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September 21, 1987 | By David Hiltbrand, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 8, 1994 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 23, 1988 | By SAM GUGINO, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 13, 2005 | HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1989 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
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!
NEWS
May 16, 1988 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1987 | By David Hiltbrand, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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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.
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April 6, 1994 | by Bretty Pauly, Los Angeles Daily News
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)
NEWS
May 31, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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August 7, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
Out in Indio, Calif., in the middle of the Coachella Valley, they'll put on a festival Oct. 7-9 that - if it were 1975 - would be one of the greatest lineups in the history of pop music: the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan (Oct. 7), Paul McCartney and Neil Young (Oct. 8), and Roger Waters (once of Pink Floyd) and The Who (Oct. 9). And I am not going. And I would not go. It's not that it won't be fun. The audience will know all the songs. May they dance all weekend. May they get the cosmic feel-goods all over.
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December 4, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'As you could guess," says film director Sean Evans, "Roger is not afraid to speak his mind. " That unbridled spirit is Roger Waters, cofounder and former front man of Pink Floyd, and, now, codirector with Evans of a documentary on the progressive British band's celebrated theatrical work, The Wall. The film was released this week on BluRay/DVD. Waters was in his 30s when he conceived the rock opera, about the psychotic decay of a fictional rock artist named Pink, drawn in part from Water's own inner turmoil.
NEWS
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.
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October 29, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Washington Township cross-country team goes for a training run, Kyle Leonard doesn't just set the pace with his legs. He sets the tone with his mouth. "My teammates will tell you, I talk a lot," Leonard said. "I talk a lot during those runs. " Leonard has backed up his words with action as a senior. He has excelled as an individual and led the Minutemen into position for one of the best seasons in the history of the program. Leonard ran a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 0.16 seconds at Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational at Great Adventure on Sept.
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July 16, 2012 | By Sam Adams and FOR THE INQUIRER
Given the efficiency with which commercial success trumps contradiction, it was perhaps inevitable that Pink Floyd's The Wall, an album inspired by Roger Waters' distaste for stadium shows, would find its way back into ballparks, more than three decades after its initial release. At Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, Waters and his 11-piece band were dwarfed by a 40-foot-high "brick" wall that spanned the breadth of the field. As the ensemble played through the album in its entirety, stagehands filled in the gap in the center, oversize imitation brick by oversize imitation brick, until, at the two-hour show's midpoint, Waters and his ensemble were entirely hidden from view.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Would Ryan Howard be able to hit it over this Wall? Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters is bringing The Wall , his most impressive musical-theatrical production based on the 1979 double LP that's one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, back to Philadelphia. The bass-playing rock auteur will build up a 40- by-500-foot wall at Citizens Bank Park on July 14, in what's planned as the final stop of a U.S. tour that begins May 1 in Houston. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at livenation.com and comcasttix.com.
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July 8, 2011 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With its mix of maudlin metal, earthen psychedelia, and animalistic punk done up in complex chord changes, Soundgarden was an anomaly on the American music scene of the '90s. While grunge-era gods Nirvana and Pearl Jam played it noisily or straight, Soundgarden made a racket, sure, but made it sing and swing, racking up platinum album sales for their troubles. Topped by Chris Cornell's powerfully primal howl and emotionally tortured lyrics, guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, and bassist Hunter "Ben" Shepherd could do no wrong and went out on top when they disbanded in 1997.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2011 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
THEY SAY if you were really there, basking in the DayGlo colors and smoky haze of the hippie era, you probably don't remember it. Yet veteran concert promoter Larry Magid is still around to prove them wrong, with an entertaining new book called "My Soul's Been Psychedelicized: Electric Factory Four Decades in Posters and Photographs. " Published by Temple Press and landing in stores today ($39.50), this large-format, profusely illustrated trip down memory lane aims to set the record straight about the dawning of the countercultural revolution in our town, with a special focus on all the great talent that grew up in the period.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2011 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
In the post-Valentine's Day spirit, we're "speed dating" new album releases today. _ PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake" (Vagrant, A-): Polly Jean puts varied voices to missives about the downfall of Britain and aftershock of war. You scare me, girl. Gotta see you again. _ Cowboy Junkies, "Demons: The Nomad Series Volume 2" (Latent/Razor & Tie, B+): Margo and Michael Timmins ease access to the dark ruminations of the severely crippled (and now sadly departed) singer/songwriter Vic Chestnutt.
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December 13, 2010 | the Inquirer Staff
The event was hardly a shocker (they do have two children together), and the location was well-known (at dad Lionel 's L.A. estate), but Nicole Richie and Joel Madden 's weekend wedding did supply one surprise: a trained elephant. Was this meant as a kiddie ride? A euphemism for Hollywood? No one knows. But who has time to wonder, when a double mazel tov is in order for Celebrity Weekend Wedding No. 2! New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and actress Joanna Garcia - of Better With You - did the deed in Palm Beach.
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