5 Recent Facts About Pink Floyd
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Over Five Decades After Their Formation
As far as classic rock bands go, Pink Floyd’s lineup has been relatively stable over the years. Sure, they had their fair share of beef and drama but what group doesn’t? Although there’s minimal chance of the members reuniting and performing together again, it doesn’t take away the fact that they remain legendary – as individual musicians and as Pink Floyd.
They have several side projects and solo endeavors nowadays. Nevertheless, here are five of the most recent facts about them.
5. They released two box sets.
The 33-disc “The Early Years 1965–1972” (2016) featured CDs, DVDs, BDs, vinyl records and Pink Floyd memorabilia such as posters, photos, and tour programs. “The Later Years” (2019) included material after Roger Waters’ departure.
4. Roger Waters headlined the Newport Folk Festival in 2015 and the Desert Trip music festival in 2016.
His sets featured classic Pink Floyd hits.
3. “The Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains” exhibition ran for five months in 2017.
It opened on May 13, 2017 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. It was originally scheduled to run until October 1 only but due to the high number of visitors, it was extended for two more weeks – closing on October 15. Because of its success, other exhibitions were held in Rome, Dortmund, and Madrid.
2. In 2018, drummer Nick Mason formed Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets.
The lineup also includes Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp (guitars), and longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Guy Pratt (bass). Roger Waters joined them for a performance on April 18, 2019 at the Beacon Theatre. Waters took over lead vocals for “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”.
1. David Gilmour auctioned off 120 of his guitars for charity in 2019.
His Black Strat sold for $3,975,000 and the total amount raised was $21,490,750 – the proceeds went to ClientEarth.