Pink Floyd - one of the biggest UK bands of all time - are reuniting

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  1. Mitcha68

    Mitcha68 Member

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    Pink Floyd - one of the biggest UK bands of all time - are reuniting for next month's Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park.

    Fans will be delighted to hear that Roger Waters, Pink Floyd's bass player and main lyricist, will be rejoining the band he co-founded after an absence of more than 20 years.

    Pink Floyd's most successful line-up - Roger Waters, David Gilmour on guitar, Rick Wright on keyboards and Nick Mason on drums - have not played together since the days of their last hit, the 1979 double concept album The Wall.

    Since then, they have performed in depleted formations, following an acrimonious break-up and legal wrangling.

    Pink Floyd, however, took the world of music by storm many years earlier, when they developed their own very original brand of rock.

    In their heyday, their music combined symphonic orchestral elements with a generous and ground-breaking use of electronic and "concrete" music - clocks, planes, and other real-life sounds - as well as sharp lyrics.

    Pink Floyd were formed in 1965 by four Cambridge students - Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason. David Gilmour soon replaced Barrett, who started to suffer from mental health problems.

    Others, on the other hand, particularly admire the experimental period of the late 1960s and early 1970s - which produced difficult and often brilliant works such as Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and Meddle.

    But the band's real worldwide success came in 1973 with one of the decade's defining works, The Dark Side of the Moon, where they successfully combined the experimentalism of their early days with hi-tech electronic music and more melodic tunes.

    The album also represented the first explicit foray into left-wing politics, with the band denouncing what they saw as the alienation caused by modern capitalist society.

    Pink Floyd are also famous for their spectacular concerts
    Roger Waters' anti-establishment lyrics - prominent in The Dark Side of the Moon - came even more to the fore with the band's following albums, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.

    A track in The Wall album, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, was the band's only ever hit single.

    Its success owed much to its most original feature, a choir of North London schoolboys rebelling against their teachers.

    A quarter-of-a-century on, Pink Floyd's public profile has never been as high as it was in the late 1970s.

    But the Live 8 show - with its political overtones - could prove a perfect vehicle for the comeback of a band well known for anti-establishment views

  2. Duane

    Duane Well-Known Member

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    Can't believe Waters is joining back up with the band. He must need some $$$.
  3. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    yeah, but probably just for this one show ? I wouldnt mind seeing them if they toured in US but doubt they will

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