Pink Floyd Introduction and David Gilmour Tour Information
Roger “Syd” Barrett was born.
March 6, 1946
David Gilmour was born.
1960’s – THE NINETEEN-SIXTIES
Roger Waters’ childhood friend Roger “Syd” Barrett moved to London to study at the Camberwell College of Art.
Roger Waters and Nick Mason met while they were both studying architecture at the London Polytechnic at Regent Street. Their first musical group was formed by Keith Noble, Clive Metcalfe, and Sheilagh Noble. Richard Wright, also studying architecture, joined later the same year. At this point, the band was known as Sigma 6, which performed cover songs as well as those written by manager, Ken Chapman.
Waters and Mason moved into a flat at 39 Stanhope Gardens, near Crouch End London.
The band changed names a number of times from Sigma 6, including the Meggadeaths, the Abdabs and the Screaming Abdabs, Leonard’s Lodgers, and the Spectrum Five and finally settled on the Tea Set.
Mason moved out of the Stanhope Gardens flat at the end of the academic year.
Bob Klose, a guitarist who began playing with the band, moved in with Waters at the Stanhope Gardens flat.
When Metcalfe and Noble left Tea Set to form their own band, Syd Barrett joined Klose and Waters at Stanhope Gardens and Chris Dennis joined the band as a vocalist.
Tea Set managed to secure their first recording time, at a studio in West Hampstead, through one of Wright’s friends, who let them use some down time for free. However, Wright did not play on these recordings.
The RAF assigned Chris Dennis a post in Bahrain. Barrett became the band’s frontman.
Later that year, they became the resident band at the Countdown Club, near Kensington High Street in London, where from late night until early morning they played three sets of ninety minutes each.
Bob Klose quit the band and Syd Barrett took over lead guitar.
October 12, 1965
The new band lineup plays their first gig at the Countdown Club in London.
The group was booked for a gig with another band with the same name, Tea Set. To avoid confusion, Syd Barrett came up with a new name for the band, The Pink Floyd Sound.
Syd Barrett derived the new name from the names of his favorite American two jazz/blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
February 12, 1966
The Pink Floyd Sound performs at a series of Sunday afternoon multimedia happenings at London’s Marquee Club, dubbed the “Spontaneous Underground.”
Peter Jenner, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, recommended the band drop “Sound” from their name. The band took the advice and continued on as “The Pink Floyd.”
October 11, 1966
The launch party for Britain’s’ first underground paper, the International Times, features performances by psychedelic groups Pink Floyd and Soft Machine.
October 15, 1966
Pink Floyd plays the “All Night Rave Pop Op Costume Masque Drag Ball Et All” on the opening night of the Roundhouse.
December 23, 1966
Pink Floyd perform for the first time at London’s UFO Club, home the the burgeoning “London Underground” scene.
January 6, 1967
The Pink Floyd played Freak Out Ethel, a ‘happening’ at Seymour Hall, Paddington, West London, which was attended by Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
January 11/12, 1967
The Pink Floyd and Joe Boyd (producer) record and mix Interstellar Overdrive and Nick’s Boogie over two days at Chelsea’s Sound Techniques Studios. The tracks were recorded for use on the Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London soundtrack.
January 13, 1967
The Pink Floyd played UFO in London (with support from The Giant Sun Trolley) with footage appearing on the video Pink Floyd: London 1966-1967.
January 27, 1967
Footage of The Pink Floyd playing at UFO was broadcast on the March 7, 1967 Scene Special (Granada TV documentary).
January 29, 1967
The Pink Floyd recorded what became their first single, Arnold Layne, and the B-side Candy And A Currant Bun at Chelsea’s Sound Techniques Studios.
February 28, 1967
EMI Records signed The Pink Floyd to their label with a £5,000 advance.
March 1, 1967
The Pink Floyd and Norman Smith (producer) began their first recording session of Chapter 24 and Interstellar Overdrive for The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Recording took place at Studio 3, Abbey Road Studios in London.
March 10, 1967
Arnold Layne was released in the UK, and reached No. 20 in the charts. Although the song received a lot of play in underground scenes and pirate radio stations, the lack of big broadcast kept it from rising on the charts. Because of the song’s lyrics dealing with a transvestite who ran around stealing underwear, it was banned by BBC Radio London.
March 21, 1967
The Pink Floyd met with The Beatles while both bands were recording at Abbey Road Studio 3.
March 30, 1967
Footage filmed, but never used, of The Pink Floyd for ‘Top Of The Pops’ at the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios. Footage went unused due to Arnold Layne loosing its position on the charts.
April 3, 1967
Arnold Layne and Candy And A Currant Bun were recorded for BBC Radio’s Monday, Monday!
April 5, 1967
‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ the debut album by Pink Floyd — and the only one to feature Syd Barrett as bandleader — is released. The album reaches #6 on the UK album charts and #131 on US charts.
April 8, 1967
The Pink Floyd plays the Roundhouse in London.
April 30, 1967
The Pink Floyd performed at Alexandra Palace for the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream.
May 12, 1967
The Pink Floyd played Queen Elizabeth Hall for the Games For May: Space Age Relaxation for the Climax of Spring concert where they first used the Azimuth Coordinator. Because of the carpet stains purported to be the result of bubble machines and flowers given to audience members, Pink Floyd were permanently banned from playing the hall.
May 14, 1967
Roger Waters and Syd Barrett were interviewed by Dr. Hans Keller for the BBC arts program The Look of the Week.
May 18, 1967
The Pink Floyd returned to recording at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea. There they completed their second single, See Emily Play, and continued to hold recording sessions through the end of May. During this time, David Gilmour was playing gigs in France with his own band, Jokers Wild, and visited The Pink Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.
May 23, 1967
Recording is completed on See Emily Play. Upon release, it reaches #6 on the UK charts.
May 29, 1967
The Pink Floyd played the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall on a bill with Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
June 2, 1967
The Pink Floyd played UFO to raise funds for the club’s co-founder John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins, after his arrest for drug possession.
June 16, 1967
The Pink Floyd’s second single, See Emily Play with B-side The Scarecrow, was released in the UK and reached No. 6 in the charts.
July 6, 1967
The Pink Floyd perform their first live television performance on Top Of The Pops. They performed See Emily Play and were asked back on the show two more times in July.
July 24, 1967
See Emily Play was released as a single in the US.
July 28, 1967
After Syd Barrett walked out on the recording session, The Pink Floyd’s scheduled performance for the BBC’s Saturday Club music program was cancelled at the last minute.
July 29, 1967
The Pink Floyd performed on a bill with The Animals and Cream at the International Love-In festival in London.
August 1, 1967
Once again, Syd Barrett was unable to perform and The Pink Floyd’s scheduled appearance on the German television show Beat Club was cancelled. The band’s managers provided the excuse: “Syd is tired and exhausted and has been advised to rest for two weeks.” Barrett apparently took a vacation on the island of Formentera.
August 4, 1967
The Pink Floyd released their first album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, in the UK. The album reached No. 6 in the charts. For the album, the definite article “The” is dropped from the band’s name and the album was released as Pink Floyd.
September 9, 1967
Pink Floyd began a short, five-date tour, of Scandinavia that began and ended in Denmark. The set list included Reaction in G, a new work.
October 9, 1967
Pink Floyd began recording for their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, at De Lane Lea Studios, Holborn, London. Sessions continued throughout October at De Lane Lea and Abbey Road.
October 21, 1967
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was released in the US. The US edition included different features including a different running order and the single, See Emily Play. The album peaked at No. 131 in the charts.
November 4, 1967
Pink Floyd played their first US gig at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The band was on the bill in support of Big Brother And The Holding Company with Janis Joplin.
November 6, 1967
Pink Floyd released the single Flaming (B: The Gnome) exclusively in the US.
November 7, 1967
Pink Floyd made their first US television appearance on American Bandstand miming Apples And Oranges.
November 14, 1967
Pink Floyd began a 16-date UK tour with Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Davy O’List, guitarist for The Nice, stood in for Syd Barrett at the gig at Liverpool Empire. Syd Barrett went missing before the show.
November 17, 1967
Pink Floyd released their third single, Apples And Oranges (B: Paintbox) was released in the UK. The song did not manage to make the charts.
December 6, 1967
Pink Floyd played London’s Royal College Of Art where David Gilmour was in the audience.
December 12, 1967
Pink Floyd was filmed for an edition of the science program Tomorrow’s World at the North London home of Mike Leonard (former landlord). The segment featured Leonard’s sound and light experiments and was broadcast in January 1968.
December 22, 1967
Pink Floyd played for the last time as a four-piece band with Syd Barrett. Their performance was part of the Christmas on Earth Continued festival at London’s Olympia Exhibition Hall.
January 7, 1968
David Gilmour was asked to join Pink Floyd, briefly making them a five-piece band. The band continues recording for their second studio album, A Saucerful of Secrets.
January 12, 1968
Pink Floyd performed for the first time with five members at the University of Aston in Birmingham. They would perform as a five-piece at least three more times in January.
January 26, 1968
Pink Floyd performed at Southampton University, for the first time without Syd Barrett. On the bill was supporting act Tyrannosaurus Rex featuring Marc Bolan.
February 1, 1968
The band spent the day at Abbey Road studios continuing work on A Saucerful Of Secrets. Syd Barrett was no longer told when the band was meeting and Pink Floyd continued recording with David Gilmour throughout the rest of the month.
February 17, 1968
Pink Floyd began a five-date tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. The band also made an appearance on RTB in Brussels (performing new songs, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun and Corporal Clegg, and more) as well as two performances on ORTV in Paris, which included a mimed performance of the single B-side Paintbox.
March 1, 1968
Pink Floyd officially dissolves their partnership with Blackhill Enterprises management company. The band took on a new manager, Steve O’Rourke. O’Rourke was initially worked for their booking agents the Bryan Morrison Agency.
March 16, 1968
Pink Floyd played Middle Earth, London’s hottest nightspot at the time. Syd Barrett was in the audience.
March 28, 1968
Pink Floyd filmed a performance of Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun for Omnibus, a BBC TV arts program. The documentary, which focused on pop music and politics, was later released as a video/DVD entitled All My Loving.
April 4, 1968
Pink Floyd began recording background music for the film noir The Committee, featuring Paul Jones (former singer for Manfred Mann).
April 6, 1968
Pink Floyd puts out a press release officially declaring Syd Barrett’s departure from band.
April 19, 1968
Pink Floyd releases their first single with David Gilmour in the UK. It Would Be So Nice (B-side: Julia Dream) did not make it on the charts.
May 6, 1968
Pink Floyd performed at the First European International Pop Festival in Rome on the bill with Donovan, The Nice, and Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band.
May 13, 1968
Syd Barrett began working on The Madcap Laughs, his first solo album, at Abbey Road studios.
May 23, 1968
Pink Floyd began an additional 12-date tour in the Netherlands, including two nights at The Paradiso, Amsterdam’s fabled hippie club. They performed new songs including Let There Be More Light and A Saucerful Of Secrets.
May 27, 1968
The band commences recording sessions at Abbey Road for A Saucerful Of Secrets.
June 12, 1968
Pink Floyd played the May Ball at King’s College in Cambridge.
June 28, 1968
Pink Floyd released A Saucerful Of Secrets in the UK and reaches number 9 in the charts. The album art was designed by Hipgnosis (a new company formed by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, friends of the band). Hipgnosis was paid £110 for the work.
June 29, 1968
Pink Floyd performed as headliner at Midsummer High Weekend held in Hyde Park. On the bill were supporting acts Tyrannosaurus Rex, Jethro Tull, and Roy Harper.
July 8, 1968
Pink Floyd embarked on a 22-date US tour, which started at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago and ended at The Bank in LA on 24 August.
July 19, 1968
The soundtrack to Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London was released in the UK.
September 26, 1968
The Committee, which featured music by Pink Floyd, premiered in London.
October 4, 1968
Pink Floyd performed 10 dates in the UK and France. The tour began at Mothers in Birmingham and ended at Middle Earth on October 26.
November 16, 1968
Pink Floyd played their first show at Restaurant Olten-Hammer in Olten, Switzerland. The band played a further two shows in the country.
November 23, 1968
Pink Floyd played a show at Regent Street Polytechnic, the alma mater of Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.
December 17, 1968
Pink Floyd released the single Point Me At The Sky (B: Careful With That Axe, Eugene) in the UK, which failed to chart. In addition to the single, the band released a promotional film that included footage of the band members flying in a Tiger Moth plane at Biggin Hill Aerodrome.
December 28, 1968
Pink Floyd replaced the original headliner, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, at the Flight To Lowlands Paradise II festival in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Two albums were released this year. The soundtrack for the movie More was a mixture of acoustic folk, hard rock, and avant-garde instrumentals. Ummagumma was a double album, one disc contained live performances the other was divided into four sections containing compositions of each member of the band.
January 10, 1969
Pink Floyd fill-in as headliner at the Fishmonger’s Arms in London after Jimi Hendrix, who was to use the gig as a warm-up for his Royal Albert Hall shows, pulled out.
February 1, 1969
Pink Floyd began recording for the soundtrack for the French art-house film More at Pye Studios in London.
February 14, 1969
Pink Floyd began a 21-date UK tour opening with a Valentine’s Day Ball at Loughborough University and closing at St. James’ Church Hall, Chesterfield. Supporting bands on the bill included The Moody Blues, Spooky Tooth, and Gandalf’s Garden. The band also performed one show in France.
March 10, 1969
Syd Barrett began working again at Abbey Road studios on his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs.
April 14, 1969
Pink Floyd played The Massed Gadgets of Auximines — More Furious Madness from Pink Floyd at the Royal Festival Hall in London where they premiered two new songs (initially titled The Man and The Journey), parts of which later became Biding My Time, Grantchester Meadows and Green Is The Colour.
April 27, 1969
Pink Floyd played Mothers in Birmingham. Part of the performance of A Saucerful Of Secrets and Astronomy Dominé were included on the next album, Ummagumma. DJ John Peel’s review was mentioned in the ‘Pseud’s Corner’ column of Private Eye magazine. Peel said he found the performance “sounding like dying galaxies lost in sheer corridors of time and space.”
May 15, 1969
Pink Floyd began a 12-date UK tour starting at Leeds Town Hall and ended at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester on June 23. The tour included a benefit show at London’s Roundhouse for the band Fairport Convention, following the death of their drummer Martin Lamble in a road crash.
May 31, 1969
The film More premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (soundtrack by Pink Floyd). The film was never released in the UK.
June 13, 1969
The Soundtrack From The Film More was released in the UK and reached No. 9 in the charts.
June 23, 1969
Pink Floyd completed some of the final mixes for Ummagumma. The album contained two vinyl sides of live material and two sides of solo compositions by each of the band members that were recorded intermittently at Abbey Road since March 1969.
June 26, 1969
Pink Floyd played The Final Lunacy! show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The show featured the Ealing Central Amateur Choir conducted by Floyd’s producer Norman Smith and performance art pieces that included a roadie dressed as a gorilla and band members sawing planks of wood on stage.
July 20, 1969
As astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, Pink Floyd performed a live improvised jam (Moonhead) in the BBC TV studios to accompany So What If It’s Just Green Cheese?, the moon landing documentary featuring actors Ian McKellan and Judi Dench.
August 8, 1969
Pink Floyd appeared at the National Jazz Pop Ballads & Blues Festival at Plumpton Race Track with other acts, Roy Harper and The Who.
August 9, 1969
The Soundtrack From The Film More was released in the US, but failed to chart.
September 17, 1969
Pink Floyd began a nine-date tour of the Netherlands and Belgium, which started in Amsterdam and ended in Brussels.
October 25, 1969
Pink Floyd’s performance at the Actuel Festival in Amougies, Belgium, was filmed for a TV documentary entitled Music Power. Frank Zappa joined the band on stage for Interstellar Overdrive.
November 7, 1969
Ummagumma was released in the UK and reached No. 4 in the UK charts. The album was released a day later in the US and reached No. 74.
November 15, 1969
Pink Floyd began recording in Rome for the soundtrack to Zabriskie Point (director Michelangelo Antonioni’s counter-culture movie), and completed the sessions at Abbey Road in January 1970.
1970’s – THE NINETEEN-SEVENTIES
January 2, 1970
Syd Barrett’s debut solo album, The Madcap Laughs, was released in the UK, and reached No. 40 in the charts.
January 10, 1970
Pink Floyd began a 16-date UK and French tour, beginning at the University of Nottingham and ending at Leeds University on February 28. The tour included two gigs in Paris, and the set list included an early version of the piece later known as Atom Heart Mother.
March 1, 1970
The band began a week-long recording session at Abbey Road studios.
March 6, 1970
Pink Floyd were filmed playing for the BBC arts program Line Up.
March 11, 1970
Pink Floyd’s eight-date European tour began at Stadthalle, Offenbach, West Germany, and ended on March 21 at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark. The set list included Atom Heart Mother.
March 18, 1970
Zabriskie Point was premiered in New York.
April 9, 1970
Pink Floyd’s 18-date US tour commenced at New York’s Filmore East and ended at New Orleans’ Warehouse after the final two scheduled shows in Houston and Dallas were cancelled. The tour included an hour-long live performance filmed by the PBS TV Network in San Francisco.
May 29, 1970
The soundtrack to Zabriskie Point was released in the UK, and failed to chart. The tracklisting included three previously unreleased Pink Floyd songs: Come In Number 51 Your Time Is Up; Crumbling Land; and Heart Beat Pig Meat.
June 27, 1970
Pink Floyd headlined the second night of the Bath Festival Of Blues & Progressive Music. Their late-night set included Atom Heart Mother, which is introduced to the audience under the title of The Amazing Pudding. The band were augmented by The John Aldiss Choir and The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. One of the brass players later recalled accidentally spilling a pint of beer into their tuba before the performance began.
June 28, 1970
Pink Floyd appeared at the Holland Pop Festival in Rotterdam, arriving on stage at 4am.
July 18, 1970
Pink Floyd headlined Blackhill’s Garden Party, a free concert organised by the band’s former managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, in London’s Hyde Park. The band were, again, joined by The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and The John Aldiss Choir; tracks played included Atom Heart Mother and Careful With That Axe, Eugene.
July 26, 1970
Pink Floyd, their crew, friends and families rented a villa in St. Tropez. The band were scheduled to play a handful of festivals in France, but many were cancelled due to civil unrest. Their final date took place on 12 August at a Roman amphitheater in St. Raphael, France.
September 26, 1970
Pink Floyd’s North American tour began at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory and ended on 25 October at the Boston Tea Party.
October 2, 1970
Pink Floyd’s fourth studio album Atom Heart Mother was released in the UK, and reached No. 1 in the charts.
October 10, 1970
Atom Heart Mother was released.
October 24, 1970
Atom Heart Mother tops the UK chart. It reaches #55 in America and sets the stage for the breakthrough album Meddle as well as Obscured by Clouds and, of course, Dark Side of the Moon. The band plays a free concert for the AHM release, which is attended by 20,000 in London’s Hyde Park. The band’s gear is stolen at a tour stop in New Orleans. Among the gear was David Gilmour’s first black Stratocaster that he has purchased form Manny’s in New York only weeks before. The theft prompted a return visit to Manny’s where David bought a new black Stratocaster, which came to be known as the iconic “Black Strat” he has to this day.
November 6, 1970
Pink Floyd returned to Europe for a 13-date tour of Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.
November 14, 1970
Syd Barrett’s second solo album, Barrett, produced by David Gilmour and Richard Wright, was released in the UK, but fails to chart.
December 11, 1970
Pink Floyd finished the year with a six-date UK tour beginning at Brighton’s Regent Theatre and ending on 22 December at Sheffield City Hall.
January 4, 1971
Pink Floyd began a week-long stint at Abbey Road studios, with engineers John Leckie and Peter Bown, recording ideas for their next album, Meddle.
January 23, 1971
Pink Floyd began a five-date tour of the UK’s university circuit, beginning at Leeds University and ending at Queen Mary College, Twickenham.
February 22, 1971
Pink Floyd’s European tour commenced at Halle Munsterland, Munster, West Germany. The second half of the gig was nearly cancelled when the band discovered that the musical score for Atom Heart Mother (needed by their brass section) had been left behind in Dusseldorf.
April 8, 1971
Pink Floyd returned to Abbey Road for a week’s recording session. Further recording sessions took place throughout the month.
May 14, 1971
A Pink Floyd compilation album Relics was released in the UK, and reached No. 32 in the charts.
May 15, 1971
Pink Floyd headlined The Garden Party at London’s Crystal Palace Bowl, playing to an audience of 15,000. The band’s party-piece included the appearance of a large inflatable octopus in the lake in front of the stage.
June 4, 1971
Pink Floyd’s six-date European tour commenced in Dusseldorf, West Germany, and ended on June 20 in Rome, Italy. The Rome date marked the last time the band performed Astronomy Dominé live until 1994’s The Division Bell tour.
June 22, 1971
Pink Floyd’s scheduled appearance at the Glastonbury Fayre at Worthy Farm failed to take place because the band’s equipment was delayed in Europe.
July 17, 1971
Relics was released in the US, and reached No. 153 in the charts.
July 19, 1971
Pink Floyd moved from Abbey Road to North London’s Morgan Sound studios to continue work on Meddle, including final mixes for the track Echoes.
August 6, 1971
Pink Floyd played their debut gig in Japan at Hakone, on a festival bill that also included the 1910 Fruit Gum Company and Buffy Sainte Marie.
August 13, 1971
Floyd made their Australian debut at the Melbourne Festival Hall. Part of the band’s performance at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on August 15 was filmed for an Australian TV show.
September 30, 1971
Pink Floyd’s performance at London’s Paris Theatre was recorded for BBC Radio One’s Sounds Of The ’70s show.
October 4, 1971
Pink Floyd began four days of filming at the Roman amphitheater in Pompeii. The film, directed by Adrian Maben, and eventually titled Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii, went on general release in the UK in 1972.
October 15, 1971
Pink Floyd began a 27-date North American tour at San Francisco’s Winterland Auditorium, ending at Cincinnati Ohio’s Taft Auditorium. The set list included their epic new composition Echoes.
October 30, 1971
Pink Floyd’s album Meddle was released in the US, a week ahead of the UK. It reached No. 70 in the charts.
November 5, 1971
Pink Floyd’s Meddle was released in the UK and reached No. 3 in the charts.
November 12, 1971
The band embarks on its first tour of Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Both Gilmour and Mason would later say that Meddle served to define Pink Floyd from then on.
November 29, 1971
Pink Floyd spent two weeks at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, writing and recording ideas for a new piece with the working title of Eclipse.
December 13, 1971
Pink Floyd undertook a week of additional filming and recording in Paris for what became Live At Pompeii, which results in subtle continuity problems following editing.
January 3, 1972
Pink Floyd began two weeks of gig rehearsals at the Rolling Stones’ rehearsal facility in Bermondsey, South London.
January 17, 1972
Pink Floyd spent three days in production rehearsals at London’s Rainbow Theatre. The band road-tested not only a brand new PA but also a new piece of music, titled The Dark Side Of The Moon, which they had been working on intermittently at Abbey Road.
January 20, 1972
What should have been the live debut of The Dark Side Of The Moon at Brighton’s The Dome was cut short when technical problems led to the band abandoning the piece mid-way through the song Money. After a break, the group completed the gig with performances of: Atom Heart Mother, Careful With That Axe, Eugene, One Of These Days, and Echoes. The encore was A Saucerful Of Secrets.
January 21, 1972
Pink Floyd played 16 UK dates, featuring full performances of a work-in progress version of The Dark Side Of The Moon. The tour culminated with four nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre.
February 17, 1972
The first Pink Floyd single to get significant radio airplay in the U.S., Free Four is first heard, from the album Obscured By Clouds. The album was based on the band’s soundtrack for the french film, La Vallee.
February 23, 1972
Pink Floyd began a week-long recording session at Château d’Hérouville studios near Paris, working on music for the soundtrack to More director Barbet Schroeder’s next film, La Vallée.
March 6, 1972
Pink Floyd began a whistle-stop tour of Japan beginning in Tokyo and ending on March 13 in Sapporo. Their set list included The Dark Side Of The Moon.
March 23, 1972
Pink Floyd spent four days completing the soundtrack to La Vallée at Château d’Hérouville. During downtime, the band’s roadie Chris Adamson was challenged by Roger Waters to eat a stone (14lbs) of raw potatoes in one sitting. Waters later said that the stunt was abandoned after Adamson had consumed “around two and a half pounds”.
April 6, 1972
Pink Floyd finished mixing the soundtrack to La Vallée, now called Obscured By Clouds, at London’s Morgan Studios.
April 14, 1972
Pink Floyd’s 17-date US tour commenced at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory Auditorium in Tampa, Florida, and ended on May 4 at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
May 21, 1972
Pink Floyd headlined the second day of the three-day 2nd British Rock Meeting festival in Germersheim, West Germany. Other bands on the bill included The Kinks, The Faces, and Status Quo.
May 24, 1972
Pink Floyd began a month-long recording session at Abbey Road. At this point, working titles for the songs that would make up The Dark Side Of The Moon included Travel (instead of Breathe), Religion (instead of The Great Gig In The Sky) and Lunatic (instead of Brain Damage).
June 2, 1972
Obscured By Clouds was released in the UK, where it reached No. 6 in the charts. The final track, Absolutely Curtains, included a vocal performance from members of the Mapuga Tribe of New Guinea.
June 17, 1972
Obscured By Clouds is released in the US, where it reached No. 42 in the charts.
June 28, 1972
Pink Floyd played the first of two shows at Brighton’s Dome, as a replacement for the abandoned show in January.
August 29, 1972
La Vallée (Obscured By Clouds) is premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.
September 2, 1972
Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii premiered at the 26th Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland.
September 8, 1972
Pink Floyd returned to the US for a 17-date American and Canadian tour, opening at Austin, Texas’ Municipal Auditorium and ending with a matinee and evening performance at Vancouver’s Gardens Arena.
October 21, 1972
Pink Floyd played a benefit gig for the War On Want and Save The Children charities, performing The Dark Side Of The Moon and More at the Empire Pool, Wembley.
November 10, 1972
Pink Floyd’s seven-date European tour included five performances in Marseille, France. Here, the band accompanied choreographer Roland Petit’s Ballets de Marseille dance company, performing the four-movement Pink Floyd Ballet (featuring: One Of These Days; Careful With That Axe, Eugene; Obscured By Clouds; When You’re In; Echoes).
November 25, 1972
The cinematic premiere of Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii, which was due to take place at London’s Rainbow Theatre, was cancelled, partly because the theatre’s owners discovered that the film had not yet been granted a certificate by the British Board Of Film Censors.
November 28, 1972
Pink Floyd returned to France for a further nine shows, opening and closing at Toulouse’s Palais Des Sports.
January 21, 1973
Session singer Clare Torry recorded her vocal for the song The Great Gig In The Sky at Abbey Road. The song was included on Pink Floyd’s next album, The Dark Side Of The Moon. Work continued on the album at Abbey Road throughout the month.
February 12, 1973
Pink Floyd played the first of eight performances with Roland Petit’s Ballets de Marseille at the Palais des Sports in Paris. They performed One Of These Days, Careful With That Axe, Eugene, Obscured By Clouds, When You’re In and Echoes to accompany Roland Petit’s choreographed ballet.
February 19, 1973
Pink Floyd staged three days of full production rehearsals at London’s Rainbow Theatre in preparation for their forthcoming North American tour.
February 27, 1973
EMI held a press reception for The Dark Side Of The Moon at the London Planetarium. Only Richard Wright attended the event; the other band members refused in protest at what they believed to be an inferior sound system brought in by EMI.
March 1, 1973
The Dark Side Of The Moon was released in the US. It reached #1 on April 28 giving Pink Floyd their first No. 1 placement, log a record-breaking 741 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, and sell more than 15 million copies in the US alone.
March 4, 1973
Pink Floyd began a 16-date US tour at Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin. The band were joined by saxophonist Dick Parry and backing vocalists Nawasa Crowder, and Phyllis and Mary Ann Lindsey. Their set list featured the whole of The Dark Side Of The Moon plus Obscured By Clouds, When You’re In and Careful With That Axe, Eugene, with an encore of One Of These Days. The tour closed at Atlanta’s Municipal Auditorium, when the US promoter cancelled a scheduled show in Florida believing that a Santana show in town would drastically reduce Pink Floyd’s audience.
March 24, 1973
The Dark Side Of The Moon was released in the UK. It reached No. 2 in the charts.
April 28, 1973
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon hits #1 in the US during a record-breaking 741-week US chart stretch.
May 7, 1973
Money (B-side: Any Colour You Like) was released in the US as a single and reached No. 13 in the charts.
May 18 & 19, 1973
Pink Floyd played two nights at Earls Court Exhibition Hall, with additional personnel Dick Parry on saxophones and backing vocalists Liza Strike and Vicki Brown (mother of solo artist and future Floyd backing singer Sam Brown). The set list included the whole of The Dark Side Of The Moon.
June 16, 1973
Pink Floyd returned to the US for their second American tour of the year. They played 13 shows, starting at New York’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center and ending at Florida’s Tampa Stadium. The band set a new record gross at New Jersey’s Roosevelt Stadium by making $110,565 for a single performance.
October 1, 1973
Pink Floyd began an intermittent 20 days of recording at Abbey Road studios, working on what became known as the Household Objects Project. The group, assisted by engineer Alan Parsons, used elastic bands, wine glasses, matchsticks and sticky tape in place of conventional instruments to make music.
November 4, 1973
Pink Floyd played two shows at London’s Rainbow Theatre, as a benefit for ex-Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt.
December 5, 1973
The Australian cult surf movie Crystal Voyager premiered in Melbourne. The film featured Pink Floyd’s Echoes as part of its soundtrack.
January 18, 1974
Pink Floyd’s first two albums, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and A Saucerful Of Secrets, were re-issued as a double LP package titled A Nice Pair. It reached No. 21 in the UK and No. 36 in the US.
February 4, 1974
Time (B-side: Us and Them) was released as a promotional single in the US.
June 18, 1974
Pink Floyd began a seven-date French tour, starting at the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse and ending at the Palais Des Sports in Paris. Their set list included The Dark Side Of The Moon and two new compositions, an early version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Raving And Drooling. It also marked Pink Floyd’s first use of a circular projection screen, which became a trademark of all future shows.
July 20, 1974
Syd Barrett’s solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, were released in the US as a double package entitled Syd Barrett. The album reached No. 163 in the charts.
November 4, 1974
Pink Floyd’s 20-date British Winter Tour began at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and ended at Bristol’s Hippodrome. The tour included four nights at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, London, one of which was broadcast on BBC Radio One. The amended set list included a third new composition, You’ve Got To Be Crazy. The tour programme, titled The Pink Floyd Super All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls, was printed as a comic and featured a band portrait by Gerald Scarfe and cartoon strips of the band members depicted as their alter egos Rog Of The Rovers, Captain Mason R.N., Rich Right and Dave Derring.
November 8, 1974
The Syd Barrett double-LP repackage of The Madcap Laughs and Barrett was released in the UK.
January 6, 1975
Pink Floyd began an intermittent three months of recording at Abbey Road studios for their next album, Wish You Were Here.
April 8, 1975
The first 14 dates of Floyd’s North American Tour began at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum. The band were joined on stage by additional personnel: saxophonist Dick Parry, and backing singers Carlena Williams and Venetta Fields.
May 5, 1975
Pink Floyd reconvened at Abbey Road for a month-long recording session on Wish You Were Here. Their former lead singer and guitarist Syd Barrett showed up, unannounced, in the studio during one of these sessions.
June 7, 1975
The North American Tour continued with a further 15 dates, beginning at Atlanta Stadium, Georgia, and closing at the Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. The band’s crew detonated an extra amount of pyro at the end of the Hamilton show, damaging the sports arena’s scoreboard and blowing out glass in neighboring houses.
July 5, 1975
Pink Floyd headlined Knebworth Park in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Support came from the Steve Miller Band, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Linda Lewis, and Roy Harper, who joined Floyd on stage as guest vocalist on a brand new song, Have A Cigar. The set list for the show was: Raving And Drooling, You’ve Got To Be Crazy, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5, Have A Cigar, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 6-9, The Dark Side Of The Moon, and Echoes. Their performance at the Knebworth Festival set new standards for live shows. It included fireworks and an exploding airplane.
July 7, 1975
Pink Floyd continued three weeks of recording and mixing at Abbey Road studios.
September 12, 1975
Pink Floyd’s new album, Wish You Were Here, was released in the UK. The album reached No. 1. The long-awaited follow up to Dark Side of the Moon features Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a side-long epic about their troubled ex-leader Syd Barrett as its centerpiece.
September 13, 1975
Wish You Were Here was released in the US, where it reached No. 1.
Pink Floyd began eight months of continuous recording on their next album, Animals. The recording took place at their own studio facility, Britannia Row, in North London.
December 2, 3 & 4, 1976
Album sleeve designers Hipgnosis arranged a three-day photo shoot at London’s Battersea Power Station. With a concept suggested by Roger Waters, the team photographed a 40ft helium-filled inflatable pig floating above the power station for the cover of the new Floyd album, Animals. On the first day, the marksman who had been hired to shoot down the pig if it escaped its mooring ropes was not needed, but it took so long to inflate the pig that the photographers could only get coverage of the building. On the second day the pig was installed but broke free and sailed away; the marksman hadn’t been rehired so it escaped, coming down in Kent. On the third day, Hipgnosis got their shot, but the final cover was a composite of Day 3 pig and Day 1 location.
January 19, 1977
Pink Floyd’s new album, Animals, was played at a press launch held at Battersea Power Station.
January 21, 1977
Animals was released in the UK. The album reached No. 2 in the charts. The bleak concept album that appears to have drawn on author George Orwell’s Animal Farm for inspiration. Of Animals, Rick Wright said in a 1994 BBC interview, “I didn’t really like a lot of the music on the album. I think it was the start of the whole ego thing in the band.” Nonetheless, the concept album about the perils of capitalism proved to be a commercial success.
January 23, 1977
Pink Floyd’s 20-date European tour commenced at Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle and ended at Munich’s Olympiahalle. The band were joined by additional musicians: Dick Parry on saxophone and Terence ‘Snowy’ White on guitar and bass. Their stage show now featured a giant inflatable pig, suspended by a steel cable for indoor gigs; animated sequences designed by illustrator and satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe; and an inflatable ‘nuclear family’ of wife, husband and 2.5 children on a sofa, designed by Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park, who both went on to work on the Wall live production. The setlist now included: Sheep; Pigs On The Wing, Part 1; Dogs; Pigs On The Wing, Part 2; Pigs (Three Different Ones); Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5; Welcome To The Machine; Have A Cigar; Wish You Were Here; Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 6-9; Money.
On the subject of the reunion in 2005, he reflects on the importance of the "symbiosis between the four band members, in which I call the golden years of the band, all we contributed, the combination of the four separated talents was something very very special”.
However, he has thought about the possible obsticle to another reunion. “The problem is this one: during 20 years [Pink Floyd] has been [David Gilmour's] baby, for that reason he is so obstinate. If we reunited for any reason, I would be delighted to do it. Not a single
show, but a series of events that we could do. It would be very satisfactory for me... but I do not believe that Dave wants to do it.”
Diamond, Parts 1-5; Welcome To The Machine; Have A Cigar; Wish You Were Here; Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 6-9; Money.
February 12, 1977
Animals was released in the US and reached No. 3 in the charts.
March 15, 1977
Pink Floyd’s nine-date UK tour kicked off at Wembley Empire Pool, and closed with four nights at Stafford Bingley Hall.
April 22, 1977
The In The Flesh North American tour opened at Miami Baseball Stadium and ended at Portland Memorial Coliseum on May 12. The set list remained the same as in Europe, with an occasional encore of Us And Them and a one-off extra encore of Careful With That Axe, Eugene at California’s Oakland Coliseum.
June 15, 1977
The second leg of the In The Flesh tour commenced at Milwaukee’s County Stadium and closed on July 6 at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The tour included a four-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The set list remained the same as in Europe. The crowd was so rowdy on the tour’s last night that Roger Waters, having reacted strongly to provocation, considers the relationship of rock stars to their audience and begins to construct the Wall project, which became Pink Floyd’s next album.
May 26, 1978
David Gilmour’s debut solo album, David Gilmour, was released.
The album featured musicians from David’s pre-Floyd group Jokers Wild, bass guitarist Rick Wills and drummer John ‘Willie’ Wilson. The album was mostly recorded at Super Bear Studios, France, after Pink Floyd’s In The Flesh tour.
Roger Waters began demoing ideas for the next Pink Floyd album, The Wall, and what became his next solo album, The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, at Britannia Row studios.
September 22, 1978
Richard Wright released his first solo album, Wet Dream. The album was recorded at Super Bear Studios, France, between January and February 1978, and featured, among others, saxophonist Mel Collins and Floyd’s touring guitarist Snowy White.
Pink Floyd began seven months of intermittent recording at Super Bear Studios and Studio Miraval in France on their next album, The Wall.
July 6, 1979
Pink Floyd XI, a limited edition vinyl box set containing all of their albums to date, was released in the UK.
September, 1 1979
Two months of work began on The Wall at New York’s CBS Studios with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor/arranger Michael Kamen. Pink Floyd later work on The Wall at Los Angeles’ Cherokee Studios and Producer’s Workshop.
November 1, 1979
Pink Floyd began a week’s recording and mixing at The Producers’ Workshop in Los Angeles.
November 23, 1979
Pink Floyd’s single Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 (B-side: One Of My Turns) was released in the UK. It was the group’s first UK single since Point Me At The Sky in 1968, and spent four weeks at No. 1 in the charts.
November 30, 1979
The Wall was released in the UK. It reached No. 3 in the charts.
December 8, 1979
The Wall was released in the US (the album was already certified gold before this official release date due to advance orders). It stayed at #1 for 15 weeks and has, to date, been certified 23 times platinum (signifying one million copies) in the US, making it the third best-selling album of all time. An immediate critical and commercial success, the film version followed in 1982. Tension within the band over Waters’ increasing dominance grew during the recording of The Wall and resulted in Waters’ banishment of Rick Wright to a minor role in the group for the next few years.
1980’s – THE NINETEEN-EIGHTIES
Pink Floyd began three weeks of rehearsals for The Wall live shows. The rehearsals took place at Leeds Studios in Hollywood, and rehearsals for the show itself were held at MGM Studios in Los Angeles.
January 21, 1980
Pink Floyd and crew commenced three solid weeks of full production rehearsals for The Wall at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
February 7, 1980
Pink Floyd played the first of seven consecutive nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The show comprised The Wall album in its entirety plus an additional instrumental titled The Last Few Bricks. The band were supplemented on stage by ‘The Surrogate Band’ made up of Andy Bown (bass guitar), Snowy White (guitar), Peter Wood (keyboards), John ‘Willie’ Wilson (drums), backing vocalists John Joyce, Joe Chemay, Jim Haas, Stan Farber, and MCs Cynthia Fox (for the first four shows), Ace Young (on 8 February) and Jim Ladd (on 10 and 11 February). The stage set comprised 450 foldable cardboard bricks, which constructed a wall 33ft high and 260ft wide, plus animated projections, inflatables and a replica Stuka dive bomber. The first night’s show suffered a temporary delay when a stage curtain caught fire during the first number.
February 16, 1980
Pink Floyd started a week of rehearsals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York.
February 24, 1980
The Wall was staged on five consecutive nights at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The MC for all nights was ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian/impressionist Gary Yudman.
March 22, 1980
Another Brick in the Wall tops the singles charts for the first of four weeks. It is their second and final Top Forty single in the US.
June 9, 1980
Run Like Hell (B-side: Don’t Leave Me Now) was released as a single in the US. It reached No. 53 in the charts.
August 4, 1980
Pink Floyd staged The Wall for six consecutive nights at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Hall.
February 13, 1981
The Wall was performed live for eight consecutive nights at Wesfalenhalle in Dortmund, West Germany. Snowy White joined Thin Lizzy and was replaced by Roy Harper’s touring guitarist Andy Roberts. The MC was German actor Willi Thomczyk.
June 13, 1981
The Wall was staged for a further six nights at Earls Court, specifically for the filming of a planned movie of The Wall. Gary Yudman was reinstalled as MC, and Nick Mason’s drum tech Clive Brooks took over from surrogate band member Willie Wilson for the first night after Willie was taken ill.
June 17, 1981
Pink Floyd gives its 24th and final performance of The Wall in Dortmund, Germany. The extraordinary cost of The Wall’s live production all but bankrupted the band. Ironically, as Richard Wright was ousted as an “official” member of the band during this time, his work on the live tour was paid as a contract musician – he was the only member of Pink Floyd who made money on this tour.
November 21, 1981
Pink Floyd released the compilation album A Collection Of Great Dance Songs in the US. It reached No. 31 in the charts.
November 23, 1981
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs was released in the UK, and reached No. 37 in the charts.
May 1, 1981
Nick Mason’s solo album, Fictitious Sports, was released in the UK and US.
May 23, 1982
The Wall film premiered at the 35th Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.
Pink Floyd began five months of intermittent recording on their next album, The Final Cut. The sessions took place at various studios, including Abbey Road, Olympic, Mayfair, RAK, Eel Pie, Audio International, and David Gilmour’s home studio, Hookend, and Roger Waters’ home studio, The Billiard Room. The band were minus Richard Wright, but worked with additional musicians: Michael Kamen and Andy Bown (keyboards); Raphael Ravenscroft (sax); Ray Cooper (percussion); Andy Newmark (drums); and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
July 14, 1982
With the program special MTV Takes You to ‘The Wall’, MTV covers the London Premiere of The Wall.
July 26, 1982
Pink Floyd released a single, When The Tigers Broke Free (B-side: Bring The Boys Back Home), in the UK and US. The single charted in the UK at No. 39. The song featured on the movie of The Wall, but did not appear on any Pink Floyd album until the 2001 compilation, Echoes.
March 21, 1983
The Final Cut was released in the UK. It reached No. 1 in the charts.
April 2, 1983
The Final Cut was released in the US, where it reached No. 6 in the charts.
May 3, 1983
Not Now John (B-side: The Hero’s Return, Parts 1 & 2) was released as a single in the UK. It reached No. 30 in the charts.
February 13, 1984
David Gilmour released a solo single, Blue Light (B-side: Cruise), in the UK and US.
March 5, 1984
David Gilmour’s solo album, About Face, was released in the UK and a day later in the US.
March 12, 1984
Zee, a duo comprising Richard Wright and ex-Fashion guitarist Dave ‘Dee’ Harris, released their debut single, Confusion (B-side: Eyes Of A Gypsy) in the UK.
March 31, 1984
David Gilmour began a 22-date UK and European tour at Dublin’s National Stadium, which included three nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
April 9, 1984
Zee released their debut album, Identity, in the UK. Roger Waters released a solo single, 5.01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking) (B-side: 4.30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)) in the US. It was released a week later in the UK.
April 24, 1984
David Gilmour released a second single, Love On The Air (B-side: Let’s Get Metaphysical) from his solo album in the UK and US.
May 7, 1984
Roger Waters’ solo album, The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, was released in the US, and released a day later in the UK.
May 8, 1984
David Gilmour’s 50-date North American tour opened at Colisee Du Quebec, Canada.
June 16, 1984
Roger Waters’ nine-date European tour opened at Johanneshovs Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden, and included two nights at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Hall.
July 4, 1984
Roger Waters released a second single from his solo album: 5.06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes) (B-side: 4.39 AM (For The First Time Today, Part 2)) in the UK, and a week later in the US.
July 17, 1984
Roger Waters’ 10-date North American tour opened at Hartford Civic Centre in Connecticut.
Long-standing conflicts between Waters and Gilmour over the band’s stylistic direction continue to grow following the recording and release of the aptly named The Final Cut, which is to be the final Pink Floyd album featuring Roger Waters. So limited was the participation of other band members that Waters suggests releasing it as a solo album, but the idea is rejected.
March 19, 1985
Roger Waters began a second leg of his Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking tour at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. He played a further 17 dates, ending at the Civic Center Arena in Lakeland, Florida.
July 13, 1985
David Gilmour was the only member of Pink Floyd to appear at Live Aid, playing guitar with Bryan Ferry’s band, which also included future Floyd/Waters backing musician Jon Carin.
Roger Waters announced his decision to leave Pink Floyd.
December 12, 1985
Roger Waters formally notifies Columbia and EMI Records that he is no longer a member of Pink Floyd.
October 27, 1986
Roger Waters’ soundtrack for the Raymond Briggs cartoon film When The Wind Blows was released in the UK and US. The soundtrack also featured tracks by Squeeze, Paul Hardcastle, Hugh Cornwell, and Genesis.
October 31, 1986
Roger Waters files suit to formally dissolve Pink Floyd, a legal battle that will drag on for years without deterring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from recording as Pink Floyd.
Recording sessions began on the next Pink Floyd album at Britannia Row studios and on David Gilmour’s houseboat, Astoria.
Pink Floyd began recording sessions for their album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason at David Gilmour’s studio Astoria. Further sessions continued at Britannia Row, Mayfair, and Audio International Studios in London and Los Angeles’ A&M and Village Recorder Studios with producer Bob Ezrin.
June 15, 1987
Roger Waters released his solo album Radio K.A.O.S. in the UK and US.
August 1, 1987
Pink Floyd began four weeks of tour rehearsals at a warehouse facility at Lester B Pearson international airport in Toronto, Canada (the footage and recordings have been commonly called “The Hanger Rehearsals”). The touring line-up now included David Gilmour, Nick Mason and a recently re-joined Richard Wright, plus additional players: Guy Pratt (bass); Jon Carin (keyboards); Scott Page (saxophone); Gary Wallis (percussion); Tim Renwick (guitars); and backing vocalists Rachel Fury and Margaret Taylor.
August 14, 1987
Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S. North American tour opened at Providence Civic Center. The tour played for a further 25 nights, closing on 29 September at the Expo Theatre, Vancouver. After a two-month break, the tour resumed at Cumberland County Convention Center on 3 November, and played for a further eight dates across America.
September 7, 1987
Pink Floyd’s album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was released in the UK (and a day later in the US). Much of the material from this album was originally going to be a David Gilmour solo project, but ultimately became the first Waters-free Floyd record. Despite very critical reviews claiming that the album was incoherently pieced together and not at all a Pink Floyd work, the album made it to No. 3 on both the US and UK charts. They originally planned a short, eleven-week tour for the album – it lasted nearly two years and resulted in a double-disc live album, Delicate Sounds of Thunder.
September 9, 1987
Pink Floyd’s North American tour opened at the 25,000-seat Landsdowne Park Stadium, Ottawa, Ontario. The tour took in a further 61 dates, closing at Vancouver’s British Columbia Place Stadium on December 11.
September 14, 1987
Pink Floyd released Learning To Fly (B-side: Terminal Frost) as a single in the US only.
November 21 & 22, 1987
Roger Waters played two UK dates at London’s Wembley Arena.
January 22, 1988
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason tour continued with 22 dates through New Zealand and Australia, starting with one night at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium, and ending on 24 February at the East Fremantle Oval in Perth.
March 2, 1988
Pink Floyd played the first of eight dates in Japan, opening with two shows at the Budokan in Tokyo.
April 15, 1988
Pink Floyd’s North American tour took in 28 dates, beginning at Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum and ending with three nights at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Bad weather led to the band shortening their set during a gig at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.
June 10, 1988
Pink Floyd’s European tour opened at Stade De La Beaujoire in Nantes, France. The tour took in 29 shows across the continent, including two dates at London’s Wembley Stadium in August.
July 13, 1988
One Slip (B-side: Terminal Frost) was released as a single in the US.
August 12, 1988
Pink Floyd began a second tour of North America with three nights at Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland.
August 23, 1988
The final night of Pink Floyd’s North American tour took place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York. This show (and the four earlier nights at the Coliseum) were recorded for the live album and video Delicate Sound Of Thunder.
November 21, 1988
Pink Floyd released the live album, Delicate Sound Of Thunder, in the UK and US. The album reached No. 11 in both the UK and the US.
May 13, 1989
Pink Floyd’s Another Lapse European tour opened at Festivalweise in Werchter, Belgium. The tour included six nights at London’s newly built Docklands Arena. The touring party now included: David Gilmour; Nick Mason; Richard Wright; plus Guy Pratt (bass), Jon Carin (keyboards), Scott Page (saxophone), Gary Wallis (percussion), Tim Renwick (guitars), and backing vocalists Lorelei and Durga McBroom and Rachel Fury.
July 15, 1989
Pink Floyd played a 90-minute set on a giant barge moored off Piazza San Marco in Venice. The performance was broadcast in over 20 countries worldwide, including the UK.
July 18, 1989
The final night of the Another Lapse tour took place at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.
1990’s – THE NINETEEN-NINETIES
June 30, 1990
Pink Floyd performed at the Silver Clef Award Winners charity show at Knebworth Park, Stevenage (where the band had last performed in 1975). The band played seven tracks, including Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5, Sorrow and Comfortably Numb. Also on the bill: Eric Clapton; Dire Straits; and Robert Plant with special guest Jimmy Page.
July 21, 1990
Roger Waters staged The Wall — Live In Berlin at Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. The concert was held as a fundraiser for the Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief. The Wall album was performed in its entirety with special guests including Bryan Adams, Marianne Faithful, Van Morrison, and Albert Finney.
December 21, 1991
La Carrera Panamericana was broadcast on BBC2. The documentary film covered the 1991 South American classic car race of the same name, in which David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Pink Floyd’s manager Steve O’Rourke participated.
April 13, 1992
La Carrera Panamericana was released on video in the UK (and in the US in June). The soundtrack contained previously released Pink Floyd tracks, including Sorrow and Run Like Hell, and new pieces specifically recorded for the film.
November 2, 1992
Pink Floyd released Shine On, a nine-CD box set containing the original albums A Saucerful Of Secrets, Meddle, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall (on two discs), A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, plus The Early Singles. The package also contained a hardback book and a set of postcards.
Pink Floyd began work on a new album at Britannia Row studios. Joined by bass guitarist Guy Pratt, recording sessions later took place at David Gilmour’s houseboat studio, Astoria. The sessions continued on and off until September 1993.
September 18, 1993
Pink Floyd made a one-off appearance at the Cowdray Ruins Concert in Midhurst. The show was a charity fundraiser for the local King Edward VII hospital. Pink Floyd were joined on the bill by members of Queen and Mike And The Mechanics. Pink Floyd’s headline set comprised Run Like Hell, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.
January 10, 1994
Pink Floyd hold a press reception to announce the release of a new album at Weeksville US Naval Air Station in North Carolina. The highlight of the event is the launch of a custom-made Pink Floyd Skyship 600 airship, which will promote the album with appearances in various cities across the US.
March 8, 1994
Pink Floyd began two-and-a-half weeks of tour rehearsals at Norton Air Force Base in San Barnardino, California.
March 21, 1994
Pink Floyd held a press reception in the UK with the appearance of a specially commissioned A60 airship at White Waltham Airfield in Maidenhead.
March 28, 1994
Pink Floyd released a new album The Division Bell in the UK. The album reached No. 1 in the UK.
March 30, 1994
The North and South American legs of Floyd’s The Division Bell tour opened at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida. It included a further 58 dates, finishing with two nights at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, North Jersey. Pink Floyd’s touring party included David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright plus Guy Pratt (bass guitar), Jon Carin (keyboards), Dick Parry (saxophone), Tim Renwick (guitars), Gary Wallis (percussion) and backing vocalists Durga McBroom and Claudia Fontaine.
April 4, 1994
The Division Bell was released in the US, where it reached No. 1 in the charts. The fourth No. 1 album of their career and the first, and only, to earn them a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performances on Marooned. The ensuing live album PULSE, which appears a year later, will become the fifth.
May 16, 1994
Pink Floyd released a one-track single, Take It Back, in the UK. It reached No. 23 in the charts. A limited-edition version of the single (with B-side: Astronomy Dominé) was also released in the US, where it peaked at No. 73 in the charts.
July 22, 1994
The Division Bell 37-date European tour commenced with a show at Estadio De Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal, and finished at Stade De La Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sam Brown joined the band as an additional backing vocalist on all dates.
October 13, 1994
Pink Floyd played 15 nights at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Hall. The planned opening night on October 12 was re-scheduled after a seating stand collapsed shortly before the band arrived on stage. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. On six of the nights, Pink Floyd adjusted the set list to perform The Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety. On 28 October, the band’s friend and author Douglas Adams was invited on stage as a birthday present to play guitar during a version of Brain Damage.
October 17, 1994
Pink Floyd released High Hopes (B-side: Keep Talking) as a single in the UK. It reached No. 26 in the charts.
June 5, 1995
Pink Floyd released a live album, P.U.L.S.E., in the UK and US. The album artwork was notable for a flashing LED on the spine of the packaging. The album reached No. 1 in the UK and US. A video release of the P.U.L.S.E. concert was released in the UK and the US a week later.
January 17, 1996
Pink Floyd were inducted into the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame’, during a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City. David Gilmour and Richard Wright were joined by Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan for a version of Wish You Were Here.
August 4, 1997
Pink Floyd re-released The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn in the UK. The 30th anniversary edition was digitally remastered and issued on both vinyl and CD. A CD album box set included art prints and a limited edition bonus CD, The First 3 Singles, containing: Arnold Layne; Candy And A Currant Bun; See Emily Play; Scarecrow; Apples And Oranges; Paintbox.
August 18, 1997
Pink Floyd released the 1997 Vinyl Collection box set in the UK containing the albums: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Atom Heart Mother, Relics, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.
September 6, 1998
David Gilmour appeared as special guest with The Pretty Things at an invitation-only anniversary concert performing their album S.F. Sorrow at Abbey Road studios. The concert was broadcast live on the Internet and later released as a limited edition CD entitled The Pretty Things — Resurrection (Died 1968 Born 1998 At Abbey Road).
July 23, 1999
Roger Waters’ In The Flesh North American tour commenced with a show at the Milwaukee Auditorium, Wisconsin. The tour played a further 23 dates, concluding on 28 August at the Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri.
October 4, 1999
Paul McCartney released an album, Run Devil Run featuring David Gilmour on guitars. As part of the subsequent promotional tour David performed with Paul McCartney’s band on the TV shows Later… with Jools Holland and a Michael Parkinson TV special Parkinson Meets Paul McCartney, and concluded with a show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool on 14 December which was broadcast on BBC radio and TV.
2000’s – THE TWO-THOUSANDS
March 17, 2000
Pink Floyd released a live album, Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live: 1980-1981, in the US. The album included the entire live Wall performance recorded across seven different nights at London’s Earls Court Arena. The album charted in the US at No. 19.
March 27, 2000
Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live: 1980-1981 was released in the UK and charted at No. 15.
June 2, 2000
Roger Waters’ In The Flesh tour recommenced with a show at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida. The tour played a further 24 shows, and concluded on 16 July at Providence Civic Center, Rhode Island. Many of the shows were recorded for the subsequent live album and DVD Roger Waters In The Flesh.
October 19, 2001
David Gilmour appeared again as special guest with The Pretty Things at the first ever public live performance of their classic album S.F. Sorrow at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Gilmour also played with the support band The Soft Boys for their rendition of Astronomy Dominé.
February 27, 2002
Roger Waters began his In The Flesh world tour at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa. The tour included shows in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Australia.
May 4, 2002
Roger Waters’ European In The Flesh tour opened with two nights at Lisbon’s Pavilhao Atlantico.
June 29, 2002
Roger Waters played the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.
November 15, 2002
Pink Floyd released a compilation, Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd in the UK and US. The album reached No. 2 in the UK and No. 1 in the US.
March 24, 2003
Pink Floyd re-released The Dark Side Of The Moon to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album. Engineer James Guthrie oversaw a new 5.1 mix of the original album.
April 11, 2003
David Gilmour was interviewed by Sue Lawley for the long-running BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs during which he selected his favourite records: ‘Waterloo Sunset’ by The Kinks; ‘Ballad In Plain D’ by Bob Dylan; ‘I’m Still Here’ by Tom Waits; ‘Dancing In The Street’ by Martha and the Vandellas; ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen; ‘A Man Needs A Maid’ by Neil Young; ‘For Free’ by Joni Mitchell; and ‘Rudi With A Flashlight’ by The Lemonheads. When asked what three items (record, book and luxury item) he would take on a desert island, he selected ‘Dancing In The Street’ by Martha and the Vandellas as his record, an English translation of the Koran as his book and an acoustic Martin D35 guitar as his luxury.
September 24, 2004
David Gilmour performed Marooned, Coming Back To Life and Sorrow at the Miller Strat Pack charity show at London’s Wembley Arena, which featured appearances by Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Brian May, Hank Marvin, Phil Manzanera, Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack, The Crickets, and Gary Moore, among others.
November 17, 2004
Roger Waters’ opera, Ça Ira, premiered at Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco Della Musica, in Rome.
June 28, 2005
Pink Floyd and Roger Waters convened for three days of rehearsals at West London’s Black Island Studios in preparation for the Live 8 charity reunion concert.
July 2, 2005
Pink Floyd performed at the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. The band again comprised David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, joined by additional keyboard player Jon Carin, guitarist Tim Renwick and backing vocalist Carol Kenyon. The group performed Breathe, Money, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.
September 26, 2005
Roger Waters released a new album, Ça Ira — There Is Hope — An Opera In Three Acts in the UK and US.
November 16, 2005
Pink Floyd were inducted into the ‘UK Music Hall Of Fame’ in a ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace. The group were inducted by The Who’s Pete Townshend. David Gilmour and Nick Mason attended the event in person, Richard Wright was unwell, and Roger Waters appeared via an on-screen video link.
March 6, 2006
David Gilmour released a solo album, On An Island, in the UK (and a day later in the US). The album featured guest musicians including Richard Wright, Phil Manzanera, Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and original Pink Floyd guitarist Rado ‘Bob’ Klose, among others.
March 10, 2006
David Gilmour’s On An Island tour began in Dortmund, Germany. The tour included Europe, the United States, and the UK, with three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where special guests included David Bowie and Nick Mason.
June 2, 2006
Roger Waters’ The Dark Side Of The Moon tour began in Lisbon, Portugal. The 21-date pan-European tour, which concluded on 16 July at the Moon & Stars Festival in Locarno, Switzerland, also saw Waters perform on 22 June at Latrun, Israel — a village of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence.
July 7, 2006
Roger “Syd” Barrett dies at age 60 due to complications resulting from diabetes. Of Syd, the band said, “The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett’s death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire.”
September 6, 2006
Roger Waters’ The Dark Side Of The Moon tour continued in North America at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey. The 20-date tour, which concluded on 12 October at the Key Arena, Seattle, also saw Nick Mason join Waters on stage for three shows at the Hollywood Bowl.
January 25, 2007
Roger Waters’ world tour opened in Sydney, Australia. The tour included New Zealand, China, India, United Arab Emirates, South America, United States, Canada, Europe, and the UK (including two nights at London’s Earls Court).
May 10, 2007
Syd Barrett — Madcap’s Last Laugh, a tribute concert to the late Floyd frontman, took place at London’s Barbican Hall. Performers included Kevin Ayers, Captain Sensible, and Chrissie Hynde. David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright performed Arnold Layne; Roger Waters performed a solo composition, Flickering Flame.
September 17, 2007
David Gilmour released Remember That Night, a live DVD recorded over three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
September 15, 2008
Richard Wright dies at age 65 following a short battle with cancer. Of Richard, David Gilmour said, “In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound…” “Like Rick, I don’t find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.”
September 22, 2008
David Gilmour released Live In Gdańsk, a live concert recorded at the Gdańsk Shipyards, Poland, in August 2006.
November 11, 2009
David Gilmour was made an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator”.
2010’s – THE TWENTY-TENS
July 10, 2010
In an historic reunion, David Gilmour and Roger Waters appeared on stage together at an exclusive charity concert in aid of the Hoping Foundation at Kiddington Hall, Oxfordshire, England. They performed semi-acoustic versions of To Know Him Is To Love Him, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb and Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2.
September 15, 2010
Roger Waters commenced his Wall Live tour with three sold out nights at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada and concluded 55 shows later at the Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico.
October 4, 2010
An Introduction To Syd Barrett is released in the UK, bringing together the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett for the first time. It also includes the previously unreleased downloadable track Rhamadam.
Floyd and Syd Barrett for the first time. It also includes the previously unreleased downloadable track Rhamadam.
October 11, 2010
Special ‘booklet’ CD editions of Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Barrett and Opel albums are released, restoring the original artwork and including bonus tracks.
October 11, 2010
The Orb release Metallic Spheres, an album of ambient soundscapes featuring David Gilmour.
March 21, 2011
Roger Waters commenced his 64-date Wall Live tour of Europe at the Pavilhao Atlantico, Lisbon, Portugal.
May 12, 2011
David Gilmour joined Roger Waters on stage at the O2 Arena in London performing Comfortably Numb as part of Roger Waters’ Wall Live show. Nick Mason also attended the show, and both Nick and David joined Roger for the final song, Outside The Wall, on which Roger played trumpet, David mandolin and Nick tambourine.
October 3, 2012
Roger Waters performed at a benefit concert to save The Barn (home and studio of Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for The Band) in Woodstock, New York. At the “Love for Levon” tribute concernt, Waters performed with a wide-range of acts including legends like Joe Walsh, Gregg Allman, Bruce Hornsby as well as many more contemporary acts such as Jakob Dylan, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, and My Morning Jacket.
November 6, 2012
Roger Waters joined a band comprised of combat veterans to perform at the Stand Up for Heroes concert. The songs performed included Wish You Were Here, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, and Wide River to Cross.
November 26, 2012
Nick Mason obtained an honorary Doctor of Letters from the Regent Street Polytechnic in London for his significant contributions to music over the last 50 years.
November 30, 2012
Roger Waters addressed the United Nations as representative of the Russel Tribunal on Palestine. Roger delivered a 25-minute speech to the United Nations in which he accused Israel of committing international crimes against Palestine.
David Gilmour released the In Concert app for smartphones, becoming the first artist to release a concert application.
December 12, 2012
Roger Waters performed at the 12-12-12 Concert to Benefit Sandy Relief. For Comfortably Numb, Roger was joined on stage by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder, who supplied the vocals for each chorus.
March 24, 2013
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, a special collection of Prism designs were released by album cover-artist Storm Thorgerson. As part of the celebration, PinkFloyd.com streamed the entire album continuously and worldwide. During the stream, fans were able to use Twitter to send in thoughts and memories about their experiences with the album. As Tweets came in over the course of the 24-hour period, a computer-generated moon on the website would gradually become darker, slowly eclipsed by the incoming Tweets.
April 18, 2013
Artist and Pink Floyd album cover designer Storm Thorgerson dies at the age of 69.
September 6, 2013
Roger Waters celebrated his 70th birthday performing The Wall in Dusseldorf, Germany, at the Esprit Arena before a crowd of 38,000
Pink Floyd release The Endless River Album
David Gilmour releases "Rattle that Lock". David Gilmour Rattle That Lock
September 2015-September 2016
David Gilmour Rattle That Lock World Tour. David Gilmour Tour
March 6, 2016
David Gilmour celebrates his 70th birthday. The 3 remaining members of Pink Floyd: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason are all over 70 years old now.
July 7-8, 2016
David Gilmour Live at Pompeii. David Gilmour returns Live at Pompeii with two concerts being filmed for a DVD release. David Gilmour Live at Pompeii
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