost at 18,000 feet near Chatham. It eventually game to earth in Kent. A photograph from this date was used for the album cover, but with a picture of the big from Dec 2, 1976 added to it. AVD
Jan 23, 1977 Animals is realeased simultaneously in the UK and US. AVD, voc
Jan 23, 1977 Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany. The In The Flesh tour begins. pfa
Jan 27, 1977 Festhalle, Frankfurt, West Germany. Jan 29, 1977 Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, West Germany. On roios "Dark Side of the Pig" and "Darkside II." pfa, rdb
Feb 1, 1977 Stadthalle, Vienna. A 20-minute film originally shot on 8-mm is in circulation on VoIO with dubbed-on sound. rdb
Feb 25, 1977 The Pavillion, Paris, France. On roios "Live Volume 2," "Paris 1977" and "Shine On." pfa, rdb
Mar 15, 1977 Wembley Empire Pool, London, England. On roio "Knobs." pfa, rdb
Apr 22, 1977 Baseball Stadium, Miamo, Florida. On roio "In The Flesh." pfa, rdb
May 6, 1977 Anaheim Stadium, California. A 9-minute film originally shot on 8-mm exists on VoIO, with sound added later. rdb
May 9, 1977 The Coliseum, Oakland, California. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" is played for the last time ever. On RoIOs "Oakland Coliseum 5/9/77," "In the Flesh," and "Plays the Animals." Larry Fiske, pfa, rdb
Jun 15, 1977 County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There is almost a riot by Milwaukee police at the concert. The explosion of the pig causes traffic accidents.
Jun 19, 1977 Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. The pig does not explode tonight. The "sheep cannon" which fired the parachuting sheep into the sky had been having problems for many nights and spare sheep were accumulating. At this show, the cannon operator continued firing until the spares were used up, so the stage was showered with parachuting sheep well into the next song. (Pigs On The Wing, part 1) pfa, BD#39
Jun 25, 1977 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio. Reviewed
Jul 2, 1977 Madison Square Garden, New York City. On roios "Caught in the Crossfire," "Live USA," "New York Live 1977" and "Welcome to the Machine."
Jul 6, 1977 Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada. The In The Flesh tour ends. During this show, Roger's frustrations with audience behavior reach their climax. When a fan becomes agressive, Roger reacts strongly, spitting in the fan's face. At the end of the show, Gilmour does not return to the stage for the encore. A slow blues number is played, without Gilmour. This infamous "spitting incident" gives rise to the ideas which Roger develops into the album The Wall.
Jan 10, 1978 Rick Wright begins recording Wet Dream, his first solo effort. It is recorded at Super Bear Studios in France, where Dave Gilmour had just recorded his own first solo album. Album liner.
Feb 14, 1978 Rick Wright finishes recording Wet Dream. Album liner.
May 25, 1978 Dave Gilmour's first solo album David Gilmour is released (UK). AVD
Aug 30, 1978 Reuters news service reports a fight between Rick Wright and a police officer. AVD
Dec 9, 1978 Gilmour makes a solo appearance on BBC-TV's "The Old Grey Whistle Test" with his band Bullitt. EoRS
Aug 4, 1979 "There's No Way Out Of Here" is released as a Gilmour single. AVD
Nov 16, 1979 "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" is released as a single, backed with "One of My Turns." AVD
Nov 30, 1979 The album The Wall is released (UK). AVD
Dec 15, 1979 "Another Brick In The Wall, part 2" begins a five-week stay at the top of the UK charts.
Jan 19, 1980 The Wall tops the US charts where it will stay for 15 weeks. EoRS
Feb 1, 1980 Rehearsals for The Wall concerts. On roio "The Wall Rehearsals." pfa, rdb
Feb 7, 1980 L.A. Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California. The first show of the L.A. performances of The Wall. Fireworks accidentally set some overhead drapes on fire, and the show must be stopped while it is extinguished.
Feb 11, 1980 L.A. Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California. It was previously thought that this show was cancelled. Witnesses who were present say it was not.
Feb 13, 1980 L.A. Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California. The last show of the L.A. performances of The Wall.
Feb 24, 1980 Nassau Coliseum, New York. The first of the New York shows of The Wall. pfa
Feb 27, 1980 Nassau Colliseum, New York. A professional video of this concert surfaced in 1993 and is in trade on VoIO.
Feb 28, 1980 Nassau Coliseum, New York. The last of the New York shows of The Wall. On roios "The Wall," "Wallpower," "Brick By Brick," "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Behind the Wall."
Mar 22, 1980 "Another Brick In The Wall, part 2" begins a four-week stretch at the top of the US charts.
Aug 4, 1980 Earls Court, London. The first of The Wall shows of the first series in London.
Aug 6, 1980 Earls Court, London. On roio "Live Wall (1 & 2)" and "Pink Floyd Live."
Aug 9, 1980 Earls Court, London. The last performance of the first series The Wall in London.
Feb 13, 1981 Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany. The Wall is performed in Germany for the first time. Andy Roberts replaces Snowy White at the surrogate guitarist. White is meanwhile working with Thin Lizzy.
Feb 20, 1981 Westfallenalle, Dortmund, West Germany. The last of The Wall performances in Germany.
Jun 13, 1981 Earls Court, London, England. The first show of the second series of Wall concerts in London.
Jun 17, 1981 Earls Court, London, England. The last show of The Wall concerts. This show marks the last time David Gilmour and Roger Waters would perform together. On roios "Live Wall," "Livewall," "Wallive" and others.
Nov 23, 1981 A Collection of Great Dance Songs is released. The album features a new version of "Money" with all parts except saxophone performed by David Gilmour.
Dec 7, 1981 Just before it was to be released, EMI cancels the release of a Pink Floyd single. It was to be an edited version of "Money" with "Let There Be More Light" on the B side.
Jul 14, 1982 The film Pink Floyd: The Wall has its world premiere at London's Empire Theatre. All the members of Pink Floyd attend, except Rick Wright who is said to be "on holiday." Bob Geldof, who plays Pink in the film, also is there. Also attending are many celebrities including Pete Townsend, Roger Taylor, Sting and Andy Summers. Proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy Centre.
Mar 21, 1983 The Final Cut is released.
Apr 2, 1983 The Final Cut tops the UK charts. It will reach #6 in the US.
Apr 23, 1983 The Final Cut is certified platinum by the RIAA.
Jul 26, 1983 "When the Tigers Broke Free" is released as a single, with "Bring the Boys Back Home" on the B side. "Bring the Boys Back Home" was the film version rather than the album cut. The record sleeve states that it is "from the forthcoming album The Final Cut."
Dec 6, 1983 David Gilmour appears on the game show "Popquiz."
Feb 13, 1984 "Blue Light," backed by "Cruise," is released as a single from Gilmour's upcoming solo album.
Mar 5, 1984 David Gilmour's solo album About Face is released.
Mar 12, 1984 "Confusion/Eyes of a Gypsy" is released as a single from Zee's upcoming album. Zee consists of Richard Wright and Dave Harris, from the band Fashion.
Mar 30, 1984 The Tube, Channel 4, BBC TV (DG). The TV appearance kicks off Gilmour's About Face tour.
Mar 31, 1984 National Stadium, Dublin (DG). David Gilmour's About Face tour opens.
Apr 9, 1984 Identity is released as the first and only album by Rick Wright's new band, Zee.
Apr 27, 1984 "Love On The Air" is released as a Gilmour single, backed by "Let's Get Metaphysical."
May 8, 1984 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking is released as a Roger Waters solo album.
Jun 8, 1984 The Pavillion, Chicago, Illinois (DG). On roio "About Face Tour."
Jun 16, 1984 Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden (DG). Roger Waters' Pros And Cons tour opens. Eric Clapton and Tim Renwick are on guitar, Michael Kamen on Keyboards, Chris Stainton on keyboards and bass, Andy Newmark on drums, Mel Colins on saxophone, and Doreen Chanter and Katie Kissoon provide backing vocals. On roio "Thanks For The Ride (part 1 & 2)."
Jun 27, 1984 National Exhibition Center, Birmingham, England (RW). On roio "Pros and Cons of Live Hitch Hiking."
Jun 29, 1984 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, California (DG). On roio "New Game."
Jul 6, 1984 Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida (DG).
Jul 12, 1984 Stabler Arena, Allentown, Pennsylvania (DG). The concert is broadcast live on radio. On roios "In Floyd We Trust" and "Until We Sleep."
Jul 16, 1984 The Pier, New York City, New York (DG). The gig ends Gilmour's About Face tour.
Jul 21, 1984 Meadowlands Arena, East Ruthrford, NJ (RW).
Jul 31, 1984 The Forum, Montreal, Canada (RW). The last show of the first leg of Waters' Pros and Cons tour.
Sep 25, 1984 David Gilmour appears for a third time on the game show "Popquiz."
Nov 20, 1984 Gilmour performs at New Jersey's Capitol Theater in a "Guitar Greats" concert.
Mar 18, 1985 Roger's band rehearses at Joe Lews Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Eric Clapton and Tim Renwick are replaced Jay Stapley and Andy Fairweather-Low. Chris Stainton also left.
Mar 19, 1985 Joe Lewis Arena, Detroi (RW). Opening performance for the second leg of Waters' Pros And Cons tour.
Mar 28, 1985 Radio City Music Hall, New York City (RW). The concert is broadcast live on radio. On roio "In The Pink."
Apr 14, 1985 Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida (RW). Last show of Waters' Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour.
Jul 13, 1985 David Gilmour plays guitar for Brian Ferry at the Live Aid charity concert at Wembley, Middlesex, UK. Gilmour also appears onstage singing with the grand finale, but the nearest microphone is 15 feet away.
Aug 19, 1985 Profiles is released as a collaborative effort between Nick Mason and Rick Fenn. David Gilmour performs vocals on the song "Lie for A Lie."
Sep 22, 1985 "Life For A Lie" is released as a single from Mason's Profiles, backed by "And the Address". The 12" version also includes "Mumbo Jumbo".
Oct 11, 1985 Pete Townsend's band Deep End performs on the show "The Tube". Gilmour plays guitar.
Nov 1, 1985 Pete Townsend's band Deep End performs at Brixton Academy, London. Gilmour plays guitar. Film of the Nov 1-2 concerts were combined into a live album and video which were released only in the U.S.
Nov 2, 1985 Pete Townsend's band Deep End performs a second time at Brixton Academy, London with Gilmour on guitar. Film of the Nov 1-2 concerts were combined into a live album and video which were released only in the U.S.
Dec 5, 1985 BBC-TV documentary called "Arena" celebrates the life of John Lennon. Roger Waters and Andy Fairweather-Low perform a somewhat funky version of "Across the Universe." The performance has circulated widely on VoIO. The aired video only features a few minutes of the song before an announcer interrupted. The complete performance of the song has never been seen.
Feb 9, 1986 David Gilmour and Friends performs a at Albert Hall to benefit the Columbian Earthquake Relief Fund.
Nov 11, 1986 Pink Floyd issues a press release stating that they intend to continue as a band without Waters. The statement read, in part: "Although Roger Waters quit in December 1985, the group have no intention of disbanding. On the contrary, David Gilmour and Nick Mason with Rick Wright and producer Bob Ezrin, are currently recording a new album."
Feb 8, 1987 The Michael Mantler Project performs in Frankfurt, with Nick Mason on drums. The event is broadcast on German television. Portions were later released as a live album.
Mar 28, 1987 "The Secret Policeman's Third Ball" includes David Gilmour and Nick Mason. It is a benefit for Amnesty International combining comedy and music. Portions of the event were released on video and an album.
Mar 29, 1987 "The Secret Policeman's Third Ball" continues.
Apr 6, 1987 Roger Waters lawyers issue a statement. It says, "Roger Waters was the major songwriter and producer of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, as well as the lead singer and creative force. A dispute with the other members of Pink Floyd is proceeding in the courts to resolve the question of rights to the name and assets of Pink Floyd which include the many stage effects used in the past.... Waters will not again record or perform with Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason under the name Pink Floyd or at all."
May 11, 1987 "Radio Waves" is released as Roger Waters' first single from the forthcoming album Radio KAOS. It is backed with a demo of "Going To Live In LA" which does not appear on the album. An extended mix of "Radio Waves" also appeared on the CD and 12" copies.
May 28, 1987 Beyond the Wildwood is released. It is a tribute to Syd Barrett consisting of covers of his songs.
May 30, 1987 "Radio Waves" peaks at #4 on the UK charts.
Jun 15, 1987 Radio KAOS is released as Waters' first solo album since leaving Pink Floyd.
Jun 27, 1987 Radio KAOS reaches UK #25 in its first week. It will make #50 on the US charts.
Aug 14, 1987 Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island. Roger Waters' Radio KAOS tour kicks off. Waters is supported by the Bleeding Hearts Band, consisting of Andy Fairweather-Low and Jay Stapley on guitars, Paul Carrack on keyboards and vocals, Graham Broad supplying drums, Mel Collins on saxophone, and Doreen Chanter and Katie Kissoon performing backing vocals. There was a short break while a the original promotional film of Arnold Layne was projected on the screen.
Sep 5, 1987 Indianapolis, Indiana (RW).
Sep 7, 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason is released silmulteneously with a single of "Learning To Fly." The single is backed with a "do your own lead" mix of "Terminal Frost," which has the guitar part taken out.
Sep 9, 1987 Landsdown Park, Ottowa, Canada. A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour begins.
Sep 9, 1987 Landsdown Park, Ottowa, Canada. Pink Floyd kicks off the Momentary Lapse tour. Gilmour, Mason and Wright are supported by Jon Carin on keyboards and vocals, Guy Pratt on bass and vocals, Scott Page on saxophone and vocals, Tim Renwick on guitar and vocals, Gary Wallis providing percussion, and Rachel Fury and Margaret Taylor performing backing vocals. Echoes was used as the opening number for about a dozen shows until it was dropped, likely due to Gilmours discomfort with the lyrics. At first, shows featured the airplane crashing into the stage. It later became a flying bed.
Sep 19, 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason hits UK #3 and will also reach #3 in the US.
Sep 19, 1987 JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is one of the few nights on which "Echoes" was performed live during the tour. On roios "Hand of Fate" and "Prism." Also captured on video, which is in circulation.
Sep 28, 1987 Expo Theatre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (RW). This is the last performance of the first leg of the Radio KAOS tour. Roger takes October off to develop material for his next album.
Sep 28, 1987 The Horizon Theatre, Rosemont, Illinois. On roios "Dogs of War," "On the Turning Away," "Welcome to Chicago" and "A Clear View."
Oct 11, 1987 The World Club, New York (DG). Gilmour makes an appearance at a club with part of the band. He is joined by Nick Mason, Scott Page, Rachel Fury, Margaret Taylor, Guy Pratt and Tim Renwick. On roio "A Journey Into the Blues."
Oct 11, 1987 The World Club, New York, New York. Late at night, most of the Floyd play an R&B gig. The Floyd, along with Clare Torry and Margaret Taylor, play nothing but old R&B songs including "Born under a bad sign," "Respect," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and some others. Appears on roio.
Oct 31, 1987 "Learning to Fly" peaks at #70 on the US charts.
Nov 3, 1987 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine. Waters begins the second leg of the Radio KAOS tour.
Nov 3, 1987 The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia. The concert is filmed for a video, which is never finished. Some footage from the three nights in Atlanta is used on music videos for "Learning To Fly" and "Dogs of War." Live versions of "Run Like Hell," "Dogs of War" and "On the Turning Away" are taken from these shows and released as B-sides to the next two singles.
Nov 4, 1987 The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia. The second concert also is filmed for a video, which is never finished.
Nov 5, 1987 The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia. The third show is also filmed for a video, which is never finished.
Nov 7, 1987 The Coliseum, Quebec, Canada (RW). The concert was professionally recorded for radio. On roios "Goodbye Mr. Pink Floyd," "Another Brick in the Wall," "Welcome to the Machine," Canada 1987," "Live Colume 1" and "Roger Waters & The Bleeding Hearts Band."
Nov 15, 1987 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri.
Nov 22, 1987 Wembley Stadium, London, England (RW). Last show of Waters' Radio KAOS tour.
Nov 26, 1987 L.A. Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California. On roios "Tongue Tied and Twisted," "The Year of the Dragon" and "World Tour."
Dec 2, 1987 Dave Gilmour appears on Saturday Night Live television program in New York City. Joined by the G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band, Gilmour performs a unique instrumental song titled "Ah... Robinson, It's You," never played at any other time. The song includes three sections: (1) An upbeat section of muscular guitar soloing, (2) a slow, dark arpeggiated section reminiscent of the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," and (3) a reprisal of the upbeat opening section.
Dec 7, 1987 "On the Turning Away" is released as the second single from A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It is backed with live versions of "Run Like Hell" and "On The Turning Away" recorded during the Atlanta, Georgia shows of Nov 3-5.
Dec 8, 1987 The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington.
Dec 10, 1987 PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada. A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour ends.
Dec 23, 1987 Roger and Dave finalize their agreement regarding Roger's departure. Roger Waters retains rights to the concept of "The Wall" while Pink Floyd will pay him royalties for use of certain other trademarks. Dave and Roger have not spoken to each other since this day, though Dave says, "I have seen him since, at Paul Carrack's 40th birthday party... he turned round from the bar with two drinks in his hand and couldn't help but smile. Then he stalked off and gathered his party and left." TAP #60, AVD
Jan 23, 1988 Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. The World Tour 1988 begins.
Jan 28, 1988 A giant inflatable bed is flown over a boat on the Thames near the Houses of Parliament. It is to announce the upcoming Pink Floyd concerts in the U.K. Meanwhile, a press party is held aboard the boat, The Tattershall Castle.
Jan 29, 1988 The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. During a record company promotional event before the show, a 12-meter inflatable pig break free and flies into the sky, as the orginal pig had done eleven years earlier.
Apr 26, 1988 Municipal Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona.
May 8, 1988 Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. The pig gets stuck. Says one fan, "Some poor guy had to shimmy out on the line to the pig to pull it back in while the music played to distract. The pig deflated halfway and people started jumping up and ripping bits off when it got low enough. Quite a show. He got it back to the stage without any incident. I saw it all from about the 50yrd line, to the right of the stage, in the bleachers."
May 18, 1988 Uni-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Reviewed
May 23, 1988 "One Slip" is released as the third single from A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It is backed with "Terminal Frost." The CD and 12" versions also included a live version of "Dogs of War" taken from the Atlanta concerts of November 1987.
May 24, 1988 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
May 31, 1988 A 20-minute video recording is issued by Roger Waters to accompany Radio KAOS. It includes videos for "Radio Waves," "Sunset Strip," "Four Minutes" and "The Tide Is Turning." Also included is "The Fish Report With A Beat," a dialogue of sexual innuendos which was used live during the tour but never released until now. "Four Minutes" includes a fragment of "Molly's Song" (a.k.a. "Little Spy In The Sky") and few seconds of live film.
Jun 6, 1988 Two more versions of "One Slip" are released. One is pressed on pink vinyl and includes a voucher guaranteeing tickets to U.K. concerts. Another version is a 12" which includes a poster.
Jun 16, 1988 Reichstagsgelaende, West Berlin, West Germany. During the performance in West Berlin, 2000 East Germans listen from the other side of the Berlin Wall, and begin chanting for the wall to be torn down.
Jun 21, 1988 Palace d'Armes, Versailles, France. The concerts are filmed. Scenes of fireworks from the end of these shows can be seen suring "The Great Gig In the Sky" on Delicate Sound of Thunder video.
Jun 22, 1988 Palace d'Armes, Versailles, France. This concert is also filmed.
Jul 6, 1988 Stadium Communale, Torino, Italy. On roio "Pink Elephant Flew Over Torino."
Jul 8, 1988 Stadium Communale Braglia, Modena, Italy. On roio "Nothing Is Changed."
Jul 28, 1988 Stade de Nord, Lille, France. The band and crowd sing "Happy Birthday To You" to Rick Wright.
Aug 18, 1988 Academy of Music, New York. Gilmour plays in a Les Paul tribute. Gilmour plays a blues jam, joined by Jan Hammer on synthesizer. The event is televised. Video and audio recordings have been traded by fans.
Aug 19, 1988 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY. Filmed for Delicate Sound of Thunder.
Aug 20, 1988 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY. Filmed for Delicate Sound of Thunder.
Aug 21, 1988 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY. Filmed for Delicate Sound of Thunder.
Aug 22, 1988 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY. Filmed for Delicate Sound of Thunder.
Aug 23, 1988 Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY. Filmed for Delicate Sound of Thunder. This is the last date of the "Momentary Lapse" tour. On May 13, 1989, Pink Floyd they will begin a second tour called "Another Lapse."
Sep 7, 1988 "Learning to Fly" wins Best Group Video at MTV's fifth annual Video Music Awards. The awards ceremony is held at the Universal Ampitheatre, Universal City, CA.
Oct 17, 1988 Opel, a compilation of Syd Barrett demos and outtakes, is released.
Nov 21, 1988 Delicate Sound of Thunder audio recording, made during the New York shows, is released. The video is not released until Jun 5, 1989.
Nov 26, 1988 Cosmonauts on Soyuz 7 take a cassette of Delicate Sound of Thunder into space. Although Pink Floyd is often called the "first band in space," recordings of other rock bands had been taken aboard space flights since the mid-1960s, so the legend is not literally true.
Dec 3, 1988 Delicate Sound of Thunder reaches UK #11 in its first week and will make US #11 as well.
Jan 23, 1989 Delicate Sound of Thunder is certified platinum by the RIAA.
May 9, 1989 Docklands Arena, London. Pink Floyd rehearses for their coming "Another Lapse" tour.
May 10, 1989 Docklands Arena, London. Pink Floyd rehearses again for the coming tour.
May 13, 1989 Festival Ground, Werchter Park, Belgium. The Another Lapse tour begins.
May 23, 1989 Picture Music International holds a premieres the Delicate Sound of Thunder video to the press.
Jun 3, 1989 Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia. The Floyd begin a series of five planned shows in Moscow.
Jun 5, 1989 Delicate Sound of Thunder is released on video.
Jun 5, 1989 Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia. The concert is cancelled when a Russian national day of mouring is declared. There had been a major railway disaster.
Jul 6, 1989 A Collection of Great Dance Songs is certified platinum by the RIAA.
Jul 15, 1989 Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. The free concert is broadcast live by satellite to TV viewers in 23 countries. City authorities promise adequate facilities, but fail to provide them. Many fans wind up sleeping in the square, leaving 300 tons of garbage behind. Critics claim that the volume of the concert damaged marble monuments. The entire Venice city council eventually resigns, regretting allowing the concert. On roios "Pink Floyd Live Vol 2," "The Other Side of the Moon Vol 3 & 4," "Live In Venice," "Venetia Night" and "Venice 1989."
Jul 18, 1989 Velodrome de Marseilles, Marseilles, France. The show marks the end of the touralmost. One more show will be played at Knebworth, U.K. on Jun 30, 90 to cap the tour off. Although some sources claim the tour consisted of 200 dates, there are actually about 196 shows in the tour.
Sep 30, 1989 David Gilmour and Louise Goffin appear at a Soho jazz club for a Friends of the Earth benefit. Police disrupt the event after neighbors complain about the noise.
Nov 15, 1989 "Smoke On The Water," a charity for Rock Aid Armenia, is released to the press at Metropolis Studios, London. Gilmour is present at the launch. On the charity single, he plays with Bryan Adams, Richie Blackmoor, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson, Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, Chris Squire and Roger Taylor.
Mar 11, 1990 Gilmour and classical violinist Christopher Warren-Green record at Gilmour's studio aboard the Astoria. The session yields their contribution to One Voice, One World, a project involving 262 musicians of 16 different nationalities. The resording is later issued on album and video.
Mar 12, 1990 Live at Pompeii is released on video.
Apr 19, 1990 Gilmour appears on French and Saunders in a comedy sketch.
Apr 19, 1990 Waters announces that he will perform a single show of The Wall if the Berlin Wall comes down.
May 23, 1990 Nick Mason marries Annette Lyon at the Chelsea Registry Office. She is his second wife.
May 26, 1990 One World, One Voice is aired on television around the world. The airing includes video of Gilmour performing his piece, and an interview, neither of which appear on the video release.
Jun 27, 1990 Pink Floyd rehearse for their coming Knebworth performance. Candy Dulfer plays saxophone while Durga McBroom, Sam Brown and Vicki Brown provide backing vocals.
Jun 28, 1990 Pink Floyd reheareses further for the coming Knebworth show.
Jun 30, 1990 Knebworth, Hertfordshire, England. Pink Floyd play at Knebworth '90. Floyd played at the end of the Knebworth show. Two tracks appeared on the official Knebworth album. Most of the songs were televised and have been widely traded by fans. "Money" and "The Great Gig in the Sky" from this concert were not aired in most broadcasts, though it appeared at least one airing. Clare Torry recreated her original performance of "Great Gig."On roios "The Knebworth Concert," "Afterglow," "The Knebworth Tales '90," "Meteora," and "Aurora Spectralis."
Jul 18, 1990 Waters rehearses The Wall in Berlin. The Gunner's Dream is among the songs rehearsed, but it will not be performed at the show.
Jul 21, 1990 Roger Waters presents "The Wall" live at Potzdammer Platz, Berlin, Germany. The event is a charity for the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief. It features many weighty names ranging from Brian Adams and Sinead O'Connor to James Galway and Albert Finney. Aired live, the event suffers technical problems in the beginning, but a repaired version is released on video and audio formats.
Aug 4, 1990 The original Pink Floyd album The Wall re-charts at #52 in the UK and #120 in the US.
Aug 6, 1990 Knebworth, the album/The Even, Vol 3 are released on audio and video. "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell" appear on the album, while "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and "Run Like Hell" appear on the video.
Sep 10, 1990 "Another Brick In The Wall, part 2" is released as a single from the upcoming Waters album. It is backed by "Run Like Hell (Potsdamer Mix)" which is a dance track, disliked by almost all fans.
Sep 17, 1990 The Wall: Live In Berlin is released on CD and video.
Sep 29, 1990 Waters' The Wall: Live In Berlin reaches UK #27 and US #56.
Oct 11, 1990 Nicholas Schaffner's book A Saucerful of Secrets is published.
Feb 1, 1991 Hackney Empire, London. David Gilmour is part of the Rock-A-Baby Band. The band includes Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather-Low, Andy Newmark, Pino Palladino and Paul Young. The event is a fundraiser for pediatric medicine. Wright, O'Rourke, Snowy White and Guy Pratt watch from the audience.
Mar 24, 1991 The Dream Academy performs at Bloomsbury Theatre, London with Guy Pratt and Gary Wallis. Gilmour joins them onstage for the encore.
Mar 26, 1991 Delicate Sound of Thunder reaches 200,000 in RIAA-certified sales.
Jun 13, 1991 Waters wins "media event of the year" at the Third Annual Rock Awards for his Berlin performance in July.
Jun 25, 1991 "Dance Sur Le Port" begins a 6-day run at Marseille, France. It is a 70-minute Roland Petit ballet danced to the music of Pink Floyd. The band is not present, however.
Oct 10, 1991 Pink Floyd is inducted into the National Association of Brick Distributors' Hall of Fame. This is in recognition to their services to the brick industry through The Wall.
Oct 18, 1991 Seville, Spain. Roger Waters performs at the "Guitar Legends Festival." He performs "In The Flesh," "The Happiest Days of Our Lives," "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2," "Brain Damage," "Eclipse," "Comfortably Numb" and a new song, "Monkey Television" which will later be released as "What God Wants, part 1." Bruce Hornsby performed on keyboards and some vocals. The concert is broadcast live by satellite. Video and audio recordings are widely traded by fans. On roio "Seville Nights."
Oct 29, 1991 During the Mexican auto race La Carrera Panamericana, O'Rourke and Gilmour crash their car. Gilmour suffers only cuts and bruises, but both of O'Rourke's legs are broken. Nick Mason and Valentine Lindsay come in eighth overall.
Nov 14, 1991 The first issue of Echoes is published on the internet. Echoes is a mailing list for the most devoted Pink Floyd fans. There are roughly 1000 members worldwide.
Dec 28, 1991 Gilmour is musical director of "Amnesty International's Big 30" benefit concert.
Jan 15, 1992 Roger Waters meets his future wife, Priscilla Phillips, at L.A.'s Sunset Marquis.
Mar 10, 1992 A Momentary Lapse of Reason is certified by the RIAA with three million sales.
Apr 1, 1992 Waters performs at a benefit for Walden Woods nature reserve in Massachusetts. He performs "In The Flesh," "Another Brick In The Wall, part 2," "Mother" and "Comfortably Numb" with Don Henley's band. Don Henley himself joins Waters to perform Comfortably Numb.
Apr 13, 1992 La Carrera Panamericana is released on video, featuring music from Pink Floyd. An audio recording of the songs has never been released.
Apr 15, 1992 Pink Floyd receives an Ivor Novello award for outstanding contribution to British music.
May 12, 1992 Roger Waters spends the day filming a promo for "What God Wants Part 1" at Abbey Road.
Jul 28, 1992 David Gilmour is interviewed by D.J. Nicky Horne for his Radio One show. Gilmour presents several demos on the air, including Roger Waters' orginal demo for "Money," Gilmour's 1978 demo of "Comfortably Numb," Jon Carin's demo of "Learning to Fly" and a Gilmour reggae version of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." Audio copies of these are widely traded by fans.
Aug 24, 1992 A video EP is issued in the U.S. of Waters "What God Wants part 1." Two versions of the video are included: one featuring animals and claymation, and the other a studio "performance" video. Although Snowy White does not appear on the album, he is seen miming Jeff Beck's guitar in the video. Between the two versions of the video is an interview with D.J. Jim Ladd.
Aug 24, 1992 Waters releases a single of "What God Wants Part 1 (video edit)" backed with the album version and part 3.
Sep 7, 1992 Amused to Death is released.
Sep 12, 1992 "What God Wants, part 1" reaches #35 on the UK charts.
Sep 19, 1992 Amused to Death debuts at its peak of #8 on the UK charts and #21 in the US.
Oct 11, 1992 Gilmour leads a band through the Chelsea Arts Ball, an AIDS benefit concert. The band includes Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, Jodi Linscott, Tim Renwick, Gary Wallis and Sam Brown. Featured performers are Colin Verancombe, Hugh Cornwell, Mica Paris, Sam Moore, Elvis Costello and Tom Jones. Nick Mason and Richard Wright also appear.
Nov 9, 1992 The eight-CD box set Shine On is released. It disappoints many fans who wished for the release of archived outtakes and demos. Other fans find the Shine On set to be essential, consisting of remastered and repackaged versions of seven Floyd albums, plus a disc of remastered versions of the early single releases. The set includes a book which is also criticised for its errors.
Nov 23, 1992 "The Bravery of Being Out of Range" is released as the second single from Amused to Death. It is backed with "What God Wants, Part 1" and "Perfect Sense, Part 1." The single is difficult to find because the release was very limited.
Mar 20, 1993 Dark Side of the Moon has another chart peak at UK #4 due to the rerelease.
Mar 23, 1993 Muddy Water Blues, a tribute to Muddy Waters by Paul Rogers, is released. The album features superstars performing covers of Muddy Waters blues classics. David Gilmour plays on "Standin' 'Round Cryin'."
Mar 24, 1993 The 20th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon is celebrated with a limited special edition on CD. The version features new artwork, a new booklet, five postcards, and comes in a cardboard box rather than a plastic jewel case. The CD itself is an excellent remaster which was overseen by Alan Parsons, the original producer of Dark Side.
Apr 2, 1993 The box set Shine On is certified gold by the RIAA.
Apr 26, 1993 Crazy Diamond: The Complete Syd Barrett is released as a three CD boxed set. It includes att three Barrett albums plus additional outtakes.
Jul 28, 1993 Roger Waters marries Priscilla Phillips at Romsey Register Office.
Sep 18, 1993 Cowdraw Park, Sussex. Pink Floyd performs at a benefit for the King Edward VII Hospital. Other performers include Eric Clapton, Genesis and members of Queen. On roio "Cowdray Ruins Concert 1993."
Dec 1, 1993 Pink Floyd announces that they will tour in 1994.
Mar 7, 1994 Dark Side of the Moon reaches 13 million in RIAA certified sales.
Mar 11, 1994 The RIAA certifies gold sales of several Floyd albums. Atom Heart Mother, A Nice Pair, Obscured by Clouds, Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets are certified gold. Ummagumma is certified platinum, and Meddle is certified multi-platinum at two million in sales.
Mar 30, 1994 The Division Bell is released in the UK.
Mar 30, 1994 Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida. The Division Bell Tour kicks off. On roios "The Live Bell," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Bell Busters," "The 1994 West Coast Trip" and "A Great Day."
Apr 3, 1994 Alamodrome, San Antonio, Texas. On roio "Forever & Ever."
Apr 4, 1994 Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas. On roio "Moonlight Tunes."
Apr 5, 1994 The Division Bell is released in the US.
Apr 14, 1994 Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California. On roio "For Whom The Bell Tolls."
Apr 16, 1994 The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California. On roios "High Hopes," "Take It Back" and "Your Favorite Disease."
Apr 17, 1994 The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California. On roio "Jurassic Sparks."
Apr 20, 1994 Alameda Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California. Reviewed
Apr 22, 1994 Alameda Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA. "One Slip" is played for only this one night during the '94 tour.
Apr 23, 1994 The Division Bell debuts #1 on the US charts.
Apr 24, 1994 Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona. May 1, 1994 Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama. May 3, 1994 All three Barrett albums are re-released with the additional tracks from the Crazy Diamond boxed set.
May 6, 1994 Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida. The rehearsals, said to be from this date, are on roio "Just Warmin' Up."
May 10, 1994 Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina. Although there was a solar eclipse on this date, they did not acknowledge it by playing "Eclipse."
May 14, 1994 The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. On roio "And The Bell Tolls."
May 16, 1994 "Take It Back" is released as a single, backed with "Astronomy Domine" recorded live on Mar 30, 1994. The cassette and vinyl versions feature an edited version of "Take It Back." The two CD versions also include the album version. One of the CD versions is a limited edition picture disc including a poster.
May 18, 1994 Foxboro Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts.
May 19, 1994 Foxboro Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts. May 20, 1994 Foxboro Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts. May 26, 1994 Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio.
May 29, 1994 Buckeyes Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. Gilmour sneaks in a few bars of Crosby Stills Nash & Young's "Ohio."
May 31, 1994 Three River Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On roio "A Family Affair."
Jun 3, 1994 Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jun 4, 1994 "Take It Back" debuts at its peaks at #23 on the UK charts.
Jun 6, 1994 Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York. Jun 11, 1994 Yankee Stadium, New York City. On roios "The Return of the Comet" and "The Bell Gets Louder."
Jun 14, 1994 Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jun 16, 1994 Cyclone Stadium, Ames, Iowa.
Jun 22, 1994 The Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota. On roio "Astronomy Domine." pfa, rdb
Jun 25, 1994 B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada. Jun 26, 1994 B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver, Canada. Jun 28, 1994 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jul 1, 1994 Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Jul 2, 1994 "Take It Back" peaks at #73 on the US charts.
Jul 3, 1994 Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin.
Jul 5, 1994 CNE Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jul 12, 1994 Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. Jul 14, 1994 The Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. Jul 15, 1994 Silverdome, Detroit. First full performance of Dark Side of the Moon in 19 years. The last time it had been performed in entirity was Jul 5, 1975.
Jul 17, 1994 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. On roio "Giants Stadium-New York-17th July 1994."
Jul 18, 1994 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. On roio "By The Light of the Silvery Moon."
Jul 25, 1994 Saucerful, Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and Animals are rereleased.The digitally remastered CDs include some additional artwork.
Jul 29, 1994 Gilmour marries Polly Samson at Marylebone Registry Office.
Jul 30, 1994 Chateau de Chantilly, Paris, France. On roio "Bells From Notre Dame."
Jul 31, 1994 Chateau de Chantilly, Paris, France. Aug 1, 1994 The remastered CD of Meddle is issued.
Aug 2, 1994 Muengersdorfer Stadium, Cologne, Germany. On roio "Belle de Cologne."
Aug 27, 1994 Ullevi Stadium, Gothenberg, Sweden. Chief sound engineer Andrew Jackson was arrested while entering Sweden with five grams of marijuana in his luggage. He was released with a fine of 10,000 Swedish Krona.
Aug 29, 1994 Valle Hovin Stadium, Oslo, Norway. Gilmour sneaks a bit of the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" into the intro of "Run Like Hell."
Aug 30, 1994 Valle Hovin Stadium, Oslo, Norway. On roio "Fly Again."
Sep 4, 1994 Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands. On roio "Softly Spoken Magic Spells."
Sep 13, 1994 Stadio delle Alpi, Torino, Italy. On roio "A Night In Italy."
Sep 17, 1994 Festa Nazionale del Unita, Modena, Italy. On roios "Mutinae" and "The Concert In Modena."
Sep 19, 1994 Cinecitta, Rome, Italy. On roio "The Nights of Wonder."
Oct 12, 1994 Earls Court, London. Just about five minutes into the show, stands seating 1200 fans collapse. A number of fans are injured. The event exists on film in private (non-trading) hands. One fan reports, "I... saw a wave of collapsing stands coming towards me. It was a very frightning experience. I really thought people were dying, but fortunately nobody was hurt seriously." The Floyd will play 14 complete shows at Earls Court, benefitting Greenpeace, Amnesty International and others
Oct 17, 1994 Earls Court, London. (Rescheduled from Oct 12, 1994.)
Oct 20, 1994 Earls Court, London. The concert is broadcast live by satellite, and is filmed for the P*U*L*S*E video. The concert will later be aired on pay-per-view television in the U.S. On roios "Celebration," "Pigs On the Swing," "Earls Court-October 20th 1994," "Sidereus Nuncius," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Greatest Hits Live," "Live At Earls Court 1994," "Serious Intermission" and "Out of This World"
Oct 29, 1994 "High Hopes" debuts at its peak at #26 on the UK charts.
Oct 29, 1994 Earls Court, London, England. This show closes the Division Bell tour.
Nov 1, 1994 The concert from Oct 20, 1994 at Earls Court is aired on pay-per-view television. The aired film is significantly different in camera angles from the re-edited version which is later released on video.
Jan 31, 1995 Animals is certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA with 4 million in sales.
Mar 1, 1995 Pink Floyd wins the Grammy for best instrumental for "Marooned." The 27th annual Grammy Awards are held at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
May 2, 1995 Wish You Were Here is certified for 5 million and The Wall for 10 million sales by the RIAA.
Jun 6, 1995 P*U*L*S*E is released.
Jun 10, 1995 P*U*L*S*E debuts at the top of the UK charts.
Jun 24, 1995 P*U*L*S*E debuts at the top of the US charts.
Jul 31, 1995 P*U*L*S*E is certified double platinum by the RIAA for two million in sales.
Aug 14, 1995 The video of P*U*L*S*E is certified platinum by the RIAA.
Oct 10, 1995 Us And Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd is released. The album consists of Pink Floyd songs arranged for orchestra by members of Killing Joke, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jan 17, 1996 Pink Floyd is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Billy Corgan introduces the band during the ceremony, and later joins Gilmour and Wright to perform "Wish You Were Here." Waters is, of course, not present, although he was invited. Mar 9, 1996 Remastered and reissued on CD, Relics debuts at its peak of #48 on the UK charts.
Jun 29, 1996 The Who's Quadrophenia live in Hyde Park for the Princes Trust. Pete Townsend and an all-star cast perform this beneifit concert. Dave Gilmour appears as a bus driver, complete with hat (which he soon disposes of). Dave performs a few songs from Quadrophenia including some great solos. The event was aired on HBO, but has not yet been legitimately released for sale. It is being widely traded. Aug 14, 1996 The Pink Floyd Timeline first goes online this morning.
Oct 7, 1996 Rick Wright's Broken China is released in the U.K.
Nov 19, 1996 Rick Wright's Broken China is released in Canada.
Dec 3, 1996 Wright reveals that he expects the Floyd to record a new album soon. During an interview on Toronto radio station Q107, Rick Wright reveals that he believes that Gilmour wants to go back into the studio. Asked about the future of Pink Floyd, Wright replies, "There will be another album, definitely. It's not that we've stopped. I'd be very surprised if we don't do another album and tour within the next few years." Interview