September 21, 1987 |
Despite the chilling rain that fell on JFK Stadium Saturday night, Pink Floyd showed its old, provocative spirit in a well-conceived and satisfying concert. The group's former leader, bass player Roger Waters, has claimed loudly and often that without him the remaining trio has no right to use the band's name. But if possession is nine-tenths of the law, there is little doubt that the band that played here over the weekend was truly Pink Floyd. David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and their backing ensemble had the grand style, the thundering sound and the familiar props of the Floyd repertoire - and much better control of it than Waters displayed in his Spectrum show last month.
April 8, 1994 |
THE DIVISION BELL Pink Floyd / Columbia Gawd, do these guys miss the mean-spirited railing of fuming former partner Roger Waters. I'd even settle for the drug-addled hallucinations of their long-lost soulmate Syd Barrett. Despite a seven-year gap since their last (and very good) "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album, Messrs. Gilmour, Mason and Wright seem to be sleepwalking, resting on atmosphere pandering to the troops. "A Great Day for Freedom" does enjoy a majestic, anthem-like aura.
June 23, 1988 |
Category: Ways to Make You Feel Old. Subheading: Dumb questions. Standing outside the Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium waiting for the Musical Laser Show to begin, I asked Wayne, 22, the painfully obvious question, "So, are you a Pink Floyd fan or what?" "Yeah," he tells me. "I used to listen to it with my parents. " Gulp. I have to admit I wasn't a Pink Floyd fan but I was looking forward to the laser light show. The planetarium is presenting laser shows synchronized to the music of Pink Floyd every Thursday night until Oct. 29. On Friday and Saturday, the sounds of Genesis compliment the show.
June 13, 2005 |
FOR THE first time in two decades, Pink Floyd is getting together to perform. At Live 8. But not in Philly. Organizers of the London show said yesterday that they're getting Floyd. Guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, bassist Roger Waters and keyboardist Richard Wright have not performed on stage together since 1981. The group ("Dark Side of the Moon," "The Wall," a longtime feud between Gilmour and Waters) will join Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Coldplay and more at the July 2 concert in Hyde Park.
June 13, 1989 |
No rock band in creation is more attuned to the medium of home video, more likely to move millions of videotapes, than Pink Floyd. Ever since the band's late 1960s basement beginnings as British art-rock radicals, Pink Floyd has been blazing a path not only with music but also with visual enhancements, with elaborate stage pyrotechnics. Their spacey, melancholy music lends itself perfectly to eye-popping effects - to the Rorschach-blob light shows, surrealistic (Hello, Dali!
May 16, 1988 |
"1988's outdoor concert season picks up where '87's left off, with the sound-and-light spectacle of Pink Floyd. Only the locale has changed - from creaky, creepy JFK Stadium to relatively intimate Veterans Stadium, in a 2 1/ 2-hour show that repeats tonight at sunset. While the Vet really ain't my eye-deal (or ear-deal) of a music hall either, let it be said that Pink Floyd is one (and maybe the only) group that can really make the room "work" - with grand-scale visual special effects and a reverential/sensual rock 'n' roll thunder that hits you from all sides.
September 18, 1987 |
Though still embroiled in a legal dispute with former leader Roger Waters over use of the group's name, the remaining members of Pink Floyd - guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright - are back with a tour grandiose enough to live up to the band's reputation for road extravaganzas. The show tomorrow night at JFK Stadium, featuring five other musicians and two female singers, is divided into two parts. First the band plays selections like "Learning to Fly" and "Turning Away" from its new album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
April 20, 2013
English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, 69, whose eye-catching album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday. Mr. Thorgerson's family said that his death "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. " The statement gave few further details but said that the artist, who suffered a stroke in 2003, had been ill for some time. Mr. Thorgerson is best known for his surreal Pink Floyd covers, which guitarist David Gilmour said had long been "an inseparable part of our work.
April 6, 1994 |
A consumer lobbyist said that if he has his way, Pink Floyd will join Desmond Tutu and Queen Elizabeth as the only foreigners ever recognized on the floor of the state legislature as honorary California residents. "My i's are dotted and my t's are crossed; we're just waiting for the band's OK," said Sacramento consumer advocate Michael Ross, who has approached several assembly members with his proposal, "Pink Floyd, we wish you were here. " The ceremonial resolution is scheduled for the assembly floor April 18. "We've already asked the speaker (Willie Brown Jr., D-San Francisco)
May 31, 1994 |
Here are some notes to get you cranked up about Pink Floyd's tour: It takes 200 crew personnel and 49 trucks to put on the show. More than 700 tons of steel are used. It takes three days to break down the stage, but 18 hours to set it up. The stage is 180 feet long, 72 feet deep, 80 feet high. The sound system uses 300 speaker cabinets. The crew goes through 20 loaves of bread, 50 gallons of milk, 85 dozen eggs, 1,200 tea bags, 1,000 cans of soft drinks and a host of British foods like marmalade, Weetabix breakfast cereal, Branston pickle and English mustard.